Girl in Bed - Lucian Freud
Shigeru Ban - Paper House
John Donne - No Man Is An Island
No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friend’s were. Each man’s death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.  ...
The Second Coming by Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand....
The thoughtful student, in scanning the religious history of the race, has one fact continually forced upon his notice, viz., that there is an invariable tendency to deify whomsoever shows himself superior to the weakness of our common humanity. Look where we will, we find the saint-like man exalted into a divine personage and worshipped for a god. Though perhaps misunderstood, reviled and even...
Pretty girls in their late teens, wearing combat boots, talking excitedly about Italo Calvino in the lending library in the back of the boutique.
Cindy Sherman at SFMoMa
Fantastic. Focus on the abject is reminiscent of Diane Arbus, without the exploitativeness that I find distasteful with Arbus. Love how Sherman by acting as subject and viewer, subverts male gaze, or perhaps better, acknowledges the reflexivity of the male gaze in a media saturated environment. The idea of exploring the construction of identity through a constellation of shared reference seems...
Masters of Biz Writing Style
1. Warren Buffet 2. Seth Godin 3. Peter Drucker 4. Fred Wilson
If you don’t believe you can do it you can’t. If you believe you can do it, and...– MFT (via brycedotvc)
David Hockney "A Bigger Splash"
RIP Barton Biggs
Legendary money manager Barton Biggs recently died. I had really enjoyed his book, Hedgehogging. Recommended.
h/t to Chris (again) for this incredible mixtape 1999 by Joey Bada$$. Dude is 17!!!. Photo above taken from a great photoset shot at his high school, Edward R. Murrow in Brooklyn.
Copped a new watch, had to go women’s to get the white on white. Shout out to designer Dieter Rams, the head of design at Braun from 1961 - 1995. The Apple aesthetic seems largely inspired by him.
Marina Abramovic doc on HBO
Marina Abramovic doc on HBO was very good. (HBO2Go is great.) It gives some biographical context, covers the lead up to the show, and there is wonderful footage of the show itself. I blogged about the 2010 show here. The documentary also has great footage of her baller ass cribs including the Soho loft she sold for $3.2M.
Bad. Couldn’t finish first episode. The Sorkin dialogue was the draw, but it was too precious, scattered, almost slapstick.
Big Baby Gandhi
Not new, but I still like the mixtape.
Mergers & Inquisitions
Love this email newsletter Mergers & Inquisitions, about how to get into investment banking. I don’t have any interest in getting into investment banking, but I love the candid perspective. Read the below and ask yourself “How often do I fail at pattern recognition because the patterns are seemingly illogical or self-contradictory? Are your self-reflections prescriptive rather than...
Sometimes we question shit that there is no answer to But I just built a house...– Lil Wayne
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.– Søren Kierkegaard