“Let us not kid ourselves,” Professor Vladimir Nabokov reminds us. “Let us remember that literature is of no practical value whatsoever. … ” But practical value isn’t the only kind of value. Ours is a mixed economy, with the gift economy of the arts existing (if not exactly flourishing) within the inhospitable conditions of a market economy, like the fragile black market in human decency that keeps civilization going despite the pitiless dictates of self-interest.
“… in the medieval and early modern period…There’s a kind of Bermuda Triangle of terror, horror, and wonder, which have deep subterranean connections with each other. They all involve the perception that something extraordinary has happened. And they wobble. They can easily transmute from one into the other.”
“…these videos reveal a seam of vulnerability. Reid Kelley demonstrates how, through seething iterations of Western cultures and ideologies, we strive for what we perceive is right, and we’re blind to those we leave in the dust behind us.”
full article at BostonGlobe.com
Images belonging to the Black Star photo agency — whose luminaries photographed many of the indelible images of the 20th century — are collected in a new limited edition book.
We had the great fortune of visiting Plot E on our tour of the Western Front in 2008. The caretaker for the Oise-Aisne WW1 cemetery at the time invited us back to it, behind the visitor center. A chilling, anonymous place.
Nice article on the GIF.
“Their existence as a fragment doesn’t serve as a preamble to the restoration of the whole: it perpetuates a continuation of the fragmentary, as emphasized by its endless looping, its pure existence for its own moment without a need to desire to belong to another stream of narrative.”
The system is basically an automated way of flagging every image that the visual system thinks may contain something different, and ensuring that the operator becomes aware of it.