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The dignity and gravity of our self-concern as human “subjects,” knowing and knowable beings, coexists with and is rooted in a less noble aspect of our modern condition as individuals whose conduct and normality is subject to constant and pervasive supervision.

— Colin Gordon, Introduction To Michel Foucault Essential Works: Volume Three (via foucault-the-haters)

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If you’re happy in a dream…does that count? The happiness–does it count?

Arundhati Roy,The God of Small Things 

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Backstage at Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2014 by Anne Combaz
Backstage at Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2014 by Anne Combaz

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But Western psychology was disabled from comprehending the phenomenon of collective ecstasy in a more philosophically profound way as well. Psychology, by definition, focuses on the individual self; it’s therapies are aimed at bolstering the self against the force of irrational or repressed emotion. But the self is itself a parochial concept, far more meaningful in early-twentieth-century Cambridge or Vienna than in the distant outposts of nineteenth century European colonialism. As Luh Ketut Suryani and Gordon Jensen, ethnographers of Balinese ecstatic ritual, observe: “The sense of being in control of one’s self is prominent and highly valued in Western personhood and thought. This trait is not characteristic of the Balinese, whose lives have in the main been controlled by their families, their ancestors, and the supernatural.
To the “self”-admiring Western mind, any form of self-loss - other than the kind associated with romantic love - could only be pathological.

— Barbra Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets (via elmerseason)

Photography has very little to do with mastering all the knobs and dials on your DSLR and everything to do with learning to look, really look, and get beyond the endless collections of different objects and people.
Art has to be a kind of confession. I don’t mean a true confession in the sense of that dreary magazine. The effort it seems to me, is: if you can examine and face your life, you can discover the terms with which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover them, too — the terms with which they are connected to other people. This has happened to every one of us, I’m sure. You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that they are alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important. Most of us, no matter what we say, are walking in the dark, whistling in the dark. Nobody knows what is going to happen to them from one moment to the next, or how one will bear it. This is irreducible. And it’s true for everybody. Now, it is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion. Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.

— James Baldwin in an interview in 1961
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I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together.

— Jon Katz