“Rimasi nella sala d’aspetto del dentista, che era molto affollata. Improvvisamente Mahler spalancò la porta e gridò: «Ehi, Alma, qual è il dente che mi fa male?»”—A. Mahler, Gustav Mahler. Ricordi e lettere (via danielaranieri)
I was listening to David Byrne’s radio playlist of the month and I have been easily swayed by these words:
The revolution in Czechoslovakia was dubbed The Velvet Revolution, and one had to assume that it was, at least partly, in honor of the band, as Václav Havel was a fan. Years later, I ran into Lou on the street in NY, and he invited me to meet Mr. Havel at a Moroccan (I think it was Moroccan) restaurant in Soho. I went along, and when we arrived we saw the great playwright and symbol of peaceful democratic revolution and transition, wrapping up dinner with Henry Kissinger. Lou whispered, “Aren’t we supposed to kill this guy?”—meaning war criminal Kissinger, of course. Icouldn’tdisagree.
His design decisions, Mr. Jobs explained, were shaped by his understanding of both technology and popular culture. His own study and intuition, not focus groups, were his guide. When a reporter asked what market research went into the iPad, Mr. Jobs replied: “None. It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.”
The notion of “taste” — he uses the word frequently — looms large in Mr. Jobs’s business philosophy.
“When I learned of an essay of Heidegger’s called “The Age of the World View,” the mere words suggested to me, from my knowledge of “Being and Time,” a range of issues - that ours is an age in which our philosophical grasp of the world fails to reach beyond our taking and holding views of it, and we call these views metaphysics. I have half-deliberately avoided that essay; I have enough problems.”—From Stanley Cavell’s preface to The World Viewed (via emissions)
"Anecdotal evidence suggests that in other cities hit by Monday night’s violence, communities were last night preparing to defend themselves. On Amazon sales of baseball bats and truncheons rocketed overnight. Sales of one aluminium bat increased 65-fold in a day, albeit from low initial sales, while a truncheon jumped from a sales rank of 5,973 to 136."