Monday, February 6, 2023

Quotes from A Canticle for Leibowitz

 

 

The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they became with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew in richness and power and beauty; for then, perhaps, it was easier to see something was missing in the garden, some tree or shrub that would not grow. When the world was in darkness and wretchedness, it could believe in perfection and yearn for it. But when the world became bright with reason and riches, it began to sense the narrowness of the needle's eye, and that rankled for a world no longer willing to believe or yearn.

―Walter M. Miller Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz

To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and proper ends of society and Caesar. But then they became the only ends, somehow, and the only basis of law—a perversion. Inevitably, then, in seeking only them, we found only their opposites: maximum suffering and minimum security.

―Walter M. Miller Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz


Sunday, December 25, 2022

A Room of One's Own

 Some wonderful quotes about solitude from writers... and their portraits




Katherine Anne Porter

"I can live a solitary life for months at a time, and it does me good, because I'm working. I just get up bright and early -- sometimes at five o'clock -- have my black coffee and go to work. In the days when I was taken up with everything else, I used to do a day's work, or housework or whatever I was doing, and then work at night. I worked when I could. But I prefer to get up very early in the morning and work. I don't want to speak to anybody or see anybody. Perfect silence. I work until the vein is out. There's something about the way you feel, you know when the well is dry, that you'll have to wait til tomorrow and it will be full up again." 




Dorothy West

"When I was seven, I said to my mother, may I close the door? And she said yes, but why do you want to close the door? And I said because I want to think. And when I was eleven, I said to my mother, may I lock my door? And she said, yes, but why do you want to lock your door? And I said, because I want to write." 




Rita Dove

"What I love about my cabin -- what I always forget that I love until I open the door and step into it -- is the absolute quiet. Oh, not the dead silence of a studio. A silence so physical that you begin to gasp for air; and it's not the allegorical silence silence of an empty apartment, with its creaks and sniffles and traffic a dull roar below, and the neighbors' muffled treading overhead. No, this is the silence of the world: birds shifting weight on branches, the branches squeaking against other twigs, the deer hooschingthrough the woods....It's a silence where you can hear the blood in your chest, if you chose to listen."




Saul Bellow

"I feel that art has something to do with achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction." 


Friday, December 9, 2022

Rosselini

I just watched Stromboli and it was so classic and intense and to me quite comedic. It was the first film I've watch by Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman. 

A quote that I love by Rosselini:

“The camera’s a ballpoint pen, an imbecile; it’s not worth anything if you don’t have anything to say.”

Photos of the two:




Monday, November 28, 2022

Female Directors (Part II) - Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, photographer, and artist. Her pioneering work was central to the development of the widely influential French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Portraits

Why are the portraits of Agnes so inspiring? Because in these images I can see that she had a vision, that she stood behind it and that she did whatever was necessary to achieve it. A compact person with a big enthusiasm and confidence - I love looking at images of her.










Monday, November 14, 2022

Female Directors (Part I): Věra Chytilová

When I look at photographs of female directors, I feel inspired. Not because I am a modern feminist (I lean closer to a feminism of the past perhaps). But rather, it is because I see myself. My natural impulse is to doubt myself rather than believe in myself, so when I look at images of female directors I think, if they could believe in themselves this much, why shouldn't I? They believed in themselves enough to endorse their own talent and vision - enough that others believed in them as well. Why shouldn't I?


Věra Chytilová

Věra Chytilová was an avant-garde Czech film director and pioneer of Czech cinema. Banned by the Czechoslovak government in the 1960s, she is best known for her Czech New Wave film, Sedmikrásky.





Examples of her work: