Tag Archives: beauty

399 Years Ago Today

Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare To digg the dust encloased heare Blese be the man that spares these stones And curst be he that moves my bones Shakespeare’s epitaph O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven … Continue reading

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Toys in the Attic

Toys coming alive when we aren’t looking can be a great starting point for a story. Here is a wonderful stop motion movie from Poland in the 1930’s. I would place this somewhere between Henry Selick and the seriously weird … Continue reading

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The First Casualty of Time Travel

I was thinking about time travel recently, and while I’m a firm believer in Niven’s Law that the most stable universe is one in which time travel is not possible, I think there are reasons to hope that we can’t … Continue reading

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Three Meditations on Melancholy

The section “Qui sedes ad dexteram patris” from Bach’s Mass in B minor has always seemed like the sonic version of melancholy to me. Here is a clip from YouTube I have to confess that I did not realize the … Continue reading

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An untold story. Something Sweet.

From the artist Ria Brodell. Visit her website and check out more of these images. For a short interview with Ria, visit Deep Glamour.

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Not a man of parts, but layers…

From Waldo Lee, via Street Anatomy. Check out more of Waldo’s stuff here.

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Just Wow

Check out these glass microbiology sculptures by Luke Jerram. Scary beautiful. (ht: Street Anatomy). The object on the left is the smallpox virus, HIV is on the right, and something of Luke’s devising is in the middle. In fact, check … Continue reading

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I think Erik Satie came back as a cat. My wife has attended many classes in Tibetan Bhuddism recently. Our local lama has met his reincarnated former lama as a now-teenager. I maintain my scepticism about reincarnation, mostly because it … Continue reading

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Op-Ed by Denis Dutton

Here is a recent op-ed by Denis Dutton (whose The Art Instinct is reviewed below) discussing Conceptual Art, the current state of the Art Establishment, and ancient hand axes. If you would like a quick taste of his writing style, … Continue reading

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Why Do Humans Make Art?

Denis Dutton’s The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution sets out to answer that question. Along the way, he makes use of darwinism, evolutionary psychology, archaeology, and aesthetic philosophy to arrive at a very satisfying answer – and provides … Continue reading

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