“The fun of Twitter and, I suspect, its draw for millions of people, is its infinite potential for connection, as well as its opportunity for self-expression. I enjoy those things myself. But when every thought is externalized, what becomes of insight? When we reflexively post each feeling, what becomes of reflection?”—
“The 80s turned out to be both the climax and the anticlimax of the cold war – a political conclusion that miraculously sidestepped nuclear war. And the more I think about it – and I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently – the more I see that it’s only as a mess of competing and overlapping micro-cold wars that the 80s can be understood.”—Tim Lott: The 80s - the best of times, the worst of times
Grasscut: In Her Pride - Much as I love electronic music in its many and varied forms, it’s rare that an example can bring tears to my eyes. Some of Aphex Twin’s tracks, certainly; a few others that I can’t be bothered to hunt down at the moment. Here’s one that sounds like nothing and everything on Earth, all at the same time, and succeeded in having just that (un)desired effect.
I didn’t think it was possible for me to adore the late Harold Pinter even more than I already do, but this new revelation has taken my admiration to an even higher level. And to those who say that this proves he really was a miserable bugger with almost as bitter an outlook on life as the characters in his plays, I say: Yes, and your point is exactly?
“There’s an extinction event on Earth every 27 million years. It’s a cycle. And we don’t know what causes it. But we’re in the middle of the cycle right now, so we’ve got about 15 million years to work it out. Enjoy your day.”—Warren Ellis