Hugo Gernsback’s Isolator Helmet, Science and Invention (July 1925)
Lo Que el Agua Me Dio (What the water gave me), 1938, Frida Kahlo
Happy Birthday Frida
The Moon as illustrated in Beauty of the Heavens (1840), Charles F. Blunt
"Most of the cruelty in the world is just misplaced energy."
On Beauty, Zadie Smith
"Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful…and decide what you want and need and must do. It’s a tough, unimaginably lonely and complicated way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live; you can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, clichés, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out."
On Beauty, Zadie Smith
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Robert Wiene
"I would say, even if I were an angel, I would still be a terrorist to them, because that is the thing that they want. People don’t want to take the responsibilities of their mistakes. And they want to put it on others. It’s like slaughtering a sheep, for example. And when the sheep keeps shaking, and the blood’s spilling all over the place, they would scream at it, at the sheep, and say, you are a bad sheep, bad sheep, because your blood came on my clothes or my dress. You know what I’m saying? They would take you, maybe torture you, or maybe kill you, or put you under so much stress and circumstances. And then they would say, you are a bad person because you’ve been through those things. Why did you put me through those things in the first place?"
Abdullah al Noaimi, ex-prisoner of Guantanamo Bay, in response to the question, “What would you say to [Americans who still think you’re a terrorist]?”
"…to always begin anew, to make, to reconstruct, and to not spoil, to refuse to bureaucratize the mind, to understand and to live life as a process—live to become…This is an indispensable quality of a good teacher."
Pedagogy of the city (1993), Paulo Freire
"Part of the luxury and privilege of the role of teacher/professor today is the absence of any requirement that we be self-actualized…I learned, along with other students, to consider myself fortunate if I found an interesting professor who talked in a compelling way. Most of my professors were not the slightest bit interested in enlightenment. More than anything they seemed enthralled by the exercise of power and authority within their mini-kingdom, the classroom."
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (1994), bell hooks
"What I want is for you to write ‘fuck me’ on your chest. Write it. Do it! And then I want you to walk out that door and I want you to walk down the street, and anybody that wants to fuck you, say, ‘Sure! Sure! No problem!’ And when they do, you have to say, ‘Thank you very, very much.’ And make sure that you have a smile on your face. And then, you stupid fucking coward, you’re gonna know what it feels like to be a woman."
Jenny Schecter, The L Word (Season 2, Episode 11: Loud and Proud)
"My grandfather always says that is what books are for. To travel without moving an inch."
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri