homo-online:

The True Mystery
People say sometimes that Beauty is superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
-Oscar Wilde
Terry Teachout writes in Commentary: “Not long ago I was introduced to an audience as an “intellectual.” This was a well-meaning choice of word, and a flattering one, but it was slightly off. An intellectual is a person who is mainly interested in ideas. I am an aesthete—a person who is mainly interested in beauty. Nowadays the word aesthete carries with it the musty reek of high Victoriana. Still, there remains no better word to describe the way certain people—people like me—view the world.
It’s not that aesthetes are hostile to ideas. But it’s part of aesthetic wisdom that there is great danger in allowing ideas alone to take the reins and ride mankind, since too often they end up riding individual men and women into mass graves. Far too many intellectuals have been what Jacob Burckhardt called “terrible simplifiers,” the power-hungry idea-mongers whose utopian visions have inspired the world’s most murderous tyrants. That is reason enough to decline to be counted among their number.
And yet it is also true that many aesthetes are too impatient or uninterested to learn the details of how things actually work and end up taking a comically simple-minded view of the way they should work. If there were an Artists’ Party, its platform would look much like the one summed up in James Gould Cozzens’s novel The Just and the Unjust: “Any kid can work out a program of more ice cream and less school and free movies and him telling other people what to do instead of people always telling him.”
Still, as I say, aesthetes have it over intellectuals in one important respect: You’ll rarely catch them hustling anyone off to the nearest guillotine.
For all their frequent foolishness, their hands are stained with ink and paint, not blood.Needless to say, aesthetes have their own enemies, as does art itself. H.L. Mencken once defined Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” While Puritanism was and is more complicated than that, Mencken was on to something. If, for instance, you take a look at the long list of items that were banned by the Taliban Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, you’ll find “any equipment that produces the joy of music.” Rarely have the enemies of art unfolded themselves more fully.”
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homo-online:

The True Mystery

People say sometimes that Beauty is superficial. That may be so. But at least it is not so superficial as Thought is. To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

-Oscar Wilde

Terry Teachout writes in Commentary: “Not long ago I was introduced to an audience as an “intellectual.” This was a well-meaning choice of word, and a flattering one, but it was slightly off. An intellectual is a person who is mainly interested in ideas. I am an aesthete—a person who is mainly interested in beauty. Nowadays the word aesthete carries with it the musty reek of high Victoriana. Still, there remains no better word to describe the way certain people—people like me—view the world.

It’s not that aesthetes are hostile to ideas. But it’s part of aesthetic wisdom that there is great danger in allowing ideas alone to take the reins and ride mankind, since too often they end up riding individual men and women into mass graves. Far too many intellectuals have been what Jacob Burckhardt called “terrible simplifiers,” the power-hungry idea-mongers whose utopian visions have inspired the world’s most murderous tyrants. That is reason enough to decline to be counted among their number.

And yet it is also true that many aesthetes are too impatient or uninterested to learn the details of how things actually work and end up taking a comically simple-minded view of the way they should work. If there were an Artists’ Party, its platform would look much like the one summed up in James Gould Cozzens’s novel The Just and the Unjust: “Any kid can work out a program of more ice cream and less school and free movies and him telling other people what to do instead of people always telling him.”

Still, as I say, aesthetes have it over intellectuals in one important respect: You’ll rarely catch them hustling anyone off to the nearest guillotine.

For all their frequent foolishness, their hands are stained with ink and paint, not blood.Needless to say, aesthetes have their own enemies, as does art itself. H.L. Mencken once defined Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” While Puritanism was and is more complicated than that, Mencken was on to something. If, for instance, you take a look at the long list of items that were banned by the Taliban Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, you’ll find “any equipment that produces the joy of music.” Rarely have the enemies of art unfolded themselves more fully.”

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If you define liberation as being able to do the things your oppressors do without barriers, you are seeking power, not freedom.

spx:

californiapunk:

California Bears by Alex Ramirez
Crust Punk Possum

Perfection.

spx:

californiapunk:

California Bears by Alex Ramirez

Crust Punk Possum

Perfection.

zeekayart:

unscupperedthings:

zeekayart:

i love my boyfriend but omfg he does this leg shaking thing all the time
pls stop pls

dude, y’know how much it annoys you that he does that annoying leg shaking thing that he more than likely doesn’t realise he’s doing?
well it’s just about as annoying as that when people tell you to stop doing things you don’t realise you’re doing.
just f to the yi


no… he knows

face totally justified

zeekayart:

unscupperedthings:

zeekayart:

i love my boyfriend but omfg he does this leg shaking thing all the time

imagepls stop pls

dude, y’know how much it annoys you that he does that annoying leg shaking thing that he more than likely doesn’t realise he’s doing?

well it’s just about as annoying as that when people tell you to stop doing things you don’t realise you’re doing.

just f to the yi

image

no… he knows

face totally justified

James with the first #ALOHASAILORJERRY glass at The Old Market Tavern

James with the first #ALOHASAILORJERRY glass at The Old Market Tavern

just wow

just wow

robertkazinsky:

We’re a strange pair, aren’t we?

PEOPLE WHAT MOVIE IS THIS I CAN’T REMEMBER BUT I WANT TO WATCH IT AGAIN

text-mode:

New York Public Library is experimenting with PETSCII to generate covers for books that don’t have one. Each letter in the title of the book is replaced by a corresponding PETSCII-character in one of its two character sets. So A become ▲ and F becomes  and so on.

More here.

modestdemidov:

robinistall:

fish shaming [x]

jesus christ i’ve been waiting for this

next big thing please