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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-06-03

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-05-17:

"He uses commas grammatically. I deploy them musically." -- Toni Morrison, writer, on her disputes over the use of commas with her editor Robert Gottlieb.

[ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/books/robert-gottlieb-avid-reader-reluctant-writer.html]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

[If I understand correctly, when punctuation marks were first introduced they were for indicating pauses of different lengths when reading aloud, and grammatical use came later.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-06-02

"This is my country, these are my values and I'm not giving this up without a fight. And I think it's very important for me to say that I don't see the political crisis right now, and I do believe that we are in the middle of a political crisis, as a struggle between a left or right or liberal or progressive, Republican or Democrat. What we are experiencing is an attack, a concerted attack on fundamental American values, the bedrock values that make our republic what it is. I refer of course to things like the separation of powers, an independent judiciary, freedom of press, free speech, et cetera. These are not liberal issues or conservative issues, these are American issues and these are under attack." -- Robert Schenkkan, author of the play, Building the Wall, interviewed on the CBC radio program The Current, 2017-04-21

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-06-01

"As for the usefulness of poetry, its uses are many. It is the deification of reality. It should make our days holy to us. The poet should speak to all men, for a moment, of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten." -- Edith Sitwell (b. 1887-09-07, d. 1964-12-09), "Young Poets" (1957)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-31

"You'd think that for a holiday that considers macaroni and cheese as appropriate festive food, that Americans would be obsessed with Shavuot [...]" -- Yael Miller, 2013-05-16

[Chag Sameach to folks celebrating Shavuot!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:39pm on 2017-05-30

"Mocking someone for being a 'snowflake' or being 'triggered' is bullshit. Some things are worth reacting to." -- Tailsteak, 2017-05-16

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-29

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask,
 Mother, what was war?"

  -- Eve Merriam [via Goodreads]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-28

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-11:

"I operate under the principle that my computer is owned by at least three governments." -- Costin Raiu, computer security researcher

[ http://threatpost.com/the-internet-is-broken-act-accordingly/104141]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 02:54am on 2017-05-28

I'm glad I took my piano to Balticon.
I'm glad I'm not bringing it with me tomorrow.

So much to be grateful for. So many to be grateful to. Which is another thing to be grateful for.

So much need of sleep.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-27

"Saturn was the largest rocket in the world, the most complex and powerful ever to fly, and remains so to this day. The fact that it was developed for a peaceful purpose is an exception to every pattern of history, and this is one of the legacies of Apollo." -- Margaret Lazarus Dean, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, 2015

[A blessed Ramadan to everyone starting their fast today!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-26

"I'm convinced that most men don't know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man's atrocities, but wouldn't dream of imprisoning a mother for her son's crime?" -- Criss Jami, Killosophy [via Goodreads]

Today is...
Gregorian: 2017 May 26 -- first day of Balticon
Julian: 2017 May 13
Hebrew: 5777 Sivan 01
Islamic: 1438 Sha'ban 29 -- sunset will start 1438 Ramadan 01
Persian: 1396 Khordad 05
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.4.8
Indian: 1939 Jyaistha 05
Coptic: 1733 Pashons 18

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-25

"Salute the last, and everlasting day,
 Joy at the uprising of this Sun, and Son,
 Ye whose true tears, or tribulation
 Have purely wash'd, or burnt your drossy clay.
[...]"
  -- John Donne (b. 1573-01-22, d. 1631-03-31), "Ascension"

[A joyous holiday to everyone celebrating the Feast of the Ascension today!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-24

"My baby, she got me an orb.
 My baby, she knows how much I love orbs."

  -- Tailsteak, 2017-05-13

May 22, 2017:

"I can't believe I tweeted about an orb the first time in the history of my twitter account and a week later Trump touches an orb.

"Beartrap."

