April 2nd, 2013
“It is the one orderly product our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths; it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden the best evidence we can give of our dignity.”
E. M. Forster
January 16th, 2013
“This is my first snow at Smith. It is like any other snow, but from a different window, and there lies the singular charm of it. […] Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
January 16th, 2013
102. The Beautiful and Damned
“Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know—because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot, and when I got it it turned to dust in my hand.”
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
September 4th, 2012
#101. El Escorial Monastery Library
"The vault of the library’s ceiling is decorated with frescoes depicting the seven liberal arts: Rhetoric, Dialectic, Music, Grammar, Arithmetic, Geometry and Astronomy."
August 23rd, 2012
#100. The Godfather
“Johnny .. was signed to this contract with a big-band leader .. and he wanted to get out of it.. My father went to see the bandleader, and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. So the next day, my father went to see the bandleader again, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, the bandleader signed the release, with a certified check of $1,000.”
"How did he do that?"
"My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse."
August 22nd, 2012
#99. Doctor Who
“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.”
“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And… he’s wonderful.”
August 17th, 2012
#98. London fog
“The fog was where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it was here. Or any of the other places down the avenue. I couldn’t see but a few feet ahead. I didn’t meet a soul. Everything looked and sounded unreal. Nothing was what it is. That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself. Out beyond the harbor, where the road runs along the beach, I even lost the feeling of being on land. The fog and the sea seemed part of each other. It was like walking on the bottom of the sea. As if I had drowned long ago. As if I was the ghost belonging to the fog, and the fog was the ghost of the sea. It felt damned peaceful to be nothing more than a ghost within a ghost.”
Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
August 17th, 2012
#97. Edgar Degas
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
August 12th, 2012
#96. The Cure - Disintegration
"I think it’s dark and it looks like rain, you said
and the wind is blowing like it’s the end of the world, you said
and it’s so cold, it’s like the cold if you were dead.
And then you smiled
for a second.”
August 10th, 2012
#95. Royal Palace of Caserta
"The estate at Caserta is a unique creation of the 18th century spirit, which created buildings of great architectural value that fitted well into a natural landscape, in accordance with planning designs […] representing the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space.[…] The monumental Caserta complex was deliberately created as a rival to Versailles and Madrid […] Its special quality lies in the way in which it it was adapted to the surrounding landscape and incorporated individual pre-exsisting elements into an integrated whole, rather than seeking to modify or ignore it."
from the UNESCO World Heritage Justification
August 7th, 2012
#94. Davis and White - Samson & Delilah
"For their young age at the time, this epic, intense performance is simply outstanding. The program was, in fact, their breakthrough, with a soft opening escalating into an intense, passionate drama with deep edges and incredibly high speed.”
Samson & Delilah