He loved fiction and (unlike so many half or three-quarter writers) was never ashamed of it. He loved it in its irresponsibility, in its comedy, in its vulgarity, and its divine independence. He never confused it with other things made of words, like statements of social justice or personal rectitude, journalism or political speeches, all of which are vital and necessary for lives we live outside of fiction, but none of which are fiction, which is a medium that must always allow itself, as those other forms often can’t, the possibility of expressing intimate and inconvenient truths.
— Zadie Smith “Philip Roth, a Writer All the Way Down” The New Yorker
Have you ever stopped to think that it’s insane how much time, attention, and content we share on the Internet while we get essentially nothing back except maybe that vague notion of “exposure”? Oh yes, the things we do for exposure…
The sad thing about exposure is that it doesn’t feed you, not unless you have a lot of it, and even then only maybe.
— Eunika Sot “How Internet Behemoths Are Keeping Millennials Poor” Hacker Noon
About that time, Tony Inglis’s engineering and transport company got the job to remove phone boxes from the streets and auction them off. But he ended up buying hundreds of them himself, with the idea of renovating and selling them.
That might have seemed like a crazy idea back then. “They are so much against the times,” Mr. Inglis said in a recent interview. “They are everything that you wouldn’t do today. They’re big, heavy.”
But Mr. Inglis said he had heard the calls to preserve the kiosks and had seen how some of them were listed as historic buildings. He said he had been convinced that he could make a business of restoring them, and he was soon proved right.
— Palko Karasz “The Red Phone Box, a British Icon, Stages a Comeback” The New York Times
The eating of gold (chrysophagy? aurivorism?) dates back to long before the stunt-food era—it has been consumed by medieval alchemists, pharaonic Egyptians, and Victorian aesthetes.
— Helen Rosner “Twenty-Four Karat Chicken Wings and the Allure of Eating Gold” The New Yorker
Some great ideas work spectacularly the first time around, handsomely rewarding the original entrepreneurs. Others fail or flounder initially, sometimes multiple times, before a combination of the right entrepreneur and the right market and technology conditions unlocks their true potential.
Some of the best ideas of all have a great first run, only to return decades later and succeed all over again—reinvigorated with the latest technology and fresh thinking by a new generation of entrepreneurs who may not even be aware they’re leveraging an old idea.
John O’Farrell “Something old, something new”
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
From the first, style as a way of engendering spiritual consciousness has been [Paul Schrader’s] primary concern.
— Godfrey Cheshire “First Reformed” Roger Ebert review