In man creature and creator are united: in man there is not only matter, shred, excess, clay, mire, folly, chaos; but there is also the creator, the sculptor, the hardness of the hammer, the divinity of the spectator, and the seventh day—do you understand this contrast?

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (via ludimagister)


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(Source: notitle-noparty)


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sovietpostcards:

(via SovietPostcards etsy)
Hippie bugs work the samovar.

sovietpostcards:

(via SovietPostcards etsy)

Hippie bugs work the samovar.


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Perhaps I simply relished the riddle. Mysteries seem so uncommon in the electronic age: if the Internet doesn’t answer a question right away, the solution is generally to ask it again later. (Thanks to autocomplete, we rarely even need to articulate a query in its entirety; Google not only answers our questions but asks them for us.) The Internet has seen it all before. Yet the Park Poet, as I started calling her, had evaded the net.

Abigail Deutsch on her search for the author of a mysterious couplet that she found on a placard in the park: http://nyr.kr/1nTrDHr (via newyorker)


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Many of us cannot help looking because of what Susan Sontag has called “the perennial seductiveness of war.” It is a kind of rubbernecking, staring at the bloody aftermath of something that is not an act of God but of man. The effect, as Ms. Sontag pointed out in an essay in The New Yorker in 2002, is anything but certain.

“Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to ‘care’ more,” she wrote. “It also invites them to feel that the sufferings and misfortunes are too vast, too irrevocable, too epic to be much changed by any local, political intervention.”

So now that war comes to us in real time, do we feel helpless or empowered? Do we care more, or will the ubiquity of images and information desensitize us to the point where human suffering loses meaning when it is part of a scroll that includes a video of your niece twerking? Oh, we say as our index finger navigates to the next item, another one of those.

As war becomes a more remote, mechanized activity, posts and images from the target area have significant value. When a trigger gets pulled or bombs explode, real people are often on the wrong end of it. And bearing witness to the consequences gives meaning to what we see.


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conjuringseed:

vintagegal:

Vintage Valentine c. 1960’s

i want this on a shirt

conjuringseed:

vintagegal:

Vintage Valentine c. 1960’s

i want this on a shirt


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kvetchlandia:

George S. Zimbel     Butch and Jub Jub, New York City     1955

kvetchlandia:

George S. Zimbel     Butch and Jub Jub, New York City     1955


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Grandma

Grandma


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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinderwhore

Kinderwhore


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A note written by grandpa

A note written by grandpa


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