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All Quotes by author - Timothy Morton
" Aesthetic experiences are powerful, to be sure, and probably inescapable, but Nature will not remain effective for very long. "
" After a lifetime of listening to every Floyd album pretty much all the time - they're etched - 'Animals' is the one I can listen to again and again. "
" A job letter, an interview - even a writing sample - have far less to do with intellect and far more to do with aesthetics than you think. "
" Always say less than you think you need. Inject some space into the conversation. "
" American voting districts are, across a lot of the country, deeply messed up by having been gerrymandered by right-wing politicians. "
" Am I simply a vehicle for numerous bacteria that inhabit my microbiome? Or are they hosting me? "
" An adjective, such as 'flimsy,' describes someone's access to a thing, such as 'argument.' But that's just that someone's access. It may be accurate. But it's theirs nevertheless. "
" An artist attunes to what things are, which means sort of listening to the future, which is just how things are - I think time is a sort of liquid that pours out of hatpins, underground trains, salt crystals. So a work of art is also listening to itself, because what it is never quite coincides with how it appears, too. "
" An environment is precisely something one is unable to point to yet is strangely there nonetheless. "
" Anyone who has trouble imagining causality as magical and uncanny need only consider the existence of children. "
" Applying for a job after finishing a Ph.D is about turning yourself inside out. You've been involved in the most introverted process you've ever done, and now you have to show yourself to the world at large. "
" A weird thing is a strange loop, what some of us call 'an object.' Thus it is looked down on by the constructivist spokespeople of anti-art, which is also an anti-products movement - the dominant mode of high art since the inception of the Anthropocene. "
" Beauty doesn't have to be in accord with prefabricated concepts of 'pretty.' "
" Before there was Bjork, there was Prince. That's a very simple encapsulation of my personal pop life. "
" Being seen means that your being is held by the other person without comment, without praise or blame or indifference - just with some kind of open care. "
" Bohm's 'ontological interpretation' was so called because of the bad rap the word 'ontology' has had in our correlationist age. As a bit of a put-down. "
" Does anyone recall hippies designing things for Generation X? Does anyone recall the elegance of that? How design was about making things simpler? "
" Ecological thought rejects consumerism at its peril. "
" Everything is a railway junction where past and future are sliding over one another, not touching. "
" Fear of nothingness is fear of a certain physicality, a physicality whose phenomena I cannot predictably demarcate from its reality in advance. "
" 'Free speech' isn't speech at all if it's being used without listening, attention, or care. "
" Humans can no longer ignore nonhumans: they end up haunting the words we use and interrupting everyday talk. "
" I always knew Andy Hageman would publish incredible eco stuff. "
" I believe art is a way to attune to what reality is, which is a weird reality. "
" I can get quite well known, and then I can unleash this kind of anarchist-hippie thing that I've been holding like a very precious liquid, carefully, without spilling any, for years and years and years. And now I'm going to pour it everywhere. "
" I discover in my experiential space evidence for the wrongness of solipsism, and this evidence is called beauty. "
" I find it beyond stunning that there is a school of thought or two out there that swears we are into solids and that solids are bad and liquids are good. "
" If you have suffered from trauma, one of the most healing things that can happen to you is being seen. Being seen doesn't have to mean that someone actually lays their eyes on you, although that certainly helps. "
" If you're applying for jobs, get a suit now, whether or not you get an interview. Spend as much as you can on it without breaking the bank. It will do you some good. "
" If you're facing rejection right now, it's very important to realize, especially in a down market, that it's not personal. Really. Truly. The indifference of the system is also crushing. But perhaps it's better than thinking that someone was out to get you. "
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