Guess what I found? The video BEFORE the most recent one I posted. Or rather a video what I was doing on the piece Rapture Rumble, right before the previous video picks up.
A seductive quote from Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy.
"Did God really rest on the seventh day? In the cool of that long afternoon, when he was refreshed, might he not have asked himself, whom have I on earth to speak for me. I had best create another species, one apart. I will call him artist. His will be the task to bring meaning and beauty to the world." - Michelangelo
I think many creative people would like to believe that. Myself included.
Listening to an audiobook of Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy. Michelangelo's struggles to find patrons who truly appreciate his work and art in general, reminds me a lot of some of the challenges Drew Struzan recounts in his Art Of book. I guess great artists of all eras get dissed by those who hold the purse strings early on.
Listening to Marc Maron interview Ben Sidran
Sidran talks about his experiences in college overseas. One of the enticements to stay in college was 2-S draft classification.
"Registrant deferred because of collegiate study. Deferment lasted either until graduation or until the registrant reached the age of 24. Exemption was discontinued in December, 1971."
It allowed him to study music in London and avoid going to Vietnam. Got me thinking about modern day educational costs. True, the exemption was discontinued in 1971, but if it did still exist and we had a conflict sizable enough to warrant a draft, the rising cost of higher education is such that many Americans would be forced to go to war because they couldn't afford college.
"The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself: are my trousers long enough? Is my veil in place? Can my makeup be seen? Are they going to whip me?
…No longer asks herself: where is my freedom of thought? Where is my freedom of speech? My life, is it livable? What's going on in the political prisons?
It's only natural! When we're afraid, we lose all sense if analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictator's repression.
Showing your hair or putting on makeup logically became acts of rebellion."
Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis 2: the story of a return.
Took me way too look to get around to reading this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended for anyone interested in first-person accounts of other cultures.