A record collection isn’t just a database of files, as Spotify would have you believe, but a physical embodiment of a journey: your journey, to be precise.
—Dave Lee, BBC News, in ‘I subscribe, therefore I am‘
I never really got Facebook, so I was a Twitter guy, but since mid-2016 engaging with Twitter has simply made me anxious, upset, jangly, and distracted.
—Brad Feld in Relentlessly Turning Input Knobs To 0
I couldn’t have put my feelings about FB & TW more concisely.
In the East, I’ve heard it said, there’s intimacy without friendship; in the West, there’s friendship without intimacy.
Egon Bittner, a sociologist, once defined policing as responding to “something that ought not to be happening and about which someone had better do something now”
As temperatures soar, some may be tempted to think again. But as the late Lord Donaldson, a senior judge, once put it: “There is no urgent need to go discarding something which has been out of date for at least a century.”
Roger Federer stands 6ft 1in, but he must feel like he’s taken a walk in the valley of the giants. Holy cow, just look at the other guys left in his quarter of the draw. Kevin Anderson, his next opponent, is 6ft 8in, while the two other quarter-finalists are John Isner (6ft 10in) and Milos Raonic (6ft 5in).
—Nick Bollettieri, in The Independent
Does the world have too many writers, or not enough? What about comparative literature professors? How should we think about the future of literary culture when the written word is becoming so much more culturally dominant at the same time as books and journalism are falling apart?
What variable are we changing at the margin? If people watch less TV and write more, that is probably a plus. I also would favour fewer photographs and more writing. But I wouldn’t cut back on charity to increase the quantity of writing. If only comparative literature professors were people who simply loved books — at the margin a bit more like used book store owners and somewhat less like professors — and would compare them to each other…then I would want more of them. Until then, I don’t know how to keep the extra ones busy.
—Tyler Cowen in Theo asks, and I intersperse my answers
I loved this (underlined) bit. Merely evaluating ‘change’ can be too broad, too subjective to whims. Evaluating variables that are changing at ‘the margin’, is a way better approach.