You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Life: A User’s Manual’ category.

…just one more cup away…

Consume your hot or cold beverages here

“If your house is on fire, you don’t comfort yourself with the thought that houses have been catching fire for thousands of years. You don’t sit idly back and think, ‘Oh well, that is the way of nature.’ You get going, immediately. And you don’t spring into action because of an idealistic notion that houses deserve to be saved. You do it because if you don’t, you won’t have a place to live.”

– excerpted from Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World
by William Sanford (Bill) Nye

From an interview with artist etc. Duane Michals:

Q. You’re in your eighties now and still full of vitality. You’re eager to make art, to publish books, and to try new things. Do your ideas get more focused as you grow older?

A. Yes, they do. What poetry is all about is paying attention to subtle details. Great art is paying attention to the things that are lost. When you are young, emotions are much broader; there’s that “anywhere you go, I will go with you” mentality. As you get older, it becomes more like tea that steeps for a long time and gets richer. That’s the sublime quality of life.

“I am an expressionist and by that I mean I’m not
a photographer or a writer or a painter or a tap dancer,
but rather someone who expresses himself according to his needs.”
– Duane Michals

…choices to be made…

outside art installations
Michael Pederson aka Miguel Marquez

via City Lab:

“I think we travel through urban space without really seeing it most of the time,” says Michael Pederson, a Sydney-based street artist whose work plays on the official signage that mutely surrounds city life. “I like the idea of interfering with the overly familiar background blur … Ideally with something a passerby might see out of the corner of an eye.”




[via Incidental Comics…]


[More here at Incidental Comics…]

calvin and hobbesCalvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson

[via thisisnthappiness…]

Herman Hesse on the written word:

hesse quote– from the 1930 essay, The Magic of Books

portrait-of-rodo-readingPortrait of Rodo Reading
Camille Pissarro, 1893
oil on canvas

[h/t to Brain Pickings for the lead-in…]

batman dialogue

wittgenstein quote 4

van goghMan with his head in his hands
pencil on paper
Vincent van Gogh, 1882

© Bill Israel

What I'm reading now...

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 95 other followers

%d bloggers like this: