May 2008

Untitled #25, 2000-03, Bill Henson

To youth and natural cheerfulness like Emma’s, though under temporary gloom at night, the return of day will hardly fail to bring return of spirits. The youth and cheerfulness of morning are in happy analogy and of powerful operation; and if the distress be not poignant enough to keep the eyes unclosed, they will be sure to open to sensations of softened pain and brighter hope.

From Emma, Jane Austen


Eleven A.M., 1926, Edward Hopper (originally posted at Voltaire’s Monkey)

The Sick Child, 1885/86, Edvard Munch

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Don Bachardy: Christopher Isherwood, Ink wash and graphite on paper, 1976

I personally believe that there is a part of one’s subconscious will that directs one’s life, that there is a part of me that is carrying out long-range schemes. I believe that this part of my will also knows when I shall die, and how much time I’ve got and everything else. I believe it has schemes which often, in my ignorance, I frustrate — schemes which are not always necessarily for the best.

Christopher Isherwood, Paris Review, Spring 1974

Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy: Chris & Don