Monday, October 17, 2005


Brutus falling on ’s sword, out of Geffrey Whitney’s A Choice of Emblems (1586)
Brutus, in Julius Caesar:
Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream.
The Genius and the mortal instruments
Are then in council; and the state of a man,
Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection.

Thomas Ottaway, The Booke of Bombast & Chicanery (1602): “Just as Planetary Alignements maketh Humours Corporeal rise and abate and Fortunes Quotidian step forth and stumble, so Alignements Artistickal of Like and Unlike deliver Truth out of Concealments Bombastickal.”

Josef Sudek (1896-1976): “One of my first pictures was a sprinkler wagon pulled by horses. I threw the negative away—one should not do that. Many times I was sorry that I did not have it. Horses pulling a sprinkler wagon! That would be quite a rarity today.”

Josef Sudek’s motto: “Hurry slowly.”