Monday, September 28, 2015

Sherry Turkle

Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel. People keep the conversation on topics where they won’t mind being interrupted. They don’t feel as invested in each other. Even a silent phone disconnects us.

From Stop Googling. Let’s Talk by Sherry Turkle, NYT 9/26/2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Edith Sitwell

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Neil Gaiman

"Oh, monsters are scared," said Lettie. "That's why they're monsters. And as for grown-ups..." She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, "I'm going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world."

--The Ocean at the End of the Lane