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November 13th, 2008 • Posted in Wicked Quotes

Wicked Quotes: Picasso

Image from BBC

I’ve always loved this photo. Picasso sculpting. The life of his son. Here are some wicked quotes from the master:

Art is not truth. Art is a lie that enables us to recognize truth.

Action is the foundational key to all success. 

Everything you can imagine is real.

I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money. 

And finally, one that will surely endear him to the ladies: There are only two types of women – goddesses and doormats.

More here.

November 13th, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

The Most profitable method of studying Literature

Bust of Socrates in the Palermo Archaeological Museum

The point I’ve been stumbling around trying to make for the better part of six months here is that while I love contemplating literature from political, social, biographical perspectives, there is also a powerful inclination, when reading, to rank what I have read…an ongoing curious search to find works which most excite and absorb me.

From there the urge is to try to explain to myself why I consider these works superior to others… to define previously undefined reasons for preferences…the best way to do this I have found is through writing, and exchange with others…through logical argument…through the defense of taste.

So the question is: why the desire to designate good and bad, to emphasize likes and dislikes…and how useful is this approach versus simply, as Rohan has indicated, understanding and appreciating each work on its own terms…valuing its unique merits in its own context…

Perhaps it goes deep down into some innate, primordial male, competitive instinct…perhaps its linked to a love of debate and the Socratic method of learning…perhaps its just personal preference which explains why I just happen to think that comparative evaluation of aesthetic merit is the most engaging, stimulating and profitable method of studying literature.

November 13th, 2008 • Posted in Authors and Books

Two Favourite Sailin’ Tunes

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KMUP8oTJ54

I think David Gray is one great lyricist...'Drunken Gibberish' is a classic, as is 'Feels like lightning running through my veins' here. Sail Away Sail away with me honey I put my heart in your hands Sail away with me honey now, now, now Sail away with me What will be will be I wanna hold you now, now, now. Crazy skies all wild above me now Winter howling at my face And everything I held so dear Disappeared without a trace Oh all the times I've tasted love Never knew quite what I had Little Darling if you hear me now Never needed you so bad Spinning round inside my head I've been talking drunken gibberish Falling in and out of bars Trying to get some explanation here For the way some people are How did it ever come so far

Sail on sailor - Beach Boys: great, but not for the lyrics... httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BakwE9cjSc