From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-11-26:
"Sleep is an uncompromising interruption of the theft of time from us by capitalism. Most of the the seemingly irreducible necessities of human life - hunger, thirst, sexual desire, and recently the need for friendship - have been remade into commodified or financialized forms. Sleep poses the idea of a human need and interval of time that cannot be colonized and harnessed to a massive engine of profitability, and thus remains an incongruous anomaly and site of crisis in the global present. In spite of all the scientific research in this area, it frustrates and confounds strategies to exploit and reshape it. The stunning, inconceivable reality is that nothing of value can be extracted from it." -- Jonathan Crary, in his book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep.
(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)
[Good Yule to all who celebrate the solstice! Astronomical winter starts in about twelve and a half hours. Hey, can we make Solstice Snakes a thing? They seem so cuddly!]