Intellectual Wallpaper

A constant swish of the leaves

1 note

This Is Important

“I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.” –Teju Cole

Filed under teju cole first world problems 'modern world problems' is so much better

3 notes

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Filed under f scott fitzgerald

5 notes

The only thing archaeology can tell us with 100% certainty is they were all skeletons who lived underground. That’s it, right? The rest is pure speculation.
Chris Addison

Filed under archaeology chris addison

7 notes

“‘How you can sit there calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.’

‘Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs.’”

–Jack and Algernon in The Importance Of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

Filed under the importance of being ernest oscar wilde

3 notes

“You want to say Hi to the cute girl on the subway. How will she react? Fortunately, I can tell you with some certainty, because she’s already sending messages to you. Looking out the window, reading a book, working on a computer, arms folded across chest, body away from you = do not disturb. So, y’know, don’t disturb her. Really. Even to say that you like her hair, shoes, or book. A compliment is not always a reason for women to smile and say thank you. You are a threat, remember? You are Schrödinger’s Rapist. Don’t assume that whatever you have to say will win her over with charm or flattery. Believe what she’s signaling, and back off.

Read more …

Filed under tw: rape women feminism phaedra starling

12 notes

“Benedict was one of those boys that you met and you could already see what he was going to be like when he was middle-aged. He is a one-off, and it is the fate of people who are unique for others not to notice their talent straight off the bat. It’s easy for people to say, ‘Wow, you are the next Johnny Depp.’ Benedict was never going to be the next anybody. He was always going to be just who he is.” –Rebecca Hall

Filed under rebecca hall benedict cumberbatch

3 notes

Oh! to be sure, it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.
Emma in Emma (BBC 2009)

Filed under emma jane austen marriage

3 notes

… Tolkien’s own misadventures with his first automobile, purchased in 1932, were the source of some of Mr. Bliss’s escapades. Tolkien was known to accelerate across busy intersections crying out ‘Charge ‘em and they scatter!’ and once knocked down a stone wall during a family vacation.
– Janet Brennan Crost in Beyond The Hobbit

Filed under jant brennan crost the hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien jrr tolkien tolkien