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Benevolence is the Soul of Art

Green Tea: A Quest for Fresh Leaf and Timeless Craft. Hugo Americi et al. The open hand on the depicted on the cover of this book reverberates with this response to the question about the qualities of a good potter … Continue reading

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Zen Hand Games

SHADOW When the shadows fail, the light from your mind may illumine the work of your hands. ELASTICITY While playing cat’s cradle with rubber bands they may snap. And so for day 2548 04.12.2013

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Fixing Traces and Noting

I first came to the artwork of John Wolseley through the writing of Roger Deakin (Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees). And was struck by one particular aspect of his practice: Unclipping the first sheet and working with the next layer, … Continue reading

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petite pleasure

Lynne Huffer. Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory p. 126 We queer Cartesians love our orgasms because they allow us to flirt with those errancies of the mind that we touch, ever so gently, in la petite … Continue reading

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From Fear of Missing Out to Being Present

I like this direct attack. Puncturing the ballon with flair. Here’s an insight that I’ve had about success: You can’t be successful at everything. We hear a lot of talk about work-life balance. Nonsense. You can’t have it all. You … Continue reading

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Mixed Use Has a History

20th century BlogTO in a brief history of the gay village tells the story of the steps One iconic hangout was The Second Cup, which opened south of Church and Wellesley in 1984. The “Steps” at the front of the … Continue reading

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Streets – Pathways in Flux

The Toronto Public Library at the Bloor/Gladstone Branch hosted an event organized by University of Toronto, School of Cities. Where We Gather: Streets of Toronto featured a panel of speakers moderated by Matti Siemiatycki, Associate Professor and Interim Director, School … Continue reading

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Seeds Cast from a Train

This is set up by remarks by Jonathan Lethem about the anti-intellectualism of American culture: “even American arts culture has a very violent anti-intellectual streak in it.” Lethem’s remarks help us as viewers understand the poignant finale to The Polymath, … Continue reading

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The commercial meets the aesthetic meets the political

William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White Elements of Style, 3rd edition (1988) People vs Public The people is a political term, not to be confused with the public. From the people comes political support or opposition; from the public comes … Continue reading

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Cabinet Curiosity

Gay Bilson is known to me not only as a restauranteur by also as a collector of bird nests. Here she is commenting on a commission for the Museum of Economic Botany in Adelaide: Which brings us to [historian and … Continue reading

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