The name of this blog…
...comes from a comment
of photographer Walker Evans:
Stare. It is the way to educate your eye and more.
Die knowing something.
You are not here long.
Author Archives: JO
The New Yorker article I mentioned a while ago sent me on an interesting journey. Its subject, Steidl Verlag, a German publisher of quality art and photography books, is also the focus of a documentary film, “How to Make a … Continue reading
I couldn’t sleep one night a while ago and went to my study and looked for something to read. I took down Jack Kerouac‘s Vanity of Duluoz, which I inherited from my father, Ted Oster. Inside I found a piece of … Continue reading
In a used bookstore in St. Augustine, I found a copy of Thomas Merton’s The Sign of Jonas. As I’ve written, it was on my first visit to Mepkin in 2014 that I first read Merton’s The Seven-Storey Mountain. Jonas is a … Continue reading
It’s a new day today. The earlier post, despite its 25 May date, was written on 24 May. Later on 24 May, I wrote, on my MacBook Pro, the following: “Have you always been here?” The doorman or guard or … Continue reading
A New Yorker article about the German photography book publisher Gerhard Steidl quoted the artist Joseph Beuys: “The mistake has already begun when someone seeks to buy a stretcher and canvas.” I know almost nothing about Beuys, who according to … Continue reading
The months of the year in Irish: Eanáir (an er) – January, is a borrowing from Latin, as are janvier (French), enero (Spanish), januar (German). Feabhra (fow ruh) – February, is analogous with fevrier, febrero, februar (I know German isn’t a romance language; it’s a language I know … Continue reading