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Lost And Found Schnippet

“I am beyond Left and Right, as I am Good and Evil.

Gabriele d’Annunzio more »


Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

Peter Hitchens more »

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Withdrawal Schnippets

I’m at an age when everything is less exciting and I have to look for inspiration much more inside myself and my home than outside.

Pedro Almodóvar more »

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Real Victims Schnippet

“The World is weary of me, and I am weary of it.”

Charles d’Orleans

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Old Lit. Schnippet

The struggle of [people] against power is struggle of memory against forgetting.

Milan Kundera

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Solarpunk Schnippit

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Brutalishht Schnippets

You conclude the book by saying that a city that is not melancholic is the best we can hope for. You talk about people fighting back – the Focus E15 Mums, in East London, campaigning for council housing – and say we should celebrate the fact that they’ve not kept calm and carried on. You quote that great slogan – ‘these people need homes, these homes need people’.

And you don’t have to write a dissertation on Brutalism to do it. Like, this exists, we need it, it works, we’re going to take it. Fantastic. How incredibly simple that is. And if that’s going to be the basic of an actual politics, that’s it.

So we don’t end up fetishising buildings for their beautiful angles.

Which are there, but they’re secondary. It was really telling that the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark became a cause celebre, because it was a nadir architecturally. But people were squatting it and trying to save it, saying, we want it to be social housing, leave it alone. Rather than appealing to it on the basis of architecture, it was on the basis of it being useful.

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