Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Essay: "Fatigue and Unrest." John Jay Chapman.

One-minute review: Our leisure has become shortened because we have lost our taste for the past.


“The writers strive to docket the past, hold it down, and teach something over its dead body.”

“Hurry was born the day that steam was invented.”

“It is the slow pace of the older pictures, music and fiction that so bores the futurists. They cannot bear the quietude, the heavy calm of Claude Lorraine, Beethoven or Walter Scott. Quietude irritates….”

“The worst augury for futurism is that it looks toward the future, and patronizes the past; whereas the votaries of every art that has come to greatness have always worshiped the past.”

“Our art talk today is small talk.”

“The humanists of the Renaissance envisaged the classics en bloc as a refining influence.”

American Essays. Ed. Charles B. Shaw. A Pelican Mentor Book. New York: The New American Library. 1948.

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