G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

When will Google Feature Vasant Sarwate Doodle?

Today, February 3 2010, Google has on its homepage featured Norman Rockwell Doodle on the artist's 116th birth anniversary.

(Wiki: Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.)

I have loved Rockwell's work as long as I remember. Even when I did not know that it was his!

I was moved by Google's act. I thought it was a great way to honor the artist's memory and his work. (Will Indian corporates do this someday? So elegantly and matter-of-factly?)

Today also is another great artist Vasant Sarwate's (वसंत सरवटे) 83rd birthday.

I hope on some future February 3rd, Google will discover Sarwate and feature his Doodle.

If they want an artist similar to Rockwell, I recommend S D Phadnis (शि द फडणीस), Sarwate's close friend.