Notable Quotables: 12.18.09

As final exams wrap up, scenesters submit favorite quotes from their current studying endeavors.

“I have two epigraphs for this essay … The second is a report by the Wolf-Man of what he thought to himself shortly after he met Freud for the first time: ‘this man is a Jewish swindler, he wants to use me from behind and shit on my head.’ This paper is dedicated to the proposition that the Wold-Man got it right.”

– Stanley Fish, “Withholding the Missing Portion: Psychoanalysis and Rhetoric”

(Submitted by Alison Greenberg.)

As for the grass, it grew as scant as hair

In leprosy; thin dry blades pricked the mud

Which underneath looked kneaded up with blood.

One stiff blind horse, his every bone a-stare,

Stood stupefied, however he came there:

Thrust out past service from the devil’s stud

– Robert Browning, Childe Roland To the Dark Tower Came, London : 1850

(Submitted by Maria Yagoda.)

A message from Gabriel Barcia: “I don’t write papers because my classes are all sciences, but here’s what J. R. Wade had to say about cocaine in Chapter 19, page 882 of Organic Chemistry”>…

“Treating cocaine hydrochloride with sodium hydroxide and extracting it into ether converts it back to the volatile ‘free base’ for smoking [...] A simpler alternative is to mix a paste of hydrochloride with sodium bicarbonate and let it dry into ‘rocks.’”

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