Imperfectly Thirsty

"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

Jul 15

I’m loving the Blank on Blank remixes of interviews, including this one from late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. The animation adds that extra layer (or three).

I especially liked the video from 2:53 onward, when PSH said this in response to a question about why we seem to enjoy sitting in a dark room watching him portray miserable characters:

Any great novel that I can think of is actually drawing a character or a narrative in such a way that is so brutally honest … that you thought, “Oh, God, I never would have put it that way, but that’s it.”

Also you come across it in books in such a way that you’re relieved that somebody actually got it down on paper. And you’re grateful because it is that awful or that brutal, [and] therefore that memorable.

And that’s why I’m telling you guys:  If I don’t allow people to somehow identify with the worst inside themselves, they never have a chance at actually walking away with that person in their heart, or in their minds. …They’re too easy to dismiss. It’s like it might not be the thing they’ll admit to a friend…but if you’re honest, you kinda probably do. I do, and I know I can’t be that wildly different from everyone in this room, you know what I mean? …I identify with a lot of things I’ve done in the movies. …It doesn’t mean I’ve literally done them. It’s [that] I identify with them. I identify with their source.

It still kills me that I won’t see Philip Seymour Hoffman portray another beautiful, miserable character.


“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.

Jul 10

Sep 15
In Sharon Meadows, for Groupaya’s first anniversary party. @eugeneerickim  (Taken with Instagram)

In Sharon Meadows, for Groupaya’s first anniversary party. @eugeneerickim (Taken with Instagram)


Aug 27
(via planworld, which you cannot likely access, sorry.) A friend posted this photo, and it pretty much made my morning. 

(via planworld, which you cannot likely access, sorry.) A friend posted this photo, and it pretty much made my morning. 


Aug 21
I was going to forgo the filter, but I couldn’t resist applying Valencia for this shot of the Mission Playground. (Taken with Instagram at Mission Playground & Pool)

I was going to forgo the filter, but I couldn’t resist applying Valencia for this shot of the Mission Playground. (Taken with Instagram at Mission Playground & Pool)


Jul 19

Jun 17
(by Valeria Necchio) From a lovely Flickr set entitled Una nonna e il suo strudel.

(by Valeria Necchio) From a lovely Flickr set entitled Una nonna e il suo strudel.


May 30
“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).

May 27
I never tire of the sight of the Golden Gate. Happy 75th birthday to my beloved bridge! (via SFGate)

I never tire of the sight of the Golden Gate. Happy 75th birthday to my beloved bridge! (via SFGate)


May 26
“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

May 25
“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.

(via 52projects)


May 24
Jacob spoke first. “I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, so quietly that the president asked him to speak again. Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He lowered his head, level with Jacob, who hesitated. “Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said. As Jacob patted the presidential crown, Mr. Souza snapped. “So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked. “Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said. (via Indelible Image of Boy’s Pat on Obama’s Head - NYTimes.com)

Jacob spoke first. “I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, so quietly that the president asked him to speak again. Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He lowered his head, level with Jacob, who hesitated. “Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said. As Jacob patted the presidential crown, Mr. Souza snapped. “So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked. “Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said. (via Indelible Image of Boy’s Pat on Obama’s Head - NYTimes.com)


Apr 30

eekim:

I totally agree with this. (via Is Instagram the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Photography?)

YES.


“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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