Europeans who translated [a clockwork orange] assumed that it meant a hand grenade, a cheaper kind of explosive pineapple. I mean it to stand for the application of a mechanistic morality to a living organism oozing with juice and sweetness.
articu…is. You cannot get away with actual lies and fabrications for very long without getting caught out. What you can do is omit relevant information to create a distorted reality that contains half-truths or evasions. Politicians, journalists, lawyers, and bureaucrats specialise in the job of selective omission. They rarely tell outright lies. They are too intelligent to do so. Instead, they are experts at omitting particular facts or observations, and all their intelligence is directed to this goal.
…ave not spent any time whatsoever exploring what they are, and have no idea what it is to be human. The fact that anyone would think they could become immortal by digitizing their churning, repetitive personality patterns is crazy, and the fact that they’d want to is even crazier.
The point of reading isn’t to memorize, and it’s certainly not to critique. It’s to absorb and filter with an open mind — to find the right thing at the right time so that you can improve and update your existing model of reality rather than mold whatever you’re …