Saturday, January 30, 2010

to act

"To be hopefull in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory." Howard Zinn.

Monday, January 25, 2010

danny and the deep blue sea

"This play is dedicated to everyone in the Bronx who punched me or kissed me, and to everyone whom I punched or kissed." Dedication in John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, An Apache Dance

Friday, January 22, 2010

what one says

"I stop talking about it. There's no need to talk about it, because the truth of what one says lies in what one does." Bernhard Schlink, The Reader
Wrapped Coast, 1968-69 by Christo and Jeanne-Claude via Grey

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

the arrangement

"Composition is the arrangement of unequal things." Richard Ford quoting John Ruskin in NYT
Untitled 1957, Clyfford Still at SFMOMA