- The 57 steps
The second of this academic year’s four terms at LISPA finished last week. I think everyone has found it a difficult term, and I’ve been very up and down from one day to the next.
- Try now, judge later
One thing I need to get past at college is my negativity. And cynicism. And self-consciousness. And sarcasm. And all my other related, deeply ingrained “talents” as I like to think of them. Since I started taking acting classes I’ve known these things can cause problems and the more I do, the more I appreciate how much they can hold me back. Thankfully I’m also occasionally managing to get past them, briefly.
- Optimism and creativity
All that thinking about my own cynicism and how it affects me at college was happening over a little stream of thought that’s been babbling away for a few months about the position of optimism in creativity. When I went to see the V&A’s Modernism exhibition last year I was struck by how utopian so much of their efforts had been. It wasn’t just square buildings and metal chairs, but an effort to make the world a better place and, I assume, they believed they could. Although it seems more than a little over optimistic in retrospect, given that whole Holocaust/global war thing that happened afterwards, it still felt exciting and I still wanted to believe it could work.
- LRB notes
If I come across a passage in a London Review of Books article I want to keep, I turn down the corner and tear the edge of the page in line with the paragraphs in question. Saves finding a pen. Here’s a little backlog of three passages I wanted to save…
- Larval masks and animals
Hell, three weeks into the third (of four) terms already and not a word from me about it. Time to put that quickly to rights. Here’s what we’ve been up to…