Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.
Throwback Thursday: “That’s not art,” declared former President Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1913, “The International Exhibition of Modern Art” opened at New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory. Including over 1,300 works of art by over 300 international artists, the exhibition was the first introduction to avant-garde art for many Americans. The show was met with cheers, jeers, guffaws, and even accusations of insanity. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the proud home of many of these once outrageous works of art, though there is still the occasional echo of Theo’s lament 101 years later.
"The Armory Show," as it is called today, was revived in 1994, and the now annual exhibition opens today in New York City.
”Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2),” 1912, Marcel Duchamp, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, is being held 6-9 March, but we have our own competitors for best dog here at Oxford. They are judged, of course, by their reading matter.
- Dusty dives into Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady.
- Louis is reading The Oxford Companion to Beer and getting ready for pre-drinks at the Johnsons.
- Ralph is reading the latest issue of Integrative and Comparative Biology.
- Zena is pondering The Oxford Book of American Short Stories.
- Sophia is reflecting on a well-pawed older Classics edition of The Ambassadors. Dogs adore Henry James apparently.
- Bo researches Charles Cruft in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online. Who’s this Cruft guy anyway?
- Sky is quite serious about Buddhist Biology and unhappy to have intruders taking her photo while she’s trying to concentrate.
- Milly is a big fan of the Oxford Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering.
- Henry loves to play around with Ethics by Peter Singer.
Who gets your vote?
"Reading is probably another way of being in a place."
- José Saramago
Today 78 countries around the world have laws that subject their citizens to severe criminal penalties for homosexuality. Such laws not only undermine human rights – they can also fuel discrimination, stigma, and even violence against people on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation and gender identities. And the impact of these laws can be even more severe on children and adolescents, who are especially vulnerable to bullying, violence, and stigma.
All people have a right to live a life of dignity, free from discrimination — irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Any law which heightens the risk of harm to children is counter to the principles established in the Convention on the Right of the Child, and the universal human instinct to protect children.
UNICEF will continue working to protect all children from discrimination, including those who identify as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender), and we urge governments to safeguard their youngest citizens from violence or threat of reprisal for exercising their rights.
Of all the arts, the novel is the most thoughtful, the closest, and the most personal. It can be about anything, and can take any form or forms it chooses. The novel, like the human species, is now global and the form is still coming to terms with this deep and recent change.