chagalov:

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cavendish (Vt), 1981 -by Harry Benson  [+]

So also we, holding Art in our hands, confidently consider ourselves to be its masters; boldly we direct it, we renew, reform and manifest it; we sell it for money, use it to please those in power; turn to it at one moment for amusement - right down to popular songs and night-clubs, and at another - grabbing the nearest weapon, cork or cudgel - for the passing needs of politics and for narrow-minded social ends. But art is not defiled by our efforts, neither does it thereby depart from its true nature, but on each occasion and in each application it gives to us a part of its secret inner light.— Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize in Literature 1970 

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chagalov:

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cavendish (Vt), 1981 -by Harry Benson  [+]

So also we, holding Art in our hands, confidently consider ourselves to be its masters; boldly we direct it, we renew, reform and manifest it; we sell it for money, use it to please those in power; turn to it at one moment for amusement - right down to popular songs and night-clubs, and at another - grabbing the nearest weapon, cork or cudgel - for the passing needs of politics and for narrow-minded social ends. But art is not defiled by our efforts, neither does it thereby depart from its true nature, but on each occasion and in each application it gives to us a part of its secret inner light.
— Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize in Literature 1970 

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detailsdetales:

The Entombment, detail (c. 1612)

Peter Paul Rubens

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flockychou:

THE life, Shinji. She’s living THE life.

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Just watched Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double. It said quite a few things that I’ve heard before (oh I’m lonely, oh I don’t want to be lonely, I’ve got to do/be this and that etc.) but it said them very well indeed and I really enjoyed it.

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Quote with a bunch of cute puppies.

classyraptor:

Quote with a bunch of cute puppies.

Uh, well, this Easter holiday has quickly devolved into a frantic Netflix catch-up carnival of televisual delights. Amour is a wonderful movie. I love Bob’s Burgers. And so on and so on and so on.

I have to admit that I’m behind with quite a bit of my marking. Samples of writing (letters, short articles etc.) are really quite fun to mark. Assessing speaking and listening skills, however, is entirely mind-numbing. The actual discussions are very entertaining, but writing them up against assessment criteria is monotonous and takes up an astonishing amount of time - nearly a whole day for one class.

Today I acquired:

  • an album of string quartets by Gorecki
  • an album (two, actually) of music from Studio Ghibli films for violin and piano
  • two Beethoven symphonies (1 and 6)

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