My new model hand for sketching. I think it’s art all in itself.
This month really flew by, didn’t it? Almost May. Here’s hoping that the weather around here will start to match the calendar consistently. Let’s get to some links… I haven’t done a Some Saturday Stuff since March!
First, this fascinating story on binge watching TV programs from two of the great minds behind some of the most binge-watched programs ever- David Simon, of “The Wire”, and Beau Willimon, of “House of Cards”. From The Takeaway:
Read the whole thing here, or check out the audio of the conversation (do listen!) below.
What’s your opinion? Full disclosure, I’m a huge fan of both shows. In fact, they both sit at the top of my favorites list. I did get to thinking about Simon’s point on not caring what viewers wanted, but giving them an awesome (IMO) and important story anyway. I thought about how I don’t watch MSNBC or Fox precisely because I want to learn something new (well, for more reasons, too, lol). Challenge me. Inspire me. Darn it, even hurt me, but no talking heads spewing the same old. Just don’t.
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
I heard the above quote, which according to Goodreads, is by the author Haruki Murakami, while listening to a “Fresh Air” interview with the poet Marie Howe in honor of National Poetry Month, which is April. Listen below, and I’m also including a poem Howe wrote in honor of her late mother:
My Mother’s Body
Bless my mother’s body, the first song of her beating heart and her breathing; her voice, which I could dimly hear, grew louder. From inside her body I heard almost every word she said. Within that girl I drove to the store and back, her feet pressing pedals of the blue car, her voice, first gate to the cold sunny mornings, rain, moonlight, snowfall, dogs.
Now for a little fun, here’s a pic from The Daily Beast of classic literature brought to life- via food.
There is nothing like reading a description of a meal that is so vivid you can almost taste it. For one photographer, imaging the iconic delights wasn’t enough. For a design project that turned into a book, Fictitious Dishes, Dinah Fried decided to create and photograph the food described in her favorite books. After some epic cooking challenges, she landed with 50 dishes ranging from the classic to the modern. See some of the iconic food and lit pairings here.
Herman Melville, 1851 Oh, sweet friends! Hearken to me. It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt. Our appetites being sharpened by the frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favorite fishing food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we dispatched it with great expedition…while plying our spoons in the bowl, thinks I to myself, I wonder now if this here has any effect on the head? What’s that stultifying saying about chowder-headed people?
See more yumminess from The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird and more here. And finally, here’s Ella Fitzgerald with “The Man I Love”. Have a great weekend.