Something For the Weekend #4

29 Dec


It is the function of creative men to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things, or forms of expression that may seem utterly different and to be able to combine them into some new form’. William Plomer

Some inspirational snippets and recommendations for your weekend


Something to Watch:  


PleasantvilleA  film  written and directed by Gary Ross from 1998  starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen,  multi-layered, aesthetically and emotionally ,  set in Pleasantville where there has never been any rain, aggression,  change, acceptance, passion or love. Until Now…..

Why you could watch it:

it grapples with our relationship to history and time; it addresses issues in relation to   feminism, race, art and writing.  It uses colour in an amazingly innovative delicate way too. And there’s Joan Allen and  William H Macy and the  makeup scene.   


Here’s  a taster clip. 


Something To Listen To: 

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

English Folk Singer From North Yorkshire

Simply beautiful, the song

….Underneath the Stars…..from Kate’s album Underneath the Stars 



Underneath the stars I’ll meet you
Underneath the stars I’ll greet you
There beneath the stars I’ll leave you
Before you go of your own free will

Go gently

Underneath the stars you met me
Underneath the stars you left me
I wonder if the stars regret me
At least you’ll go of your own free will

Go gently

Here beneath the stars I’m landing
And here beneath the stars not ending
Why on earth am I pretending?
I’m here again, the stars befriending
They come and go of their own free will

Go gently
Go gently

Underneath the stars you met me
And Underneath the stars you left me
I wonder if the stars regret me
I’m sure they’d like me if they only met me
They come and go of their own free will

Go gently
Go gently
Go gently


Something To Look At:

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

Frida Karlo

I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. 
Frida Kahlo 


Read more at 



Something To Read:

Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin



Everyone should be forcibly transplanted to another continent from their family at the age of three.” 
― Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin: Letters to Monica


Best Society

When I was a child, I thought,
Casually, that solitude
Never needed to be sought.
Something everybody had,
Like nakedness, it lay at hand,
Not specially right or specially wrong,
A plentiful and obvious thing
Not at all hard to understand.

Then, after twenty, it became
At once more difficult to get
And more desired – though all the same
More undesirable; for what
You are alone has, to achieve
The rank of fact, to be expressed
In terms of others, or it’s just
A compensating make-believe.

Much better stay in company!
To love you must have someone else,
Giving requires a legatee,
Good neighbours need whole parishfuls
Of folk to do it on – in short,
Our virtues are all social; if,
Deprived of solitude, you chafe,
It’s clear you’re not the virtuous sort.

Viciously, then, I lock my door.
The gas-fire breathes. The wind outside
Ushers in evening rain. Once more
Uncontradicting solitude
Supports me on its giant palm;
And like a sea-anemone
Or simple snail, there cautiously
Unfolds, emerges, what I am.


Philip Larkin Sunday Sessions (Extract)


Something To Think About:

George Steiner


literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist, translator, and educator.

George Steiner


Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence. 
Read more at 


The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital.



The Answers. Mouse over the bottom of each picture


Something For You:

InspiredJoy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one’s identity as a being of worth and dignity. Rollo May

2 Responses to “Something For the Weekend #4”

  1. orwell531 December 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    What an inspired piece of thought ArtiPeep, thank you.


  1. The Galloping Horse: Beyond Creative Fear and Pain « ArtiPeeps - February 4, 2013

    […] This pressure can also disconnect us from reality, can create a vast chasm between us and the real world. Our imaginations can keep us distant from reality. Think of Caspar David Friedrich and his picture, (left) of the lone artist on the mountaintop. Remember how lonely and isolated we can feel when writing, shaping something. And this notion of isolation has been contemplated and explored by a variety of poets. Alexander Pope’s Ode To Solitude. Philip Larkin’s poem Best Society,  that I put up a couple of weeks ago. Here […]

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