I saw Toy Story 3 tonight, expecting to be amused by my recognition of same-old, its same-old juvenile antics. Maybe I thought parts of it would tug at my heartstrings — reviews have said as much, anyway: that it’s fun without being fluffy, that audiences who saw the original Toy Story as kids would find Andy’s maturation relatable.
"This Wednesday, "Twilight: Eclipse" will be unleashed into theaters to the delirious excitement of fans. At this point, the phenomenon has become so enormous it’s difficult to remember a time when we didn’t know what Twihards were, or when we could walk past any newsstand without seeing Robert Pattinson’s stone-faced pout. The real testament to "Twilight’s" cultural reach, however, is the number of truly baffling products it’s managed to inspire — from "Twilight" condoms to vampire-pillow hybrids. We’ve collected the best, below."
"In "Sex at Dawn," which uses evidence gathered from human physiology, archaeology, primate biology and anthropological studies of pre-agricultural tribes from around the world, [Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá] argue that monogamy and the nuclear family are more recent inventions than most of us would expect — and far less natural than we’ve come to believe."
“It was the truths that made the people grotesques… . [T]he moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.”—Sherwood Anderson (in Winesburg, Ohio)
"Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts"
“She says, I loved you so much once. I loved you to the point of distraction. I did. More than anything in the whole wide world. Imagine that. What a laugh that is now. Can you imagine it? We were so intimate once upon a time I can’t believe it now. I think that’s the strangest thing of all now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can’t imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven’t been.”—Raymond Carver, (in “Intimacy,” Where I’m Calling From) (via fwriction)
“Soccer is a sport perfectly designed to reinforce a tragic view of the universe, because basically it is a long series of frustrations leading up to near certain heartbreak.”—David Brooks (for The New York Times)
"We are overshadowed by a nimbus of ideas. There is our physical reality and then there is our conception of ourselves, our conception of self — one that is as powerful as, perhaps even more powerful than, the physical reality we inhabit. A version of self that can survive even the greatest bodily tragedies. We are creatures of our beliefs. This is at the heart of Ramachandran’s ideas about anosognosia — that the preservation of our fantasy selves demands that we often must deny our physical reality. Self-deception is not enough. Something stronger is needed."
“Why is the word yes so brief?
It should be
so that you could not decide in an instant to say it,
so that upon reflection you could stop
in the middle of saying it.”—Vera Pavlova (“If There Is Something to Desire,” 17)