There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that we act in the interest of other humans while at the same time protecting the interests of the United States. Perhaps it doesn’t matter why we care, as long as we do.
Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)
Original on top, later version below
"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’
The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.
You will never understand a nation’s psyche by inventorying its interests. You have to grasp its memories, its paranoias, its traumas, and its irrationalities—its history, in other words.
My Starter Set arrived today!
I rolled my first d20, it was a 16. Not bad.
Have I told you how in the last two months I got obsessed with the concept of playing Dungeons and Dragons? And with dice? And that I even made a blog ^?
It was only later that I finally purchased anything related (because for me, the more conceptual and inapplicable to my life the better), but today I had carefully planned a 2.5 hrs trip to a gaming store to participate in my first game. Well, 1.6 hrs in and my car broke in the middle of the highway. Predictably, I may add, as I was basically rehearsing in my mind while driving how I was gonna tell people about my horrible anticlimactic day full of tow trucks, sweat and nothingness. I know my life’s writing staff.
On the bright side, I got to waste 20$ on gas.
“A three second exposure meant that subjects had to stand very still to avoid being blurred, and holding a smile for that period was tricky. As a result, we have a tendency to see our Victorian ancestors as even more formal and stern than they might have been.”
I’ve reblogged this before and I will reblog it again.
This is so great