"The strongest impacts of an emergent technology are always unanticipated. You can’t know what people are going to do until they get their hands on it and start using it on a daily basis, using it to make a buck and using it for criminal purpose and all the different things that people do."

William Gibson (via bashford)

"You don’t need loud colors to be seen .. or felt."
"You don’t need loud colors to be seen .. or felt."
"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion." Jack.

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion." Jack.

“People always want an explanation about everything, and I cannot give it to them,” he says, “because I don’t know myself. ‘Why did you do a pair of pants like that?’ I have no idea. I’m not going to have a twenty-minute political discussion about the necessity for slashed, painted leather jeans. Basically, I don’t know more than you.”

“People always want an explanation about everything, and I cannot give it to them,” he says, “because I don’t know myself. ‘Why did you do a pair of pants like that?’ I have no idea. I’m not going to have a twenty-minute political discussion about the necessity for slashed, painted leather jeans. Basically, I don’t know more than you.”

"I remember being in my mid-twenties, lying in bed thinking, I’ve never taken a shower with anyone before; I’ve never had any kind of long-term relationship. I remember thinking that the rest of my life would be solo. I wasn’t weepy when I thought that — it was just a realization that I had gone this long being self-sufficient."
  • INTERVIEWER
  • Why do you think you want to keep these records—all the shirt boards, the notes, and the files? Do you imagine other people reading them or are they just for you?
  • TALESE
  • I haven’t given it much thought. I just don’t want to throw them away. It’s become an obsession with me now. I don’t want to give the impression that I have an inflated sense of myself because I do not. But I do think that I am a chronicler. I want to report on what I have seen and heard and people I’ve known, and what I’ve done, because I think it’s connected to history. I’m interested in leaving my mark. I keep records to testify to the fact that I’m alive.
  • INTERVIEWER
  • Like the T. S. Eliot line, “These fragments I have shored against my ruins”?
  • TALESE
  • You bring intellectual bearing upon my banality.
"These days, the only people who still believe in the information-should-be free business model are the media moguls who made a fortune by not paying their freelance workers or by stealing the hard labor of other newsrooms."
"The things we create in print and in digital are so completely different from each other that they appeal to fundamentally distinct needs.The war between old and new is a false construct. Nothing goes away. The human need to create is too great, and the human desire to be entertained is too intense to allow any form, whether books or oil painting or even blogging, to disappear."

— David Granger, Editor, Esquire

2021

So, what should we expect in 2021? Well, 10 years ago, what did you expect to see now? Did you expect the word “Friend” to become a verb? Did you expect your twelve-year-old brother to stay up texting until 2am? Did you expect 140-character messaging systems enabling widespread revolutions against decades-old dictatorial regimes?

The next 10 years will be an era of unprecedented connectivity; this much we know. It will build upon the social networks, both real and virtual, that we’ve all played a role in constructing, bringing ideas together that would have otherwise remained distant, unknown strangers. Without twitter and a steady drip of mainstream media, would we have ever so strongly felt the presence of the Arab Spring? What laughs, gasps, or loves, however fleeting, would have been lost if not for Chatroulette? Keeping in mind that as our connections grow wider and more intimate, so too will the frequency of our connectedness, and as such, your own understanding of just what kinds of relationships are possible will be stretched and revolutionized as much as any piece of hardware.

Truly, the biggest changes we’ll face will not come in the form of any visible technology; the changes that matter most, as they always have, will occur in those places we know best but can never quite see: our own hearts and minds.

""I think that the way people eat really determines the way they think. Eating fast food means that your eating values are fast, cheap and easy and that you think that way. It means that you want everything like that, from music, to art, to love. And that’s what is going on in America. It’s not only destroying people’s health and the natural resources of this country, but it’s also destroying cultural diversity and potential." — excerpted from Monocle’s last meal with Alice Waters"