Jennifer Michael Hecht, from Stay: A History of Suicide and Philosophies Against It
Upon hearing the news of Robin Williams’ death last night, I offer these necessary words from the closing chapter of Ms. Hecht’s book. Read the final chapter here and listen to Krista Tippett’s interview with the historian-philosopher-poet.
For me the choice is sometimes daily and at other times hourly…..
America says goodbye to a radio icon.
"Learn by heart the forms to be found in nature, so that you can use them like notes in a musical composition. That is what these forms are for. Nature is a marvelous chaos, and it is our job and our duty to bring order into that chaos and — to perfect it. Leave it to others to puzzle over old books on geometry or the problems of higher mathematics. We are going to enjoy the forms we see before our eyes."
— Max Beckmann, “Drei Briefe an Eine Malerin” (1948)
(Photo of a woman looking at Max Beckmann paintings at Hypo-Kunsthalle in Munich by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Yes, these beaches are beautiful, but they’re also places where history was made.
Top: Two months after Pearl Harbor, a Japanese submarine shelled the oil fields off the coast of Santa Barbara’s Ellwood Beach.
Middle: On the beach of San Salvador in the Bahamas, a white cross marks the the landfall of Christopher Columbus’ journey to the Americas
Bottom: Buccaneer Cove is a rocky pool in the Galápagos Islands, where Charles Darwin famously studied in 1835.
Street artist and French photographer JR was commissioned by the French government to plaster photos of ordinary people throughout the Panthéon, so they may “enter the temple devoted to illustrious men” like Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Émile Zola. For the final installation, JR installed 4,160 anonymous faces on the scaffolding on the exterior of the landmark, and within the mausoleum itself.
For more: Inside Out installment
Excellent question….however, I do not recall much up until the time of my 2nd sisters birth when I was 5. I have to ponder this some.