The Weekend | Reading Suggestions

Δεν ξέρω αν σας έλειψαν, αλλά αποφάσισα να επιστρέψω με τις αναγνωστικές προτάσεις του Σαββατοκύριακου. Σε αυτό το post έχω να σας κάνω τρεις προτάσεις: (α) ένα όμορφο άρθρο στο περιοδικό The New Yorker που θα αγγίξει τις χορδές των βιβλιόφιλων, (β) ένα αφιέρωμα στις ταινίες της Agnès Varda και στους λόγους για τους οποίους θεωρείται σημαντική σκηνοθέτης, και (γ) ένα άρθρο της Dolly Alderton για το μόνιμο αίσθημα του «I’m in trouble», που πολλοί από εμάς βιώνουμε. Καλή αναγνωστική απόλαυση!

  My Father’s Stack of Books by Kathryn Schulz @ The New Yorker

And yet, as my father knew, a perfect shelving system is also inherently an imperfect one. […] The difficulty is that anything that is perfectly ordered is always threatening to become imperfect and disorderly—especially books in a household of readers. You are forever acquiring new ones and going back to revisit the old, spotting some novel you’ve always intended to read and pulling it from its designated location, discovering never-categorized books in the office or the back seat or under the bed.


  The Restless Life and Oeuvre of Agnès Varda by David Hudson @

Martin Scorsese puts it this way: “Every single one of her remarkable handmade pictures, so beautifully balanced between documentary and fiction, is like no one else’s—every image, every cut.”


  Dolly Alderton On That Enduring Feeling that you’ve Done Something Wrong @ The Sunday Times

“Why did we react like that?” I asked. “Did you think we were in trouble?”

“Yeah,” Lauren replied. “But I always think I’m in trouble. I’ve felt like I’m in trouble every day since I left school.”

James Elkins | Pictures and Tears : A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

Οδηγίες για το πώς να «βλέπεις» την Τέχνη, όταν επισκέπτεσαι κάποιο μουσείο:

Με δικά τους λόγια: Marilyn Monroe (I)

Marilyn Monroe Reading Motion Picture Daily, New York, c.1955.

I discovered the Renaissance, met Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian… Finally, I decided to postpone my intelligence, but I made a promise to myself that I won’t forget. I promised that in a few years’ time when everything had settled down I would start learning-everything. I would read all the books and find out about all the wonders there are in the world.

Life Happens

♦ Την «απουσία» μερικές φορές τη νιώθεις με χρονοκαθυστέρηση. Έρχεται σαν κύμα και σε βρίσκει όταν απλώνεις τα ρούχα στην αυλή για να στεγνώσουν, όταν περιμένεις να γίνει το φανάρι πράσινο για να στρίψεις στη διασταύρωση, την ώρα που πληρώνεις την εφημερίδα στον περιπτερά της γειτονιάς σου. Εκείνη τη στιγμή παγώνεις. Δεν μπορείς να κάνεις βήμα ούτε προς τα εμπρός, ούτε προς τα πίσω, ούτε προς τα δεξιά, ούτε προς τ’ αριστερά. Χάνεις μία ανάσα. Η αίσθηση διαρκεί μόνο μία στιγμή · και μετά συνεχίζεις από εκεί που είχες μείνει. ♦


Με δικά τους λόγια: Patti Smith (Ι)

Patti Smith (1977) by Lynn Goldsmith

It’s a dark period now because everyone is beguiled by fame… I think that true artists just have to keep doing their work, keep struggling, and keep hold of their vision. Because being a true artist is its own reward. If that’s what you are, then you’re always that. You could be locked away in a prison with no way at all to communicate what’s in there, but you’re still an artist. The imagination and the ability to transform is what makes one artist. So young artists who feel overwhelmed by everything have to almost downscale. They have to go all the way to this kernel and believe in themselves, and that’s what Robert gave me. He believed in that kernel I had, you know, with absolute unconditional belief. And if you believe it, you’ll have that your whole life, through the worst times.