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Engels on Crowds (in Benjamin)

“Only when one has tramped the pavements of the main streets for a few days does one notice that these Londoners have had to sacrifice what is best in human nature in order to create all the wonders of civilization with which their city teems, that a hundred creative faculties that lay dormant in them remained inactive and were suppressed……

The Age of Dragons

This will sound silly, but hear me out. Dragons are back in popular culture in a big way – if they ever really left. First and foremost are the Game of Thrones dragons, along with the Peter Jackson Hobbit Trilogy dragon Smaug, and the How to Train Your Dragon series for kids. Dragons are probably easier to devise and render…

Hygge

… is a Danish word meaning some combination of cozy, open and welcoming, useful qualities for surviving a long winter. I think somehow relates to the idea of Boredom as a positive quality, discussed in the previous post, and makes me hopeful that Minnesota could be a pioneer in the world of slow art and film making.

Orange Study

… this piece is a simple study from my first year of grad school, but I just unearthed it and watch it again, and I find it really satisfying on a number of different levels. I might go so far as to claim Hollis Frampton’s “Lemon” as an influence, here…