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Atmospheres | Peder Severin Krøyer
 
Hip, Hip, Hurrah! 1888

Hip, Hip, Hurrah! 1888

 
Excerpt | Electric Vehicle

one of the rare industries that electricity has failed to dominate is automobile production, but a review of the early story of the car suggests that this was by no means inevitable. the first crude examples of electric vehicles had been demon- started as early as the 1830s by pioneers such as scotsman robert davidson and american thomas davenport, and electric cars — by then refined by numerous other inventors.
in both the US and Europe — were increasingly available to consumers by the last decade of the nineteenth century. touted as cleaner, quieter, more reliable, and easier to operate, electric cars enjoyed a popularity that easily rivaled their gas and steam counterparts; in 1900, of the 4,192 vehicles manufactured in the US, 1,575 were electric, 936 were gasoline-driven, and 1,681 were steam-powered. electric cars also held the world land speed record from its official inception in 1898 until 1902, when a steam-powered car took the record.
despite this propitious beginning, a little less than two decades later the electric car was on the wane — in 1913, for example, more than eighty electric car models were available on the u.s market; just four years later, that number had dwindled to barely twenty. several factors contributed to why internal combustion vehicles came to dominate the automobile market so completely: gas prices dropped with the rigging of crude oil in texas; henry ford’s new production techniques made gas automobiles suddenly far cheaper than electric cars; and america’s burgeoning road culture made speed and convenience at long distances the decisive criteria for customers’ choices. although the brief revival of the electric car in the 1970s was ultimately not sustained, recent trends in automotive technology suggest that electric cars may have better luck in the twenty-first century.
 

cabinet. (2006) issue 21, electricity. page 62 'the early history of the electric vehicle'.

Excerpt | A Suit

'i'll make you one, ' he said, 'and balance it
perfectly on you.' so i could almost feel
the plumb line of the creased tweed hit my heel,

my shoulders like a spar or arms of a scale
under the jacket, my whole shape realigned
in ways that suited me down to the ground.

so although a suit was the last thing that i needed
i weighed his words and wore them and decided
there and then it was going for a song.

heaney, s. (1939-2013)

Excerpt | Nature

after all, nature is a symbol of freedom. sometimes nature actually gives rise to and maintains the idea of freedom. if we base our technical plans primarily on nature we have a chance to ensure that the course of development is once again in a direction in which our everyday work and all its forms will increase freedom rather than decrease it.

aalto, a. (1985) tr. essay on 'National planning and the goals of culture'

Fundamentals | Martin Luther

You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.

Excerpt | Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace

One grand boulevard with trees
with one grand cafe in sun
with strong black coffee in very small cups.

One not necessarily very beautiful
man or woman who loves you.

One fine day.

Excerpt | Secret Sorrow

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not;
and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Fundamentals | Strength

the strength i'm looking for isn't the type where you win or lose. i'm not after a wall that'll repel power coming from outside. what i want is the kind of strength to be able to absorb that kind of power, to stand up to it. the strength to quietly endure things - unfairness, misfortunes, sadness, mistakes, misunderstandings.

murakami, h. (2002) kafka on the shore

Excerpt | Those who love much

, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well. love is the best and noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it is tested by life as gold is tested by fire.
happy is he who has loved much, and although he may have wavered and doubted, he has kept that divine spark alive and returned to what was in the beginning and ever shall be.
if only one keeps loving faithfully what is truly worth loving and does not squander one's love on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things then one will gradually obtain more light and grow stronger.

van gogh, v. and de leeuw, r. (1997) the letters of vincent van gogh

Fundamentals | Faith

there are no tricks in plain and simple faith.

shakespeare, w.

Excerpt | Do Nothing

"what do you like doing best in the world, pooh?"
"well," said pooh, "what I like best..." and then he had to stop and think. because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
and then he thought that being with christopher robin was a very good thing to do,
and having piglet near was a very friendly thing to have; and so, when he had thought it all out, he said,
"what I like best in the whole world is me and piglet going to see you, and you saying 'what about a little something?' and me saying, 'well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."
"i like that too," said christopher robin, "but what I like doing best is nothing.” 
"how do you do nothing?" asked pooh, after he had wondered for a long time.
"well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, what are you going to do, christopher robin, and you say, oh, nothing, and then you go and do it.” 

milne, a.a. (1928) the house at pooh corner

Et Cetera | Cy Twombly
 
Untitled. 1969

Untitled. 1969

 
Excerpt | Van Gogh

Those who love much, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well. love is the best and noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it is tested by life as gold is tested by fire.
happy is he who has loved much, and although he may have wavered and doubted, he has kept that divine spark alive and returned to what was in the beginning and ever shall be.
if only one keeps loving faithfully what is truly worth loving and does not squander one's love on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things then one will gradually obtain more light and grow stronger.

van gogh, v. and de leeuw, r. (1997) the letters of vincent van gogh

Excerpt | We can still do things

it's like when my doctor told me the story of these two brothers whose dad was a bad alcoholic. one brother grew up to be a successful carpenter and never drank. the other brother ended up being a drinker as bad as his dad was. when they asked the first brother why he didn't drink, he said that after he saw what it did to his father, he could never bring himself to even try it. when they asked the other brother, he said that he guessed he learned how to drink on his father's knee. so, i guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. and maybe we'll never know most of them. but even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. we can still do things. and we can try to feel okay about them.

chbosky, s. (1999) the perks of being a wallflower

Et Cetera | Arthur Leipzig
 
The ideal laundry, 1946

The ideal laundry, 1946