“Now, generally, all this obsession with appearance has one purpose. It’s supposed to lead to romance and - it is devoutly wished by some - a wedding. A wedding is another one of those good deals women get: The man “takes a wife,” the woman is “given away,” her family pays for the whole thing, and everyone stands around hoping she gets pregnant immediately.”—When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, pg. 25
“When we talk about a great groove in music, we’re not talking in some jive sixties Austin Powers fab lingo, baby; we’re talking about the way in which these beat divisions create a strong momentum. Groove is that quality that moves the song forward, the musical equivalent to a book that you can’t put down. When a song has a good groove, it invites us into a sonic world that we don’t want to leave. Although we are aware of the pulse of the song, external time seems to stand still, and we don’t want the song to ever end.”—This Is Your Brain On Music, pg. 170
“Neil Young’s one album of fifties doo-wop (Everybody’s Rockin’) is not representative (or typical) Neil Young; Joni Mitchell’s jazz foray with Charles Mingus is not what we usually think of when we think of Joni Mitchell. (In fact, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell were each threatened with contract cancellations by their record labels for making music that was not deemed Neil Young-like and Joni Mitchell-like, respectively.)”—This Is Your Brain On Music, pg. 146
“Consider that at a very early age, babies are thought to be synesthetic, to be unable to differentiate the input from the different senses, and to experience life and the world as a sort of psychedelic union of everything sensory. Babies may see the number five as red, taste cheddar cheeses in D-flat, and smell roses in triangles.”—This Is Your Brain On Music, pg. 128
“Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.”—Jeanette Winterson (via planetickets) (via cinderellainrubbershoes) (via restyourboneswithme) (via brightlywound) (via teapotsonfire)
Quite rightly, Stephen King called Glenn Beck “crazy” when the subject came up in an interview. Like the childish, childish man he is, Beck fires back while on Bill O’Reilly’s show. The link from Media Bistro has a video of O’Reilly’s show and a link to the full transcript.
B&N, which owns 720 high-street shops in all 50 American states, announced it was calling in the investment bank Lazard to advise on strategic alternatives including “a possible sale of the company” after a 45% slump in share price in the last year.
“The essential point here is: What we perceive as color is not made up of color. Although an apple may appear red, its atoms are not themselves red. And similarly, as the philosopher Daniel Dennett points out, heat is not made up of tiny hot things. A bowl of pudding only has taste when I put it in my mouth - when it is in contact with my tongue. It doesn’t have taste of flavor sitting in my fridge, only the potential. Similarly, the walls in my kitchen are not “white” when I leave the room. They still have paint on them, of course, but color only occurs when they interact with my eyes.”—This Is Your Brain On Music, page 24