quote 25 Sep
it’s always some skinny bloke in black leather trousers who’s wearing shades and just kind of smokes his cigarettes and does a really bad impression of Mick Jagger and is a bit stupid and venal and just goes “All right!” and then falls over. Coming up as a music journalist in the early ’90s, those were not the boys in bands I was meeting. They were brilliant working-class auto-didacts, well-dressed but not much money, who would sit in the pub and go off on boozical flights of fancy and be the best company ever. I wanted to write a musician like those—the ones that are properly your heroes—to explain why people do give their hearts away to a rock-and-roll band.
quote 25 Sep
Making a painting is meditative, because I’ve already figured out my approach, I’ve already done a drawing, I know what it’s going to be. In that sense, there’s already a score written, so when I finally make a performance of it, I’m orchestrating the colors and the subtleties.
quote 18 Sep
In the relationship between story and image, I see the story as a kind of vampire trying to suck all the blood from an image. Images are acutely sensitive; like snails they shrink back when you touch their horns. They don’t have it in them to be the cart horses, carrying and transporting messages or significance or intention or a moral. But that’s precisely what a story wants from them.
quote 16 Sep
Think of it: A man with one of the most brilliant minds in the entire history of surgery responsible for so many surgical innovations, from emergency blood transfusions, to cancer surgery, to something as mundane as a bedside chart to track a patient’s vital signs and the use of surgical gloves operating room, a man who first laid down surgical principles still taught to all surgeons today, such as a completely sterile surgical field, hemostasis, gentle handling of tissue, careful anatomic dissection, and exact approximation of tissues, and Halsted couldn’t immediately figure out that wearing sterile rubber gloves instead of dipping one’s hand in caustic chemicals to disinfect them was a superior means of preventing surgical infection!
quote 14 Sep
Others hammered away manically, picking away at their corner of the gig economy, that handily shortened name for what had once been termed the Industrial Revolution of our time. It had been estimated, around 2010, that there were a million freelancers in New York. I only knew one or two who were making it work—for everyone else, working for yourself just meant begging for projects while you looked for a job. I was lucky.
quote 14 Sep
I once had a friend who quit his job as a bike messenger because, as he told it, people on the street started to resemble nothing more than obstacles in the way of his next commission. If delivery work makes all humans into roadblocks, front-of-the-house service professions render them as a collection of preferences and tastes and, as both Pierre Bourdieu and latte orders have taught me, taste is almost never singular.
quote 14 Sep
If a customer was particularly bad we exercised one of the only powers we possessed and “decafed” them. To covertly rob a caffeine-addicted asshole of their morning jolt was truly one of the sweetest pleasures of baristahood, and one that my subsequent professions haven’t come close to replicating.
quote 14 Sep
so cool-headedly focused on the future that he had been known to leave a party if he spotted drugs, worried that it might come back to haunt him in his political career.
photo 13 Sep
quote 5 Sep
By the mid-19th century, dentures were often referred to as “Waterloo Teeth,” after those surreptitiously ripped from the bodies of dead soldiers following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. These high-quality specimens taken from the mouths of formerly healthy young men were actually an improvement over the typical replacement teeth used by dentists, which often came with noticeable wear, staining, or bacterial infections (though it was unlikely these would be passed on to their new owner). While publicly frowned upon, stealing teeth from dead soldiers continued throughout the Crimean War and the American Civil War.
quote 1 Sep
[T]he scribes had done much examination of soldiers and their speech problems; the scribes had been so busy with this that the king had had to command them, the king had had to stop them from hitting people on the head just to settle arguments about the speech problems. The soldiers had spoken to the king, had begged the king to stop the scribes from moving up behind them with rocks. And the king had agreed, and had said that the scribes had to stop doing that, and that the scribes had to repeatedly set down in their tablets that they are not allowed to do this.
quote 1 Sep
If he had been weak of limb, he would have learned many ways to do one thing, but he was strong. If he had been sickly as a child, he would have learned perseverance, but he was as healthy as a goat, and twice as fickle. If he had been thick-minded, he would have learned humility, but he was clever. If he had been ugly, he would have learned to be well-spoken, but he was easy to look upon. And if he had been a princess, he would have been able to hold two thoughts in his head at once, but he was a prince.
photo 1 Sep
quote 1 Sep

What is a Morpheme? Morphemes are the elements obtained by breaking down the flower of language. They are also present in the roots and stems. It is not yet known exactly what constitutes a morpheme, but it is agreed that almost all verbiage, however innocent it may appear, contains these insidious ingredients.

What are Some Common Terms for Morphemes? Among those acquainted with morpheme use you may hear the slang terms “morph” or “formation”. Uneducated users refer to the morpheme as a “word” (possibly related to “weed”). One type of morpheme is commonly known as “affix”.

How are Morphemes Used? The most common method is to inflect them directly into the corpus. They may, however, be delivered orally or nasally. Morpheme use is generally accompanied by a ritual involving intricate movements of the mouth.

quote 1 Sep
May 5, 1403. The Great English Vowel Shift begins. Giles of Tottenham calls for ale at his favorite pub and is perplexed when the barmaid tells him that the fishmonger is next door.

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