The Miscellany of Stewart McCoy

At the end, when he could no longer really talk or read the newspaper or do any of the things that he would have defined as having quality of life; when he was mumbling gibberish and regularly becoming dehydrated and passing out (painfully, twice in a public theater, where we’d taken my kids to see a play), the doctors persisted in trying to heal him—to poke and prod him with various tests that would make him wince even when he couldn’t express pain in words.

The thing about Western medicine is, for all of its tele-wizardry and genomic mapping and precision cures, it’s remained barbaric in this one way—it doesn’t allow people to die with dignity.

– Shoshana Berger, How to Die in 5 Easy Steps

“The essence of any good relationship is communication, but the problem is most people hate talking about their feelings — mostly because it is really hard to find the right words, or to even be fully aware of exactly what it is you are feeling. This only becomes possible, though, with at least some level of self-knowledge — reflection on who you are, what you want, where you are going and how you plan on getting there. But the ambiguity, and accompanying laxity, of our new arrangements prevents us from really thinking about these things, instead allowing, and even actively encouraging, us to flounder in an unreflective, unconscious abyss.”

– Jeremy Sheeler

Safe to say I’ve been adopted by California.

Safe to say I’ve been adopted by California.

Casting Time as a Lead Character »

Most coming-of-age films are replete with sex and crises like deaths, overdoses and crimes, but in “Boyhood,” Mr. Hawke said, “the event is the nonevent.” The boy just grows up.

“The entire point of the corporation was to create a fire wall for liability between the corporation and the owners, thus protecting the owners from the liabilities incurred by the corporation.”

– In support of Mike’s comment.