Hipsters can logically be compared to marketers: they take whatever they can...– Oakes, op. cit., 203-04
The truth is that the classics are by definition in decline; even in what we now...– Mary Beard, Do the Classics Have a Future? New York Review of Books, Jan. 12, 2012
When someone used to make a joke that referred to some pop-cultural ephemera -...– The extra chortle of recognition, Just North of Something Important, Dec. 21, 2011
The fundamental fact of human sexuality is the back and forth between the...– Foucault on S&M, prefigured by some eighty years. Count Harry Kessler. (via)
Sleeve-Rolling and Solipsism—Downhill Both Ways →
“Nobody was paying any attention,” the author intones. But he was. I almost want to say that that suborns sleeve-rolling.
…’The Perfect Kiss’ makes no attempt to hide what a limited...– On New Order’s Low-Life. Garry Mulholland, Fear of Music: The 261 Greatest Albums since Punk and Disco (2006; London: Orion, 2007), 176.
Endlessly, time-honoured irritant, A bubble is restively forming at your tip....– Philip Larkin, “Dry-Point” (1950), in Collected Poems, ed. Anthony Thwaite (London: Marvell Press and Faber and Faber, 1988), 36-37. (First published in his XX Poems  as the second of “Two Portraits of Sex” under the title “Etching.”)
The English are great collectors and curators of culture, perhaps more than any...– A.A. Gill, The Angry Island: Hunting the English (2005; New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 6.
My tendency is, if I see something interesting, to not take a picture of it, but...– Stephen Shore (via magnificentruin)