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"The soul
Like the square root of minus 1 
is an impossibility that has its uses.”

— from “Imaginary Number,” a poem by Vijay Seshadri who is the recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry

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"I love the word ‘desi.’ It is so beautiful. I can go around saying it over and over again. I’m of the view that it is the best word to describe ourselves. Phrases like African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, etc. are bureaucratic words that do not hold within them the revolutionary aspirations and histories of a people (categorized but not controlled). I prefer words like Black, desi, Latino, Chicano, because these words raise associations of struggles, such as the Black Power movement (‘Black is Beautiful,’ etc.), the Chicano struggles of the farm workers, of La Raza, and what not. Desi seems to be a similar word, one filled with so much historical emotion. And again, it is an ironic word, because it means of the homeland, but it does not say what that homeland is. We who use it do not hearken back to the ‘homeland’ of the subcontinent, because we are generally not nationalistic in that sense. Our homeland is an imaginary one that stretches from Jackson Heights to the Ghadar Party, from the rallies against Dotbusters to the Komagata Maru, from the 1965 Immigration Act to Devon Street. This is a homeland that we can relate to and it is what makes us feel like we belong in something of a collectivity. Hence desi."

— from “Smashing the Myth of the Model Minority” by Vijay Prashad

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Traditional Morocco

Kazuyoshi Nomachi

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"Life is short, the art long."

— Hippocrates (via observando)

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"I am unable to grasp the large catastrophes. They leave my heart untouched. At most I can read about such atrocities with a kind of greed – a pornography of horror. But I shall never rid myself of those images. Images that turn my art into a bag of tricks, into something indifferent, meaningless. The question is whether art has any possibility of surviving except as an alternative to other leisure activities: these inflections, these circus tricks, all this nonsense, this puffed-up self-satisfaction."

— Franz Kafka, Diaries  (via sacreamour)

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— from “The World I Live In: Tennessee Williams Interviews Himself,” by, of course, Tennesee Williams

— from “The World I Live In: Tennessee Williams Interviews Himself,” by, of course, Tennesee Williams

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"I would rather die of passion than of boredom."

— Vincent van Gogh (via stories-yet-to-be-written)

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Someone get me a sandwich, STAT.

Someone get me a sandwich, STAT.

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iyyi:

A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a blast shortly after a car exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan.Mohammad Sajjad / AP

iyyi:

A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a blast shortly after a car exploded in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Mohammad Sajjad / AP

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"I also know that I am not alone. There are dozens of other voices that have to be silenced by some quarters. These voices are a threat as they stand by civilian victims of terror and shun attacks on our security forces. These are voices, which also refuse to make martyrs out of terrorists. And they also hold that the greatest blasphemy is undermining humanity and using faith for spreading hatred.

The choice for me is stark. I am not willing to accept death as an option. Nor am I going to accept forced silence. I am grateful to all those who have shown support for my plight.

But it would be far more important if our collective outrage turns into public pressure to change the direction of the state and stop it from committing hara-kiri at the altar of a fabricated ideology or regional ambitions. There are no good or bad extremists. And there can be no justification for any form of violence by private actors. Who else would know, if not me?”

— Raza Rumi writes as boldly and eloquently as ever after he narrowly escaped death at the hands of gunmen for whom he appears to have been a deliberate target. His driver, sadly, was not so lucky.

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"A burgeoning field of academic study called citation analysis (it’s exactly what it sounds like) has found that this joke holds true for not just dissertations, but many academic papers. A study at Indiana University found that ‘as many as 50% of papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, referees and journal editors.’ That same study concluded that ‘some 90% of papers that have been published in academic journals are never cited.’ That is, nine out of 10 academic papers—which both often take years to research, compile, submit, and get published, and are a major component by which a scholar’s output is measured—contribute little to the academic conversation."

— This is basically why, at that monumental moment when I handed in my MPhil dissertation, I I knew with all my heart that I wanted to be a journalist and not an academic.

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americanlepidopt00scha_0041 by The Ernst Mayr Library on Flickr.
American Lepidoptera : illustrations of new and rare species. London : R.H. Porter, 1892.

heaveninawildflower:

americanlepidopt00scha_0041 by The Ernst Mayr Library on Flickr.

American Lepidoptera : illustrations of new and rare species.

London : R.H. Porter, 1892.

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Mendhi kay thaal for a chor mendhi brought to my cousin in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Mendhi kay thaal for a chor mendhi brought to my cousin in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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My office for the day. Don’t jealous.

My office for the day. Don’t jealous.