"I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only I alone am able to see it."
To the Wonder, 2012
Starred Up, 2013
Starred Up, 2013
"He’s being pounded in the face and he’s laughing and loving it. There’s nothing you can do. As he tells Batman, ‘You have nothing to do with all of your strength.’
There’s this sort of impotence of the strong and the armored and the very muscular Batman; he’s very powerful, but there’s no useful way for this power to be exercised in this scene. He has to confront that.”
-Christopher Nolan on the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight, interview by the Hero Complex
Frank Sinatra performing in Monte Carlo photographed by Herman Leonard, 1953
by Xue Jiye
World Trade Center, mid 70’s
Smokey the Bear poster, Dept. of Agriculture 1953
The master at work

"The difference between proximate and ultimate goals is another kind of proof that we are not blank slates. Whenever people strive for obvious rewards like health and happiness, which makes sense both proximately and ultimately, one could plausibly suppose that the mind is equipped only with a desire to be happy and heathy and a cause-and-effect calculus that helps them get what they want. But people often have desires that subvert their proximate well-being, desires they cannot articulate and that they (and their society) may try unsuccessfully to extirpate. They may covet their neighbor’s spouse, eat themselves into an early grave, explode over minor slights, fail to love their stepchildren, rev up their bodies in response to a stressor that they cannot fight or flee, exhaust themselves keeping up with the joneses or climbing the corporate ladder, and prefer a sexy and dangerous partner to a plain but dependable one. These personally puzzling drives have a transparent evolutionary rationale, and they suggest that the mind is packed with cravings shaped by natural selection, not with a generic desire for personal well-being."

Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (via whyallcaps)

"Despite man’s irrational desire for unity, for absolutes, for a definite order and meaning to the objective universe, no such meaning exists. It is this juxtaposition of the irrational, longing human heart and the indifferent universe that brings about the notion of the absurd."

Albert Camus (via whyallcaps)
Akira, 1988