"What she had mistakenly assumed was her personality — driven, cranky, anxious and sad — turned out to be a deformative effect of her environment."
I would like to briefly honour my blue-and-black striped socks, which have accompanied me on many adventures over four (or so) years but which have reached the end of their useful lives. They were bought because they reminded me of a pair of socks I borrowed from Evan Kelly at his wedding and never returned. (It’s possible that those borrowed socks were subsequently borrowed by Omer Rashid — at any rate they disappeared without tribute.) The blue-and-black socks were never named, but they were my go-to socks for most occasions. Job interviews, conferences, meetings, other people’s weddings and my own. I darned them multiple times in order to extend their lifespan. The toes are ribboned with different colours of thread, and are relatively intact; in the end it was the heels that wore out beyond repair. They probably didn’t bring me luck, but maybe they did.
"If you think there is a vast climate conspiracy out to silence you, corrupting science and public discourse in order to accrue power, then why accept the result of an election? Why accept the findings of the IPCC or CSIRO, or the authority of the UN? And by extension, why engage with any criticism, which is ideologically motivated to begin with? It’s the ultimate political and intellectual cul-de-sac"
"It’s definitely my favorite film franchise that’s 80 percent boring."
"If there was human care involved, Sandler’s Happy Madison production company managed to do its signature detailing job to remove it, for maximum ease of consumption. And so Zookeeper plays like an amalgam of tics and bulging clichés, arranged in a vague narrative order and stretched out to an unconscionable 104 minutes."
"But self-publishing a blog should never be conflated with an unpaid internship. Unpaid internships are for chumps. They are a disgusting scam that ensures that the pipeline into the industry is clogged with wealthy college kids"
The One-Percenters - Roger Ebert's Journal →
Why do middle and lower class Tea Party members not understand that they bear an unfair burden of taxes that should be more fairly distributed? Why do they support those who campaign against unions and a higher minimum wage? What do they think is in it for them?
"Really, if the old Penn Station had not been knocked down, at best it would have ended up annoyingly subdivided into a mall, like Union Station in Washington D.C., because that is the only thing that America can think of to do with its vast public spaces anymore."
"The moral is clear. Republicans don’t have a mandate to cut spending; they have a mandate to repeal the laws of arithmetic."