Last night my family saw Bella Rumore in concert; they’re an excellent electric violin quartet that did a wide variety of rock covers (you’ve never really heard “Back in the USSR” or “Smells Like Teen Spirit” until you’ve heard them on a viola and cello). The little kids all ran around and danced in the orchestra area, and the wife and I got to relax. I see they’re playing the Reed Whipple Cultural Center in November; that goes on the calendar now.
They played as part of the Movies, Moonlight, and Music series at the Rainbow Library (where, as you know if you read my last post, due to my North Las Vegas residency, I now have to sit at the back of the bus). My wife said it was her favorite show that we’ve seen there.
Anyway, while this cross-genre extravaganza titilated our aural sensibilities, my thoughts turned to art and I was reminded of Terry Teachout’s great running feature of throwing up random quotes he comes across, and I thought this might be a good way for me to share more material, balance out my categories, and have a more regular routine myself. I’ve wondered if this blog isn’t more popular because it covers so many topics–there’s something for everyone, but the whole package might only appeal to me. Should I break it up and start a bunch of smaller blogs?
The answer is no. I hate the idea of compartmentalizing my life, and I love the idea of mashing all this variety together so that fans of one area might strike out to new territory and explore something else. A weekly quote collection might be a great way to do that. OK, enough said.
Rembrandt, “Aristotle Contemplating Bust Of Homer”
A cautionary tale about selling out…
EDUCATION: “Today we have discovered a powerful and elegant way to understand the universe, a method called science; it has revealed to us a universe so ancient and so vast that human affairs seem at first sight to be of little consequence….science has found not only that the universe has a reeling and ecstatic grandeur, not only that it is accessible to human understanding, but also that we are, in a very real and profound sense, a part of the Cosmos, born from it, our fate deeply connected with it.” Carl Sagan, Cosmos
The wonder of discovery…
HUMOR: “We constantly see surveys that reveal this ignorance, especially among our high school students, 78 percent of whom, in a recent nationwide multiple-choice test, identified Abraham Lincoln as ‘a kind of lobster.’ That’s right: more than three quarters of our nation’s youth could not correctly identify the man who invented the telephone.” Dave Barry, Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort Of History Of The United States
If it were up to me, this would be required reading in U.S. History classes
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE: “Sleep comes to you each day, and so does the muse. She comes softly and quietly, behind your left ear or in a corner of the next room. Her words are whispers, her ideas shifting renditions of possibilities that have not been resolved, though they have occurred and reoccurred a thousand times in your mind. She, or it, is a collection of memories not exactly your own.” Walter Mosley, “For Authors, Fragile Ideas Need Loving Every Day,” from Writers On Writing: Collected Essays From The New York Times
LIVING WELL: “Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wilderness….We can never have enough of Nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed…” Henry David Thoreau, Walden
POLITICS AND SOCIETY: “It is necessary that there be an unpopular institution in our midst that sets clarity above well-being or compassion.” Allan Bloom, The Closing Of The American Mind
I’m willing to step up to the plate…
RELIGION: “Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church 5:134
Just in this scanty collection of quotes from diverse sections of the library, we can see strong strains of integrated, multi-disciplinary thought. And it is good.