Virginia, writing as a faith act

220px-Virginia_Woolf_1927Virginia Woolf, 25.1.1882 – 28.3.1941, Single of the Day





(…) But she lives; for great poets do not die; they are continuing presences; they need only the opportunity to walk among us in the flesh. This opportunity, as I think, it is now coming within your power to give her. For my belief is that if we live another century or so—I am talking of the common life which is the real life and not of the little separate lives which we live as individuals—and have five hundred a year each of us and rooms of our own; if we have the habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think; if we escape a little from the common sitting–room and see human beings not always in their relation to each other but in relation to reality; and the sky. too, and the trees or whatever it may be in themselves; if we look past Milton’s bogey, for no human being should shut out the view; if we face the fact, for it is a fact, that there is no arm to cling to, but that we go alone and that our relation is to the world of reality and not only to the world of men and women, then the opportunity will come and the dead poet who was Shakespeare’s sister will put on the body which she has so often laid down. Drawing her life from the lives of the unknown who were her forerunners, as her brother did before her, she will be born. As for her coming without that preparation, without that effort on our part, without that determination that when she is born again she shall find it possible to live and write her poetry, that we cannot expect, for that would he impossible. But I maintain that she would come if we worked for her, and that so to work, even in poverty and obscurity, is worth while.”  (A room on your own)


Vivian Maier, the unknown master street photographer

vivian_maier_self_portrait_2Vivian Maier (1.21926 – 21.4.2009), Single of the Day





150.000 clicks, no fame, solitude and passion, a reporter of life, just for herself.

A Milano, Forma Galleria, Via Meravigli, fino al 31 gennaio per scoprirla o riscoprirla…per sempre.

per saperne di più:

Happy Birthday Mrs. Maier, we toast to you at a Century from your birth.

June 1953, New York, NY


Il Tao nell’acqua

1501668Alan Wilson Watts 6.1.1915 – 16.11.1973, Single of the Day


“La maggior parte di noi credono per sentirsi sicuri, per dare valore e significato alla loro vita individuale. Credere è dunque un tentativo di aggrapparsi alla vita, di afferrarla e tenersela stretta. Ma è impossibile capire la vita e i suoi misteri se si cerca di afferrarla. Non la si può afferrare, proprio come non si può portar via un fiume in un secchio. Se cerchiamo di mettere nel secchio l’acqua che scorre, è chiaro che non la capiamo e che resteremo sempre delusi, perché nel secchio l’acqua non scorre. Per ‘avere’ l’acqua che scorre dobbiamo lasciarla andare e lasciarla scorrere. Avviene la stessa cosa per quanto riguarda la vita e Dio”.

Buon Compleanno Signor Watts!