“We’d like to think that mundane matters like loyalty, steadfastness, and the willingness to keep writing checks to support what looks like failure have nothing to do with something as rarefied as genius. But sometimes genius is anything but rarefied; sometimes it’s just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table.”—Malcolm Gladwell.
She used to whisper in horses ears and now, exclusively, whispers in mine.
Ever since Scarlett and I met on Matthew McConaughey’s yacht “The Alright x3” back in the heady days of 2012, it has been nothing but bliss. Sure, we may have our differences––lord knows she can’t stand my Sean Penn impression (which basically consists of me downing a bottle of scotch before holding an entire bag of Sour Patch Kids in my mouth and then screaming at a schoolbus)––but it’s our differences that, well, I like to think, keep things interesting… such as the fact that she’s half Polish and half Danish and I, on the other hand, just polished off half a Danish. And yeah, sure, she’s one of the highest paid actresses in the world and dresses in the finest fineries. But to me she’s simply “ScarScar”, and what we have is a love and respect that will last until whomever reading this figures out this is entirely made up, or until ‘til the end of time, whichever comes first.
Anyway, Scarlett and I are elated to be able to share the news with you. Thank you. Thank you, America. We plan to call the baby “Marlon” (after not Brando but Wayons). We are registered at both Target and Hammacher Schlemmer if you want to send any gifts.
People will always abuse power. That’s not a new insight. There are cuneiform tablets complaining about it. Yet here we are in 2014, startled because unscrupulous people have started to use the powerful tools we created for them.
We put so much care into making the Internet resilient from technical failures, but make no effort to make it resilient to political failure. We treat freedom and the rule of law like inexhaustible natural resources, rather than the fragile and precious treasures that they are.
“As far as Russia is concerned, the US is only respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty because the US saw an opportunity to hook up with Ukraine after its recent revolution, and Russia will be damned if it’s going to let the US pull that male feminist niceguy bullshit and fuck it’s ex-girlfriend. Russia is getting its dog back and the US is left to blog and whine on behalf of Ukraine because as much as the US would like to gently fuck Ukraine, it’s not worth a confrontation with Russia.”—A Guide To The Ukrainian Conflict For Thought Catalog Readers.
“If I had a large amount of money I should found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily.”—Stephen Fry