Cat Soup

Cat Soup

Cat Soup (Nekojiru-So, 2001) “is an animated short film directed by Tatsuo Sato.
The surreal black comedy follows an anthropomorphic kitten on his travel to the land of the dead and back in an effort to save his sister’s soul.”.

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Don’t teach children

Don’t teach children
don’t teach them your morality
It’s so tired and sick
might hurt
Maybe it’s a serious imprudence
leave them at the mercy of a false consciousness.

Don’t praise the thinking
that’s increasingly rare
Don’t show for them
a known road
But if you really want
teach only the magic of life.

Ring around the rosey,
the world changes.

Don’t teach children
don’t disclose social illusions
Don’t fill their future
of old ideals
The only safe thing is to keep them away
from our culture.

Do not magnify the talent
that is ever more off
Don’t introduce them to beautiful singing, to theater, to dance
But if you really want
tell them the dream of an ancient hope.

Don’t teach children
but cultivate yourselves the heart and the mind
Stay always near them
Give trust to love
the rest is nothing.

Ring around the rosey,
the world changes.

Giorgio Gaber: Non insegnate ai bambini (Don’t teach children, 2003)

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“I love acting. It is so much more real than life.”

(Oscar Wilde, Reality Is Unrealistic)

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clich├ęs.

Tropes transcend television. They exist in life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.”.

TV Tropes: “a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.”.

The cashless man

“The morning I finally decided to give up using cash, the whole world changed.”.

“While feeding the stove with broken-up old vegetable boxes, I would watch the moon rise in winter and the sun set in summer for the time it took to prepare my evening’s repast.
Birds in the trees around my kitchen became my new iPod, and observing wildlife taught me much more about nature than any documentary I’d seen on the television.”.
(Mark Boyle)

From The Guardian: My year of living without money, by Mark Boyle.

Straw man

“A straw man is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue.
The straw man fallacy occurs in the following pattern:

  1. Topic A is under discussion.
  2. Topic B is introduced under guise of being equivalent to topic A.
  3. A participant (usually the one who introduced B) attacks B, as if it were A.”.

(from Wikipedia)

NYC Grid

NYC Grid is an exploration and documentation of New York neighborhoods, street by street and block by block.

When and if the Empire State Building is ever disassembled, there will be no shortage of photos and videos to remind historians what made the building special.
But what about the blue door on West 4th, the old sign on 79th, the curved wall on E10th.
These are the things that may only be photographed once every few years, and sometimes only by mistake.

This is simply a snapshot: New York as we live in it now.”.

Broadway Between Exchange Pl and Pine St
42nd St Between Lexington Ave and Vanderbilt Ave Sitting on a bus as it zips around town is one of the worst ways to get a feel for Manhattan.
You don’t get to see the shops, you don’t get to smell the food, you don’t get to even see the texture on the cobblestones.
New York is a walking city, it’s that simple.”.
(Paul Sahner)

Top, right: Broadway Between Exchange Pl and Pine St.
Bottom, left: 42nd St Between Lexington Ave and Vanderbilt Ave. By Paul Sahner.
Pictures released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works license.

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Today’s Inspiration

During the second half of the 1950’s, Joe Bowler was one of the best and most popular illustrators at the Charles E. Cooper Studio.
Bowler did work for all the major magazines, and was especially well liked by the art directors of the women’s mags for his beautiful paintings of romantic couples.”.
Joe Bowler
Harry Anderson Harry Andersonworks directly from nature or from color slides.
He makes no preliminary sketch.
After he has tentatively finished a painting, he turns its face against a wall for several days and then brings it out for a fresh look.
He may examine it upside down or in a mirror to detect any flaws.”.
(Norman Kent, 100 Watercolor Techniques)

Today’s Inspiration: a blog and a collection on Flickr by Leif Peng.
“For those with an interest in illustration from the 40’s and 50’s.”.

Top, right: Joe Bowler, Art Directors Annual cover, detail, 1952.
Bottom, left: Harry Anderson, watercolor, from the Collection of the Society of Illustrators.

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