quote 19:20:05 I’d prefer to hear from a nurse, a secretary, a sales assistant, an office worker, a taxi driver. Even, believe it or not, an average middle-ranking journalist. I want to hear from people like me, like us, who live alone - sometimes through choice, often through circumstance - and are happy doing so. Their views would also, I suspect, be rather less rose-tinted than those of a writer who needs the solitude to work on their latest novel.
quote 19:16:05 Some began to suggest that there should be a permanent record of the tweets, before Twitter sent them into timeline oblivion. A male Irish software engineer and writer, Paraic O’Donnell, whom I have never met, only discussed chamber music with online, very kindly offered to build a permanent home for the tweets, which goes live today.
quote 05:48:05 The super-rich index is made up of items that are, let’s say, different. A Russian sable coat at $240,000, a facelift for $18,500, a thoroughbred yearling racehorse at $319,340, a Sikorsky helicopter at $14.8m, an arrangement of flowers changed weekly for six rooms at $98,100 or a year’s tuition at Harvard at $52,652. It is, in a dark way, hilarious that a Harvard education counts as a luxury good.
John Lanchester: Why the super-rich love the UK in The Guardian.
quote 14:32:05 When Eridu or the palaces and piazzas of Renaissance Italy were shaped, architecture was the most expensive and prestigious of all cultural endeavours. Today we spread our wealth more thinly, spending ever more on disposable consumer junk, building more roads to serve ever more grim private housing estates, unsustainable supermarkets and distribution depots (and container ports and their giant ships), and the landfill sites we appear to need to shore up our insatiable, throwaway culture.
Jonathan Glancey’s swan song as the Guardian’s architecture critic: Passport to the planet.
quote 20:16:06 This is exactly the kind of film I want to be making. I don’t want to be making big, silly films.
Carey Mulligan’s words to Steve McQueen when trying to win the part in Shame, from her interview in the Guardian: ‘I haven’t seen myself naked in the mirror for a decade’.