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George Condo, The Way I Think

George Condo, The Way I Think

I love to listen to and read stories about artist’s life journeys. This is George Condo talking about his life and his art for forty minutes. Well worth watching.

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Pullman on the importance of culture

Pullman on the importance of culture

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

These are the words written by Philip Pullman for the tenth anniversary of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2012.

How can I not agree with this?

(via Jon Husband)

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“Put the helmet down wondering and lifted it knowing.”

“Put the helmet down wondering and lifted it knowing.”

I found this wonderful short documentary by Callum Rice about the Scottish poet Robert Fullerton.

Fullerton was seventeen and welding apprentice, not a profession easily associated with poets.

Now if you’re not going to read it, give it back, because there’s dafter people than you that need it. I thought you were sensible son, you would have got through that in a week! That’s what Archie said to me.”

This is Fullerton’s opening anecdote how he started reading at the shipyard. The short documentary is mainly an ode to Fullerton and the Glasgow shipyard, but to me it is also an ode to an object rarely used this way these days: a book, passed on, read and learned from, regardless of your background.

That was your education in the yard. It wasn’t the library. You didn’t join and get a card. Somebody stuck a book into your pocket. You looked and what was it? Das Kapital! You learned of really rough older men.”

For Fullerton there is no doubt that being a welder made him a writer:

I learned how to write under a welding helmet. Didn’t know it at the time. Now it’s as clear as day. […] It’s the perfect thinking laboratory

And comparing the two trades, welding and writing:

They are both done solitary and in silence.

Put like that, it was inevitable for this man to become a poet. Now watch it all. It’s beautifully filmed and told.

Bridging the Gap: Resilience | Mining Poems or Odes (subtitled) from Scottish Documentary Institute on Vimeo.

Found at Aeon.

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The Oatmeal on Trust

The Oatmeal on Trust

“Trust is a tricky thing”…

Read this right to the end.

We all know that cat 🙂

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Gone tomorrow

Gone tomorrow

Enschede, 27 januari 2017, 14:27

Enschede, 27 januari 2017, 14:32

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Stolen colour

Stolen colour

Noord Esmarkerrondweg, Enschede

Noord Esmarkerrondweg, Enschede

Noord Esmarkerrondweg, Enschede

Noord Esmarkerrondweg, Enschede

Klein Linderesweg, Enschede

Patient company

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