I ANDREY VASSILITCH KOVRIN, who held a master’s degree at the University, had exhausted himself, and had upset his nerves. He did not send for a doctor, but casually, over a bottle of wine, he spoke to a friend who was a doctor, and the latter advised him to spend the spring and summer in the country. Very opportunely a long letter came from Tanya … Continue reading The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov
“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
A brilliant puzzle of a short story about how mysterious we are to ourselves. Cover image: Number Structure 3 by Kazuo Nakamura The premise of this cryptic short story is the life of a regular man and bar owner named Kino. As it continues, you find yourself in a puzzle, in the midst of characters and symbols which represent something other than themselves. These figures and … Continue reading Kino by Haruki Murakami
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
Re-adaptive thoughts of a former emigre.
One vivid memory I have from my working days in America is customers walking by, stating something which to me seemed too personal to be spoken by strangers: “Smile! Why aren’t you smiling?” Continue reading "Why the angry face?"
If “Minima Moralia” were a person, I would be in love with him forever Continue reading "Theodor Adorno: Reflections on damaged life and the diminishing of morality"
Finding a relatable topic should never be the objective I often think of how essential this phenomenon has become as I write my posts. I tell myself this as I think it can perhaps be an inescapable fate for an artist, author, or even blogger. Reactions are necessary, without them work can so often seem futile. While it is important to find ways to “attract” … Continue reading Interesting read for the Age of the Selfie