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Dublin/Galway, Ireland. 27, history graduate & human rights student
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*from the title of a review of Arthur Koestler's Arrival and Departure by Michael Foot, Evening Standard, Nov. 26, 1943.
Jul 31


A Question of Croissant

Um, what kind of crappy croissant tastes like bread? Or at least, it’s bread baked with butter (okay, that doesn’t sound so exciting written down, but my mouth is watering thinking of it - I mean, a really good, fresh, hot croissant…) 

Of course, maybe to a bird it would all be the same, especially since they have less capacity to taste: “Depending on the species, birds may have fewer than 50 or up to roughly 500 taste buds, while humans have 9,000-10,000 taste buds.” Classic social eaters: “Because of their unrefined tastes, when birds show a preference for certain foods, they’re often relying on other factors.”  

Bread can be really tasty, too - my favourite is rustic French bread, although as an Irish person I’m also partial to some good brown bread. Or maybe even soda bread, if it’s not too strong.

Also in bakery snobbery, just today I heard a guy in front of me ask for a ‘chocolate croissant’ which just sounded wrong to me: it’s a pain au chocolat, the dough may be the same but it’s not in a crescent shape, so it has a more uniform texture without the crunchier ends; ‘chocolate croissant’ signifies a supermarket pastry (which are usually stale, although a maple pecan plait is always a tasty treat in an Irish store). 

The shop that made this also does delicious almond croissants (which are, more or less, crescent shaped though the filling makes them a bit limp) and a hybrid almond and chocolate pastry that is superbly decadent - it used to have rum in it too, but I think that was just for the cold and wet Galway winter…

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Jul 30
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Jul 29

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Former site of the Panopticon

Former site of the Panopticon

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“…what is modern philosophy if we read it as a history of veridiction in its parresiastic form? It is a practice which tests its reality in its relationships to politics. It is a practice which finds its function of truth in the criticism of illusion, deception, trickery, and flattery. And finally it is a practice which finds [the object of its] exercise in the transformation of the subject by himself and of the subject by the other. Philosophy as exteriority with regard to a politics of illusion which challenges it to constitute itself as true discourse, and philosophy as ascesis, that is to say, as constitution of the subject by himself, seems to me to constitute the mode of being of modern philosophy, or maybe that which, in the mode of being of modern philosophy, takes up the mode of being of ancient philosophy.”

Michel Foucault, The Government of Self and Others, 353-4

“We need a characterization of art today that feels more pressing and relevant. That’s what I tried to do in the book: you know, there was minimalism which exteriorized the art object so that it was now about the room it was placed in, and therefore about the institution that built that room, and there was the influence of conceptual art and its foregrounding information and circulation and systems of distribution and so on and so forth. Today you find these developments in their most advanced state in social practice. Instead of objects that are exteriorized, it’s subjects that are exteriorized!”

Feeling great with Lane Relyea - Bad at Sports (via towerofsleep)

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…and shortly after dawn

…and shortly after dawn

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Jul 28
Of course, the beach towards sunset is more reliably photogenic.

Of course, the beach towards sunset is more reliably photogenic.

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Found a wildflower meadow/patch of scrubland today near the Corrib that was full of bumblebees, dragonflies as big as my fist swooping around or taking off from the path in front of me with a disconcerting clacking sound, white and purple orchids, willow warblers going hoo-et from the branches of birch trees. None of which photographed particularly well or at all.

In other procrastination from thesis writing, I’m just about finished Foucault’s The Government of Self and Others (it’s not strictly related to my work) and have started The History of Sexuality.

summer galway dragonflies escaping from a thesis
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