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."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Wish That's All He Did...George W Bush Paints



Karl Rove, a senior adviser to George W Bush, October 2004:

"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."  


George W. Bush, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's friend, is in the news again.

He has been busy making his own "new realities", this time not with his verbal strokes, like WMD or War-on-terror,  but with his paint-brush.


Artist: George W. Bush

Courtesy: AP


A lot of people, as usual led by Jon Stewart, are having a lot of fun.

Political leaders making art is one of my favourite subjects. It has appeared on this blog twice earlier: once for Mr. Bal Thackeray and once for Mr. Winston Churchill.

My wish:  they only did the art instead of politics. I feel the same for Mr. Bush.

And as is typical of Bush. he has been accused of using Google image search for his inspiration and not his actual meetings with the leaders or the White House photo archive, if one exists.



Artist: Charles E. Martin, The New Yorker, 6 February 1954



Artist: Kipper Williams


courtesy: Spectator, UK, April 2014

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