i don't like fun

quote of the day: merlyn
2 February, 2012, 12:44 am
Filed under: art, books, history, magic, movies, quote of the day

“the best thing for being sad,” replied merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. that is the only thing that never fails. you may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. there is only one thing for it then – to learn. learn why the world wags and what wags it. that is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. learning is the thing for you.”

– t.h. white’s merlyn in the once and future king.

immediately after this, arthur replies: “i have learned, and been happy.”
above: concept art from the disney version of the sword in the stone, the first section of white’s novel.


a bit of fry and laurie
26 January, 2012, 11:54 pm
Filed under: hugh laurie, quote of the day, stephen fry, things i like, tv

stephen: the reason we’re not going to do this sketch is that it contains a great deal of sex and violence.
hugh: a great deal.
s: lots of sex and violence.
h: that’s right. during the sketch, stephen hits me several times with a golf club.
s: which, of course, wouldn’t matter, except that i do it very sexily.
h: that’s the trouble, you see. he does it so sexily. i wish you could see it.
s: and then the sketch ends with us going to bed together…
h: violently.
s: very, very violently. now, this raises problems.
h: not for me.

… i just love them TOO MUCH. them and their sick, twisted, brilliant minds.

quote of the day: charlotte
18 January, 2012, 6:54 pm
Filed under: clothes, french, gainsbourg, music, quote of the day

“to me, they were really just my parents. we had a lovely life. we went to private school. but they had quite an eccentric life, going into nightclubs and coming back when we got up to go to school. that was kind of weird. but apart from that, we had a very normal life. they had simple tastes. their idea was to always keep your feet on the ground, so that’s what we did. i was able to go on the street, and it was normal when people came up to them and asked for autographs. it was just part of everyday life. i just learned through their way of living – through all of that fame to always be happy when someone comes up to ask for an autograph. people really loved them in a very honest way. it wasn’t until very late that i understood what my father was writing about. i had lived with his songs all my life, but i never really understood the lyrics, or what went into them. of course, it is special because now i know that my father was a genius. but he lived in a very casual way.”

– charlotte gainsbourg in interview magazine, feb. 2012. she’s so chill; it’s impressive.
more photos and the rest of the interview are here.

what’s your damage, heather?
15 January, 2012, 4:40 pm
Filed under: movies, quote of the day, winona ryder

“dear diary: i want to KILL… and you have to believe it’s for more than just selfish reasons! more than just a spoke in my menstrual cycle! you have to believe me!”

i used to think this movie was a work of genius. now i know so.

a humanist, a dreamer, a poet
18 December, 2011, 12:30 pm
Filed under: current events, czech, history, i'm serious, politics, quote of the day, václav havel


“i realize i was always laughed at for being a humanist, a dreamer, a poet, instead of talking about value-added tax or something like that.”

this man had a noble soul and a truly original creative mind, as well as the goodwill to use both for the benefit of others. rest in peace.

best last words:
29 October, 2011, 2:42 pm
Filed under: history, i'm serious, quote of the day, rome, tv

“anything to be rid of this fucking hangover.” – a fictionalized mark anthony.

quote of the day: love & death
25 October, 2011, 4:38 pm
Filed under: i'm serious, movies, quote of the day, whine, woody allen

from love & death (1975), one of my fave films for its thorough mockery of philosophy.

18 October, 2011, 12:42 am
Filed under: i was born in the wrong decade, keith richards, music, quote of the day

“i’ve got nothing against daylight. i don’t live totally nocturnally… only when i feel like it. which is most of the time.” – keith

contradictory evidence: the sunshine bores the dayliiights out of me…. (rocks off)

broke, but it’s ok
27 July, 2011, 5:01 pm
Filed under: history, quote of the day, whine

“cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator.

“the traveller with empty pockets will sing in the thief’s face.”

– juvenal [c. 60-140 a.d.]

do you realize?
9 June, 2011, 1:37 am
Filed under: art, books, czech, kafka, milan kundera, quote of the day

“do you realize that people don’t know how to read kafka, simply because they
want to decipher him? instead of letting themselves be carried away by his
unequaled imagination, they look for allegories – and come up with nothing but
clichés: life is absurd (or it is not absurd), god is beyond reach (or within reach),
etc. you can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not
understand that imagination is a value in itself.”

– milan kundera