It’s easy to pity, but so much harder to understand. If you understand someone, you don’t pity him; you change him. You only pity what you can’t understand.
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Rainer Werner Fassbiner 

(The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

“I believe you’re the first human being on the planet to have ever been served anything cooked with this,” Reade tells me. But not to worry: “I’ve eaten some of it myself, an hour ago. I’m still alive.”
I inspect my plate….
- Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?

“I believe you’re the first human being on the planet to have ever been served anything cooked with this,” Reade tells me. But not to worry: “I’ve eaten some of it myself, an hour ago. I’m still alive.”

I inspect my plate….

Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?

Detective Jay Swan, returns to his small-town roots after a stint in “the big smoke”, which has merely widened the chasm between him and his former peers. The son of a stockman, Jay is “an Abbo copper” caught between two worlds – alienated from his own community, ostracised by his white workmates. “Are you one of them ‘black trackers’ who turns on his own?” asks a sneering landowner. His family are no more trusting: “At least I know who I am,” declares his habitually drunken and battered estranged wife, Mary (Tasma Walton), contemptuous of her former partner’s “big house” life on the other side of town, dismissing his concern for the welfare of their teenage daughter as “10 years too late”.
It is the discovery of a teenager’s body under a road used by truckers that fires this scorched-noir murder mystery. While the police department remains resolutely unmoved by the death of an indigenous Australian girl (“You’re on your own on this one, Jay”), the case strikes close to home for the unloved detective….
- Mystery Road

Detective Jay Swan, returns to his small-town roots after a stint in “the big smoke”, which has merely widened the chasm between him and his former peers. The son of a stockman, Jay is “an Abbo copper” caught between two worlds – alienated from his own community, ostracised by his white workmates. “Are you one of them ‘black trackers’ who turns on his own?” asks a sneering landowner. His family are no more trusting: “At least I know who I am,” declares his habitually drunken and battered estranged wife, Mary (Tasma Walton), contemptuous of her former partner’s “big house” life on the other side of town, dismissing his concern for the welfare of their teenage daughter as “10 years too late”.

It is the discovery of a teenager’s body under a road used by truckers that fires this scorched-noir murder mystery. While the police department remains resolutely unmoved by the death of an indigenous Australian girl (“You’re on your own on this one, Jay”), the case strikes close to home for the unloved detective….

Mystery Road

It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another; it’s one damn thing over and over.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

"Riddles with Elegant Solutions"

Q:  Why did you write Lolita?

A:  It was an interesting thing to do. Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I’ve no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions. 

- Nabokov on Lolita, BBC Interview 1962

The study of sickness is the most poetic of the sciences.
- Thomas Bernhard, Frost

kateoplis:

"My very first day at SNL, Amy Poehler took me and Andy Samberg out to dinner and was like, “What do you want to know? Do you want to know about the cue cards? How this works? How this works? How this works?” Since then, any time there’s been new people, I always take them out to dinner at the exact same restaurant, the same table. I take them there and say, ‘Okay guys, what do you want to know?’”

Bill Hader

I remember talking to my dad about problems. Problems with money, or problems with, you know, just growing up. My dad has a very stoic approach to most things. Both of them do. It was very simplistic: Pull yourself up from the bootstraps. I don’t know if they ever used that analogy, but that was their mantra. You just do your best, and you get over it, and if there’s adversity, complaining about it is just a time-waster.”

Steve Carell

"What I would say to people who want to give up is that that’s fine. Everybody who has had any level of success has felt it. The key is to not give into it. If you give in to giving up, you will never know what you could be or who you could be or how far you could have gone. Sometimes I have these moments where I just stop and say, “Oh my God, I remember when I wanted to stop. I wanted to give up.” And I look back now and I say, “What if I had given up? Where would I be?”“

Tyler Perry

The Mentoring Project

"If I were to do more than hint at their hydrophobic habits, their pulicidal, pulicivorous, and even phtheirophagous propensities, I should call down, not undeservedly, the Zoilism of our correspondents."

 Joseph Dalton Hooker (From a letter to “Lady’s Newspaper of London”, January 1863 about slovenly and unhygienic rural servants in France.

(World Wide Words)