Sunday, February 15, 2015

Letting Hamlet inside your daily life

The main effect of reading Hamlet a 100 times was, counter-intuitively, that it lost its sense of cliche. 
"To be or not to be" is the Stairway to Heaven of theatre; it settles over the crowd like a slightly funky blanket knitted by a favorite aunt. Eventually, if you read Hamlet often enough, every soliloquy takes on that same familiarity. 
And so "To be or not to be"  resumes its natural place in the play, as just another speech. 
Which renders its power and its beauty of a piece with the rest of the work  

From Dickens, Imrich to Dave Eggers, writers have resisted familiar literary tropes as they reach for authenticity. Well and good, but it can make for a slippery read... Search for Authentic Cold Rivers
Commuting – traveling between home and work on a regular basis – takes all 
kinds of forms. Some people enjoy it, taking time out to ponder and reflect. Some go to great lengths to distract themselves, using modern
technology to read, listen to music, watch TV or perhaps even work. Some find the whole experience utterly tedious. There is a reported correlation between a person’s happiness and the brevity of their commute ... “if you wish to understand Sydney, Prague or even London ;-) or anyplace else, look no further than how people move through it. This goes not just for subways, but overground trains, buses, cycleways, rickshaws, and every mobility solution in between.” Daily Commute

The geniuses behind the best infographics are typically those with a rare confluence of ‘right-brain’ and ‘left-brain’ skills according to Steven Heller, co-chair of the MFA Design Department at the School  of Visual Art New York City. I think it’s the illusion of simplicity that gets me. The best images are easy to digest and eye-catching Images in our daily lives