Thursday 28 September 2017
Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.
From an interview with Chuck Close by Joe Fig in his book - Inside the Painters Studio.
Posted by Matt at 21:54
A superb story HERE by Freeman Dyson about how a meeting with Enrico Fermi changed his career. At the heart of the story, Fermi quotes John von Neumann, who famously said:
With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.
An example of how to actually do this, with Python code is HERE.
Posted by Matt at 21:43
More of these images HERE.
Posted by Matt at 21:33
Wednesday 27 September 2017
An excoriating, but highly entertaining, review in the Dublin Review of Books by Seamus O’Mahony of three books on empathy and neuro science. HERE.
O'Mahony is perhaps not the most typical book reviewer - he is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital who also writes on medical humanities.
Posted by Matt at 12:53
Monday 18 September 2017
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Saturday 9 September 2017
Here is Michael Durda's review of John McPhee's new book:
“Creativity lies in what you choose to write about, how you go about doing it, the arrangement through which you present things, the skill and the touch with which you describe people and succeed in developing them as characters, the rhythms of your prose, the integrity of the composition, the anatomy of the piece (does it get up and walk around on its own?), the extent to which you see and tell the story that exists in your material, and so forth. Creative nonfiction is not making something up but making the most of what you have.”
Posted by Matt at 23:22
Sunday 3 September 2017
The website for Frank Bloklund's PhD Thesis at Leiden University - On the Origin of Patterning in Movable Latin Type. (HERE).
Posted by Matt at 20:32