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.
because it’s cinco de mayo.
Filed under: fry and laurie, history, quote of the day, stephen fry, things i like, tv
“if history has taught us one thing,
it has taught us that the battle of agincourt was in 1415.”
– stephen fry, in a bit of fry & laurie. it’s all in the delivery, really.
“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: art, beatles, history, james dean, john lennon, marlene dietrich, movies, museums, things i like
martin parr has collected and is now exhibiting these “painted photographs.” they once were press photos that got marked up by editors/publications to specify reproduction instructions or cropping, but they look fantastic as they are.
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!
Filed under: current events, czech, history, i'm serious, politics, quote of the day, václav havel
“i realize i was always laughed at for being a humanist, a dreamer, a poet, instead of talking about value-added tax or something like that.”
this man had a noble soul and a truly original creative mind, as well as the goodwill to use both for the benefit of others. rest in peace.
Filed under: art, current events, czech, history, i'm serious, politics, václav havel
václav havel and his wife, olga, imitate a painting.
this is in acknowledgement of the student protests that became the “velvet revolution” [17-28 november, 1989] … i’ve been reading lots of havel’s essays lately, and many of them are poignantly applicable and relevant to the movements seeking social change that are happening now. his writing really lends a critical eye to what needs to be changed, as well as what methods are worthy or unworthy / effective or ineffective to do so. excerpts to come.