- Blank on Blank archives interviews by Leonard Lopate, who has been the host of The Leonard Lopate Show for almost 30 years. Their raison d’être is simple: to preserve the art of the interview and showcase the soundbites of history. You will find interview from Grace Kelly to Jane Goodall, and this pick from David Foster Wallace. Here’s David talking about ambition:
If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything. Because doing anything results in— It’s actually kind of tragic because it means you sacrifice how gorgeous and perfect it is in your head for what it really is.
- A recent survey has surfaced the decline of the signature. While years ago, a generation of youngsters were purchasing coloured gel pens and practicing their signatures, from the survey, 30% of 18-34 year olds admitted to having a “flexible signature”. That is, they don’t have one single calligraphic identity — one signature may be a squiggle, another an initial, or another just their first name. 64% stated it was because of the great amount of time that they spend on digital devices. It is certainly displeasing to see that a signature, which is a personal existential stamp, and semiotic device, is declining in usage and perceived importance. The future implication of this are unnerving to comprehend. Will for example, the digital trend render handwriting obsolete? While certainly, digital is greatly beneficial, there is a certain joy and privilege that comes from putting pen to paper.
- We all have that one pending item which seems to overstay its welcome on our to do lists, (not so) judiciously being pushed further down the list until we can’t even distinguish its rank of importance. This could be a sign that this task might need to face the guillotine.
- “Actually seeing people say one thing and — at the same time — write another is startling and surprising. We don’t expect that we would produce different words in speech and writing…It’s as though there were two quasi-independent language systems in the brain.”
- The world has too many songs, said Bob Dylan, unless “someone’s gonna come along with a pure heart and has something to say. That’s a different story.”
- After Frida Kahlo died in 1954 her husband Diego Riviera demanded that the artist’s belongings be locked away for 15 years, after his death. And so her belongings were locked away in a bathroom in the former couple’s Mexico City home. Diego died in 1957 but in 2004 the bathroom was unlocked, when photographer Ishiuchi Miyako photographed the contents. These photos are on display at Michael Hoppen gallery, London SW3, from 14 May to 12 July