Filed under: books, history, politics, quote of the day, rome, things i like
“when i notice how carefully arranged his hair is and when i watch him adjusting the parting with one finger, i cannot imagine that this man could conceive of such a wicked thing as to destroy the roman constitution.”
– attributed to cicero in plutarch’s life of caesar
my photo from maison victor hugo, place des vosges, paris.
“the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who see it coming and jump aside.”
– hunter thompson, the rum diary
“if dracula can’t see his reflection in a mirror, how come his centre parting is always so perfect?”
– karl pilkington, of course.
Filed under: art, books, i was born in the wrong decade, keith richards, music, to do
the rolling stones 1972 by jim marshall.
“i write differently from what i speak, i speak differently from what i think, i think differently from the way i ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.”
– franz kafka
“…from now on let’s try to be careful when we’re around people i know. you won’t sketch them and i won’t mace them. we’ll just try to relax and get drunk.”
“right,” he said. “we’ll go native.”
– h.s.t., “the kentucky derby is decadent and depraved” (1970)
above: self-portrait in the white whale, las vegas, 1970.
“men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound- does not spring from disease of thought- from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
– edgar allan poe, “eleonora”
“the best thing for being sad,” replied merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. that is the only thing that never fails. you may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. there is only one thing for it then – to learn. learn why the world wags and what wags it. that is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. learning is the thing for you.”
– t.h. white’s merlyn in the once and future king.
immediately after this, arthur replies: “i have learned, and been happy.”
above: concept art from the disney version of the sword in the stone, the first section of white’s novel.
Filed under: argentina, art, books, current events, french, history, museums
“the latin american photobook: the best kept secret in the history of photography”
– martin parr
this exhibit, “a new history of the latin american photobook,” opened jan. 20 at le bal in paris and features over forty books produced between 1921 and 2012. i really hope to see this when i’m in france, or else when the show comes to new york!