Your One Wild and Precious Life

Screen shots from Harold Lloyd's 1923 film, "Safety Last"

Screen shots from Harold Lloyd's 1923 film, "Safety Last"

• “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.” —William Sloane Coffin (later quoted by Lily Tomlin)

Art attributed to Banksy

Art attributed to Banksy

• “23 and 69 Are the Happiest Ages”  —headline from London School of Economics 2013

• “The individual's right to pursue his own vision of the best ratio of pleasure to pain (is) utterly sacrosanct.” —David Foster Wallace

Cartoon by Ian Stevenson

Cartoon by Ian Stevenson

grimescartoons.com

grimescartoons.com

• “Just choose a dead-end and chill out till you die.” —Homer Simpson’s career advice to Lisa on "The Simpsons" by Matt Groening

• Below: Mary Oliver reads her short poem that includes the animated phrase above:

Advertising Our Way to Happiness!

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• "Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising." — John Lahr

• "News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising." — Lord Northcliffe

• "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks." —  Jeff Hammerbacher 

Cartoon above by the late, great B. Kliban

• Cartoon above by the late, great B. Kliban

• Watch hilarious video above using heartfelt stock images assembled into one seamless piece of corporate blather, with great narration (dissolve.com).

• "I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second." — Steven Wright

• Grazie to Todd Walton for sharing the Norman Douglas quote.


Happiness by Oscar Wilde

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• Off to a lucky start in 1854, Oscar Wilde was born to a wealthy, eccentric Dublin family, learning the art of embellishing a good story from his mother, a flamboyant poet and hostess.

• A true celebrity of his day — a witty, wildly popular and highly controversial writer, poet, playwright and satirist who found an overripe target in Victorian stuffiness.

• Toured the U.S. in 1882, delivering over 140 lectures in 260 days

• Married (to a woman, how quaint) and the father of two sons, he was imprisoned for two years for "gross indecency" as a result of a conflict with his gay lover’s father.

• Having lost his good health, family and creative spirit, he wandered through Europe for several years before succumbing to meningitis in 1900, just short of 46.

 
 

• Wilde fans will enjoy the video above of his younger years.  e.g., "You must come home and meet my mother. We have founded a society for the suppression of virtue” (as he told a college friend).