I sat with my drink untouched in my hand. I like to drink, but not when people are using me for a diary.
— Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake

On the wide cool front porches, reaching their cracked shoes into the sun, and staring at nothing, sit the old men with faces like lost battles.
— Raymond Chandler, The High Window

It was striking how little control we had of events, particularly in view of how assiduously we cultivated the appearance of being in charge by smoking big cigars and saying fuck all the time.
— Michael Lewis, Liar’s Poker

For this invention will encourage forgetfulness in the minds that use it because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory but of reminding and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom not true wisdom.

Plato on writing, the New Media of his day. 

via James Gleick’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood.  This book is really, really good. 

(via dominickbrady)

To get around pay restraints in the calendar year the Greek government simply paid employees a 13th and even 14th monthly salary—months that didn’t exist. “There needs to be a change of the relationship between people and the government,” he continues. “It is not a task that can be done in three months. You need time.
— Michael Lewis, It’s the Economy, Dummkopf!