-- Tailsteak, 2017-05-22

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-23

"The paid pundit suffers under no greater fear or anxiety than the threat of irrelevance. When factual data emerges with the capacity to destroy the pundit's acumen, it quickly finds itself in the incinerator, discarded and forever ignored.

[...]

"More than political bias or even crass fixation on ratings, the most deleterious condition of the pundits is that they have only learned to ride the surfboard. They are surface dwellers. Comprehension of the real stories requires diving equipment."

-- David Masciotra, 2017-04-23

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-22

"Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world. Canada, with those relations of friendly, affectionate intimacy with the United States on the one hand and with her unswerving fidelity to the British Commonwealth and the Motherland on the other, is the link which joins together these great branches of the human family, a link which, spanning the oceans, brings the continents into their true relation and will prevent in future generations any growth of division between the proud and the happy nations of Europe and the great countries which have come into existence in the New World." -- Winston Churchill (b. 1874-11-30, d. 1965-01-24; UK Prime Minister 1940-1945 & 1951-1955)), at a luncheon 1941-09-04 to honour Mackenzie King (b. 1874-12-17, d. 1950-07-22; Prime Minister of Canada 1921-1926, 1926-1930, 1930 & 1945-1948)

[Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-21

"Over a long time, the coming and passing of several generations, the old farm had settled into its patterns and cycles of work - its annual plowing moving from field to field; its animals arriving by birth or purchase, feeding and growing, thriving and departing. Its patterns and cycles were virtually the farm's own understanding of what it was doing, of what it could do without diminishment. This order was not unintelligent or rigid. It tightened and slackened, shifted and changed in response to the markets and the weather. The Depression had changed it somewhat, and so had the war. But through all changes so far, the farm had endured. Its cycles of cropping and grazing, thought and work, were articulations of its wish to cohere and to last. The farm, so to speak, desired all of its lives to flourish.

"Athey was not exactly, or not only, what is called a 'landowner.' He was the farm's farmer, but also its creature and belonging. He lived its life, and it lived his; he knew that, of the two lives, his was meant to be the smaller and the shorter."

-- Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-20

"I need more clones. Then I could get a lot more not done." -- from The Devil's Panties by Jennie and Obby Breeden, 2017-05-12 (mouseover text)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-19

"I think Donald Trump's genius has been as an entertainer, as a reality show figure, who's really hacked the system.

"He finally figured out that if he gave these outrageous speeches, then cable news would cover him all the time and drown out his rivals and drown out any policy discussion. And we're seeing a continuation of that.

"People talk about Twitter. But Trump's real venue is television and he's a sort of sinister Chauncey Gardner, from the novel Being There. There's this figure who watches TV, repeats what he sees on TV, and becomes popular, even though he knows nothing."

-- Jeet Heer, on the CBC program Day 6, 2017-04-28

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-18

"Passwords are like underwear: you don't let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn't share it with strangers." -- Chris Pirillo

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-17

"The Evangelical support of Trump will be an indictment against its validity as a Christian movement for generations to come." -- Richard Rohr, 2016-10-10

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-05-16

"[...] it is the nature of oppression to try to divide people who are natural allies. The forces that threaten women from all races and incomes, the forces that threaten Transgender women and men and non-binary people, these forces are linked. Being for ourselves also means being for our siblings who are marginalized along the axis of gender. For white, cisgender women like myself, being for ourselves means being for the safety of the Transgender women of color who are in mortal danger every day. Women's lives are worth saving. For women who can afford new clothes, being for ourselves means being for the wellbeing of women who work in the factories where our clothes are made. Women's work is worth paying for. For those of us who have access to health care, being for ourselves means being for all people who need doctors, nurses, and medicines for their sexual health, birth control, gender care, abortion, and pre- and post-natal care. Health care labeled as women's health care is a human right, and we know that these categories of care affect people of all genders. If I am for myself, I am against misogyny in all its forms. We will be bold for change, unapologetic in our movement for equality." -- Rev. Lyn Cox, 2017-03-05

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