La Notte, 1961 (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)
"I have become tired of cinema. The so-called entertainment value of films in recent years, the mechanisms of the market, and the constant pandering to popular taste, all disgust me. I don’t feel the need to keep making films or, to put it more bluntly, to make the kinds of films that expect the patronage of cinema audiences anymore. I keep asking myself: what is cinema? Why make films? Who am I doing this for? Who is the mass audience? Are they the people who watch Spielberg movies? Frankly speaking, I am not interested in this at all… I can’t make films for the system. Cinema as an object of consumption limits my creativity. I feel disorientated by the speed imposed on us. For me, slowness is a technique, an instrument helping me to find a path through this disorientation."
Born October 27, 1957
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
—Francis of Assisi. Quoted in A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom, edited by Whitall N. Perry (Simon & Schuster, 1971)
This prayer appeared as part of ARCS in PARABOLA, “Giving & Receiving,” Volume 36, No. 2, Summer 2011.
Image: Virgin and Child in Majesty, 1150–1200, Made in Auvergne, Walnut with paint, gesso, and linen
"We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it."
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (via bookmania)
"To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly."
William James (via blua)
Madonna dei Palafrenieri (detail), Caravaggio