The great Sarah, looking her very best — and her very best is indeed majestic, ever virile and ever fascinating — reposed queenlike on a sofa, a book in hand. For the celebrated tragédienne is one of those to whom an hour unoccupied would mean an hour wasted. The great impersonator of the “eternal feminine” intends to play Hamlet, not Ophelia. “Yes,” said Mme. Bernhardt, “the Prince of Wales wishes me to play Hamlet, or, rather, I ought to say his Royal Highness did me the honor to propose that I do so. I am delighted with my visit to London. J’adore les Anglais!

— from The New York Times archive.

"What Billie Holiday, Bill Evans, Fat Navarro, Charlie Parker, Basquiat, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Chet Baker, Philip Seymour Hoffman and so many others had in common is that their sensitivity showed through their art…. Seeing the world the way they did is a condition that is not supported by the status quo or merely successful careers. Stop blaming the dreamer for wanting to dream. For all we know their careers and lives may have ended much sooner if they hadn’t had found the crutches that eventually crippled them. The peace they felt in their highest moments is exactly what I wish them." - Saul Williams

It does not matter … how the people talk—or in what labyrinthine parentheses they let their unarriving language wanter. They strongly and vividly exist, and they construct not a drama, perhaps, but a world, floating indeed in an obscure where it seems to have a solitary orbit, but to be as solidly palpable as any of the planets of the more familiar systems.

— William Dean Howells on Henry James.

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Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

(via theliberatedbillie)

sandandglass:

Samantha Bee talks to Peter Schiff, financial commentator and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc. 

"PAG - A Fragrance for All Creatures," dir. Roy Raz.

"Heroes (Aphex Twin Remix)," David Bowie & Philip Glass, 26 Mixes for Cash.

Vito Longshanks, Rebecca Handler. 2013. Giclée print.

Vito Longshanks, Rebecca Handler. 2013. Giclée print.

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Jean-Baptiste Frederic Desmarais, (French 1756-1813), The Shepherd Paris, 1787, National Gallery of Canada

thisblueboy:

Jean-Baptiste Frederic Desmarais, (French 1756-1813), The Shepherd Paris, 1787, National Gallery of Canada

Assumption of St. Mary Magdalene, Antonio del Pollaiuolo. c.1460. Tempera and oil on panel.

Assumption of St. Mary Magdalene, Antonio del Pollaiuolo. c.1460. Tempera and oil on panel.

Arthur C. Fifield’s rejection letter to Gertrude Stein, April 19, 1912.
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Arthur C. Fifield’s rejection letter to Gertrude Stein, April 19, 1912.

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"Who Will Survive America?," Amiri Baraka, It’s Nation Time: African Visionary Music.

A human nuclear power plant—equal parts energizing and controversial—has gone offline.

"Off Our Backs," JD Samson & MEN, Off Our Backs EP.

I have such a crush on Michael O’Neill (a.k.a. DJ LGBT).

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