Intellectual Wallpaper

A constant swish of the leaves

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What A Wonderful Line

“Her eyebrows had been plucked and then drawn on again at a more rakish angle but the efforts of nature toward the restoration of the old alignment gave a blurred air to her face.” –The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“That’s my middle-west - -not the wheat or the prairies or the lost Swede towns but the thrilling, returning trains of my youth and street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark and the shadows of holly wreaths thrown by lighted windows on the snow.” –The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Senate Republicans blocked the bill that would have provided $1 billion over 5 years to help veterans find work. 40 Republican Senators thought it would be wrong to spend $1 billion on a bill to reintegrate veterans into the domestic workforce. Partly because of the money we had already gladly spent on wars that made them veterans in the first place.” –Jon Stewart

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“I grew up reading a generation of American and English people like [Saul] Bellow, [John] Updike or [Martin] Amis. Everybody’s neutral unless they’re black — then you hear about it: the black man, the black woman, the black person. Of course, if you happen to be black the world doesn’t look that way to you. I just wanted to try and create perhaps a sense of alienation and otherness in this person, the white reader, to remind them that they are not neutral to other people.” - Zadie Smith, discussing how she never mentions the race of any of the characters in her new novel, NW, unless they are white

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Nietzsche, Star Trek, Same Difference

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail recover, and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” –Chris Hardwick

“The finals of my Cambridge degree was on the subject of Nietzsche and tragedy, and I mostly wrote about ‘Star Trek’.” –Stephen Fry

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SUPER Hufflepuff

“How’s your open house?” “Pretty empty actually. I kinda just took it out on a Harry Potter. Seriously though, a Gryffindor letting his mom carry his Quidditch broom? How Hufflepuff is that?” –Claire and Phil on Modern Family

“There’s not a man in the world who doesn’t feel like the biggest pussy alive when he watches Deadliest Catch.” – Tom Hanks

“I love history. Particularly communist. Communists crack me up.” -Tom Hanks

“I don’t watch movies with lizard people.” –Tander

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Can’t Trust ‘Em At All

“Preparations for a children’s party usually give far more trouble to the organizers than an entertainment devised for those of adult years. Food of good quality and suitable alcoholic refreshment - with lemonade on the side; that, to the right people, is quite enough to make a party go.” - Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

“The convict librarian at a major federal correctional facility in California says, ‘[Agatha Christie]’s the perfect escape reading. The only trouble is keeping her on the shelves. You can’t trust some of these guys’.” – ‘Cornwallis’ Revenge’ by Emma Lathen in Agatha Christie First Lady in Crime

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No Engineers At All

“The world is not intelligent. It’s kind of really stupid, actually. What’s going on between our legs? We’ve got this sewage system mixed with an entertainment complex. No engineer would have designed that… at all.” –Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Truth

“None of the debates did they mention climate change. And I feel like every six months the worst thing that’s ever happened in the world happens weather-wise. And I feel like we’re going to look back on this time the way baseball fans in the 90s were like “No, nobody’s using steroids.” We are in the Steroid Era of storms and yet there are more people in Congress who probably think this is because, like, gays are marrying… Than the fact that the world is just dying.” - Seth Meyers

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Super Awkward

Michael was concerned that he was caught in a lie about his family. The family was concerned that they were being confronted by a woman they had clubbed, drugged, and left on a bench. It was awkward.” –Narrator on Arrested Development

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SCIENCE

“One day you’re there and there’s less of you and you wonder where that part went, if it’s living somewhere outside of you and you keep thinking maybe you’ll get it back and then you realize it’s just gone.” — Peggy Olson

“Did you know there are four women in space right now for the first time in history? And the real sign of progress is that no one cares. Four women in space. 20 years ago that would have only been possible in a porn movie. Now it’s science.” –Tina Fey on Weekend Update

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