"What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic."
— David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
(Source: quoththeculture, via divingoffdocks)
"We’re not yet halfway through The Honourable Woman but it’s clear writer/director/producer Hugo Blick has assembled his political thriller with rare confidence and control. Dense, deliberate, harrowing and opaque, it already feels comparable to the most-admired US dramas of recent years while retaining its own unique UK flavour, possibly due to Blick’s instinct to surprise and subvert."
— Oh, there’s a new show by the guy who made The Shadow Line?? Damn, I liked The Shadow Line so, so much— and this one’s a Middle Eastern spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal…? Oh, and Stephen Rea again (aka motherfucking Gatehouse). Huh! Neat— plus, good timing since Kiefer Sutherland is done murdering people on my Monday nights. Trailer.
(Source: theguardian.com, via twiststreet)
"In the Eighties, when I was in college in 1988. That was almost the end of the military dictatorship. I was a student protester. I was part of a lot of demonstrations against the government and I would have to run away from riot police. In one particular instance, I ran away and opened a random door and ended up in a very classy, high-end hotel. I found myself in this lobby where there was piano music and just two seconds ago they were shooting tear gas at me. There I was listening to Mozart and guests were dressed up in nice clothes drinking coffee as if nothing was going on. I was just in a daze, thinking ‘where am I’? That feeling is definitely a part of the sushi bar scene."
— Bong Joon-ho (x)
(Source: strangeturnip, via elucipher)
"Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the field of battle."
— James Baldwin, “Many Thousands Gone”