We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom..

Life &Poetry | 21 Jul 2015

The Journey

Mary Oliver’s perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death. “Do you love this world?” she interrupts a poem about peonies to ask the reader. “Do you cherish your humble and silky life ?”

She makes us see the extraordinary in our everyday lives, how something as common as light can be “an invitation/to happiness, and that happiness, when it’s done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive.”

Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.

It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver in New and Selected Poems–

Life &Poetry | 27 Mar 2015


In Memory of Wisława Szymborska


Wisława Szymborska created her own craft of writing and her own language that keeps distance from great historical events, the biological conditioning of human existence, the social role of the poet, and also from philosophical systems, ideologies, truths taken on faith, habits, stereotypes and inhibitions. Hers is a language of compassion for those who have been wronged, yet it is also an expression of delight at the beauty of human life with its keen beauty, illogicality and tragedy.

It is a language of well-considered judgments and muffled emotions, a language of lyricism controlled by a cold, fresh intellect, a language subjected to intellectual rigor that does not rule out sensitivity to the everyday attractions of existence.

It is a language that generally remains faithful to colloquial speech while subtly widening its lexical resources. It is a language of paradox, apparently simple, but nonetheless refined and full of layered metaphors.

Szymborska even wrote her own Epitaph not very long ago, a very contemporary vision of the attainment of peace in a digital world.

Here lies, old fashioned as parentheses,
the authoress of verse. Eternal rest
was granted her by earth, although the corpse
had failed to join the avant-garde, of course.
The plain grave? There’s poetic justice in it,
this ditty-dirge, the owl, the meek cornflower
Passerby, take your PC out, press “POWER,”
think on Szymborska’s fate for half a minute”

(Translated by Baranczak and Cavanaugh).

Art & Design | 27 Aug 2014


Discover the artist Dana Tanamachi-Williams listening to country music or collecting vintage packaging for inspiration while she works on any given number of projects within her newly-formed Brooklyn-based design firm.

Tanamachi Studio started modestly, but now Dana is adding clients like Oprah, Time Magazine, Nike, Burton, Target, and even Google to her roster.


DT Sketching

Tanamachi Studio

Architecture & Design | 05 Jul 2014

Emptiness to Infinity

Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity

From Emptiness to Infinity pays homage to one of the world’s most renowned architects, Japanese minimalist master Tadao Ando (born 1941), offering an exclusive glimpse into his work process. Ando is known for his creative implementation of natural light, his deft interweaving of interior and exterior space and for designing structures that elegantly evoke the contours of the landscape in which they are set.


Conceptually and aesthetically, his award-winning exposed concrete designs forge a link between traditional Japanese architecture, Zen and contemporary modernism, while also expressing his fundamental belief that “to change the dwelling is to change the city and to reform society.” Directed by Mathias Frick and produced by Susann Schimk and Jörg Trentmann, the film introduces viewers to his world-famous buildings and offers an exclusive look into his work process, as Ando shares his sources of personal inspiration and motivation and looks back over his 40-year career.


Published by Walther König, Köln
A Film by Mathias Frick.

Ando Thought

Langen Foundation building by Tadao Ando, Germany

Langen Foundation building by Tadao Ando, Germany

TADAO ANDO – Trailer from film moment

Literature | 18 Apr 2014

A Möbius Strip In Time

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love.. Space was changed and time corrected by the designs of his absolute will..

We the inventors of tales, who will believe anything, feel entitled to believe that it is not yet too late to engage in the creation of the opposite utopia. A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die, where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.

Gabriel García Márquez,

García Márquez maps out the spiritual geography of a fictional Latin America, intercutting the fates of his individual characters with the social history of a country beset by biblical plagues and civil wars; and in doing so, he sets forth a cyclical vision of time in which everything that happens emerges as a variation on earlier events, earlier lives.

Márquez mythologized the history of an entire continent, while at the same time creating a Rabelaisian portrait of the human condition as a febrile dream in which love and suffering and redemption endlessly cycle back on themselves on a Möbius strip in time.


Art & Design &Music | 08 Mar 2014

Ears Have Eyes

Vinyl Cover Art – Champions of vinyl, The Electric Recording Company have been meticulously recreating rare vinyl LPs, making perfect copies of the originals without digital interference.LPs out of a North London Studio.

This video provides a fascinating insight into the artisan skill and techniques used in reproducing the packaging in a purely analogue way, as described by Phil Abel.

Pl watch an in-depth look at the technical and artistic care behind the project.

There are certain recordings in the classical music canon that are exceptional. And many that are exceptionally rare, especially in their original old-fashioned vinyl format. But to some collectors, the vinyl LP is still the ultimate expression of this music, a format never bettered in terms of reproduction and quality of natural sound.

 Recreating rare vinyl

Close-up of vinly cutter


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