Neil Gaiman as Badger, Katrice Horsely as Mary Poppins, Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West, and other famous authors as their favorite childhood heroes.
Photographs by Cambridge Jones.
Magnificent vintage Bulgarian fashion from the 1930s.
Happy birthday, Étienne-Jules Marey, pioneer of the moving image!
In the study [PDF], [researcher Rik] Pieters followed more than 2,500 Dutch people over six years. For more specificity, the researcher broke materialism down into three categories that have subtle but significant differences. What Pieters calls “acquisition centrality” is pure, unfettered materialism. It’s the consumerism of the shopaholic—an unadulterated love of acquiring and owning possessions. “Possession-defined success” is the desire to keep up with your neighbours, a status-driven urge to make sure you’re not falling behind. And “acquisition in the pursuit of happiness” is exactly what it sounds like: buying with the belief that happiness is just one more Apple product away. It is materialism that “reflects a deficit.” …
He found that, over time, loneliness increased materialism and materialism increased loneliness (though the effects here were much smaller). Consumers can find themselves in a vicious circle, shopping because they’re sad, getting sadder as they shop, shopping some more—a loneliness loop that threatens to end with authorities discovering you alone in your apartment, long since dead, surrounded by a heaps of unopened Amazon boxes.
Surprisingly, however, as Pieters dug down into the different types of materialism, he found that not all materialism makes you miserable. While those who shopped in pursuit of happiness or to attain a particular status predictably increased loneliness over time, the people shopping out of “acquisitive centrality” actually seemed to decrease their loneliness.
(via The Dish)
Alexander Chen reminisces about studying with the inimitable Annie Dillard, who echoes Mark Twain’s contention that “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources,” Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that "our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” and young Virginia Woolf’s observation that "all the Arts … imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see.”
Every one of us, every human life, represents a negotiation between public and private identity.
A magnificent speech by Lana Wachowski, trans* director of The Matrix and recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award, on visibility and invisibility, gender, and life in a society that clings all too tightly to its limiting categories of identity.
(* Watch for Wachowski’s poignant parenthetical about the term.)
For your daily “oh, amazing world!” moment: Magnificent timelapse of a spider weaving its web.
(via The Kid Should See This)