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Quotes - March 2016

Alexei Muravsky

“Impure but rich, dirtier but warmer, cumbersome but tangible – it took time for the mainstream to rediscover what Freitas seems to have known all along, the recognition of the fact that the unique beauty of sound stems partly from the unique grit of the medium. An explanation for these changes can be found in French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques. Reflecting on the superiority of traditionally produced rums over the modern ones, he identifies a distinctive ‘paradox of civilisation’: ‘we know that its magic derives from the presence within it of certain impurities, and yet we can never resist the impulse to clean up precisely those elements which give it its charm… Society sets itself to destroy precisely those things which give it most flavour’.”

- Dominik Bartmanski, Inside the World's Biggest Record Collection: An Interview With Zero Freitas


“Big record collections are private libraries of cultural import and aesthetic appeal. They are not so very different from books, a medium we still hold in high regard. Books and records invite ritualistic experience, their digital counterparts offer routine convenience.”

- Dominik Bartmanski, Inside the World's Biggest Record Collection: An Interview With Zero Freitas


“What Thomas Carlyle once wrote about books applies to vinyl perhaps with even greater force: ‘in books lies the soul of the whole past time, the articulate audible voice of the past when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream’.”

- Dominik Bartmanski, Inside the World's Biggest Record Collection: An Interview With Zero Freitas


“At school, when Michael’s friends practiced the age-old ritual of bragging about their father, Michael would walk away. He’d been raised not to boast. He also had no need for it. Even the worst schoolyard bully knew that Michael’s quiet father was a man of respect. When Vito Corleone walked down the street, people backed away, almost bowing, as if he were a king.”

- Mark Winegardner, The Godfather Returns


“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill supplied but wasteful of it. Just as when ample and princely wealth falls to a bad owner it is squandered in a moment, but wealth however modest, if entrusted to a good custodian, increases with use, so our lifetime extends amply if you manage it properly.”

- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life


“Joffrey, when your enemies defy you, you must serve them steel and fire. When they go to their knees, however, you must help them get back to their feet. Elsewise no man will ever bend the knee to you. And any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king at all. Aerys never understood that, but you will. When I’ve won your war for you, we will restore the king’s peace and the king’s justice. The only head that need concern you is Margaery Tyrell’s maidenhead.”

- George R. R. Martin, A Storm of Swords


“Education may be conceived either retrospectively or prospectively. That is to say, it may be treated as process of accommodating the future to the past, or as an utilization of the past for a resource in a developing future.”

- John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education


“Mental models ordinarily remain hidden from view. One way to make them more observable is to present some new evidence and ask an individual to interpret it. This approach may reveal either or both of two kinds of weaknesses. One, which we have already considered, is a mental model that is not adequate to represent the relations involved. The other is weak or faulty inference strategies for interpreting new evidence and reconciling it with this model.”

- Deanna Kuhn, Education for Thinking


The contradictory pull of both familistic and individualistic values creates tension in society (Amato 2004, Cherlin 2009a) – and tension with ourselves that we must resolve. ‘It is within the family… that the paradox of continuity and change, the problem of balancing individuality and allegiance, is most immediate’ (Bengston, Biblarz, and Roberts 2007, p. 323)."

- Mary Ann Lamanna et. al, Marriages, Families, and     Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society


“You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.”

- George Norman Douglas via Elliot Aronson et. al, Social Psychology 5th Canadian 


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