It’s come to a point where I’m relieved when the weekend is almost over.
You say each window’s a different tv channel
And you surrender all your so-called friends for flowers
Yves Saint Laurent’s De Stijl collection in front of a Piet Mondrian composition, 1966
An abandoned gas station in the sleepy desert community of North Edwards, California. The highway passing by is California 58; directly on the other side is the Rogers Dry Lake Bed at Edwards Air Force Base, NASA’s first alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle. - Noel Kern
Th Staves-In The Long Run
NYT: What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
TEJU COLE: I have not read most of the big 19th — century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too."
"The blunt fact is that the SAT has never been a good predictor of academic achievement in college. High school grades adjusted to account for the curriculum and academic programs in the high school from which a student graduates are. The essential mechanism of the SAT, the multiple choice test question, is a bizarre relic of long outdated twentieth century social scientific assumptions and strategies. As every adult recognizes, knowing something or how to do something in real life is never defined by being able to choose a “right” answer from a set of possible answers (some of them intentionally misleading) put forward by faceless test designers who are rarely eminent experts. No scientist, engineer, writer, psychologist, artist, or physician—and certainly no scholar, and therefore no serious university faculty member—pursues his or her vocation by getting right answers from a set of prescribed alternatives that trivialize complexity and ambiguity."