St. Verburg

Reporter and right-sized editor at a mid-size Midwestern newspaper. Reblogs are not endorsements. Posts of original material don't represent my opinions, except for my frequent and unambiguous teleological affirmations. (I think teleological is the right word....)
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The chemical compounds behind various body odours. One of which, in isolation, apparently smells like goat. Read more here:


To celebrate Hayao Miyazaki’s final masterpiece and extraordinary film career, we along with Studio Ghibli are asking deviants to create an art piece by his Oscar nominated film, The Wind Rises, opening 2/28/14 in North America. 

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Batman In Texas – Beautiful Black And White Photographs by French photographer Remi Noël.


Happy Talk: Simon Critchley + Philip Seymour Hoffman

Just over a year ago philosopher Simon Critchley met with Philip Seymour Hoffman for the final in a series of on-stage conversations called Happy Talk. In a searching dialogue that in hindsight seems prescient, the actor wrestles with the concepts of happiness, love, and death with the same courage and compelling insight that he brought to his roles. Recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art on December 17, 2012.”

We can’t think of a better way to end Philip Seymour Hoffman Appreciation Week than this. Goodnight, Phil. Thank you for everything.

Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island. I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel to know that our host only yesterday may have made more money than your novel ‘Catch-22′ has earned in its entire history?” And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.” And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?” And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
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