“The lives of artists are more fragile than their creations. The poet Ovid was exiled by Augustus to a little hell-hole on the Black Sea called Tomis, but his poetry has outlasted the Roman Empire. Osip Mandelstam died in a Stalinist work camp, but his poetry has outlived the Soviet Union. Federico García Lorca was killed by the thugs of Spain’s Generalissimo Francisco Franco, but his poetry has survived that tyrannical regime.
We can perhaps bet on art to win over tyrants. It is the world’s artists, particularly those courageous enough to stand up against authoritarianism, for whom we need to be concerned, and for whose safety we must fight” (New York Times)
– although I will have to reconcile myself to the sad,beautiful fact that I’ll never get to read everything I want (NPR) ;
yesterday was Judgement Day as prophesied in the Terminator series when the machines would rise up and bring about the end of human society as we know it (BBC)
– Europeans are happier when they have a day off while Americans would rather be working those extra hours, according to a new study (3quarksdaily)
– maybe Americans should listen to Umair Haque:
if it’s the city at the other end of the economic world we wish to reach — the shining city on a hill we once called prosperity, a conception of richness that, resonantly American, was never merely about hands grabbing at wealth, but about imagining, building, and creating lives that were authentically richer — then we might just have to get serious not merely about what it is we don’t do, but what we will do differently tomorrow than we have done for the last several decades (Harvard Business Review)
– and also to Brad Feld, a venture capitalist who gave some pertinent advice to a group of MBA students:
Don’t worry about money right now. You can always get a job that pays you plenty of money. Don’t worry about your resume. Don’t worry about “am I positioning myself the right way for something five years from now.” I know way too many 45 year olds who have plenty of money, have done all the right career things, yet are unhappy with where they are in life, where they live, and what they do. Don’t be that guy or gal (FeldThoughts)
Despite living in the US for five years, I am very jealous of my London colleagues who get both Easter Monday and the day of the royal wedding off, so my European roots are still showing.