“Enumeration or lists of things form an essential part of Nonsense,” Elizabeth Sewell notes in her landmark study The Field of Nonsense.
— Mark Dery, Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
COURTESY WARNING: we are ~8 weeks away from Spotify Wrapped so this is your last chance to binge listen to trendy things that won’t embarrass you
— @HeavenlyGrandpa via @bustle
Balanchine spoke to Gorey on many levels. When the ballet master said that ballet, “like the music of great musicians... can be enjoyed and understood without any verbal introduction or explanation,” he was singing Gorey's song... As did Balanchine's impatience with what he saw as the reductionism inherent in critical attempts to articulate the “meaning” of his ballets. Gorey's sense of what's lost when we try to use words to nail down meaning was honed by his need, as an illustrator, to complement a text by saying something in images that couldn't be said in words.
— Mark Dery, Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
If you know somebody really well, you can never really believe how talented they are. I know how he wrote some of those poems, so I can't take them all that seriously.
— Edward Gorey on Frank O’Hara via Mark Dery, Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
In typically impish fashion, Mr. Wieden later admitted that the phrase was inspired in part by the Utah spree killer Gary Gilmore, whose last words before he was killed by a firing squad in 1977 were “Let’s do it.”
— Alex Williams, "Dan Wieden, Adman of Nike ‘Just Do It’ Fame, Is Dead at 77," The New York Times
It may have confirmed Gorey in his belief that “the perfect works of art of this world...are almost invariably on a small scale."
— Mark Dery, Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
Ben, how much are you going to sell your dead body for? [in voice] “How old am I? 87? 87 dollars and 87 cents… oh wait how many days? 87 dollars and 23 cents”… Oh my… I’m going to be a pauper.
— Lily joking around
I deserve to be able to see and treat everyone with empathy.
— Shane Rocheleau
There would be something missing if, after stacking the naked men, you coudn't take a picture of them.
— Susan Sontag, "Regarding the Torture of Others"
In May, Mr. Xi told the Politburo, the party’s top 25 officials, that Westerners often wrongly viewed China as just a modern nation-state. “They don’t view China from the vantage point of over 5,000 years of civilization,” he said, using an often-used but disputed dating of its origins, “so it’s hard for them to truly understand China’s past, present and future.”
— Chris Buckley, Vivian Wang and Joy Dong, "One Nation Under Xi: How China’s Leader Is Remaking Its Identity," The New York Times
Do you need any help?
— Person driving by as my mom, my dad, Lily, and I were looking at a praying mantis on the road at the end of a walk around the neighborhood
I could have sat down and slid off like a worm.
— Dad on what he could have done rather than jumping off the file cabinet
An A.M. Eatery
— Snooze™ catchphrase
Enjoy the magic of the movies.
— Ticket guy, who has been there since it was Palazzo, as he took our tickets at B&B Theatres Overland Park 16
Give up the charade that you care about these things and just make your funny shapes.
— @dank.lloyd.wright
The Second Directory added two new taxes, one on luxuries that fell primarily on the rich and one based on counting the doors and windows in buildings, a rough measure of property value.
— Jeremy D. Popkin, A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution
It was cool that people could draw their own meaning from a business that was just there to make money.
— Nathan Fielder, S2 E5: "Dumb Starbucks," Nathan For You
If you work without a system the only safety is insignificance.
— Lewis Day, Pattern Design
Banana Pudding
— Tricycle Ice Cream sandwich
You’re sniffing like it’s two for one Saturdays.
— Lily