"If your eyes are not deceived by the mirage
Do not be proud of the sharpness of your understanding;
It may be your freedom from this optical illusion
Is due to the imperfectness of your thirst."
-- Sohrawardi, as quoted in the epigraph to Galway Kinnell's book of poems, Imperfect Thirst
But there is no way the story of the artist is the essence of an artist. The essence of the artist is what he can do with the story. Oscar Murillo Perfectly Represents the Art World — Vulture This piece fascinated me not because of the artist it described, but the chaos of voices it encapsulated as they clamored to define the nature of art and the way things are in the art world. What characters.
For me, technique is very important. Technique is really a repetition, repetition, endless repetition of a certain movement, whether you use a knife or whatever, so it becomes so engrained, so part of yourself that you can afford to forget it, because it’s there forever. Eugene Eric Kim » Technique, Practice, and Craft, quoting Jacque Pépin on technique. (Have you seen the way that man takes a knife to a vegetable? The word “garnish” hardly does justice to the works of art that emerge.) This post is a good mid-year reminder of the importance of practice (and the way it will bolster your instincts in the moment).
One of my favorite authors, Frederick Buechner, puts it like this: “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” Listen to Your Life – Lindsay Feldmeth | iCadenza
If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books, a little over one-tenth of 1 percent of the books currently in print.
Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (via prettybooks)
And this is why I sometimes get very, very anxious when I’m in a library or bookstore. So many books, so little time.
However, I’m not obsessive about my obsessions, or I’m disciplined about them at least. I choose my obsessions carefully, simply because I know that I cannot possibly go deeply down all of the paths that interest me. Eugene Eric Kim » DSLR vs Point-and-Shoot Cameras: Tools vs Craft, and the Nature of Obsession My brother is such a geek, but I’ll be the first (maybe the second?) to admit that it runs in the family. Also, his geekdom makes me the beneficiary of many a fine meal (mmm, homemade sausage). And you and I can also enjoy his excellent photography, which just keeps getting better.
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