— Frank O’Hara, “On And On About Kenneth Koch: A Counter-Rebuttal” (via adornoble)
“Human lives are mysterious in that human beings are not strong enough to live and die just for themselves. It is because human beings always think of living in some kind of ideal, that they soon get bored of living just for themselves. It is because of this that the need to die for something arises. That need is the great cause that people talked in the past. Dying for a great cause was considered the most glorious, heroic, brilliant way of dying. However, there are no great causes now. ” - Yukio Mishima
— When comments are better than the article, Atlantic edition (“The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy”)
- student: can i borrow a pencil
- teacher: i don't know, CAN you?
- student: yes, also colloquial irregularities occur frequently in any language and since you and the rest of our present company understood my intended meaning being particular about the distinctions between "can" and "may" is purely pedantic and arguably pretentious