In love with Rachel Maddow. For keeps.
“I think that humor has under-appreciated explanatory value. If you are trying to explain something to a broad audience, using humor is sometimes a way to help people either make a leap in logic with you or shorthand to what’s important about something. Usually when I use humor on the show, it’s in the form of absurdity. I’ve pointed out something that somebody says is normal that I think is not normal or that something that should be seen as very serious that I don’t think deserves seriousness. You can explain that away or you can poke fun at it, but sometimes it’s not only shorter to poke fun at it, but also more effective at moving the argument along.” — Rachel Maddow [complete interview here]
“dissonance” by josh reames
Detail from Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, circa 1511.
"Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
Ulysses - Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
the delusion that one is a dog.
“A woman flooded her man. It came about slowly. One day he glanced at her. She seeped through his eyes, one drop at a time, and in time she soaked his feet up to his ankles. Sitting in a thoughtful repose in his armchair, the man didn’t notice. Later she changed course, entered through his ears in a silver trickle which slowly filled his legs up to the knees. He still hardly noticed. She came a little closer then. Unaware, he took a deep breath and inhaled her in a quick stream, which flooded him to the waist. Surprised, he squirmed a bit, but, like a warm wave, a pleasant inner expansion lifted his spirits. He laughed. In she gushed like a torrent through his open mouth. Before he knew what happened, his heart began hopping, skipping and tumbling through the water. The man became concerned because, as we are told, men need to be much more careful with their hearts than women. He tried hard to remember… at his last checkup did the doctor recommend or did he advise against more liquids? While he was still wondering, his heart sunk. The water then streamed in peacefully, softly slumbering in his mouth, ears and eyes and edging higher, toward the brain. Fascinated, the man gave up figuring out the medical pros and cons of this flooding. He sat back and watched as she permeated the last barrier - his skin - and freely flowed in. He saw his thoughts hurriedly abandoning ship, and he watched their fleeting reflections on the face of the water. At a certain time there came to be nothing but the silence of the water, splashing in unknown, unexplored spaces, refracting sunlight into new, vast and mysterious interiors, rising, ever so slowly, ever higher.”
— Bulgarian poet, Michaella Mintchef, 'The Flood'.
1. to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow or regret.
2. to mourn deeply.