Posts Tagged ‘ arts ’

Want to Be Happy? Think Like An Old Person – The New York Times

For now, he said, “I’m thinking about resistance. What does it mean, resistance? What kind of resistance do we need today? Technology is now being used, much of it, for negative purposes. So to resist all what is happening negatively in humanity or technology is to develop the — O.K., this banal word, spiritual aspect.”

He remained sanguine, despite some reservations about current world leaders. Totalitarianism, in his experience, did not endure, whereas art, nature and the teachings of the saints all were as powerful as ever — they were what composed his life. He did not use the word optimistic, but he felt that solutions were more durable than problems.

“To go back and introduce into all the schools art, to cut down on sports but bring arts, philosophy back into all educational systems,” he said. “And that’s what’s being cut everywhere. And I think that’s one of the sad and tragic parts of where we are. Education is the resistance to everything that is bad today.”  – Jonas Mekas  Think Like An Old Person – The New York Times

What It Takes To Be Violent: An Appreciation of Marie Darrieussecq’s Pig Tales | Full Stop

What It Takes To Be Violent: An Appreciation of Marie Darrieussecq’s Pig Tales | Full Stop.

Lorine Niedecker’s ‘Lake Superior’ — Rhetoric of the everyday | Jacket2

“Looking Out to the River,” Lorine Niedecker, Blackhawk Island, WI, March 1966 (image courtesy of the Fort Atkinson Historical Society).

” . . . poetry is especially important as a mode of inquiry; it accepts the necessity of mood to make sense of experience. Mood establishes a particular kind of bond between author and reader.”  – Martha Nussbaum

Rhetoric of the everyday | Jacket2.

Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination | Brain Pickings

Rich begins by considering the perilous interplay of the market and the mind in capitalist culture:

Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination | Brain Pickings.

John Berger in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist | Vimeo

Mary Oliver on What Attention Really Means and Her Moving Eulogy to Her Soul Mate | Brain Pickings

‘My first clam,’ 1964 (Photograph: Molly Malone Cook

Mary Oliver on What Attention Really Means and Her Moving Eulogy to Her Soul Mate | Brain Pickings.

Apprehensions of the Past / dbqp: visualizing poetics

IMG_0447Geof Huth, “A Bathroom Floor in Plattsburgh, New York (4 October 2012)

Apprehensions of the Past