I have only just begun to read this book, and already I am captivated, mystified by how the author illuminates sensations and notions from his youth up to his current perspectives. Don’t get me wrong, He’s no James Joyce, but this may be the best writing I have experienced from the contemporary Christian realm in, maybe, ever.
So far my favorite quotes:
“I started wondering if we could actually change the world. I mean, of course we could — we could change our buying habits, elect socially conscious representatives and that sort of thing, but I honestly don’t believe we will be solving the greater human conflict with out efforts. The problem is not a certain type of legislation or even a certain politician, the problem is the same that it has always been. I am the problem.”
“I think every well-adjusted human being has dealt squarely with his or her own depravity. I realize this sounds very Christian, very fundamentalist and browbeating, but I want to tell you that this part of what the Christians are saying is true. I think Jesus feels strongly about communicating the idea of our brokenness, and I think it is worth reflection.”
When seeking the advice of more experienced writers, their advice is usually the same. “Read a lot. Write a lot.” This practice-makes-perfect mentality never seems to sit well with me. Sure, I would love to sit around for hours on end – swimming in the pages of a good novel – drinking in the situations each character is encountering – but who really has the time? (Especially when so many books we pick up these days – disappoint in the area of raising our literary consciousness – most recently for me – The Shack.)
Last year I made a weak attempt at some poetry. The reaction the short works incited from my most trusted confidants was enough to keep it far from being published, even here, where I get to be editor-in-chief.
Once, a friend gave me a phony elixir. The packaging stated “Understand Modern Art Instantly”. A novel idea being able to acquire a talent or level of comprehension in such an understated way. This is probably more of a commentary on our social state and our desire for things to be easier than they are, as opposed to commenting on the conundrum that is modernism, but who can blame us?
Speaking of taking short cuts – it seems that we are in for a huge wake up call with the economy troubles that are surfacing. What will we do in light of the imminent financial challenges ahead? Will we procrastinate and hope for some salve to heal our nation? Or will we put our minds to work and become the next Great Generation?
…a writer recently featured in the Khaleej Times was recommended to me as a good resource for socio political commentary. Having a good grasp on semantics he is said to succeed at getting to the real heart of various issues. I am going to read some of his stuff and see what I think – feel free to do the same.
I am interested to read his book called Nessisary Illusions: Thought control in Democratic Society, and the article The War Everyone Forgot.
On a lighter note – here are 2 fun words:
Francophone – which is in reference to a person or persons who speak French, typically as a native language, not acquired. Can be individuals, groups, or places even!
Aestival – meaning of or belonging to the Summer.
Yesterday I had a startling encounter with a guy asking for food. It’s a fairly common to be asked for change or food. In this instance I did not think I had the spare change to grab a bite for a second person. When I got to the register, I had enough to get 2 of the same of what I was getting, so I did. On my way out the door I say – “here is something, if you want it” the man scoffs at me and raised his voice – “What’s this?!” muttering obscenities under his breath he comes up for air again “Why didn’t you tell me you was gonna get me some food – I wont eat this!”
I wouldn’t have normally been so shocked, I have had people reject my food offerings in the past – sometimes due to a complaint of a stomach ulcer, or an allergy, but always communicated plainly, never in anger. So I told the man I was sorry, but if he didn’t want it to just pass it along to someone else, as I had to run to an appointment.
As I said, normally this would not have phased me, but this instance was very off putting for me. I mulled over the event through the rest of the day – wondering if I should have bothered with it at all or should have done more?
After a fabulous dinner – where someone was actually treating ME! I was walking to the subway analyzing my day once again when I looked up, saw a man with a plastic bag over his shoulder, he looked me strait in the eye and then pushed me with his sack and walked away! Stunned, my friend just asked, “Did he just push you?”
My only conclusions are that (a) Park Slope, Brooklyn is absolutely more safe than Manhattan, and (b) the homeless of New York City who once shared space peaceably are no longer tolerant of my presence.
I have to report that there has been an imbalance of passion and vigor to my thinking pattern recently. Once I noticed this I directly started drawing. I knew that if I return to something I love and am passionate about, even if I had been disinclined to do it comparatively, it would correct something in my emotive dysfunction.
It worked. I was restored right away to independency, and ambition. Since then I have started several new projects that are based on old ideas, dusted off and improved. As long as I can remember which recycling bin is which* then no one can keep me down!
**I highly recommend returning to something today that you know you’ve enjoyed in the past even if you haven’t done it in a while or if it seems like it may not give you the thrill it once did.**
In the current market how would one approach a job change? Several people I know have been moving around and shaking it up with their careers recently, and I just can’t
picture myself taking and big risks or making any big moves, but am I taking a bigger risk by staying put?
In this article the About.com writer notes: “Broadening your experience across job functions will enhance your value” another interesting comment was that “there is an increasing trend among employers to treat long-term, loyal employees (what few are left, that is) as if they lack energy, ambition, and perhaps marketable skills as well.”
I always thought I should stick it out and be rewarded for the long haul but apparently things change. Let me know what you think would be a good career move for me by taking the following poll…(CAST YOUR VOTE!)
Batman/The Dark Knight was an interesting psychological follow-up to Batman Begins, the 2005 twist on an old favorite. This time around Christian Bale was not so convincingly tormented by his past love, he seemed more jaded and apathetic than ever. Except for maybe a few excited interactions with Morgan Freeman’s Charecter, Lucius Fox, Christian did not seem to even want to take the lead in this film. Aaron Ekhart, try as he might, just didn’t get to reach the full potential of his character ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-Face see what I mean?) either in the three hours this film ran – at least not to the extent that Heath Ledger was able.
I know everyone probably thinks – “Oh, he’s dead now so this is his automatic immortalizing moment” but seriously, he was by far the most interesting to watch of the whole cast. He and Ekhart did make good foils for each other, and I enjoyed those few moments they had to duel it out.
Over all, I enjoyed it, lots of action, and gratuitous evil. But could have it been shortened, and should we expect more from some of our leading men? I think so.
Go see it anyway – those movie people have got to stay in business. 😉
3) Ivars Druelle
Fable* Sculpture – Moon/Mole
*There was another artist doing fable illustrations, but the style of the illustration wasn’t quite as interesting as her humor. His public work was really fun, and I think the Bigger is Better scale won me over.
” Seth Chwast was diagnosed with autism as a very young child, and lived for years in a world of roller coasters, haunted houses, and classical music. A dramatic change came in 2003, when at age 20 he took an oil painting class at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Seth, who rarely speaks, began describing his world in paint.”
This autistic artist is currently working with a Brooklyn based artist and shows great benefit from making the work as well as showing significant creativity in each drawing and painting. I found it moving and provocative before I even knew a thing about the artist, and taking to his caretaker I was even more intrigued.
6) I saw Parker Posey and her dog.
7) There was a close call with a Seductive Farm Boy Apprentice, but all were spared.
On the drive home, I had a discussion with my friend who is going to be teaching art to K-8th graders. She was describing a book called Drawing with Children to me. I am interested in looking into this further, as I feel that my drawing education skewed me to believe “False Things” about my drawing abilities. This has given me 2 new goals: (a) re teach myself to look/draw, and (b) take a children’s book-making seminar at “The Super Hero Supply Store”…more details to follow…