"Art is the power to be able to embed thought in materials. For the poet, poetry is the material."
"Fail for me, but fail flamboyantly. Don’t fail the way we’re doing in Chelsea, which is mediocre. We can’t help it, because our airwaves are so expensive […] it gets out of scale in New York. And as a result we have great shows, but that’s all we have. Even if they stink, it’s always the same top of the Himalayas. You don’t know how high the mountains are unless you see the whole picture."
Jerry Saltz, to curators and artists at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis
(On kind of a JS kick, please forgive me, I promise something else soon.)
Classroom teaching produces nothing. At the end of a class, we all get up and walk out. It’s as if we were never there. There’s nothing to point to, no monument, no document of our existence together.
If you can point to something, you might lose it, or you might break it, or someone might take it from you. As long as you store it inside yourself, it’s not going anywhere — or it’s going everywhere with you."
Margaret Edson’s commencement speech at Smith College, 2008.
If I can ask something of you, read the full speech. It’s as inspirational as it is poetic; you’d be doing yourself a favor to read it.
Style inspiration: decadence
(via Stockholm Street Style)
toanunnery: Vacation, J.C. Leyendecker. 1907
Forget the florals or nautical wear; this is my Spring fashion inspiration.
I’ve had the luxury of spending a lot of time in the past few weeks reading books, seeing exhibitions, and thinking about my thesis… but the time has come to buckle down and make some money for the summer so I can afford to live in San Francisco, so COME ON GLITTER PILE LET’S DO THIS.
Connecting Science and Art
- IRA FLATOW: Where do you see the connection between science and art?
- PROFESSOR LAWRENCE KRAUSS (Arizona State University): Well, to me it's kind of obvious. They ask the same questions. Science addresses - really what it does at its best is force us to reassess our place in the cosmos. Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? And those are the very same questions that you get in art, literature, music. Every time you read a wonderful book or see a wonderful film, you come out of it with a different perspective of yourself, and too often, it seems to me, we forget that cultural aspect of science, and that's the reason we're celebrating it here. And they come together in some sense in the notion of origins. Origins really is one place where, it seems to me, those two worlds connect the closest, because we all wonder about our origins in different ways. And it's the forefront of science in almost every field and yet, of course, it's really what we're asking ourselves when we think about literature and art.
- (NPR, April 8, 2011)
"And I don’t blink, and I just keeping going…"
Channelling this today.