23 June 2007

Headlights on the Highway

"[T]o the huge number of uncultivated people who have been brought up in tasteless homes by commonplace or disagreeable parents [...] literature, painting, sculpture, music, and affectionate personal relations come as modes of sex if they come at all. The word passion means nothing else to them."
~ George Bernard Shaw, Afterword to Pygmalion, 1916
(as seen at Nervous Unto Thirst)


"When you eavesdrop on cell-phone conversations, you learn who people are by what they are saying to their friends: 'I am now doing one thing. I am now doing another. I will report them all and notice none.' And in effect this mode of constant self-report can be summed up in a single phrase: 'I am on the phone. I am on the phone. I am on the phone.'"
~ n+1, Issue 5, "Whatever Minutes"


"Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours;
yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion looks out on the world,
yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now."
~ Teresa of Ávila
(as seen at Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish)


How can you learn to create pictorial space?
"If you succeed the canvas will be alive: the flat surface will be activated by the spatial effect."
~ from Maxson J. McDowell's remarkable e-book Cézanne and Hans Hofmann on Pictorial Space

17 June 2007

Who Knew?

"Late-stage Baby Boomer" or "early Gen-X"? It turns out my borderline cohort (I was born in 1963) has a name of its own: Generation Jones. "The birth years typically used in the U.S. are 1954-1965, but tend to vary slightly in other countries [U.K., Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand], usually starting no earlier than 1953, and ending no later than 1968."

Dirty Found: "We collect DIRTY FOUND stuff: pervy Polaroids, sleazy birthday cards, raunchy to-do lists, nasty poetry on napkins, illustrations--anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's sex life. It's just like our sister, FOUND Magazine, only sleazier."
Oddly, not as interesting as the blurb suggests.
Even more oddly, Ohio (Columbus and Cincinnatti) seems to be disproportionately represented on the "Dirty Finds" page...

Far more interesting is PassiveAggressiveNotes.com: "passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers"

Spot The Fake Smile
I got 18 out of 20 correct -- but only one really fooled me. The other I missed due to overconfident haste. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! :-)

Three Quotes to Ponder by R. D. Laing & Derrick Jensen

15 June 2007


per·o·ra·tion [per-uh-rey-shuhn], noun
1. a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
2. Rhetoric. the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the principal points and urges them with greater earnestness and force.

[from Latin perorationem (nom. peroratio) "the ending of a speech or argument of a case," from peroratus, pp. of perorare "argue a case to the end, bring a speech to a close," from per- "to the end" + orare "to speak, plead"]

"[Robert] Olsen's small quiet painting, a wry observation on the misguided and futile efforts of the public works department, is in fact a sonorous peroration." ~ Jacques de Beaufort

14 June 2007

The Invisible

"To sense the invisible and to be able to create it: that is art."
~ Hans Hofmann

"Memoria in Aeternum" (1962), Hans Hofmann

Hans Hofmann website
Clement Greenberg on Hofmann
Walter Darby Bannard on Hofmann