Random quote of the day:

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one’s love upon other human individuals. No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is also a thing that human beings must avoid.”

—George Orwell, “Reflections on Gandhi”

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Random quote of the day:

“It is the paradox of life, that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first.”

—Hugh Black, Culture and Restraint

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Random quote of the day:

“The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time.”

—Ben Okri, Astonishing the Gods

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“Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.”

—Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects from Miscellanies

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Random quote of the day:

“Life itself is an exile. The way home is not the way back.”

—Colin Wilson, The Outsider

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Random quote of the day:

“The nobility of our craft will always be rooted in two commitments, difficult to maintain: refusal to lie about what one knows, and resistance to oppression.”

—Albert Camus, Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech, December 1957

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“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”

—Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) on writing, New York Times, May 21, 1986

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“The past is best left to itself. I find that when it touches the present, it vanishes like a forgotten dream.”

—The Countess de Longvic, in Tahir Shah’s The Caliph’s House

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“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”

—Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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Here’s a fascinating short documentary on my hometown, Venice, California. I grew up in the Oakwood section, the slum, before it became gentrified and precious. It was a great multicultural way to grow up and I’m immensely grateful for it. I miss it.

If you watch it, the tracking shot from A Touch of Evil was filmed about two blocks north of where my roommates and I lived in the 80s. And there’s a still shot of a ghetto child crouching near some railroad tracks in the Oakwood. I grew up about 3 blocks north of there.

I never felt “danger” until I left there.

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