Artists read a wide variety of books

The importance of books in the lives of artists is the theme of a two-part feature in Arts Magazine, for which thirty-eight contemporary art-ists submitted lists of books that had proved to be of lasting significance in their lives [17, 18]. These lists are remarkable for their diversity and intellectual depth. Items cited range from the poems of Catullus to Huysman’s A-Rebours; from Lucy Lippard’s Ad Reinhardt to the Oxford English Dictionary. Books about art dominate only two of the thirty-eight lists.

JSTOR: The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, Vol. 66, No. 4 Oct., 1996, pp. 343-372.

Easier life? Less guilt

“For me, Sabbath (rest) is a time when I don’t read the Bible” -Pastor Mike, Boise Vineyard.

“We are designed for intensive labor 6 times a week, and boxed it off”. I think it is interesting God recognized how important it was for us to rest. In starting to realize more and more when I come home I don’t want to immediately watch tv. No, I’d rather relax In a quite room. It feels so anti-social to shut the door to the tv room.

“Why is it so hard for us to stop? Sabbat means stop. Stress is a major issue in our culture, because we don’t know how to deal with it”. Yesterday I saw a little kid getting really cranky at my work. With kids, we understand they need a nap- if we to past nap time, we expect them to eventually start flipping out.

After God created us, what was the first thing we did? Rested.

“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it Holy”. That is one of the Ten Commandments. We know that part of the commandments deal with God and part deal with fellow humanity. If we focus all about the commandments with God we come off like snobbish ultra-theological zealots. If we focus only on humanity, we can become godless work-focused people-worriers. We need the sabbath command as a hinge between the two.

Maelstrom- mael = grinding. Strom = stream. Wow, maelstrom is a grinding stream. Sounds like life.

Why did Jesus use spit-mud to heal someone’s eyes? Because spit makes mud, mud is a way to make clay, clay is what we use to build, which is work. Why did he use spit mud? Because people were being silly.

When I started reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan I really was able to spent quality time relaxing. It was weird to just relax and read a book. So much of my life is about researching. Reading a book is somewhat the opposite; I take in what is written, planned out in the book.

Children’s Book Wolf Story republished

Heard an interesting story on my local NPR station about an old children’s book being republished. The interesting thing about the book is

“It really said, in a way that children could understand, the things that adults want to say to their kids, but so often cannot for whatever reason. Certainly the emotional side is easier. It’s easier to talk to a 5-year-old when you’re writing [your] words down than if you have to actually do it with him. And then issues that haven’t changed a bit in 70 years like who’s in charge of things around here, who’s making the decisions, whether it’s right to kill and eat chickens or not. There’s a lot of food for thought in the plot as well.”


-Michael McCleery. NPR Article link