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Winter Landscape, by Keisai Eisen

Here’s something I didn’t know: this lovely print belongs to a genre of artwork called ukiyo-e, whose name translates literally as “pictures of the floating world.” They celebrated the the evanescent impermance of natural scenes and moments, but also of the heightened worlds of entertainment (kabuki, geisha). Because they could be mass-produced, they introduced ownable artwork to new classes of Japanese people.


Winter Landscape,” polychrome woodblock print by Keisai Eisen (1790–1848), from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Originally published at culture-making.com.


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Is there anything more tiresome, and yet oddly compelling, than the sub-sub-genre of blogging wherein one’s pedestrian but repeatable creative efforts in a given category are laid out, day after day, as a great cumulative achievement of artistry and time management? See, for instance: A Photo a Day. A Drawing a Day. A Heart a Day. A Song a Day. A Dog a Day. A Startup a Day. A Collection a Day. Et cetera.

Terraced Rice Field, Yunnan, China, photo by Thierry Bornier

Cultivation meets topography, this stunning landscape looks more like a geological map than somebody’s workplace.


Terraced Rice Field,” Yunnan, China, by Thierry Bornier, National Geographic Daily, 22 June 2010

Originally published at culture-making.com.

Forbidden fruits, delightful longings

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A few years ago, a friend of mine was going through U.S. customs at the Blackpool Border Crossing on the highway that runs south from Quebec into New York. He said he had nothing to declare, but then, as the sidearmed customs agent ran through the list of possible contraband (weapons? cash? drugs? agricultural products?), my friend made a fatal pause and then, the question repeated, fessed up: “I have some fruit in my backpack. Is there any way I can bring it in?”