“Brigham Young led his band of social outcasts to the old bed of a drying desert sea and proclaimed, “This is the place!” This was the place? Someone in that first group must have felt that Young had become unhinged by two thousand horribly arduous miles.”
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water
What does it mean when what you own is essential to who you are? In our everyday grasp of owning things, we tag it materialism, consumerism, consumption. But I trust you’ll agree that the possession of books is not identical to the possession of shoes: Someone with a thousand books is someone you want to talk to; someone with a thousand shoes is someone you suspect of belonging to the Kardashian clan. Books are not objects in the same way that shoes are objects.
Dedicated readers are precisely those who understand the Socratic inkling that they aren’t smart enough, will never be smart enough—the wise are wise only insofar as they know that they know nothing. In other words: Someone with all the answers has no use for books.
“I moved to Los Angeles because my wife and I decided we had to live in the city with the most substance in the United States. And I do not regret it for a second. Don’t be misled by the superficial glitz and glamour of Hollywood. It’s the city with the most cultural substance.”
Amen. Though I think San Francisco and LA run pretty much neck-and-neck…
Howard Stark’s importance to the effort of building the Universe goes beyond his own accomplishments — which, the movies will never let you forget, are really-super-sensational; your man’s basically Rat Pack Einstein.
“Rat Pack Einstein.” Beautiful.
There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they will take you. Mine took me here, where I belong.
— Beatrix Potter
I sit writing on my porch, lifting my eyes to watch the waterfowl fish in the channel and the coyotes frolic in the dunes as the rabbits outfox the condors, I so get this.
“Can’t close my eyes
I’m wide awake
Every hair on my body
Has got a thing for this place
Oh, empty my heart
I’ve got to make room for this feeling
It’s so much bigger than me
It couldn’t be anymore beautiful
I can’t take it in.”
“While we’re back at the hotel, who’s covering out here on the street? The dicks have their job, and we have ours. It’s that simple.”
LAPD Officer Pete Malloy (Martin Milner)
Season 1, Episode 4