It cleans the air for up to 6 feet.
— Woman on Amtrak telling her seatmate about her expensive anti-COVID machine that looked like a fake smoke detector
The man has yet to be born who could write the truth about himself.
— Mark Twain, Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1
There is one intentionally funny sentence. Writing about livestock auctioneers, he says, “I always wanted to direct a ‘Hamlet’ and have all the parts played by ex-champion livestock auctioneers; I wanted the performance to come in at under 14 minutes.”
— Dwight Garner, "The Cosmic, Outrageous, Ecstatic Truths of Werner Herzog," The New York Times
Why don't you go ask everyone on line what time it is.
— Lily pointing towards people in line for "Planet OMEGA" exhibition
There's nothing new in human experience, Mr. Tully. Each generation thinks it invented debauchery or suffering or rebellion, but man's every impulse and appetite from the disgusting to the sublime is on display right here all around you.
— Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers
Jean Baudrillard once wrote, "The magic of photography is that it is the object which does all the work," It was a mild provocation. It undermines the photographer as sole author and recognized just how much "work" is contributed by what, or who, is in front of the camera. Photography requires the existence of, and contribution of, something outside of itself, so it can never be anything other than collaborative in the wider sense.
— David Campany, Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, via @davidcampany
Meaning is a scrap among other scraps, though stickier. Meaning is so much better than nothing, in that it defines “nothing” as everything that meaning is not. Meaning prevents nothing from being only nothing. The “nothing that is not there and the nothing that is,” Wallace Stevens noticed. The same nothing, but a difference of attitude.
— Peter Schjeldahl, "The Art of Dying," The New Yorker
Inscriptions or objects designed to project an image of cosmic power - palaces, mausoleums, lavish stelae with godlike figures announcing laws or boasting of their conquests - are all precisely the ones most likely to endure, thereby forming the core of the world's major heritage sites and museum collections today. Such is their power that even now we risk falling under their spell. We don't really know how seriously to take them.
— David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything
— David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything
Do you know a psychotic thought that I've had, that the Temple of Dendur has something to do with me.
— Lily
The museum inexplicably has one of the world's largest collections of cicadas (regrettably not on view). It charges admission of $10.
— Andrew Sondern, "A Tourist's Guide to Staten Island"
Everyone, close your eyes.
— One Night Ultimate Werewolf app
Are you stealing our popcorn?
— Rina (potentially paraphrased)
It's the kookiest book cover I've ever seen."
— Conan O'Brien, "Reggie Watts: Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend"
As we've seen, when kings appear in the historical record, they tend to leave unmistakable traces.
— David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything
President Biden's influence over Israel and Ukraine seems far more constrained than expected, given his central role as the supplier of arms and intelligence.
New York Times subheadline
The world presents itself to those who travel on foot.
— Werner Herzog, "Werner Herzog: Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend"
It was vast and, in that vastness, more closely resembled a naturally occuring phenomenon than something man-made.
— Justin Beal, Sandfuture
What inspires me is that the work is a long continuum and never ending. I take stewardship of collections very seriously, as long in the future someone will benefit from my collection building and caretaking– as I have from past librarians. Preparing for an unknown future is an exciting and challenging puzzle. What we think is a great collection today is continually changing.
— Holly Hatheway, "What inspires you? Holly Hatheway, Head of Marquand Library"
Birds in the Americas Will No Longer Be Named After People
New York Times headline