Pablo Picasso (Spanish: 1881 - 1973), Carnival, 1958.

Colour lithograph on Arches wove paper, 65.5 x 50.4 cm

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  1. Camera: Hasselblad/Imacon Ixpress 96 - Mamiya RZ67
  2. Aperture: f/2
  3. Exposure: 1/8th

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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.

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Reading Club by Eleni Kalorkoti

"He liked to read with the silence and the golden color of the whiskey as his companions. He liked food, people, talk, but reading was an inexhaustible pleasure. What the joys of music were to others, words on a page were to him."

James Salter, All That Is

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Alice in Quantumland– an imaginative allegory of quantum physics, written and illustrated (!) by a CERN physicist, doubly brilliant for flying in the face of gender stereotypes with a female protagonist who makes sense of some of the most intense science of all time.

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"You let the darkness
medically examine you."

Heather Christle, from Summer

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The Morning After (by Patty Maher)

Album Art

The Doors - Not to Touch the Earth

from: Waiting For The Sun

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Full Moon by Flora McLachlan

"Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good."

Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

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Literary Birthday, Shirley Hazzard, born 30 January 1931

Five Quotes

  1. Americans’ great and secret fear is that America may turn out to be a phenomenon rather than a civilization.
  2. When I was fifteen, sixteen, I had already lived deeply in poetry and had a large memory for it. Imagination was hungry and adventurous. Exceptional, perhaps, but not all that exceptional at the time. Deep early reading may seem improbable now because of technological entertainments and of the greatly reduced literary expectations of our society. The diminishing vocabulary results in diminished expressiveness and sentiment, and diminished reading.
  3. If only I could write every day. I look back to the far-off time when I did so, mostly early morning and then late in the day. I do write in my head every day—I’m tempted to say all the time. One does instinctively reserve a part of oneself as the writing self, visiting it secretly while doing and saying all the daily things. 
  4. Sometimes, surely, truth is closer to imagination or to intelligence, to love than to fact? To be accurate is not to be right.
  5. It’s nervous work. The state you need to write in is the state that others are paying large sums of money to get rid of.

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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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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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.

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"As I run I tell myself to think of a river. And clouds. But essentially I’m not thinking of a thing. All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says."

Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Nancy Kubale ceramic artist

Nancy Kubale ceramic artist