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How to Live Without Irony »

NY Times:

Irony is the most self-defensive mode, as it allows a person to dodge responsibility for his or her choices, aesthetic and otherwise. To live ironically is to hide in public.

“Say you hoped to
tame something
wild and stayed
calm and inched up
day by day. Or even
not tame it but
meet it halfway.
Things went along.
You made progress,
understanding
it would be a
lengthy process,
sensing changes
in your hair and
nails. So it’s
strange when it
attacks: you thought
you had a deal.”

On the Nature of Understanding, Kay Ryan

Casual is sexy. Caring is creepy. »

Dalla colonna Modern Love, del New York Times:

Out of fear, we shrink ourselves. There have been many times I should have cried but stifled the tears. Instances where I should have said, “I love you” but made a joke instead.

Il monologo di Luis C.K. tenuto ieri, al Saturday Night Live.

A New Documentary about the National »

Matt, il cantante dei National, e suo fratello Tom:

Kafka’s Joke Book »

McSweeney’s:

Tutte le volte che ti trovi a camminare a fianco di uno sconosciuto che va alla tua stessa velocità, e senti la necessità di superarlo o rallentare. Uno dei miei grandi problemi.

"I don’t know why, but when we walk at the same speed I get uncomfortable.”

The mysterious beauty of sadness »

Adam Roberts:

Sadness is a kind of conspicuous consumption. It takes more muscles to frown than smile, and maybe that’s the point. It signals ones capacity to squander a resource precisely by squandering it. Any fool can live and be happy. It takes greater strength to live and be sad.