A Study in Mediocrity

“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles - a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other - that kept me going.” ------Hunter S. Thompson

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archatlas:

ALLCITYPOSTERS

There are a lot of incredible posters in this collection, I tried to choose cities from all around the world and not the usual suspects.


Igor Palmin Moscow, 1980

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Igor Palmin
Moscow, 1980

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Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic

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75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South. 

Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.

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John F. Kennedy in Germany, 1963.

Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we look — can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades.

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner.

Matchbox
Carl Perkins

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Carl Perkins — Matchbox - 1957

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"The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims. They are not even considered at all. They are nothing; they don’t count; they don’t matter. They are commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects - sandwiches and shoes."

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Gary Yourofsky (via black-car-of-lethe)

historicaltimes:

Residents of West Berlin show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side, 1961 -

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Residents of West Berlin show children to their grandparents who reside on the Eastern side, 1961 -

magictransistor:

A varied assortment of Flying Machines and Hot-Air Balloons; Harper’s Weekly, c. 1864.

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magictransistor:

A varied assortment of Flying Machines and Hot-Air Balloons; Harper’s Weekly, c. 1864.