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

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