The first time George Harrison came over to my house, when it was just the two of us there, the first thing he did was pick up the guitar and start to play “Norwegian Wood.” I thought, ‘Well, this is unusual.’ George said something like, ‘You know this one, don’t you?’ It was a funny approach — I was obviously a huge Beatles fan— but he really had an uncanny ability to transcend the fact that he was a Beatle and get you to the place where you weren’t thinking about that any more. We just started playing guitars after that.
Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer. This is completely understood about poetry or fiction, but it is too seldom realized about books of fact. And yet the impulse which drives a man to poetry will send another man to the tide pools and force him to try to report what he finds there.
John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts, Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research
Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week.(via classicpenguin)
Every barometer by which female worth is measured—from the superficial to the life-altering, the appreciative to the punitive—has long been calibrated to “dude,” whether or not those measurements are actually being taken by dudes.
Intelligent op-ed by The New Republic's Rebecca Traister on why women are tired of being judged by the Esquire metric.
To illustrate the point, step into the cultural time machine and fly back to Esquire’s appallingly sexist 1949 attractiveness questionnaire, a caricature of the more subtle ways in which we still evaluate women today.(via explore-blog)