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July 03, 2009


Wow! This is terrific, Tess! How difficult it is to really see what you are looking at, and how much more difficult to get the hell out of your own way.

I'm going to be thinking about this post for a long time.

Another delightful, thought provoking piece. I remember cleary the first time I heard the term "negative space" and learned its a term not unique to the visual world. I often have turned to the principals taught in algebra in solving problems, the solution comes clear if you can see the problem in its reverse. In music, like visual art, what is not heard is as important as what is. Jazz and Classical artists know this, rock artists seem to get as they mature, assuming they survive.

I love that Picasso destroyed all the pieces created after the completion of the film. To me, temporary art has always fascinated and interested me. Sandcastle competitions have always awed me, the amount of time and detail that goes into the creations, then to watch the ocean reclaim the sand with each pulse of the next wave. It's what makes live performances so special, to be there, (if I may quote a favorite author of mine)"at the moment at hand".

I didn't think this was possible, Jim, but you've actually made me want to open an algebra book so I can better understand what you mean about seeing problems in reverse.

Your comment about music, "what is not heard is as important as what is," reminds me of another line from T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets:

"And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea."

Thanks, Jim!

Hey. I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter.
I am from Luxembourg and also am speaking English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "Information about how to stop excessive sweating."

Best regards :P, Ayiana.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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