"In suggesting that patriarchy is dead, I am not claiming that sexism is finished, that men are obsolete or that the triumph of feminism is at hand. I may be a middle-aged white man, but I’m not an idiot. In the world of politics, work and family, misogyny is a stubborn fact of life. But in the universe of thoughts and words, there is more conviction and intelligence in the critique of male privilege than in its defense, which tends to be panicky and halfhearted when it is not obtuse and obnoxious. The supremacy of men can no longer be taken as a reflection of natural order or settled custom."
AO Scott. “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture” (via peterspear)

"we can see that to be an American adult has always been to be a symbolic figure in someone else’s coming-of-age story. And that’s no way to live. It is a kind of moral death in a culture that claims youthful self-invention as the greatest value. We can now avoid this fate. The elevation of every individual’s inarguable likes and dislikes over formal critical discourse, the unassailable ascendancy of the fan, has made children of us all."

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Fellow members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of the communion…

Communities are to be distinguished, not by their falsity or genuineness, but in the style in which they are imagined.

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Benedict Anderson - ‘Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism’ (1983)

(Source: sociology-of-space)

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"Jurafsky writes that “every increase of one letter in the average length of words describing a dish is associated with an increase of 69 cents in the price of that dish.” Compared with inexpensive restaurants, the expensive ones are “three times less likely to talk about the diner’s choice” (your way, etc.) and “seven times more likely to talk about the chef’s choice.”"
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"Plants make nectar to feed insects and other animals so they’ll spread their pollen. When insects feed on caffeine-spiked nectar, they get a beneficial buzz: they become much more likely to remember the scent of the flower. This enhanced memory may make it more likely that the insect will revisit the flower and spread its pollen further."

How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up - NYTimes.com

A garden is much like any other workplace—a jolt of caffeine is a tremendous help. ~LM

(via nybg)

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Anonymous asked: can you write a 6 worder about school, anxiety, stress and grades? also, i am in love with your blog (:

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