Monday, 29 September 2014
Homo sapiens, doncha love'em?
From the outside, social courtship rituals look very much like a cruel and incomprehensible game. What is everybody playing at - and why does validation as a human being, admitted into intimacy with others, seem to depend on being able to play along successfully? (Dominic Fox @domfox)
I was sick of being with my friends and them being in relationships. (Singer Sam Smith, 2014)
He studied physics at Cambridge, but clocked up none of the social or romantic experiences most students take for granted. (Re Lord Browne, Guardian May 2014)
Researchers in the US have found that people admire the cocky and the unctuous even when their pretensions are exposed. (Times May 2014)
Nunney has the annoying habit of suddenly laughing AT you though… I asked him if he had any hobbies and he burst out laughing as if I’d said a hilarious punchline. (Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe on derision as a form of flirtation. She married him.)
Me: I think Jonathan hates me.
MK: I shouldn’t worry about it.
Me: I shouldn’t worry about it? That means he does. (ditto)
Dating advice, in general, falls into two categories: the completely terrible and the largely terrible. (Oliver Burkeman, G 2014-05-31)
Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. (Maya Angelou)
Fixating on a woman from afar and then refusing to give up when she acts like she’s not interested is, generally, something that ends badly for everyone involved. (Daily Beast)
The “cheerleader effect” is the phenomenon that people seem more attractive when they are in a group than when they are alone. (spring.org.uk)
Apparently, couples still shun the female singleton, fearful that she'll wreck their marriages or at least their dinner-party numbers. One survey found that half of its sample never had single women as visitors, and 19% knew no single women at all. Casual disregard for this social group goes unremarked… [Mike Leigh character is] desperately clingy, and so lonely that she bursts into Tom and Gerri's hallowed home without warning in search of crumbs of affection. She wastes their time and embarrasses them, but they can't get rid of her. (Guardian)
The five marks of the Roman decaying culture:
Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth;
Obsession with sex and perversions of sex;
Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original;
Widening disparity between very rich and very poor;
Increased demand to live off the state.
(Edward Gibbon Circulating the internet May 2014, a fake say some.)
The [fictional] “deteriorationist”… who thought everything was getting worse and worse all the time. (Muriel Jaeger, Before Victoria)
Logical positivisim was a short-lived blip. (Julian Baggini G May 2014)
You're never too old to find out you're bad at something it never occurred to you to try. (Tim Dowling May 31 2014)
We don't see ants building statues of famous ants. (BBC The Big Questions)
UKIP is in a perpetual descriptive frenzy of defining who is to blame for the world’s dreadfulness. The Big Three are the elite, the EU and the immigrants. And don’t start me on the humourless feminists. (David Aaronovitch May 2014)
Morality cannot be legislated, but behaviour can be regulated. (Martin Luther King)
Human beings have this amazing capacity to know but also not know at the same time. (John Banville)
More here, and links to the rest.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Rembrandt: The Late Works
National Gallery, London
15 October-18 January 2015
Tate Britain to 25 Jan 2015
Landscapes, seascapes, mistscapes.
Constable: The Making of a Master
Victoria and Albert Museum, London to 11 Jan 2015
Sketches, working practice, major works.
Black Chronicles II
Rivington Place, London
To 29 November
Studio portraits from the 19th and 20th centuries. Singers, lion tamers, family groups.
Spruth Magers Gallery to 4 Oct
Deadpan black and white photographs of industrial architecture and machinery. They are featured in:
Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern AgeBarbican
25 September 2014 - 11 January 2015
Skyscrapers, suburbs, water towers.
Knitwear from Chanel to Westwood
Fashion Textile Museum, Bermondsey to 18 Jan
Stripy 20s, Tyrolean 30s, Fairisle 40s, beaded 50s, rainbow 70s, embellished 80s.
Rubens and his Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne
Royal Academy of Arts, London, Jan 2015
Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games
Jewish Museum, London to 4 Jan
Innovative poster artist behind wartime recruiting drives and peacetime adverts.
The Art and Science of Exploration
Queen's House at Greenwich to January 2015
Bridge Museum of London Docklands
To 2 November 2014
London’s bridges in art and photography.
Mottisfont Abbey in Romsey, Hampshire, has a collection of 20th century British painting.
Sickert in Dieppe
Pallant House, Chichester
Richard Wilson (1714 - 1782) and the Transformation of European Landscape PaintingNational Museum Cardiff
Romantic landscapes filled with light.