“Times change, and with them what, where, and how people eat. In fifteenth-century London a man could be hanged for eating meat on Friday. An ancient Roman was expected to wear a wreath to a banquet. The potato in sixteenth-century Europe was believed to cause leprosy and syphilis. As of two years ago, 19% of America’s meals were being eaten in cars.”—Lewis Lapham, from a preview of his introduction to the forthcoming “Food” issue, now available at Tom Dispatch (via laphamsquarterly)
The perfect treat on a Sunday evening: Bon Iver’s beautiful medley of Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me and Nick Of Time, the b-side to the Calgary 12”. Just press play and enjoy this beauty. “I can’t make you love me” - oh you can, Justin Vernon, you definitely can.
It is a profound spiritual truth that you cannot have life without death. When you chomp down on a carrot and masticate it in your mouth, that carrot is being sacrificed in order for you to have life. Everything on the planet is eating and being eaten. If you don’t believe it, just lie naked in your flower bed for three days and see what gets eaten. That sacrifice is what feeds regeneration. In our very antiseptic culture today, people don’t have a visceral understanding of life and death.
“If I had a thousand dollars for every squat I see in my gym done above parallel, I’d be a broke motherfucker. This is because we don’t allow partial squats on the premises.”—Mark Rippetoe (<- click it. do it. right now.)
“We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.”—Vince McConnell (via forcedistancetime)
“Every time there are losses there are choices to be made. You choose to live your losses as passages to anger, blame, hatred, depression and resentment, or you choose to let these losses be passages to something new, something wider, and deeper.”—Henri Nouwen