canadianbeerandpostmodernism: Mircea Suciu -“The Monument” oil/canvas 2009
“'Carpe diem' doesn't mean seize the day - it means something gentler and more sensible. 'Carpe diem' means pluck the day. Carpe, pluck. Seize the day would be 'cape diem,' if my school Latin serves … What Horace had in mind was that you should gently pull on the day's stem, as if it were, say, a wildflower or an olive, holding it with all the practiced care of your thumb and the side of your figure, which knows how to not crush easily crushed things … Pluck the cranberry or blueberry of the day tenderly free without damaging it, is what Horace meant - pick the day, harvest the day, reap the day, mow the day, forage the day. Don't freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it.” — Nicholson Baker. With thanks to Whiskey River. (via crashinglybeautiful)
Me, with a painting I’m working on.
Your moment of Zen, Hengki Koentjoro
Gatchina Palace, St Petersburg, Russia.
“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” — J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (via quotes-shape-us)
Composer: Aram Khachaturian (1903 - 1978)
Work: Allegro Vivace from Violin Concerto in D minor (1940)
Performer: David Oistrakh, Philharmonia Orchestra; conducted by Aram Khachaturian
As requested by k-y-e-z-e-r