"All that anxiety and anger, those dubious good intentions, those tangled lives, that blood. I can tell about it or I can bury it. In the end, we’ll all become stories. Or else we’ll become entities. Maybe it’s the same."
—Nell reflects at the end of “The Entities” in MORAL DISORDER
Waiting at Central Station
Milan Italy 1997
Photo: Ferdinando Scianna
An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.
Cheese says he is mainly interested in the way people do things online. “Our myths that we have don’t necessarily reflect the things that we do, so I want to create new myths,” he says.
The GIF, he continues, is a 30-year-old file format, which is woefully inefficient and yet despite all the innovation in technology, is used to tell stories all over the internet today. When he looked it up on a Wikipedia, all that was there was was a description of what it was and where it came from, but a disappointing lack of insight into its cultural significance. “I don’t think it’s the facts that are important,” he continues. The GIF has a story of its own — a fairytale, in fact — but it is a story based on emotion, not fact.”
But every so often something shatters like ice and we are in the river of our existence. We are aware.
Agatha Christie supervising workmen during excavations at Chagar Bazar on the upper Khabur River in northeast Syria, 1935-1937.
Having become interested in archaeology after her first visit to Ur (southeastern Iraq), Christie later married archaeologist Max Mallowan and contributed to his work at excavations in Iraq and Syria. (Read more.)
Image from British Museum collections.
Jeune fille lisant (1857). Charles Chaplin (French, 1825-1891). Oil on canvas.
The figure had an irresistible attraction for Chaplin, and like Kray, who also commenced by painting landscapes, he gradually abandoned his first choice of pursuit for the nobler and more enticing one. His success as a painter of portraits, and especially of portraits of women, continued until his death.
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man
My emotional life: dialectic between craving for privacy and need to submerge myself in a passionate relationship to another.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)
The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie (1930)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)