The Divine Image

William Blake’s Reward   Twirled between forefinger and thumb, the daisy became a wheel in the little boy’s imagination; arcing overhead at arm’s length, it was the sun wheeling across a pale blue sky, its golden disk radiating white hot… Read More ›

With a Sling and a Stone

Michelangelo’s Approach to the Ordeal   The marble not yet carved can hold the form Of every thought the greatest artist has, And no conception ever comes to pass Unless the hand obeys the intellect. — from “Sonnet XV” by… Read More ›

The Mind’s I

The Mind’s I Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul Composed and arranged by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett (1981) In this collection of essays, both fiction and nonfiction, Hofstadter and Dennett explore the writings of others whose… Read More ›

Godel, Escher, Bach

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter (1999) In this, the Twentieth-anniversary Edition of Hofstadter’s seminal work, we learn “how it is that animate beings can come out of inanimate matter” through “strange loops” of symbolic… Read More ›

Art & Fear

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking David Bayles and Ted Orland (1993) Every now and then a book comes along that, like The Inner Game of Tennis, seems universally applicable even though it focuses on… Read More ›