He has gained fame in recent years for his non-musical endeavors in championship pumpkin growing.
When the French colonised Vietnam in the 1880s, they brought, along with punitive taxes and venereal disease, their casserole of vegetables and beef, a pale predecessor of pho’s rich broth.
In 1876 a black woman in Virginia was accused of stealing a chicken. As part of the evidence the mother hen was brought to court to identify her offspring. She convinced the court that she recognised her brood: as a result of the chicken’s testimony, the woman received 39 lashes.
So long as one takes oneself to be a substantial center of subjectivity or agency, as opposed to a causally connected stream of momentary psycho- physical phenomena, one is mired in primal confusion that makes the cultivation of compassion and the liberation from suffering impossible. Only by recognizing that our identities arise only from our own imposition of a unity and coherence on a complex, multifaceted stream of events and processes can we escape that confusion.
— Jay Garfield, Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose
“Things” in themselves are only events that for a while are monotonous.
— Carlo Rovelli, The Order of Time
Many the peoples many the oceans I crossed --
I arrive at these poor, brother, burials
so I could give you the last gift owed to death
and talk (why?) with mute ash.
Now that Fortune tore you from me, you
oh poor (wrongly) brother (wrongly) taken from me,
now still anyway this -- what a distant mood of parents
handed down as the sad gift for burials --
accept! Soaked with tears of a brother
and into forever, brother, farewell and farewell.
— Catullus (translated by Anne Carson)