Monday, 28 April 2008

wee Callum made a photographic still life in the 'vanitas' tradition for his school art project. Here's a sixteenth century example by Pietr Claesz:


And here's Callum's (note the cellphone):


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We're still arguing about Wertham in Friday's comments. I just posted this in case you want to go and join in:

You know what is the absurd thing about all of this?

We say the issue is about the first amendment, that is: FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

And then we are outraged about something a man wrote in a book.

He didn't censor. He didn't recommend censorship., If somebody else extrapolated that from his writing, that is a completely separate issue.

The man wrote a book. He said what he had to say. He believed it. He published it.

It's not popular.

I like that.


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"Praying is like a rocking chair; it'll give you something to do, but it won't get you anyywhere."- Gypsy Rose Lee.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Hayley said...

Oi! That's me bastard skull! Cheeky fucker.

I hope your art teacher liked it better than mine did. Mine told me never to bring it to school again.

28 April 2008 3:17:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

Oi! That's me custard bowl!

28 April 2008 7:16:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous brad weber said...

Nice choice of background music. Is that a random book or does its title tie-in, too?

28 April 2008 10:26:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger SRBissette said...

Lovely work from Callum.

Bullshit Wertham retort from his pappy.

28 April 2008 10:51:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Kelly Kilmer said...

Love that quote...(Gypsy Lee)

28 April 2008 2:52:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

Brad-

The Wine-Dark Seas, by E. L. Wharton.

(I picked it off the shelf when he asked for an old book)

nothing random.

ever

28 April 2008 6:59:00 pm GMT-5  
Anonymous brad weber said...

nothing random. ever

I should have know.

Tried finding a copy of the book via several local library on-line catalogs. No soap. With luck it's available through interlibrary loan.

re: the Wertham debacle. I've gone a couple rounds with a friend who stated, "Wertham is well on his way to being utterly forgotten, both by history and pop culture. And as such, we should do nothing to slow that course from finishing itself out." The whole fray is documented here, if you or anyone else can stand to watch the car fire from another angle.

I couldn't leave well enough alone. I should have, but couldn't.

I am damned.

So, *cough*, thanks for that book title.

28 April 2008 8:07:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Nice Vanitas, Callum...

29 April 2008 6:48:00 am GMT-5  
Anonymous Inkstuds said...

nice bottle of laphroig.

I got a review copy of Monsieur Leotard, looks great.

29 April 2008 8:35:00 pm GMT-5  

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