Indeed I cannot conceive a more perfect mode of writing any man's life, than not only relating all the most important events of it in their order, but interweaving what be privately wrote, and said, and thought; by which mankind are enabled as it were to see him live, and to “live o'er each scene” with him, as he actually advanced through the several stages of his life. Had his other friends been as diligent and ardent as I was, he might have been almost entirely preserved. As it is, I will venture to say that he will be seen in this work more completely than any man who has ever yet lived.
— James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
Artist Edward M. Plunkett has argued that communication-as-art-form is an ancient tradition; he posits (tongue in cheek) that mail art began when Cleopatra had herself delivered to Julius Caesar in a rolled-up carpet.
— "Mail art," Wikipedia
By making concessions, a new generation was witnessing her art, she said. If she’d complained about the new doorway for “Imponderabilia,” the performance would only exist as “a stupid gray photo in a book” that no one would ever see.
“Really, the smart thing to do is compromise,” she said.
Abramovic has done this with “Imponderabilia” before: In 2010, for “The Artist is Present,” a career survey at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Abramovic said that MoMA asked for the performers to stand far enough apart so that a wheelchair user could pass between them. “I felt the piece really suffered for that,” she said.
— Alex Marshall, "Marina Abramovic Relents and Adapts a Provocative Piece for Today," The New York Times
Everything is temporary, the world used to have no oxygen.
— Joyce Lin
But consistency, I remember Gandhi repeating in his autobiography, was the refuge of fools.
— William L. Shirer, Gandhi: A Memoir
There is art on the floor right there.
— MoMA PS1 employee directing visitors to a small video monitor under a hole in the floorboards
Every historian relies on what is unreliable—documents written by people who were not under oath and cannot be cross-examined.
— Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Proof, 2008
If someone stole your photos and copied your profile name the only way to prove you were the real person was to send MySpace a recording of you reading your own user ID number
— @bradtroemel
1000 found photos of anglers holding fish and smoking cigarettes in custom photo album. edition of 25. video of every included image in the second slide.
— @visitordesign
What remains of anyone's life is what's kept.
— Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
You don’t become your hero by working for your heroes.
— Charlotte McCurdy
We'll give him a call and pass along your number.
— Guy who works for Grand Bazaar NYC on trying to connect me with Robert Miller, the guy who used to sell stamps (after a follow up, they tell me his number is no longer in service)
History is what is written and can be found.
— Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Jiří Kolář
— Mark Wagner
Another trove of data, he would later come to realize, was Twitter.
— Walter Isaacson, Elon Musk
Henry Winkler's fishing updates are my new favorite posts
— @fuckjerry
And we biographers have this dirty secret that we know we distort history a bit by making the narrative too driven by an individual. But sometimes it is driven by an individual.
— Walter Isaacson, "Walter Isaacson: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Da Vinci & Ben Franklin | Lex Fridman Podcast #395"
I'm starting to realize I don't remember 9/11 like I remember having to remember it.
— @dank.lloyd.wright
Ben Denzer is an artist whose work plays on value and scale.
The New York Times Magazine
Inch, Mile
— Ed Ruscha