Technology does nothing to dispel the shadows at the edge of things. The ghost-story world still hovers at the limits of vision, making things stranger, darker, more magical, just as it always has ...." - Neil Gaiman, NYT
The paintings starkly reveal the artist’s descent into dementia, as his world began to tilt, perspectives flattened and details melted away. His wife and his doctors said he seemed aware at times that technical flaws had crept into his work, but he could not figure out how to correct them.
“The spatial sense kept slipping, and I think he knew,” Professor Utermohlen said. A psychoanalyst wrote that the paintings depicted sadness, anxiety, resignation and feelings of feebleness and shame. - Denise Grady, NYT
I just got off the phone with my parents, after stumbling across this article and having it stop me in my tracks. My mom just turned 80 and just as quickly was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She was devastated, having seen two close friends slip away into not knowingness; she does not want that future for herself.
My mom is a fighter, however, and is coming to terms with her future and working to do everything she can to hold it off. She has always been my center and my guiding light, and I will work to help her remain here, in the present, with us.
Looking at these faces, however, I can't help but see my future - a future of knowing that my mother will not know who I am, and that one day, I also may no longer recognize my own children.
According to Buddhist teachings, man is unhappy because of attachments, called cravings. A better way is to embrace tightly but to let go easily. In other words, you should try to do everything you can to win the game, be it some aspect of the game of life or business or a real game like go. In the end, we may win some and lose some, but when we lose, it is time to let go and put it all in perspective. That way, we may lose but we will not be beaten. In go, we may lose a game, but through analysis and introspection, we can still benefit and use that knowledge and insight for a new game. - Rob Van Zeijst
Simply put, Brian Wood is the bomb! Graphic novels, comics, whatever you want to call them; his work stands at the top for its relevant storytelling ability. Channel Zero, his 1997 masterpiece about a "Patriot Act-ed" society gone bad, was prophetic, but only the warm up act!
His most recent work, Supermarket, Local and DMZ speak to us about the world we live in today with a clarity and directness missing from almost all other art forms.
"The ruling Hamas group fired a barrage of homemade rockets at Israel on Saturday, hours after calling off a truce with Israel in anger over an artillery attack that killed seven civilians at a beachside picnic in the Gaza Strip, according to Associated Press reports.
The end of the truce raised the prospect of a new wave of bloodshed and the resumption of suicide attacks that Hamas had suspended since reaching the cease-fire in February 2005."
- Steven Erlanger, NYT; TV image from Ramatan News Agency
ANGOLA, La., April 6 - "KLSP, a radio station with one turntable, six employees and a $48 weekly payroll, has limited reach over this patch of swampy farmland and razor wire northwest of Baton Rouge. It is meant to be that way.
The station director and most of the D.J.'s are convicted murderers. Most of its 5,100 listeners are serving life sentences at the Louisiana State Penitentiary here. The 100-foot metal pole that transmits the station's F.C.C.-approved signal - a relatively weak but consistent 100 watts - rises from a grassy knoll behind death row.
Death row, home to 83 men, is where KLSP-FM (91.7), which prison officials say is the nation's only licensed prison radio station, finds its most dedicated audience and inspiration for its core mission: spreading the word of Jesus (and an occasional message from the warden) to men doomed to die behind bars." - Paul Von Zielbauer, NYT
This one is from a book party for Leslie Morgan Steiner's'Mommy Wars'.
I shot Leslie reading from the intro with a Canon SD500, not exactly high-end,
and then uploaded to Google Video which offers code to paste the video into a web page.
Here it is!
Gordon Parks, a photographer, filmmaker and poet whose pioneering chronicles of the black experience in America made him a revered elder and a cultural icon, died yesterday at his home in New York. He was 93.
His nephew, Charles Parks of Lawrence, Kan., said Parks had cancer and had been in failing health since 1993.
Parks, the son of a dirt farmer, rose from meager beginnings and above recurrent discrimination to walk through doors previously closed to African Americans. He was the first black person to work at Life magazine and Vogue, and the first to write, direct and score a Hollywood film, "The Learning Tree" (1969), which was based on a 1963 novel he wrote about his life as a farm boy in Kansas. He also was the director of the 1971 hit movie "Shaft," which opened the way for a host of other black-oriented films.
Elegant and aristocratic with a trademark mustache, his work traversed a vast landscape from poverty and crime to luxury and high fashion. He was a high school dropout turned award-winning photographer who traveled the world, using his camera with deftness and defiance.
"I didn't set out to do all that I did," Parks told an interviewer. "I think there was always fear -- fear of not being educated. All the things I did were done because of the fear of failure." - Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, TWP; Photograph by Suzanne Plunkett, A.P.