Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

The more I think back to this short story, the more I cannot think of a better metaphor than the phrase “shooting an elephant”. A metaphor for many things, for everything. For doing something unnecessarily cruel. For the loss of something only seemingly light. For the fall of something grand, like a peaceful and prosperous empire. For imprisoning yourself, and killing the greatest, most fundamental, … Continue reading Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself

The most beautiful and brilliant Craigslist posting ever written Sometimes the greatest work of art is not purposefully so. The beautifully written piece below is originally a posting on Craigslist. A posting that I, however, consider to be one of the greatest short [life] stories or, to be perfectly sincere, love letters of our time. The letter’s heartbreaking beginning is only rivaled by its conclusion; … Continue reading I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself

Art needs solitude

“It takes the courage to be there. You run into your own pettiness. Your own cowardice. You run into all kinds of ugly sides of yourself.” There is a history of art and solitude. One cannot exist without the other. A solitary man does not necessarily produce art but, for an artist, solitude is necessary to get closer to his personal truth, to know himself, … Continue reading Art needs solitude

Rainer Maria Rilke on art

From his “Letters to a young poet” It’s a privilege to be able to enter the private lives of great artists through their correspondence with one another. Rilke has written these letters as advice to a young poet who is in constant doubt of his talent and the road he has chosen. The way in which Rilke gives him direction is at once personal and … Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke on art

A relatable problem

Relating confirms with a simple exclamation mark. Learning leaves you with a proverbial question mark suspended on top of your head. Cover Image: “Girl Before A Mirror” by Pablo Picasso The moment the seeds of this essay were first planted was not too long ago, at a live concert, on the eve of a significant birthday. The one where one supposedly makes that transition from youth … Continue reading A relatable problem

Departures of love, death and birds

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome” Isaac Asimov In the East, birds depart. In the West, they return. This much I gathered, following a strange coincidence where I watched three films in two days, all heavy with symbolism about death and religion. Continue reading "Departures of love, death and birds"