By James Rickman
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A weekly series that explores a featured theme by pairing classic quotations with urgent images. What recent news items inspired these textual/visual sets? Leave your guesses in the comments, and check back next Wednesday for the answers.


“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”

-Andy Warhol


“Nerds are just deep, and neurotic, fans. Needy fans. We’re all nerds, on one subject or another.”

-Jonathan Lethem


“The brain is the organ of destiny. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.”

-Wilder Penfield


“The virtue of maps, they show what can be done with limited space, they foresee that everything can happen therein.”

-Jose Saramago


“A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.”
-Nikos Kazantzakis

Images: New York Magazine, Slate,, BBC News, CBS News