“Republicans may succeed in using the threat of a potential outcome that they themselves acknowledged would lead to national catastrophe as leverage to extract enormous concessions from Democrats, without giving up anything of any significance in return.”—Greg Sargent
“The mechanisms for sharing academic discourse are broken. They barely even function as systems for connecting interested parties within existing disciplines. Ask just about anyone who spends their time writing or consuming scholarly work and you will hear a litany of complaints about how poorly suited the academic publishing industry is to modern day collaboration.”—The difference between Google and Aaron Swartz | MediaFile
“One way you could put it is that “FNL” is about how silly, even tragic it is to be “about” something. How freeing it can be to turn your back on what you are supposed to be or to like. It points its fingers directly at self-professed “sophisticated” media consumers and asks us: “Don’t you like things that are beautiful?”—Generation ‘FNL’ | The Awl
“The one thing about sprinting we all understand is that speed comes from how hard the runner’s foot hits the ground. Someone like Bolt is hitting the ground with 1,000 pounds of force, and we just don’t how he does that. For example, we have a very accurate understanding of how much weight someone can lift — we can take a person’s frame and his muscle mass and accurately estimate how much weight he’ll be able to bench press. But world-class sprinters deliver twice as much force as our estimates indicate, and we don’t know why.”— Peter Weyand (quoted by Chuck Klosterman), Is the Fastest Human Ever Already Alive?
“Jennifer Aniston should move out of Los Angeles. She should move to Berkeley or Sedona or some other haven for rich hippies, teach yoga, and scout out her own My Best Friend’s Wedding or Bridesmaids. If she could make a comedy that isn’t about weddings or even romance at all, that would be the best. She should do a well-written stoner/MILF/buddy-comedy with somebody like Martha Plimpton or Laura Linney (or both).”—