I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’
There is in what I write something that calls: foreclosure: the intolerable, loved, already known, which cannot be quoted, only incorporated.
— Jacques Derrida, quoted in Geoffrey Bennington’s Jacques Derrida (via heteroglossia)
Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.
— Albert Camus, The Fall (via larmoyante)
Since capital is always doing well somewhere, the illusion arises that all will be well everywhere if we only readjust the form of capital to that predominant in Japan and West Germany (the 1980s), the United States (the 1990s) or China (after 2000). Capital never has to address its systemic failings because it moves them around geographically.
David Harvey, Seventeen contradictions and the End of Capitalism: Uneven Geographical Developments and the Production of Space. p154
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
— Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)
It is only for the sake of those without hope, that hope is given to us
— Walter Benjamin (via theeternalsame)
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