G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

W H Auden: "But in my arms till break of day / Let the living creature lie. / Mortal, guilty, but to me/ The entirely beautiful."

Will Self: “To attempt to write seriously is always, I feel, to fail – the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short. It is this failure – a ceaseless threnody keening through the writing mind – that dominates my working life, just as an overweening sense of not having loved with enough depth or recklessness or tenderness dominates my personal one.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Art Spiegelman: "You know words in a way are hitting you on the left side of your brain, music and visual arts hit on the right side of the brain, so the idea is to pummel you, to send you from left brain to right brain and back until you're as unbalanced as I am."

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन व पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Thomas Malthus, eat my shorts

Artist : Peter Arno Publication: The New Yorker 17 Oct 1936

World 6,569,534,871 @ 13:41 GMT (EST+5) on Jan 13, 2007 and counting!

courtesy: http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html

What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?


Artist : Richard Decker Publication : The New Yorker 26 Dec 1936

On December 17, 2006 for NYT, Peter Singer has written thought provoking "What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?"

He says: “The Nobel Prize-winning economist and social scientist Herbert Simon estimated that “social capital” is responsible for at least 90 percent of what people earn in wealthy societies like those of the United States or northwestern Europe. By social capital Simon meant not only natural resources but, more important, the technology and organizational skills in the community, and the presence of good government. These are the foundation on which the rich can begin their work. “On moral grounds,” Simon added, “we could argue for a flat income tax of 90 percent.” Simon was not, of course, advocating so steep a rate of tax, for he was well aware of disincentive effects. But his estimate does undermine the argument that the rich are entitled to keep their wealth because it is all a result of their hard work. If Simon is right, that is true of at most 10 percent of it.”

Singer's Answer:

In India and other similar countries, people like me who enjoyed huge public subsidies in higher education should remember this all the time.

Not intent on arriving

Lao Tzu : A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

I like to move absolutely aimlessly. Just watching life. Other than air travel done for business, once begun I have enjoyed almost every journey in my life. Even when I was going away from my mother.

Although I agree with Walter de la Mare when he says:
"No, No, Why further should we roam
Since every road man Journeys by,
Ends on a hillside far from Home
Under an alien sky", I want to see that sky.

I will be renting the trailer below.

Artist : Richard Decker Publication : The New Yorker 18 Jul 1936