Venice In The Moment

By Dan Klefstad Imagine painting a portrait of a uniquely beautiful person. Your model is nude, hiding nothing, displaying supple skin and curls of hair that absorb the light. As you sketch and fill in, the sun and shadows keep moving – revealing new details. Now you add tiny lines you didn’t notice around the eyes and mouth. As the sun begins descending, you become aware that the hair is two shades darker and seems to be uncurling. Now the flesh appears a little looser, and you realize:… Continue reading Venice In The Moment

Notes on Schopenhauer’s The Art of Literature (1893)—II

† continued from part I §.08—Our author continues, remarking upon material modalities. "Unless an author takes the material on which he writes out of his own head, that is to say, from his own observation, he is not worth reading. Book manufacturers, compilers, the common run of history writers, and many others of the same… Continue reading Notes on Schopenhauer’s The Art of Literature (1893)—II

Eckermann’s Instruction—Goethe On Aesthetic Valuation

"Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good, but of the truly excellent. I, therefore, show you only the best works; and when you are grounded in these, you will have a standard for the rest, which you will know how to value, without overrating them. And I show you… Continue reading Eckermann’s Instruction—Goethe On Aesthetic Valuation

Pen & Pedagogy

"Very Dadaesque." Elliot Moss cried, gesturing with his half-empty wineglass at the thin, nondescript mechanical pen laying upon the floor at the northeasternmost corner of the rectangular, low-ceilinged art gallery. "Indeed," Sabrina Vesora agreed, adjusting her scarf, studying the artifact as a crowd of journalists and local social climbers moved by. It was situated such… Continue reading Pen & Pedagogy

The Silence & The Howl | Part 24

§.24 After Marla returned upstairs, and his exercises were finished, Harmon showered, dressed in a plain black T and blue jeans and went for a walk. He headed for the convenience store to the north of Andy's abode where he hoped he might obtain cigarettes, coffee, jerky and a newspaper. He felt light, relaxed and… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl | Part 24

Notes on Schopenhauer’s The Art of Literature (1893)—I

Arthur Schopenhauer's The Art of Literature is a brisk, engaging consideration of many of the central questions pertaining to literary craftsmanship. The first question tackled is authorship (On Authorship serves as the title of the book's first chapter). Schopenhauer begins his endeavour by defining two types of authors; those who write for the subject and… Continue reading Notes on Schopenhauer’s The Art of Literature (1893)—I

On Typeface: Size, Selection & Distraction Mitigation

In any new writing project font type and size are key and the aim and medium of the project must be judiciously taken into consideration. Other than the obvious rule: avoid crazy and/or unreadable/difficult-to-read fonts, there are a couple of guidelines which, if followed will make one's project move along more fluidly. Firstly, fonts become… Continue reading On Typeface: Size, Selection & Distraction Mitigation