Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock’s drip painting No. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million? Economist Don Thompson explores it in his book, tracing the money, lust, and self-aggrandizement of the art world in an attempt … Continue reading The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
The Cambridge dictionary defines the two words as follow: 1. A Passion for something: an extreme interest in or wish for doing something 2. An Obsession: something or someone that you think about all the time. While a passion is “extreme behavior” it lacks the indefinite time connotation. We all have passions but how many … Continue reading Is being an artist a passion or an obsession?
Since I became aware that lately became a little sloppy in giving regular updates, I decided to recycle on of my older posts where I was pondering about the tension field between artists and scientists. My general take upon this issue is that artists tend to have a synthetic approach towards the reality while scientists … Continue reading About Analysis and Synthesis.
My main motivation to turn to audio books was that I’m spending so much time of the day staring at a screen, that in the evening my eyes are too tired to read any further.
Since US literature, as represented by the US Library of Congress, has the whole universe as a subject, one could assume that this system is also governed by the same mechanisms that it describes. In the following two paragraphs I would like to outline some analogies between what most people consider as two disciplines who … Continue reading The US Literary Universe.
The simple answer? Because it makes them feel fortunate.
Those who read own the world, and those who watch television lose it.
Once an artist releases a product, it stands on its own and must be judged as such. The only views and opinions that count, are those ventilated or provoked by the artistic creation itself.
People who presume, not-entirely-unreasonable, that "literary fiction" represents a value judgment, fail to understand that "literary fiction" is just a marketing category (coined in the 1970's by publishing and book retailers) characterized by slower pacing, stylized prose, introspection and a focus on interior life over exterior action, a focus on character over plot. What they are not, though, are inherent markers of quality.
If traveling does fundamentally change you, it’s only because you’ve done some important self-work while you were there. But it’s work you can do anywhere, and very few people actually get around to it when there’s a new city to explore and world to get lost in.
For ‘The Room of Change’, the Milanese designer studio Accurat created a 30-meters-long hand-crafted data-tapestry illustrating how multiple aspects of our environment have changed in the past centuries, how they are still changing, and how they will likely continue changing.
This post deals with the mainstream collective perspective that shapes to our worldview and gives directions to our thinking and acting.
The title of this article refers to a literary technique describing the perspective through which a narrative is presented. It occurs in a narrative where all information presented reflects the subjective perception of a certain character is said to be internally focalized.
Sometimes, one of the toughest things we hear in a day is criticism. We never want to hear that we are not doing something the right way.
The Maharajagar deals with introspective themes, including relationships and social alienation that follow a pattern rooted into its original framework; The Mahabharata. However, with the book's progress, the literary concepts have become more ambitious, addressing issues such as the evolution of technology, apocalypse, absolution and catastrophic war. It also focuses on themes of government oppression, uprising, love, … Continue reading The Multiverse of the Maharajagar, Muse and The Simulation Theory.
"Rebirth" by IKEDA Manabu originated in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster of 2011. The artist uses his expressive capabilities to depict in juxtaposition the continuously recurring existence of disaster throughout the world and to illustrate in a light and imaginative style the relationship between disasters and humanity. Ikeda spent 10 hours a day for three … Continue reading Rebirth
Zero? Yeah, zero is a wonderful thing. In fact, Zero is my hero! How can zero be a hero? Well, there are all kinds of heroes, you know. A man can get to be a hero for a famous battle he fought or by studying very hard and becoming a weightless astronaut And then there … Continue reading My Hero, Zero
The term surfing refers to the act of riding a wave, regardless of whether the wave is ridden with a board or without a board, and regardless of the stance used. Surfers represent a diverse culture based on riding the waves. Some people practice surfing as a recreational activity while others make it the central … Continue reading Surfing through Life.
Dispersion (2002), is the name of a painting by Julie Mehretu. It is an amalgam of calligraphic swooshes and monochromatic geometric forms – that appear to swirl around as if caught in some mysterious vortex – but behind it lays an elaborate linear structure. It is as if a painting by Kandinsky has collided head-on … Continue reading Dispersion; Personal and Cultural Identity in the Globalized World.
Three years ago, I took it upon me to read the top 100 of the Canon of the world literature and have recently accomplished this challenge. The least I can say about this task is that I’ve learned something of this experience. Nevertheless there were a couple of unexpected hurdles along the road that I … Continue reading About The Canon of the World Literature.