“Because of the Biennale’s size and its vociferous claim to be the world’s most influential art jamboree, organizing this show every two years is of course always rife with risks, not only that the national pavilions will fail to generate a frisson but also that its special exhibition will have nothing new to say.”
— Past Upstages Present at Venice Biennale
6:08 pm • 24 March 2014
“This experience was a revelation. Consider the context: We poets are told in this country, over and over, that we do not matter. We internalize the rhetoric of irrelevance. In this mercantile culture, poetry is quantified in terms of dollars and found lacking.
I hear the same dirge about poetry everybody else hears.
Then I went to Chile. I never imagined that a nation could celebrate a poet, or poetry in general, with such fervor. Restaurants used Neruda’s odes for recipes. There were séances to commune with the spirits of dead poets. In a taxicab I heard a radio call-in show on poetry. A security guard at the airport wouldn’t let me leave the country—literally—until I declaimed a poem for her. At Neruda’s Isla Negra home, I saw poetry put to a hundred uses by thousands of celebrants singing, dancing, painting, reading, and performing his poems.
I found myself in the middle of two remarkable scenes at Isla Negra, one public and one personal. The families of the desaparecidos—those people who were disappeared, tortured, imprisoned, or murdered under the Pinochet regime— staged a silent demonstration at the tomb of Neruda. To them it made perfect sense to make their appeal for justice at the grave of a poet. To them there was an unbreakable nexus between justice and poetry”
— Martín Espada
5:59 pm • 24 March 2014 • 1 note
“It’s also long been known that people veer from what’s expected after they’ve built up enough trust within a group. But, she says, acting differently risks losing the benefits that come with conforming, such as shared group identity and automatic group trust.”
— What did Harvard Business School learn studying people who wear sweatpants in public?
2:54 pm • 22 March 2014
“Yet for all the glitz and the glory and the newfound glamour, there is a surprising amount of angst in Silicon Valley. Which is probably inevitable when you put thousands of ambitious, talented young people together and tell them they’re god’s gift to technology. It’s the angst of an early hire at a start-up that only he realizes is failing; the angst of a founder who raises $5 million for his company and then finds out an acquaintance from college raised $10 million; the angst of someone who makes $100,000 at 22 but is still afraid that he may not be able to afford a house like the one he grew up in.”
— Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem
11:09 am • 21 March 2014 • 3 notes
“Ross, whose private plane was grounded by mechanical trouble, participated by videoconference.”
— Wall Street Plays 2016 Dating Game as Christie Stumbles
8:59 am • 19 March 2014