It is all individual beings that form the very substance of heaven and earth, and it is each being’s self-so that aligns true to itself. “Self-so” means what is so of itself, without being done by anyone or for any purpose.
Guo Xiang

Vijay Iyer Trio— “Human Nature”

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True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.
Henry James,Roderick Hudson

In that sleep and in sleep to follow the judge did visit. Who would come other? A great shambling mutant, silent and serene. Whatever his antecedents, he was something wholly other than their sum, nor was there system by which to divide him back into his origins for he would not go. Whoever would seek out his history through what unraveling of loins and ledgerbooks must stand at last darkened and dumb at the shore of a void without terminus or origin and whatever science he might bring to bear upon the dusty primal matter blowing down out of the millennia will discover no trace of ultimate atavistic egg by which to reckon
his commencing.
Cormac McCarthy, The Evening Redness in the West

Oh so much mental thread being wound on the most trivial of spools!
Saul Bellow,More Die of Heartbreak

what they are trying to say at…Sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words….People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

Much of the obscurity of our effort so far against terrorism originates in the now official idea that the enemy is evil and that we are (therefore) good, which is the precise mirror image of the official idea of the terrorists.
Wendell Berry

There were many things I could do for two or three days and earn enough money to live on for the rest of the month. By temperament I’m a vagabond and a tramp. I don’t want money badly enough to work for it. In my opinion it’s a shame that there is so much work in the world. One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours — all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.
William Faulkner

The most alarming sign of the state of our society now is that our leaders have the courage to sacrifice the lives of young people in war, but have not the courage to tell us that we must be less greedy and less wasteful.
Wendell Berry, Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community

More than Vikings

  • Ibsen (greatest playwright of the 19th century)
  • Kierkegaard (grandfather of existentialism)
  • Niels Bohr
  • Alfred Nobel
  • Iggy Pop
  • Grieg (you know him from this at least, and probably that concerto)
  • Uma Thurman
  • Carl Linnaeus
  • Edvard Munch
  • Jake Gyllenhall?
  • admittedly, IKEA
  • Carl Sandburg
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (but not really)
  • August Strindberg (legitimate author)
  • Kirsten Flagstad
  • Thor (but really)
  • Hans Christian Anderson
  • Alexander Skarsgård (you know, fromTrue Blood?)
  • Marilyn Monroe (probably)
  • Scarlett Johanson
  • yeah, we’re attractive, i know
  • Leif Erikson
  • Johannes V. Jensen
  • Viggo Mortensen
  • Garrett Jansen
  • Beck (well, a quarter)
  • Roald Dahl
  • Vikings!

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