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Sunday, November 30, 2008

what would john kenneth galbraith say?

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.
John Kenneth Galbraith

The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor; it is between economic enterprise and the state.
John Kenneth Galbraith

We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.
John Kenneth Galbraith

It has been the acknowledged right of every Marxist scholar to read into Marx the particular meaning that he himself prefers and to treat all others with indignation.
John Kenneth Galbraith

emily says

"I like maps that aren't geographical."

the central and inevitable fact of human existence

“The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.”
— Thomas Wolfe

Saturday, November 29, 2008

epiphany number #86


"There is, with every question, the What, the So What?, and the Now What?"

be a weatherman on social trends

I have never been able to take Rogert Ebert seriously as a film critic. He lost me for good when he gave, in 1996, the movie Michael a thumbs up. Yeah, Michael--a "movie" where John Travolta plays an angel who smells like fresh-baked cookies.

That said, Ebert sometimes comes out of nowhere with these great cultural editorials. The advice found below is great for anyone who wants to write for an audience bigger than his or herself.

"A newspaper film critic should encourage critical thinking, introduce new developments, consider the local scene, look beyond the weekend fanboy specials, be a weatherman on social trends, bring in a larger context, teach, inform, amuse, inspire, be heartened, be outraged."

read the piece in full?