dans mon âme
2:18 PM"A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that that patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face."

— Jorge Luis Borges

The deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bülent Arinç, faced global backlash this week as he stated that “[women] should not laugh in public.” In response, women everywhere have been posting pictures of themselves smiling and laughing online, with the hashtag #direnkahkaha (Turkish for ‘resist laughter’). The reaction has had international reach, with high-profile celebrities getting involved, including Emma Watson who posted a photograph of her laughing on Twitter.
As Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” and at OUP, we couldn’t agree more. From the science behind why we laugh to laughter among deaf signers, and from humorous quotations to how we can interpret our smiles, there are plenty of resources for you to explore and let yourself giggle along to. And if that doesn’t work, well, there are always plenty of cat gifs.
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Mountains, 1940s

The view from one of our tea house rooms (roughly $2 a night) walking our way to Gokyo.  Trekking through Nepal’s Himalayas isn’t as expensive as some people might think.B-Sides from 'Lakes of Gokyo'

North Norway, 2010
Espen Eichhöfer
9:19 PM"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about."

— John Steinbeck, East of Eaden (via stxxz)

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