the conditions that foster creep

the conditions that foster creep

  “Yet the big cat— whom wildlife experts call “the Rolls Royce of North American predators”— also had a noisy chorus of defenders. “The slaughtered cougar,” wrote one angry reader about the Times‘s coverage of FULL STORY

other time-honored activities

other time-honored activities

  “Activities” Activities are a way of structuring time that deal with external reality and are commonly thought of as work, getting something done. Activities are often what people want to do, need to do, FULL STORY

wash it clean

wash it clean

  “In giving the Furies their place, we may come to recognize that they are not such alien presences as we think in our moments of evading them. In fact, far from being alien, they FULL STORY

a waste of energy

a waste of energy

“Heat is inherently untidy. It is the most disorderly form of energy. However, all the other forms of energy, when used, are converted into the energy of heat, so that the tendency is for all FULL STORY

anger at war with desire

anger at war with desire

“The story is, that Leontius, the son of Aglaion, coming up one day under the Piraeus, under the north wall on the outside, observed some dead bodies lying on the ground at the place of FULL STORY

forgiveness of the birds

forgiveness of the birds

    “One may stand perplexed before some thought, especially seeing men’s sin, asking oneself, ‘Shall I take it by force, or by humble love?’ Always resolve to take it by humble love. If you FULL STORY

but someone has to do it

but someone has to do it

    “one’s position determines one’s feelings. And yet to walk on top of a thing is not to prevail over it— it is more the opposite, a disguised dependency, by which the slave completes FULL STORY

Who ate the bread crumbs?

Who ate the bread crumbs?

 “The most important cartographic innovation of the last 500 years is that the maps now have you on them . . . it’s very ego-reinforcing. We are literally the center of our world. In the FULL STORY

salesmanship

salesmanship

  “There is a moment in a sales pitch when an arm around the shoulder or a hand on the back will help swing the deal. . . But you must know that moment! Try FULL STORY

muckrakers and reformers need not apply

muckrakers and reformers need not apply

  “Fellow workers, this is the Continental Congress of the working class. We are here to confederate the workers of this country into a working class movement that shall have for its purpose the emancipation FULL STORY

a suit for a benjamin

a suit for a benjamin

  “My unexpected Appearance surpriz’d the family; all however were very glad to see me and made me Welcome, except my Brother. I went to see him at his Printing-House: I was better dress’d than FULL STORY

calculated exaggeration

calculated exaggeration

“In that most attractively adhesive of Russian novels, Oblomov, the protagonist devotes his life to finding more and better reasons for not getting out of bed. He finally stops going to the coffeehouse to see FULL STORY