Kwame Anthony Appiah - Cosmopolitanism - More Quotes

We have some internet connection issues and now have reasons for a lag in posting (so nix the intro to our previous post). We only have time to throw out quotes from current reading.

From Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers:

"Conversations...begin with the sort of imaginative engagement you get when you read a novel or watch a movie or attend to a work of art that speaks from some place other than your own. So I'm using the word 'conversation' not only for literal talk but also as a metaphor for engagement with the experience and ideas of others. And I stress the role of the imagination here because the encounters, properly conducted, are valuable in themselves. Conversation doesn't have to lead to consensus about anything, especially not values; it's enough that it helps people get used to one another."

Crispin Sartwell - The Art of Living

There's no real explanation as to why the posts here have been lagging - just the usual excuses about busyness and such. We are reading and discussing and scheming. For now we can throw some quotes your way...

Two nuggets from Sartwell's The Art of Living: Aesthetics of the Ordinary in World Spiritual Traditions:

"...the idea is not to become artists or appreciators of art, but to realize we already are artists and appreciators of art. When we are listening to popular music on the radio on the way home from work, we are listening to art that is more typical of and more organically connected to our culture than anything in a museum. When we enjoy a well designed and written advertisement, when we watch a baseball game on television, when we raise our children with devoted care, when we work in absorption in our gardens, we are authentically experiencing art."

"[the Japanese tea ceremony]...is precisely an art of life, an art of eating and drinking and talking and loving nature and other human beings, it encapsulates the basic point of this book: that between life and art no decision is necessary, that we can live our art, that life and art are intimately connected and at their best moments identical."

LeisureArts Curatorial Championship: Final Matchup

It's No.1 vs. No. 1 for the Title



The seeding committee apparently did a great job with its selections as we have two number one seeds facing off in the championship game.

Now we'll see who's really No. 1.
[Ralph Rugoff], the top overall seed in the
[LeisureArts Curatorial] tournament, and [Jens Hoffmann], rolled into Monday night's championship game.

After a tournament filled with nail-biters, Saturday night's games were downright pedestrian. [Jens Hoffmann] beat [Simon Sheikh] despite some foul trouble. [Ralph Rugoff] romped to a victory over [Joseph del Pesco].

It will be a title game rematch of sorts. Rugoff left the CCA Wattis Institute for the Hayward Gallery and was replaced by Hoffmann (at the Wattis). Now these two will fight it out to determine which is the top curator.


It all began here.