Saturday, June 09, 2007

Thought for the Day

The art of our century is that of collage, involving quotation, parody, cultural inventory. Collage is by genre and by strategy the art of still life, which begins as a duplication of reality in an image, grows into an enduring depiction of symbolically interacting objects in the service of one sentiment or another, and in our time takes on a new significance as a way of deploying dramatic information (as in the hundreds of still lifes in Ulysses) or as the only way of stating the new enigma of reality that came in with the century.

-from Guy Davenport, Objects on a Table: Harmonious Disarray in Art and Literature (Counterpoint, 1998), p.107

I must get to work on something, but the excitement of the past few days has thrown me off a bit.

I haven't an idea in my head!

The older I get, the more important an uninterrupted writing routine becomes.


Blogger Robert said...

That's a great quote. I guess it's kind of obvious when you think about it, but I'd never thought of it before--the connection between collage and still life. I think it suggests something about the limitations of collage. And by the way, congrats on the prize!

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