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.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

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."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Friday, April 01, 2011

Commerce in Cricket and Oil in the Middle-East Always Win

Susan Sontag:

“We live in a culture committed to unifying greeds…..everyone on the planet feeding at the same trough of standardized entertainment and fantasies of eros and violence…. (on the iconoclastic spirit of the 1960s) How one wishes that some of its boldness, its optimism, its disdain for commerce had survived……There is no culture ... without a standard of altruism, of regard for others.”

लोकसत्ता : "भारत आणि पाकिस्तान यांच्यामध्ये बुधवारी मोहालीत होणाऱ्या सामन्यावर पाच ते सहा हजार कोटींचा सट्टा घेतला गेला असून त्यासाठी कुख्यात गुंड दाऊद इब्राहिम आणि छोटा शकील सक्रिय झाल्याची सट्टाबाजारात जोरदार चर्चा आहे. त्यामुळे भारत आणि पाकिस्तान यांच्यातील सामन्याचा निकाल काहीही लागू शकतो, असेही या सूत्रांचे म्हणणे आहे..." (March 28 2011)

Artist: Jack Ohman, March 25 2011

For more pictures of brilliant Mr. Ohman, please visit http://www.gocomics.com/jackohman/