Pablo Picasso (Spanish: 1881 - 1973), Carnival, 1958.
Colour lithograph on Arches wove paper, 65.5 x 50.4 cm
On this day in 1860, Anton Chekhov was born.
Dark comedies like grey areas. They play and prey upon lives which seem to be lacking something (that would be all lives, then) and make us unsure of how we are meant to be taking them. Theatrical art can heighten the ambiguity because, as members of an audience, we are prompted to consider our own laughs and sighs in relation to those we hear around us. Anton Chekhov’s plays think through the implications of this. Although they’ve often been staged and performed as tragedies, the playwright was adamant they were not: ‘A Comedy in Four Acts’ was his subtitle for both The Seagull (1896) and The Cherry Orchard (1904), and he also described the latter as ‘a four-act vaudeville’ and ‘farce’.
[p. 102, Comedy: A Very Short Introduction, by Matthew Bevis]
Image credit: Anton Chekhov, reading his work “Seagull” to the ensemble of the Moscow Art Theatre, May 1899. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Reading Club by Eleni Kalorkoti
James Salter, All That Is
The Morning After (by Patty Maher)
The Doors - Not to Touch the Earth
from: Waiting For The Sun
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Full Moon by Flora McLachlan
Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
Literary Birthday, Shirley Hazzard, born 30 January 1931
Hazzard is an Australian author of fiction and non-fiction who holds both British and American citizenship. Her 1970 novel, The Bay of Noon, was short-listed for the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010 and her 2003 novel The Great Fire won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.
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AT/NU - Shift
Love the half time drum n bass of this subdued track. It creeps along but would still feel appropriate on the dance floor. AT/NU is Montreal’s Igor Ivanov and Sami Blanco. Ivanov’s solo project, Window, is also worth checking out. Get the free download of this track here. From the Psi Groove tape, out February 11 on 1080p. Can’t wait to hear more from these guys.
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Nancy Kubale ceramic artist