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:
DVD: The Page Turner
A film written and directed by Denis Dercourt from 2006 starring Catherine Frot and Deborah Francois. A film about a 10 year old butcher’s daughter who holds revenge at the core of her heart until it is released as an adult as a page turner against the pianist who rejected her as a child.
Why you could watch it:
For the slowly ratcheted tension that is built up throughout the film, and the two female leads particularly Deborah Francois whose cultivated stare is pitched perfectly to get under your skin.
Something To Listen To:
1. The Cocteau Twins– Song To the Sirens
3. Sharon Van Etten, Live ‘Give Out’
Just discovered Sharon this morning. Beautiful
Something To Look At:
Cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes…His key influence related to bold use of colour, and a clear love of experimentation of both depth and tone.
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Something To Read:
Scottish poet, attempted to revive the Scottish language in poetry as a means of asserting Scotland’s artistic independence from England and re-invigorating a literature suffering from sentimentality.
It is time we in Scotland put England in its proper place and instead of our leaning on England and taking inspiration from her, we should lean and turn to Europe, for it is there our future prosperity lies.
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Completely beautiful articulation of national identity:
by Hugh MacDiarmid
It requires great love of it deeply to read
The configuration of a land,
Gradually grow conscious of fine shadings,
Of great meanings in slight symbols,
Hear at last the great voice that speaks softly
See the swell and fall upon the flank
Of a statue carved out in a whole country’s marble,
Be like Spring, like a hand in a window
Moving new and old things carefully to and fro,
Moving a fraction of a flower here,
Placing an inch of air there,
And without breaking anything.
So I have gathered unto myself
All the loose ends of Scotland,
And by naming them and accepting them,
Loving them and identifying with them,
Attempt to express the whole.
From Complete Poems, edited by Michael Grieve and W.R. Aitken (Carcanet Press, 2 vols., 1993-4)
Reproduced by permission of the publisher
Hugh MacDiarmid Reading the Watergaw:
Something To Think About:
“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, “Lighthouses” as the poet said “erected in the sea of time.” They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.”
“Hope is the confusion of the desire for a thing with its probability. ”
For quotes see:
Schopenhauer, BBC, Sea of Faith with Don Cupitt
Something For You:
‘If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. ‘ Robert Fritz