I found this little tool in a Walter Murch book (“In the blink of an eye”). Murch is a film editor, a kind of genius – he’s the guy who edited Apocalypse Now. He quotes an Ingmar Bergman paragraph, who explained something about… Igor Stravinsky.
Stravinsky wrote a lot about interpretation, performance.
As he had a volcano inside, he was preaching moderation. And then he couldn’t tame his volcano, and some concerts were… fiery – which was very surprising for his readers!
Murch tells that we seek balance in our lives.
The danger, tells Bergman, is to read Stravinsky the wrong way : to moderate the glacier, or to wind up the volcano.
I think of this Polish idiom : “One shouldn’t butter the butter”.
I knowww it’s not a tool, it’s a seed for overthinkers…
When do we have to think this way? What are our volcanoes? What are our glaciers? Do we handle balance? Do we do it the correct way?
Thanks for reading!
If we see the human mind as a layer of beast and a layer of culture above, what about people who never read? Index cards certainties…
To have the right to judge, one just has to announce that they never judge.
A secret is not made to be kept, but to give some importance to the information.
The suffering of children is the absolute evil.
If one wants to get the upper hand, it’s because one is under.
The stronger of all is the one who shrugs.
A unity made of neutralized contraries, an apparent immobility which hides a vertiginous and perpetual life : develop.
What is our “horrible need of weakness”?
The coward’s tantrum.
What is temptation, what is desire? How are they different?
Categories, what do they say?
If a soft bass voice is the sign of high civilization, what about loud people?
Is to transform a place into something it’s not (take an old church and make it a gallery, take a barn and make it a store) vulgar or painful? Why?
Someone is ugly because one was born ugly, someone is ugly because mediocrity shaped their face. Do we have the faculty to determine it? Which one scares you the most?
I read that one of one father’s role (purpose) is to save time to his child, to offer or show them the most checked boxes possible before sailing on existence. I terribly agree with this one.
Those for whom one of the greatest pleasures is to cancel a travel.
This age where you have a form, an index card for everything and everyone. Your neighbor, a singer, a recipe, a writer, a movie, a city. This exercise : to cancel it, to change it, to enrich it. How?
To make/keep someone shut up, three ways : to monolog endlessly, to make as if you don’t understand, to show that you’re not interested by what one says.
Our mother dreams about what?
Good masters open a chasm under your feet. In one sentence, they show it to you. For good or bad.
You know things only by differences, wrote Suares. Does it mean that we function with analogies?
If there are no rules, you can not transgress them.
The right to go away (Baudelaire). Develop.
To be conscious of everything and at the same time to keep our instinct alive : Art?
Mystery, but no obscurity.
A lack can be unconscious. It shows itself with instant tears…
Thanks! Have a good day!
All these stolen from J. D. – let’s spread.
“When life walls us in, our intelligence cuts an opening”
“Là où la vie emmure, l’intelligence perce une issue”
Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me.
Your presence fills my eyes with your love.
It humbles my heart, for you are everywhere.
It’s disturbing : I always hated, more or less, Guillermo Del Toro’s movies. Pan’s Labyrinth is a real shame, Pacific Rim is just boring, and Crimson Peak ridiculous. But The Shape of Water was a cool smart little movie (great actors, great music, great ideas). The last words put me in an awe…
Proust is really different. This writer in France is really a milestone : long, hard to read, but magnificent like a cathedral for those who dared to explore his huge masterpiece.
Therefore there are two kinds of French people : those who read Proust and those who did not, or abandoned the discipline.
Today I talked with a Proust lover, and we agreed on this :
Well : the way he explores the human mind and its tropisms (which are the “very subtle movements of the human mind”), like a… craftsman goldsmith, a jewels maker, is exhausting : on each page you’ll find ideas for one single evening of conversation (with a real conversation lover, I mean).
(I know : there are few)
Then we talked about Paul Valéry, who does the same in his Carnets (Notebooks), but not in the “novel” form : only thinking and explaining.
Both of them are craftsmen, goldsmiths, jewels makers. They find ideas so subtle and delicious that you have to stop and smile and think for a few hours. Intelligences of the highest range…
One (Proust) unfolds this in long (I mean : LONG) phrases running for pages in gorgeous French. It’s like spreading out in the novel, it’s so good that it can hurt you. YES : “that” good.
The other one (Valéry) works on jewels. He makes very very small paragraphs, a few lines, that makes you stop and think the whole thing :
Oh my God he’s so right I’ve never seen it written so well before!
Finding seeds, delicate ideas. Offering them to the audience, one in complex magnificent buildings made of words, the other in small boxes containing a splendid marvel.
Two ways, to means. Try both, if you dare!
Thanks for reading!
Jakub Rozalski is good. He draws fantasy, monsters and werewolves, but his main talent is blooming when he imagine a Russian War Time Steampunk universe, with huge smoking machines in the distance…
Google his name to find more. I chose these for you :
I wrote an article on this funny social network photography site called GuruShots : Photo Contests & Artistic Choices
I work on it since a few weeks, trying to find if I could “climb” without paying… and without perpetrating the “Bad Taste Colorful Über-contrast” Winners sins.
PS : I’m not sure about all of these. I’m just experimenting. They are maybe seeds for your own thoughts, OK?…
I wrote a Part II of this article, see the link downstairs?…
Nadav Kander is “known for his portraiture and landscapes”. Interesting portraits (it’s what you find first on Google Images), but what he does with landscapes (here, in China) is fantastic.
People and architecture, maybe staged melancholy (loneliness?), misty distant structures or cities. It’s very “prepared”, artificial, too easy or maybe just meticulous. This is what I choose to show you today.
Have a nice day!
I discovered this girl, reading on a bench with her cat and her dog, something like 30 years ago. I remember I took a picture… But what? No Internet at this time. I was let alone with a name. I forgot the name but not this watercolor masterpiece.
This week I found another picture, a red apron, and my instinct clicked : it’s the guy who painted the girl on the bench. I checked on Pinterest and found it quickly.
Carl Larsson (1853-1919).
Yes it’s an “academic pleasure”, like Rockwell or Hopper. When Christmas comes closer, it’s a good thing!
Have a nice Swedish day!
Imagine you want to explore a part of history. The US Civil War, for instance.
First you have to find your “entry level”. Political? Military? Daily life in the country? Chronology? What happened before? Slavery?
Then what do you read? Documents from the era? Historians? Biographies? Novels happening at this time? Hmmm…
What is the size of your magnifier? Do you watch structures and big pictures, or do you focus on one day in the war?
I discovered that my best way to explore a field is to gather a few books and to focus on one little element.
It can be a sole day in the war, or one battle only, or one person of the time. But it can be one “element”, for example : railroads during the Civil War, or the way this war has been represented in movies along the century.
Then : insisting. Many angles. Many sources. Etc. And little by little you’ll find… a fabric, a texture, something…
Then you’ll know if you have to go on, and which way. Another “zoom” or a big synthesis, whatever.
Have fun. Thanks for reading!
“Consider other doors, gallivanter!”