'What's the point of leaving the house on election day,' they say, 'the whole system is rigged!' Convenient, considering you didn't feel like leaving the house anyway. 'What's the point of giving money to the homeless? They'll probably just spend it on crack!' Convenient, considering it also lets you keep the money. 'Why bother starting a business, I'll just get crushed by the corporate giants!' Convenient, in that it also saves you a few decades of 16-hour work days and three ulcers. 'Why try to make friends, all of the people my age are shallow, brainless jerks!' Convenient, in that this lets you just stay home and watch a Breaking Bad marathon instead, which just happens to be what you wanted to do anyway.
This is why I’ve grown to find cynicism so frustrating — cynicism doesn’t cause inaction. The desire for inaction causes cynicism. And so you fight to defend your cynicism tooth and nail.
Collenchyma, parenchyma, vascular bundle of Celery (Apium graveolens) plant!
Then I felt that every inflection of my voice, every word in my mouth, was a lie, a play whose sole purpose was to cover emptiness and boredom. There was only one way I could avoid a state of despair and a breakdown. To be silent. And to reach behind the silence for clarity or at least try to collect the resources that might still be available to me.
Geoff Dyer (b. 1947, Hobart, Tasmania) - Lake Repulse, Fires 2 Paintings: Oil on Linen
Today we take a look at famed German abstractionist, Gerhard Richter, stunning contemporary works.
This is the ultimate stereotype tattoo mashup design.
Let’s face it: How many of you out there have at least one skull, bird, feather, swallow, anchor, ace, koi fish, …. ;-)
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