Shallow Political Pool

I do think we lose people who don't want to put themselves through this unendurable process, or their families through it. I think we drum good people out of politics who are defined by the single worst thing they've ever done as opposed to the context of their public lives. And I think we make it much, much easier for people who have no business holding office to enter the process. Because when you're not talking about ideas and world views, and agendas, when you're talking about character and personality it makes it very easy for someone to float through the process without ever having to explain themselves or demonstrate what they know.
Matt Bai


Enthusiasm is my superpower. One might say that confidence yields the same result. I disagree. Confidence is about yourself, enthusiasm is about something else. Confidence is impressive, but enthusiasm is infectious. Confidence is serious, enthusiasm is fun.
Tina Roth Eisenberg

[via @cameronmoll]



Denzel Washington as Robert McCall

Strange Beauty

Everyone should experience strange beauty every day.
Barbara Bestor

Mad Man

George Lois is about as famous an ad-man as there will ever be. Apparently the one thing he may be better at than advertising is lying about his work in advertising, according to some of his former coworkers.

His [George Lois] is a marvelous story. George is a talented storyteller with a vivid imagination. The only thing that could exceed it would be the truth.

— Julian Koenig, former partner of George Lois

This American Life aired a story produced by Sarah Koenig, the daughter of Julian Koenig, detailing the inaccurate exploits of George Lois’ career.



Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a person's growth without destroying his roots.
Frank A. Clark

American Equality

Andy Warhol


This is likely all I’ll post about Ferguson, MO. There are much better writers covering all of the various issues that have converged on this one midwestern suburb. But I feel like no one has captured the whole of the situation as concisely as John Oliver has.



Museums are churches that don't tell you how to feel.

Hysterics and Fishing

If you tell Congress everything about the world situation they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing they go fishing.
Harry S. Truman

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