captured creatures

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Page excerpt from In the Land of Punctuation, by Christian Morgenstern, published by Tara Books. Images posted to 50 Books |50 Covers Competition over at Design Observer.

This is from Morgenstern’s 1905 poem originally titled “Im Reich der Interpunktionen,” illustrated by Indian graphic artist Rathna Ramanathan and translated into English by Sirish Rao.

harper leeHarper Lee
April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016

[From “11 Harper Lee quotes that serve as timeless life lessons” via Library Journal…]

After listening to the caucusing coverage, the candidates, the audience reactions, the prognosticators and pundits, and the man-and-woman on-the-street interviews, I stumbled across this paragraph in Why We Work, by Barry Schwartz:

Ideas or theories about human nature have a unique place in the sciences. We don’t have to worry that the cosmos will be changed by our theories about the cosmos. The planets really don’t care what we think or how we theorize about them. But we do have to worry that human nature will be changed by our theories of human nature. Forty years ago, the distinguished anthropologist Clifford Geertz said that human beings are “unfinished animals.” What he meant is that it is human nature to have a human nature that is very much the product of the society that surrounds us. That human nature is more created than discovered. We “design” human nature, by designing the institutions within which people live. So we must ask ourselves, just what kind of a human nature we want to help design.

This book is not about politics. Yet dealing and working with human nature is about politics. We live, work, eat, read, listen to and watch the institutions we all work and live in. We choose who to believe and what to believe.

I worry that we’re losing ground…

dateDate
Vladimir Makovsky. 1883

 

…again…

garfield 1_18_16Garfield
by Jim Davis

From Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic:

quote5Look, I don’t know what’s hidden within you. I have no way of knowing such a thing. You yourself may barely know, although I suspect you’ve caught glimpses. I don’t know your capacities, your aspirations, your longings, your secret talents. But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.

Generally, this is a feel-good book. Then again, I’m often accused of being overly judgmental – which I am. Hate being told things I already know…and don’t do much about. But sometimes it’s the right time. And this paragraph was the right one – needed a reminder that there’s still work to be done…

two men eating at a humble tableTwo Young Men Eating At A Humble Table
Diego Velazquez, artist
c. 1622

 

failing and flying complete
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study of ellie sleeping_oconnorStudy of Ellie Sleeping
Liam Marc O’Connor, artist
oil on zinc, 2015

[Above poem from the book Refusing Heaven …]

…time to let it fly…

new yorker carrier pigeoncartoon by
Will McPhail
The New Yorker, 1/18/16 issue

…dress warm…

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More bookish fashion at LookHuman

via Saatchi Art:

“Dutch artist Daniel Martin‘s most recent work comprises explicit portraits of defiled faces, and the images have an unsettling expression. It feels like the portraits were deliberately damaged after the painting was completed. This consciously cultivated spontaneity in painting is intrinsic to Martin’s work. A misshapen tree, that imperfection of beauty, is a source of inspiration to Daniel Martin.”

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[h/t to this isnt happiness…and Empty Kingdom…]

…and time to coffee up!

tundra 1_16_16Tundra Comics
by Chad Carpenter

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