April 29, 2013

Philosophical Graffiti - Palais de Justice de Bruxelles

"Master of a body is not master of a life."
~ graffiti on the steps of the Palais de Justice de Bruxelles 2005. 

April 23, 2013

Photographs and The Pain of Others

Zimbabwe, 2000. AIDS sufferer in a tuberculosis ward
"This sleight of hand allows photographs to be both objective record and personal testimony, both a faithful copy or transcription of an actual moment of reality and an interpretation of that reality - a feat literature has long aspired to, but could never attain in this literal sense."
                                          ~Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

April 10, 2013

Romanesque Chapel and Daudet

“Oh, this terrible second me, always seated whilst the other is on foot, acting, living, suffering, bestirring itself. This second me that I have never been able to intoxicate, to make shed tears, or put to sleep. And how it sees into things, and how it mocks!”
                              ~ Alphonse Daudet

April 1, 2013

A Staircase in Niagara

"Ever been kicked?" 
"Might have been."
"Ever kicked down stairs?" 
"Decidedly not; once received a kick at the top of a staircase, and fell down stairs of his own accord." 
                                 ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities