This post is brought to you by ‘book dipping’. Which unfortunately doesn’t involve wading naked through piles of loose leaf paper.
Though I’m sure there is a blog post somewhere that covers that niche if you’re into it. ‘Book dipping’ is like ‘Bible dipping‘ but less creepy; flip to a random page, scan it and pick a word that stands out. BAM subject acquired.
No, it’s not a disease commonly found in domestic cats. It refers to the idea that a person’s given name reflects aspects of their personality rather than being an arbitrary word (but the theory extends beyond proper names to encompass all language)¹. According to the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory the word is native to Plato, appearing in his dialogue Cratylus.
¹Cuddon, J, 1999, Cratylic in Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Penguin Books, London, England,p191.
As I’m off being an obnoxious tourist, this episode of Mind Food Monday will be slipped into your acoustic canals by Philip Zimbardo (@PhilZimbardo), professor of psychology at Stanford University. Here he discusses different attitudes towards time and how these attitudes impact our lives. Video courtesy of the gorgeous people at RSA. Visit their website to keep up to date with new lectures and articles. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel (highly recommended), follow them on Twitter or catch new content via their Facebook page.
Past, present or future orientated, which are you and how does it impact your quality of life?
So this will be short and sweet because I’ve worked 3hrs and spent the afternoon cleaning and looking at someecards.com I’m exhausted. But I feel it’s a surreal and sunny kind of monday afternoon or maybe that’s the headache talking so let’s get all Dali up in here.
If you don’t know who Salvador Dali is GTFO you can find all his info at SalvadorDalicom. Sure, his paintings are amazing. Among my favorites are his early surrealist works. He makes the Mind Food Monday honorable mentions list due to being a fucking badass who was obsessed with ants this film:
*trigger warning – if your squeamish about eye related gore*
Un Chien Andalou (MTV Version) – video courtesy of MrPhilrand on Youtube.
If you want some Dali in your life – up close and sexy personal – and you’re in ze Florida USA, perhaps head on down to The Dali Museum. If only for the amazing Dali-themed merchandise in their Dali Store. They sell Dali themed perfume, wire sculptures, mugs, earrings, etc. I’m fairly certain I want everything in there.
FYI, the level of stupidity displayed in my titles is directly proportionate to how much sleep I’ve had. You’re all doomed.
First thing’s first. Congratulations to my American followers on #Obama2012.
I can’t help wondering how MENA/Asia/any-where-else-in-the-world feels about both the outcome and the fact that the west never seems to pay as much attention to their elections as they do to the American ones.
I’m not really sure if you win anything but hey, you can submit your 500 word masterpiece and feel chuffed when they feature it on their website. And this early in the morning that’s good enough for me.
Plus there’s a picture of someone in plaid looking shocked. You know that’s a good sign. November’s theme is Someone who shaped me. So get to it minions!
Do you like your art dauntless? Do you like it informed, accessible and unashamedly adventurous? Do you crave art drenched in word play, mystery and geometric fun? If the answer is no, then go away, no one loves you perhaps this isn’t the post for you, come back tomorrow for hipster pictures of flowers and food stuffs.
If you are part of the remaining awesome hoards, you need to check out Above.
That’s not a religious insinuation, Above is the name of an artist – or superhero – or both (Supertist? Artero?). He likes to keep his identity a secret and travels internationally on self-funded art tours.
Above has his hand just about everything street art related. He gets an honorable mention for his many charitable ventures, raising awareness for causes like homelessness and natural disaster victims.
If you need something up-lifting, check out the one person powerhouse that is Above, he’s proof that a single creative vision can bring about big change.
Check out Above’s 100% profit donation ‘Homeless not Hopeless’ project here, and his controversial Wall St Banker and blood diamond works here.
So I recently bought Steal Like An Artist. If you haven’t already purchased a copy, I suggest you get to it.
Steal Like An Artist is a part muse, part shopping list for creative types that need a kick in the heart. Whether you’re writing different variations of the same theme or stuck in a rut to rival The Devil’s Sinkhole, you need this book.
Austin hails from Austin (no really), Texas. He writes, he draws and he is the author of those gorgeous newspaper black out poems floating around Tumblr.
Kleon also gives talks on writing, creativity and the state of art in the digital age, in his TED talks (from 2010 and 2012 respectively) he talks about art, writers, blogging, and building a readership.
What makes a great poet or a great artist? Kleon talks imitation and the ancestry of influence.
So if you’re parked in front of a blank screen, cursing the cursor, give Austin Kleon a try. He won’t disappoint.