Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Listening to the Dream

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 in Art, Commonplace Book

The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to the dream. – Joan Didion


The First Priority

Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in Art, Commonplace Book

…the writer must be intelligent and disinterested and above all he must survive.


Two or Three Great and Simple Images

Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2011 in Art, Meaning
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‎”A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” —Albert Camus

(Your editor, of course, wishes Camus had not insisted the masculine pronoun; otherwise, this quotation was too good not to post.)

“Really the truth is just a plain picture. A plain picture of, let’s say, a tramp vomiting in the sewer. You know, and next door to the picture Mr. Rockefeller or Mr. C. W. Jones on the subway going to work. You know, any kind of picture. Just make a collage of pictures.” — Bob Dylan

See more excellent quotes on collage, theft, and originality on Austin Kleon‘s excellent page o’ quotes.

“By now there must be in the world a million guitar virtuosos; but there are very few real blues players. The reason for this is that the blues–not the form but the blues–demands such dedication. This dedication lies beyond technique; it makes being a blues player something like being a priest. Virtuosity in playing blues licks is like virtuosity in celebrating the Mass, it is empty, it means nothing. Skill–competence–is a necessity, but a true blues player’s virtue lies in his acceptance of his life, a life for which he is only partly responsible.”

Stanley Booth

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