I generally avoid blogs, as they seem to me to be, for the most part, marketing tools - a sort of backhanded way of tooting one's own horn. (And I may be deluding myself by thinking that the underlying motive for this one is any different - an attempt perhaps to elevate my own status by association.) My purpose here is to share the ideas and insights from the writers, poets, philosophers, theologians, architects and artists that have lighted a path that I have ineptly tried to follow in pursuit of artistic expression and self discovery.

 

Since art can only spring from an encounter with truth, I am including writings that address both. Many entries will be in the form of quotes (with appropriate attribution) but in some instances, where more context seems desirable, or for the sake of efficiency, a link to an article on the web is provided. In Instances where even more context is needed, there is a bibliographical reference. Lastly, I present this material as a series of reviews - all positive...and here I quote Rilke:

 

“Nothing touches a work of art so little as words of criticism: they always result in more or less fortunate misunderstandings. Things aren't all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life.”

 

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"Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them."

 

— Rainer Maria Rilke

     Letters to a Young Poet, trans. Stephen Mitchell

     Modern Library Edition, 2001

 

 

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