‘The whole world turning with me’

Maybe (my brother’s) improbably survival was what gave me courage, or maybe it was the Robert Cormier I was reading — his young heroes were always asking themselves, “Do I dare disturb the universe?” before ultimately deciding that yes, they did dare. Whatever it was, one day I found myself fleeing from a sighting of the brothers, and suddenly I was brought up short by an appalling vision: me running away forever.

I forced myself to stop. I forced myself to turn towards them, and it felt as if the whole world was turning with me. I couldn’t make myself walk toward them, I could barely even look at them, so I settled for standing still. As the brothers approached, the ground started tilting out from under me. One of them scowled.

And then, without a word, they walked past.

– Junot Díaz ‘Fear’ The New York Times Magazine

Seeking certainty

“In time away from your ‘home’ environment, you can step away from all those things that have influenced your whole life and reflect on ‘who am I?’” says Nicola Boughton-Smith, a Briton who has spent 7 ½ years abroad, with time split between North America and Asia. “You can deconstruct the things that have made you who you are.”

– in Rashmi J. Dalai’s ‘What makes the expat lifestyle so addictive?The Wall Street Journal


No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

– Justice Anthony Kennedy

生命不是过程 而是美丽旅程 风景有 亮和暗 也有爱和恨

第一站叫天真 第二站叫青春 下一站 的名字 等你去确认

(Life is not just a process but a beautiful journey

with scenery, light and darkness, also love and hate

The first stop is naiveté, the second stop is youth,

the next stop’s name is up to you to decide)

– 阿信


Most curators hope to get glowing reviews and popular acclaim when they mount an exhibit. Michael Kamber, on the other hand, is expecting some blowback for his latest show, “Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography,” which opens this weekend at the Bronx Documentary Center.

And he’s perfectly O.K. with that.

– James Estrin ‘Posing questions of photographic ethics‘ The New York Times