Income inequality has soared over the past thirty years.
Invisible Bicycles [via]
Previously: Celebrity Faceswaps
Last one made me spit.
We will destroy innocent villages by accident, shrug our shoulders, and continue fighting. In an age of conflict, bourgeois virtues like compassion, tolerance, and industriousness are valued less than the classical virtues of courage, steadfastness, and a ruthless desire for victory.
— David Brooks, November 2001
What, what, what?
17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice? […] We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17% women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33% women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.
The bullshit never ends. That’s the main thing to remember. It never ends.
I claim that melancholy occurs not when we lose the object, but precisely when the object is here but we lose the desire for it. This is why modern philosophical subject cogito is deeply melancholic. Everything is here, but you no longer desire it. And so I claim that this is the enigma of modernity. It’s not some kind of protestant ethics which prohibits I don’t know what. It’s that you lose desire, and prohibitions come — precisely a desperate, secondary attempt to resuscitate desire.
Virtually every aspect of the higher-ed dream has been colonized by monopolies, cartels, and other unrestrained predators. The charmingly naive American student is in fact a cash cow, and everyone has got a scheme for slicing off a porterhouse or two.
— Tom Frank, The Baffler
Depository of 500+ year old printing blocks. Tandjur,Tibet. 1925. Photo © Joseph F. Rock
I have a soft spot for old photographs containing images of books and their users - like this one I posted some time ago. The image above shows a vast repository of early-modern book blocks, used for printing full pages of text. It also shows us the individual who guarded the books-to-be: the librarian. Thus the image depicts a slice of history (old printing blocks) inside a scene that has also become part of history - the photograph dates from 1925, after all. Powerful stuff.