Breaking Atoms

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Let’s Be Real | Grantland

natgeofound:

Visitors of diverse nationalities crowd a casino roulette table in Swaziland, 1969.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic Creative

natgeofound:

Visitors of diverse nationalities crowd a casino roulette table in Swaziland, 1969.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic Creative

…in the absence of more tangible political goals, any movement that is about fighting for better social mirrors is going to eventually fall victim to its own narcissism.

—Naomi Klein

(Source: marxists.org)

The film community has all these redefinitions of terms, often amusing: net profit means no profit, residuals means no profit, producer equals liar, lawyer equals frustrated agent, agent equals frustrated director, director equals frustrated actor.

—Anthony Minghella

But to demand that a work be “relatable” expresses a different expectation: that the work itself be somehow accommodating to, or reflective of, the experience of the reader or viewer. The reader or viewer remains passive in the face of the book or movie or play: she expects the work to be done for her.
I am not grown up in certain ways that might allow me to plan ahead. That often results in panic and darkness. But it’s also what prevented me from throwing in the towel. I don’t know where I would throw it.

—Marc Maron

(Source: newyorker.com)

Unlike the age of the proud segregationist, the contemporary creed of racial progress has resulted in an entirely dishonest state of affairs—one in which any action, no matter how clearly racial in intent or outcome, is followed by a declaration of innocence and a résumé of racial goodwill.
The corpses of Mussolini and other Italian Fascists, hanging from the roof of an Esso petrol station in Milan, 1945

The corpses of Mussolini and other Italian Fascists, hanging from the roof of an Esso petrol station in Milan, 1945