"It is indeed impossible to imagine our own death,” Sigmund Freud wrote in 1915, “and whenever we attempt to do so, we can perceive that we are in fact still present as spectators. Hence the psychoanalytic school could venture on the assertion that, at bottom, no one believes in his own death, or to put the same thing another way, that, in the unconscious, every one of us is convinced of his own immortality."
— Shot, Stabbed, Hanged - Lapham’s Quarterly
"¿Qué se propone uno con la filosofía? Enseñar a la mosca a escapar del frasco."
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
"Look at any year long enough and you begin to believe that it was the very hinge point of history. Look longer, and you realize that approximately everything is happening approximately all the time."
— Robin Sloan
"I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can’t feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often."
— Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness (via quienesesachica)
(Source: justmakemexscream, via quienesesachica)
Privatización, que se privatice todo.
Que se privatice Machu Picchu, que se privatice Chan Chan, que se privatice la Capilla Sixtina, que se privatice el Partenón, que se privatice Nuno Gonçalves, que se privatice la catedral de Chartres, que se privatice el Descendimiento de la cruz de Antonio da Crestalcore, que se privatice el Pórtico de la Gloria de Santiago de Compostela, que se privatice la cordillera de los Andes, que se privatice todo, que se privatice el mar y el cielo, que se privatice el agua y el aire, que se privatice la justicia y la ley, que se privatice la nube que pasa, que se privatice el sueño, sobre todo si es diurno y con los ojos abiertos. Y, finalmente, para florón y remate de tanto privatizar, privatícense los Estados, entréguese de una vez por todas la explotación a empresas privadas mediante concurso internacional. Ahí se encuentra la salvación del mundo… Y, metidos en esto, que se privatice también a la puta que los parió a todos.
— José Saramago.
Fragmento de Cuadernos de Lanzarote (1993-1995)
n. the feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong—that any attempt to make your way comfortably through the world will only end up crossing some invisible taboo—as if there’s some obvious way forward that everybody else can see but you, each of them leaning back in their chair and calling out helpfully, colder, colder, colder.
"Nostalgia - it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved."
— Don Draper
"There’s no science, plane ticket or clock stopping us. But if we kiss, it will end the world. And I’ve ended the world before. No one survived. Least of all me."
"I live at the end of some interminable corridor which the lucky damned can call Hell but which the much unluckier atheists must simply get used to calling home."
— House of Leaves
"Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share."
— Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves