Weekend 445.0 (Terminus)

(1) A quote from Absolutely On Music by Haruki Murakami: “In that sense, Seiji Ozawa is simultaneously an unschooled ‘child of nature’ and a fountain of deep, practical wisdom; a man who must have what he wants immediately and who can be infinitely patient; a man with bright confidence in the people around him who […]

Weekend 443.0 (Fellow Travelers)

“Driven out of paradise by You and exiled in a distant land, I cannot return by myself unless You, O Lord, come to meet me in my wandering. My return is based on hope in Your mercy during all of my earthly life. My only hope, the only source of confidence, and only solid promise […]

Weekend 440.0

(1) One final, musically inspired quote, from Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami: “‘It’s an usual opera [Der Rosenkavalier]. The plot’s critical, of course, like with all operas, but with this one even if you don’t know the plot it’s easy to give yourself over to the music and be completely enveloped by that world. The […]

Weekend 439.0 (Andantino con moto)

(1) Dvořák Carnival, Op. 92 (YouTube) Heard this last night at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The performance on YouTube is from Royal Albert Hall in 2012. (1a) Limestone Photo Archives: Royal Albert Hall (2) A quote from Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami: “I was a mere caretaker, and they were kind enough to let me […]

Weekend 437.0

“The music was somehow addictive, as he had warned. An uninterrupted stream of emotion, Musical instruments in colorful profusion. It was Strauss who boasted, ‘I can describe anything in music, even a common ‘broom.’ Maybe he didn’t say ‘broom’—it could have been something else.  At any rate, there was something painterly about his music.” — Haruki […]

Weekend 433.0

(1) A cool link between Nolan Bushnell and Retta Scott. The quote is from They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez: “From early 1983 to February 1984, Retta got to animate, develop character designs, and paint backgrounds (along with Mary Blair’s husband […]

Weekend 421.0

“User anonymity and free speech would become things of the past. The moment IOI took it over, the OASIS would cease to be the open-source virtual utopia I’d grown up in. It would become a corporate run dystopia, an overpriced theme park for wealthy elitists.” – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (1) The Long […]

Weekend 416.0

Added two designer/artists/illustrators to the ‘Ink & Paint’ roll call: (1) Rick Guidice – He was featured in Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino. His work for NASA could have been used in Spaceship Earth and/or Horizons. See also Robert McCall and Herbert Ryman. (2) Ryo Takemasa – Japanese illustrator featured in My Modern Met.

Weekend 415.1

“Because he grew up in a railroad town, Disney loved trains; his love for locomotives was so great, he had a 1/8th scale railroad built in the backyard of his home in Holmby Hills, California, in the late 1940s.” – A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World by Andrew Kiste >> Watch (Vimeo)

Weekend 411.0

(1) Museum piece: a show at the Cooper Hewitt explores design and technology (Wallpaper*) (2) Caricature: Or, Guston’s Graphic Novel by Chris Ware (The New York Review of Books)

Weekend 409.0

“When he [Rembrandt] painted The Return of the Prodigal Son, he had lived a life marked by great self-confidence, success, and fame, followed by many painful losses, disappointments, and failures. Through it all he had moved from the exterior light to the interior light, from the portrayal of external events to the portrayal of the […]

Christmas 2017 Sabbatical

A placeholder for all the stuff cluttering my mind and desk over this holiday sabbatical. “Taming the heart requires a sense of place. It roots not just the mind to a set of principles, but also the body to a piece of land.” – Francis Kline, Lovers of the Place: Monasticism Loose in the Church […]

Bermuda Redux

“As I looked at the glow, which I mistakenly thought had spatial boundaries, I was transported into an endless glossy sea with low clouds of gold on the horizon. Azure and gold, and all the sensations of warmth and ceaseless tropical life filled my brain. This was a place of rest, and, mysteriously, the source […]

Weekend 403.0

“For more than a century the charred walls of Orval were at the mercy of the weather and of stone—and treasure seekers.” – Spiritual Heights and Depths, 2011 (1) A quote from Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries of the Monasteries: “This time of prosperity and celebration was cut short in 1789 as the French […]

Weekend 402.0

(1) Quality, variety and surprise. How Walt Disney created a very real fantasy (Blooloop) (2) Quotes from The Man in the Castle by Philip K. Dick: “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of history. They identify with God’s power and believe they are godlike. That is their basic madness. They are overcome […]