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Column: Effortless Perfection? | The Chronicle

What is perfection to you?

An incomplete list of English lexical gaps

abbysroad:

Please correct me if there actually are words for some of these things or if you have any to add to the list …

  1. The circular mark a cold glass of liquid leaves on the platform on which it was originally placed — Italian cualacino
  2. In front of. We have “behind,” so why the hell can’t we figure…

is there is a lexical gap for a phrase that is as short and concise as the antonym of the phrase “effortless perfection” and I wish there were a phrase for it because I would put it on posters and post them all around this gosh darn school because effortless perfection is a phrase that should never be use lol I just used it twice

excuse me while I go through my itunes and delete every Death Cab for Cutie song because THEY’RE SO GOSH DARN DEPRESSING GEEZ 

Why is my entire history class surprised that prostitution was big everywhere in the ancient world?

innerbohemienne:

La nuit étoilée - The Starry Night ~ artist Vincent van Gogh, c.June 1889 asylum at Saint-Remy, France; oil on canvas, 29” × 36 1⁄4”. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

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Gallery label text:

"This morning I saw the country from my window a long time before sunrise," the artist wrote to his brother Theo, "with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big." Rooted in imagination and memory, The Starry Night embodies an inner, subjective expression of van Gogh’s response to nature. In thick sweeping brushstrokes, a flamelike cypress unites the churning sky and the quiet village below. The village was partly invented, and the church spire evokes van Gogh’s native land, the Netherlands.

Publication excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 35:

Van Gogh’s night sky is a field of roiling energy. Below the exploding stars, the village is a place of quiet order. Connecting earth and sky is the flamelike cypress, a tree traditionally associated with graveyards and mourning. But death was not ominous for van Gogh. “Looking at the stars always makes me dream,” he said, “Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star.”

The artist wrote of his experience to his brother Theo: “This morning I saw the country from my window a long time before sunrise, with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big.” This morning star, or Venus, may be the large white star just left of center in The Starry Night. The hamlet, on the other hand, is invented, and the church spire evokes van Gogh’s native land, the Netherlands. The painting, like its daytime companion, The Olive Trees, is rooted in imagination and memory. Leaving behind the Impressionist doctrine of truth to nature in favor of restless feeling and intense color, as in this highly charged picture, van Gogh made his work a touchstone for all subsequent Expressionist painting.

(Source: Wikipedia, via impressionsonmymind)

"What time do you guys start crying on Sundays ?"

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On Saturday night

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christopheestlemaitre:

Steve Prefontaine post appreciation → January 25th, 1951 - May 30th, 1975 (24 years old)

"I’m going to work so that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."

I am working to be like Pre

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run-nyc-262:

christopheestlemaitre:

Alexi Pappas july 2013 twitter pictures part 1.

Selfie queen

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