"I think Homer is psychologically truthful and ethically helpful. The whole question about, 'Is it literature’s job or poetry’s job to train a politician?' — I’m not sure that’s quite the right way to see it. By inhabiting worldviews which aren’t our own, we can grow in some way, which doesn’t necessarily have to be, 'I agree … Continue reading Emily Wilson on Translations and Language – Conversations with Tyler
"I remember once doing some auditions with an actress, and I remember her telling me, sort of during the audition, when the director had stepped out for a minute, her reaction to having watched a film I was in [Dangerous Liaisons], which she passed in the ladies’ room three times during the film, and I … Continue reading The Great Lost John Malkovich Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAGZcGi1OP8 Security researcher Renee DiResta discusses with Joe Rogan about the mechanics of online disinformation campaigns, describing her work uncovering Russian trolls. If disinformation and online trolls is something you'd like to know more about, then this is a good place to start.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2EO3aXTWwg "'Build a good name,' rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. 'Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. Don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work and protect your work.'"
"Divorce is hard. Love is hard. All those things were so personal. They weren’t for mass consumption. The complexity of a life or a marriage is never going to exist in a headline or a tabloid." —Meg Ryan interviewed by David Marchese, "Meg Ryan on romantic comedies, celebrity and leaving it all behind: ‘The feeling … Continue reading The Personal Isn’t For Mass Consumption
"Wherever we may be in our practice, we’ve all at times asked ourselves: What would it be like if I sat a little longer? Perhaps after our first afternoon, or daylong silent retreat, we thought—'I was really able finally to settle in there and experience stillness. It was powerful, and some interesting thoughts arose. What … Continue reading A Deeper Dive: Reflections on a Four-Year Silent Meditation Retreat
"One implication is that 25, 50, 250 years from now, we become a kind of clinical-trial society in which empirically driven decisions are constantly popping up. But by clinical-trial society, I mean all sorts of questions, because the information net becomes so rich — and the capacity to understand or deconvolute that information, because of … Continue reading Clinical Trial Society