(Source: delicate-vacuum, via kolmioandco)
I would not urge you simply to get off the PlayStation. I would urge you to understand who made the game. I would not urge you to take down your King James poster. I would urge you to think about the business that makes him possible. Perhaps you’d like to be part of that business some day. I would urge you think about what Kendrick is doing in his lyrics, to think about music. Do you know how to read music? Have you learned an instrument? Would that interest you? How about poetry? Have you ever read any? Would you consider trying to write some of your own? — Ta-Nehisi Coates (via theatlantic)
(Source: odios, via paperwhistle)
I think I’ll fall asleep riiiiiight here.
How much of reading, then, is just a kind of narcissism—a marker of who you were and what you were thinking when you encountered a text? Perhaps thinking of that book later, a trace of whatever admixture moved you while reading it will spark out of the brain’s dark places. —
“The Curse of Reading and Forgetting” by Ian Crouch
via The New Yorker
This interplay of experience and neural pathways is widely known as neuroplasticity…If boys and men tend to take in messages that manhood is defined by sex and power, and those messages encourage them to think about sex often, then those neural networks associated with desire will be regularly activated and will become stronger over time. If women, generally speaking, learn other lessons, that sexual desire and expression are not necessarily positive, and if therefore they don’t think as much about sex, then those same neural networks will be less stimulated and comparatively weak. The more robust the neural pathways of eros, the more prone you are to feel lust at home, even as stimuli dissipate with familiarity and habit. — How a Women’s Libido Pill Could Actually Save Monogamy by Lindy West
Yayoi Kusama in her New York studio, 1960.
(via Synaptic Stimuli)