"The Grand Armada" is my favorite chapter, I think.
It has baby whales in it! BABY WHALES.
The great sensations behind the book order themselves around you, like planets around the sun. You will be hard pressed to read another book that understands you as well as Leaves of Grass does. It was made for you in the way that the constellations were made for you. It understands and makes space for your doubts, your love, the guilt and passions of your life and waits for you. You’ll struggle to find a moment of empathy in a book as touching, grand and unapologetic as the last line of “Song of Myself”:
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you."
A Celebration Of Walt Whitman’s Irreverent Hymnal by Rowan Ricardo Phillips [NPR]
By NICK HANAUER
"The thing about us businesspeople is that we love our customers rich and our employees poor. So for as long as there has been capitalism, capitalists have said the same thing about any effort to raise wages. We’ve had 75 years of complaints from big business—when the minimum wage was instituted, when women had to be paid equitable amounts, when child labor laws were created. Every time the capitalists said exactly the same thing in the same way: We’re all going to go bankrupt. I’ll have to close. I’ll have to lay everyone off. It hasn’t happened. In fact, the data show that when workers are better treated, business gets better. The naysayers are just wrong."
okay so it’s like the walking dead
only instead of turning into zombies and coming back to eat the living after they die
people just die and then stay dead forever
and the hero is a cop who has to try to make sense of a world where the living turn into the dead and then nothing ever happens to them ever again
and then we put them in the ground underneath our living cities and try to act like that’s not going to happen to us
Someone hurt you once, and it was the most vicious and heartbreaking thing in the world. You’re hurting someone right now, and it’s wonderful.
LP - “Halo” (Beyonce Cover)
On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio over the years. It’s some sage stuff, although there’s nothing here about defending yourself from your childhood toys when they inevitably come to life with murder in their hearts. A truly glaring omission.
The universal desire to squeeze baby animals, hard
This actually makes me feel better. Sometimes I see some baby animal (or attractive human) so cute, so adorable, that I want to like…hurt it. Not really, but kind of?
The feeling is sort of like this:
The Hesitant Betrothed by Auguste Toulmouche (1866)
I have always adored this painting. Having the central female figure stare with awareness at her viewer is a very powerful move, and something not often given to women in paintings. It creates an engagement with the viewer, she sees you and she knows you are watching her. She is no longer an object in an image, she is a person.
This World Cup I’m for which ever team is the cutest.