“That first year, Mr. Ramos said, “I remember coming home from a golf outing and literally starting to cry,” so emotional was the contrast he felt between their friendships and the “transactional” ones he said he had since formed as a businessman. “For me it’s the unconditional love, it’s the nontransactional nature of the relationship — that enduring quality — that is something that I really value,” he said.”
— Visits With School Pals Are a Touchstone on President’s Trips to Hawaii
7:02 am • 4 January 2014
“We’ve long forgotten that what we were reading was a digression and not the central point, as if all thinking were a digression within a digression: even our lives are digressions in a larger story which we have lost sight of, imagining our own story to be the central plot, which it both is and is not.”
— LRB · Sheila Heti · So Frank: Meeting Knausgaard
8:32 pm • 3 January 2014 • 1 note
What is Mr. Epstein’s point? He decries the disappointing state of American civics but offers no explanation or solution beyond a description of two other trends.
Since I also share his disappointment, allow me to offer an explanation and a solution that does fit those two trends: No one studies the classics anymore.
Without the classics, my generation will continue to lose sight of the great men and women who built the civilization we are charged with safeguarding. Without the classics, we will remain little men and women who put spreadsheets ahead of the bold thinking, ambition and daring that might save our country.
— Aindrìu Colgan [WSJ]
3:06 pm • 2 January 2014
“Carlsen: It just means that we’re a group of people that assemble at a place, preferably a good place where they are possibilities for sport and so on, and that the weather is good. And then we work on chess together for many hours a day and we also do some sports, [and] if we’re at the sea we go swimming and generally have a good time, and a good atmosphere. And hopefully find some inspirations and some new ideas for the chess as well.”
— The Boy King: An Interview with Magnus Carlsen | The Classical
8:48 am • 29 December 2013 • 1 note
“As in other fields, human chess skill has been complemented and augmented, not replaced, by machines. The result has been new levels of understanding and popularity for one of the oldest human pastimes. The championship reign of Magnus Carlsen will bring to fruition this new era in chess.”
— Chess championship results shows the powerful role of computers.
8:34 am • 29 December 2013 • 1 note
“It was like he was saying, ‘My grandparents’ grandparents went to Harvard, so my life is set. You got this one chance, but if you fuck it up you’ve got nothing to fall back on.’”
— When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools
8:25 am • 28 December 2013 • 1 note
“The bribery of public officials with art is so widespread that the Chinese have coined a term to describe this kind of aesthetic corruption. They call it “yahui” or “elegant bribery.””
— Forging an Art Market in China
4:13 pm • 27 December 2013 • 3 notes