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There's books... and BOOKS
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 08, 2003 11:07AM

On another thread, I quoted a couple of sentence's from Ruskin about the difference between books for a day and books for all time.

Attached is a longer excerpt from SESAME AND LILIES -- including those lines.

It's not about POETRY, but it's about what to read, and how... questions that come up over and over again on this forum.

MARIAN


Attachments: Sesame and Lilies - excerpt.doc (41KB)  
Re: There's books... and BOOKS
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 08, 2003 01:01PM


Yes, generally a wise man, Mr Ruskin. An art critic as well. Whistler once successfully (though at great cost) sued him for libel over comments made about one of his (Whistler's) paintings:

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"The ill-educated conceit of the artist ... approached the aspect of willful imposture, . . . I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face."


Re: There's books... and BOOKS
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: August 11, 2003 06:44PM

"ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face"


Reminds me of a great line from THE WEST WING.

A critic of the NEA was reading a list of projects she considered unworthy of funding from the public pocket: "... $20,000 to a woman who's performances involve covering her naked body with chocolate! Fifteen hundred dollars to a young man whose project was burning his personal belongings in front of a bookstore in Berkeley."

Sam Seaborn happened to walk through the room as she was reading the last example, and he said, "I've done that a few times. I didn't realize there was funding available." And left.

(I'm waiting patiently for an opportunity to use that line in real life!)




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