“Editors at Scholastic updated some of the references to technology and outdated fashions in the reissued books. So a ‘cassette player’ has become ‘headphones’ and a ‘perm’ has become ‘an expensive hairstyle.’”—The return of the Baby-sitters Club.
“A lot of Joe’s friends, we always quote what we call Strummer’s Law — or at least one of them — which was, ‘No input, no ouput!’ He’d always shout that at us. I’d be going, ‘Aw, I really gotta work, Joe, I can’t go out all night again.’ He’d reply: ‘That’s lying-down talk! We’re bloody going out!’”—Jim Jarmusch
“Well, I think of myself as a director of movies for the ears. I’ve always been aware of theatre, how I came off visually when I perform. But people hear music in all kinds of different ways. Some people experience music as colours; others just see grey water pouring out of the speakers. Some never listen to lyrics, they just fall under a spell. Some eat it whole. Some just take a bite. Some of us like to get on our backs and roll around in it like a dog.”—Tom Waits
“Schoolchildren even wrote letters to the parent company, Barnes & Noble, begging for the store to stay open. ‘Without that store, my life would be so sad and boring,’ wrote a fifth-grader named Bryanna Salinas, who signed her name with a heart.”—Laredo could soon be the largest US city without a bookstore.
“For many years, there was an iconic painting hanging in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art: a picture of busy people going up and down the stairs at the Bauhaus — that noble experiment in Germany between the world wars that in many ways ushered us into the modern world. For 14 years, under its various directors, beginning with architect Walter Gropius and ending with architect Mies van der Rohe, the Bauhaus — or “House of Building” — showed us what it meant to be modern. In art, that meant a departure from realism into the realm of abstract paintings and sculpture. But it also meant a departure from bourgeois excess — having simple but comfortable furniture with clean lines, in elegant, efficient, and inexpensive surroundings. At the Bauhaus, art and industry were not necessarily enemies. Art could make eloquent use of industrial materials, and industrial materials, down to kitchen utensils and teapots, ashtrays and lighting fixtures, could be as beautiful and elegant as works of art — in fact, were works of art.”—NPR on Bauhaus.
“Teaching at Vanderbilt University, I interact regularly and predominantly with upper-middle and upper class colleagues and students. This experience makes me profoundly aware of class difference and the impact it has had on my life as a woman from the lower classes. Generally speaking, my colleagues and students are sensitive, respectful, even excruciatingly polite at times, but many are privileged in ways that render them oblivious to how most people in the world struggle.”—Bound by raw survival: working-class women writers.