"In February 1989, Eva Ansley and I opened out new nonprofit law center in Tuscaloosa, dedicated to providing free, quality legal services to condemned men and women on death row in Alabama. We never thought it would be easy, but it turned out to be even harder than we had expected."
"You may think, as I once did, that I’m primarily in the business of serving good food. Actually, though, food is secondary to something that matters even more. In the end, what’s most meaningful is creating positive, uplifting outcomes for human experiences and human relationships. Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard."
"As a historian, I cannot give people food or clothes--but I can try to offer some clarity, thereby helping to level the global playing field. If this empowers even a handful of additional people to join the debate about the future of our species, I have done my job."
The majestic piece serves as the canon of sociological and historical interpretation of art. It's brain-catching and rather comprehensive than what it is widely and simplistically recognized with a particular label--Marxist.
"소년은 곧 밖으로 뛰어나왔다. 그리고 신기롭게 주위를 둘러보았다. 이곳은 가평이 아니라 서울이다. 나는 그렇게도 오고 싶어 마지않았던 서울에 기어코 오고야 말았다--이 생각이 소년의 눈에 보이는 것, 귀에 들리는 것, 그 모든 것에 감격을 주었다. 아무리 시골서 처음 올라온 소년의 마음에라도, 결코 그다지는 신기로울 수 없고, 또 아름다울 수 없는 이곳 '천변풍경'이, 오직 이곳이 서울이라는 그 까닭만으로, 그렇게도 아름다웠고, 또 신기하였다."
"Extreme events and disasters pose exceptional challenges for governments and societies, but their potential to cause physical damage and social suffering makes them crucial tests of social protection systems."
"And it has now been more than twenty years since I became a page OK'er--a position that exists only at The New Yorker, where you query-proofread pieces and manage them, with the editor, the author, a fact checker, and a second proofreader, until they go to press."
"The fact of this transformation-the fact, that is, that financial markets now appear as a force of their own while simultaneously mediating an increasing range of social relations-is incontrovertible."
"Those people and organizations who use culture toward their own ends know that the rational is no match for the affective. And we are thus quite vulnerable to the tools deployed by the most powerful forces in society."
"For every patriot fighting for a free Korea, or for any unlucky Korean bastard fighting on behalf of Japan, there were ten thousand compatriots on the ground and elsewhere who were just trying to eat. In the end, your belly was your emperor."
"What he had done was a crime only in retrospect, and he had always been a law-abiding citizen, because Hitler's orders, which had had certainly executed to the best of his ability, had possessed "the force of law" in the Third Reich."
"The puzzle is about why the relatively small numbers that give the word minority its most simple meaning and usually imply political and military weakness do not prevent minorities from being objects of fear and of rage."
"Examining and exploring how communication is employed to link gender and power can create a child-like sense of wonderment in us. It can disappoint. It can infuriate. It can make us smile at the human condition. It can make us shake our head in concern."
Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and in-depth analysis on America's declining social engagement. Concisely written, but invites readers to think about multi-dimensional reasons and consequences of community collapse.
"She didn't listen to him, her body and soul oriented now toward another universe where people were avid to know, to understand-and, in the phrase Jean had used with great self-satisfaction, “become what they truly were.”"
July 23, 2017
"He wondered, as he had many times wondered before, whether he himself was a lunatic. Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one."