“TO CAUSE CHAOS AND MAYHEM ISN’T THAT A GOOD ENOUGH REASON?” SAID JENS VOIGT, WHEN ASKED WHY HE ATTACKED AND WON STAGE 6 OF THE TOUR OF CALIFORNIA. “IT WAS HARD WORK, YES, BUT NO ONE EVER SAID CYCLING WAS EASY.”
I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life what had been my childhood dream. I know it’s a rare privilege, but if you can tackle something in adult life that means that much to you, then it’s more rewarding than anything imaginable. Having solved this problem there’s certainly a sense of loss, but at the same time there is this tremendous sense of freedom. I was so obsessed by this problem that for eight years I was thinking about it all the time - when I woke up in the morning to when I went to sleep at night. That’s a long time to think about one thing. That particular odyssey is now over. My mind is at rest.
Andrew Wiles, in “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, by Simon Singh, p331
When your writing is going well, does it feel as if words are ‘pouring’ from you? When you’re listening to someone speaking and not really grasping the meaning, do you have the sensation of words ‘washing’ over you? Why a ‘torrent of abuse’ or a ‘sea of troubles’? These watery metaphors…
Jottings, in their spontaneity and complete absence of any craft, are often so much truer to what I actually feel and think at any given moment.
Notes From Walnut Tree Farm, Roger Deakin (via typet
Less than 2000 people were asked about Thatcher’s legacy in a recent YouGov poll, however when the results showed a favourable response to her tenure, Louise Mensch, the former MP for Corby tweeted;
‘A straight 52% think she was ‘good’ or ‘great’. Too bad, Kinnock et al. Britain not so “divided” after all’
With reports that “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” may sell over 20,000 downloads, Mensch retweeted the following with a little addition of her own;
‘I had no idea it only took 20,000 sales to produce a number one song. Hardly a national statement. <~~EXACTLY’
I’m having trouble with my maths, is 20000 a bigger number than 2000 (or 1893 to be exact)? Because when the results back up your point of view they’re representative, but when a larger number disagree with you it’s not a ‘national statement’?
Wood heat is different from other kinds of heat.
Regular heat isn’t really something to consider, unless you are poor and can’t afford it or something.
Wood heat is deliberate heat.
When you heat your home with wood, you need to first locate it. You need to chop wood and place it into…
Tonight at the Aperture Foundation ICP faculty member Bill Armstrong is in conversation with W. M. Hunt for “Thinking in Color.”
Taking inspiration from the book I Send You This Cadmium Red, which features correspondence between critic John Berger and artist John…