La Sfida della Semplicita’

Tonight Giulia and I were admiring and discussing what I think is the nearly completed first great painting forged in the new studio.  I said to her:

It’s the unexpected simplicity in this painting that I like so much—it’s the most from the least—made of simple improvisations I could have never planned.  That’s the trick and the difficulty, finding the simplicity while maintaining a sense of spontaneity.

Low and behold, reading tonight’s news on the web, I stumble upon something Steve Jobs said in an interview from 1998:

That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.


Where is Odd Nerdrum?

Some insight into the recent conviction of Odd Nerdrum on charges of tax fraud.  A presentation that is rightly partisan and begs the question: what is the real motive behind the Norwegian government’s prosecution?  (Visit to voice your support.)

“The Power of Mathematics”

And I have to say, underlying everything that we’re talking about, in fact underlying everything I do with my entire life, pretty much, is a firm belief that mathematics is a sure-footed guide to how reality works. If that’s wrong, then all bets are off.

–Brian Greene, Physicist, from a fascinating interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

“Having a Life and Not a Career”

Most bizarre: I was re-watching the recent clip of Christopher Hitchens speaking with Andersen Cooper and I thought, good interview, then thought, speaking of good interviews, what’s Charlie Rose doing these days?… and there Charlie was with Christopher!

A must watch: Charlie Rose interviews Christopher Hitchens about his new memoir and his battle with cancer.