So most of the “average-person” commentary I’ve read on this video is about (A) how “stupid” it is that we need celebrities to direct our attention to an issue, and (B) how the demands of the Demand a Plan petition make them look like they don’t actually know or understand gun regulations in the USA.
To respond briefly: To (A), celebrities are people too and in this case, I think they’re just voicing what so many of the rest of us think (American and not American), and their role here is just to be a signpost for the petition/organisation as one way you can take action.
To (B), whatever the regulations are, they’re not working.
Have influence? Use it for good.
How many more?
As a human being.
No more lists of names.
It’s not too soon, it’s too late.
Now is the time.
(via Small Steps)
I love, love, love that someone made this into a word video! I tell people about “what Ira said about the creative process” all the time, it’s become one of my broken-tape-recorder-on-repeat stories. Thank you for sharing, Charmaine!
I was having a conversation with my dad once, and he told me that I was definitely a right brained (artistic), rather then a left brained ( Logical), type of person. I told him that that’s impossible because I feel so insignificant in my art and my writing. He then told me, “That’s the mark of a true artist.” I’ll never forget that.
This explains a lot.
The most important thing for me about Oxford was not what I learnt there in terms of set texts and set books we had to read, but in terms of a respect for the best in human civilisation.
And the best in human civilisation comes from all parts of the world. It is not limited to Oxford; it is not limited to Burma; it is not limited to any other country. But the fact that in Oxford I had learned to respect all that is the best in human civilisation helped me to cope with what was not quite the best.
Because what is not yet quite the best may still, one day, become the best; it may be improved. It gave me a confidence in humankind. It gave me a confidence in the innate wisdom of human beings – not given to all of us, but given to enough of us for the rest of the world to share, and to make use of it for others.
And I think every Oxonian, or most every, knows that in Lost Horizon Shangri-La was described as “something a little like Oxford”.
Every Oxonian knows.
Perhaps this was why, after my year at Oxford, I had recovered enough distance from the “brutally practical” career options to re-discover my desire to pursue something in the arts, in the entertainment industries. Oxford re-convicted me that at its very best, culture and creativity can move, question, develop, change, decry the worst and celebrate the worthy in life and society. That it can and does remain through the centuries. I definitely needed this precious reminder.
(Thanks Bims, for sharing!)
Artist pays homage to L.A.’s unseen workers: Ramiro Gomez’s cardboard cutouts of nannies, gardeners, valets and housekeepers have appeared, in silent tribute, around the wealthy districts of the city.
Most pieces last a day or two if Gomez is lucky. Once, a valet parker he planted outside a lot near the Sunset Strip made it four days.
Gomez writes his contact information on the back of each piece so people can tell him where the art ended up. So far, no one has reached out.
At first it was tough to let go. He’d stand by for a while to see people’s reactions, then take the cutout down and lug it back home.
But then Gomez realized it was not his place to keep public art out of view.
So he learned to walk away.
Photo: Ramiro Gomez attaches his painting of a nanny against a cyclone fence in West Hollywood Park. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
Hollywood and Cahuenga. (Taken with instagram)
lots to love in february (by jcpenney)
I hope I’m not the only one who loves these ads.
The cast of The Office (US) reproduce George Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (1884).
This makes me so happy.
I saw the original at the Art Institute in Chicago! Awesome museum.