Mother preparing anti-teargas solution for her daughters who go to protest at Gezi Park.
"1. The nut
2. The moron
3. The stylist
4. The critic"
Ain’t no party like a philosophy department party because a philosophy department party is full of bitter, facetious depressives.
"He showed the words ‘chocolate cake’ to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: ‘celebration.’"
Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (via dark-rye
"If I should labour through daylight and dark,
Consecrate, valorous, serious, true
Then on the world I may blaze my mark;
And what if I don’t, and what if I do?"
Photographer Hélène Amouzou was born in 1969 in Togo. She began taking photos in 2004 after enrolling on a course in Brussels, where she lives and works. Her images - in which bodies are ghostly or overlaid with wallpaper or sandwiched in suitcases - suggest transience: places which the human body can only inhabit temporarily, and humans who are constantly on the move.
Her work is weighted by the depth of her questions about place, being and the baggage that accrues to the black female body, and perhaps allude to the (political and social) invisibility of the migrant body - both to those at home and those in the new host country. Further, Amouzou’s images question certainties of nation, identity and belonging, suggesting in-between spaces and un-belonging as the contemporary reality. in her own words: ““I always have the impression of traveling. I am not Togolese, nor Belgian”
"Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be."