The Transfăgărășan in the Southern Carpathians, Romania.
by Horia Varlan
Taken a few meters down from Balea Lake, on the northern part of the road. It shows the curvy lanes going down through the glacier’s valley. Luckily the clouds were on their way to Sibiu so the view was clear. A section from what Top Gear called the greatest road in the world.
Carly Fleischmann: finding its way out
I think people get a lot of their information from so-called experts, but if a horse is sick, you don’t ask a fish what’s wrong with the horse. You go right to the horse’s mouth.
"Carly, why do autistic kids cover their ears, flap their hands, hum, and rock?"
It’s a way for us to drown out all sensory input that over loads us all at once. We create output to block out input.
Our brains are wired differently. We take in many sounds and conversations at once. I take over a thousand pictures of a person’s face when I look at them. That’s why we have a hard time looking at people.
…when she says, “You’ve never been in my body. I wish for one day you could be in my body.”
Because if I don’t it feels like my body is going to explode. It’s just like when you shake a can of coke. If I could stop it I would, but it’s not like turning a switch off. I know what is right and wrong, but it’s like I have to fight with my brain over it.
"Use your words,"
"I want you to close your eyes and imagine a girl all alone in the middle of the jungle. All she can hear are the sounds of the animals. But what she does not know is that the sound aren’t just random sounds. In fact, the animals are talking to each other. People think that a lion’s roar is its way to scare you. But let me tell you from experience that a roar is just not a ROAR. Actually, a roar can mean many things depending on the tone. I think that humankind is just oblivious to things that have been around for many years. I think humans are so silly…
"When I’m writing, give me Times New Roman and I’m good to go. But when I print out a section of my manuscript in order to edit, I like to change the font. I feel like reading the work in a different font switches something in your brain and you see things you didn’t previously see. You trick the brain into thinking that this is someone else’s work, not yours. It makes you both more critical and more forgiving.
When I do readings, I have to read from the galley rather than the finished copy, because if I see something I want to change, I can fool myself into thinking I probably already dealt with it before the finished copies were printed. But if I see something I can’t stand in the finished copy, I know I missed my chance."
"Dead Language - Jonathan Lee interviews David Gilbert", Guernica, 1 November 2013
"we think that polemics are not persuasive, but we think that storytelling can change the world..."
WCT muffins ;) banana and apricot
Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures
"…the idea that these cultures could create different realities…
This tribe, the Cofan, has 17 varieties of ayahuasca, all of which they distinguish a great distance in the forest, all of which are referable to our eye as one species.
And then you ask them how they establish their taxonomy and they say, “I thought you knew something about plants. I mean, don’t you know anything?” And I said, “No.”
Well, it turns out you take each of the 17 varieties in the night of a full moon, and it sings to you in a different key.
Now, that’s not going to get you a Ph.D. at Harvard, but it’s a lot more interesting than counting stamens.”
"Sometimes it takes more courage not to let yourself see. Sometimes knowledge is damaging - not enlightenment but enleadenment. If one recognizes the difference and prepares oneself - it is extraordinarily brave. Because when it comes to certain human miseries, the only witnesses should be the pavement and maybe the trees."
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl (via amandaonwriting)
not sure to what extent this might be true of legal academia- that perhaps it takes more courage, sometimes, not to tear reading a company law case (because the rule is that there can be an exception to the notice requirement, if giving notice of the action would have undermined said action - but it was her father’s company, but she spent a seven figure sum, and she won but she let the company go into liquidation, and the liquidators take over the heavy burden after..) Perhaps it takes more courage not to weep for the mother’s grief, for the father’s fatally ill-judged heavy hand; for the deaf-mute man who could not hear the challenge to fight, for the man who took a pole to the other’s head not understanding the other heard nothing and reacted only to what he could see. Not to be weighed down for the cracks of everyday stresses: the money woes of countless families indirectly caused by mortgage rates going through the roof, the cascading effect so keenly felt many stratospheric layers below the fixing of the interbank offered rate (though our question at hand is whether it is the bank who is responsible, or the directors / audit committee / independent auditors / rogue traders…) Not to be bowed down for parents’ losing their only sons; for a trainee in law if not in intent at all, it seems, killing her colleagues by her misjudgment.
but so thin a line between courage and the cost of your soul-
standing on the edge of a knife-
so definitely words to mull over.
"Death will not be denied. To try is grandiose. It drives madness into the soul. It leaches out virtue. It injects poison into friendship, and makes a mockery of love."
Helen Garner, The Spare Room