Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A history of faking it

"We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight."

_Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things underground, and much more in the skies... Europe under the Soviets. How were its agricultural, conservative, religious regions forced behind the industrial, atheistic ... Iron Curtain? The Crushing of Eastern Europe History flows from geography. Place is everything. So says Robert Kaplan. What about the impact of ideas? They’re no match for high Tatra mountains and bohemian indian summers...

To see a Venice or Prague audience cowering as Rossini's feisty Rosina hurls darts at the wall in a rage—and makes a feint at the stalls—is to realise how powerful Aleksandra Kurzak's stage presence can be. A me dia dra gon soprano who loves to die

The brain likes a challenge—and putting a few obstacles in its way may well boost its creativity. JI takes a hard line ...

Without yarrow and camomile stuck to their teeth, the poor Neanderthals would have died of dietary boredom. Eats shoots and leaves clues