“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”—― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (via babynatty)
“I believe that my originality (if that is the right word) is an originality belonging to the soil rather than to the seed. (Perhaps I have no seed of my own.) Sow a seed in my soil and it will grow differently than it would in any other soil.”—Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value (via vastandgrand)
“A child’s appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions.”—Christopher Lasch (via mimirol)
“We want artists to be serious and create deep things that have almost eternal value, things that people of culture can talk about centuries later. But if artists want to be successful, they have to bow down to present tastes, be commercial and play the clown rather than the sage.”—Hans Rookmaker (via novh)
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film. … There is something very distorted about this reality that they’ve created, which is that it is OK to torture women on screen. Any kind of violence towards women in a sexual scenario is fine. But give a woman pleasure? No way. Not a chance. That’s pornography.”—Ryan Gosling, actor and feminist, in a letter protesting the NC-17 rating of Blue Valentine. The rating was based on one consensual sex scene. (via sophiabequiet)
I’ve been on that no-dough diet for a minute, so I’ve often yearned for the purchases of others. But every single time I feel myself slip into envy, for silly things like clothes or even important things like success, I instantly remind myself that for years I have been, and forever I will be, in a continually fulfilling relationship with the most perfect human being I could ever imagine. I am richer than any human being alive could be.
I used to do this kind of shit all the time. But then I got scared of the internet… Or maybe not the internet per se but that dirty word ‘blogger.’ My education cost almost $200,000. I had been training as a filmmaker for over a decade and now I was getting called a ‘blogger’ wherever I looked and went. Which at the time sounded a lot like ‘cuntface’ to me. Correcting people got annoying… ‘Actually, I’m a director. I don’t make a cent from the blog. It’s just my hobby.’ Then I figured it out and created my lane, my pocket, my niche…
Labels are boring. Have fun. Who cares what people call you as long as you love what you do. Papa Williams told me, ‘if it’s important to you, then do it.’ So like Eli, I did it…