For the photo enthusiast, there’s a wonderful review and assortment of photos to gaze at from the new Vivian Maier book, here, at The Online Photographer (TOP). Maier might be what photographers now refer to as a “street photographer.” She also happened to be a very private person, so it is something of a marvel that these photos were discovered at all. They could easily have disintegrated in storage.
Apparently, the book does her work justice, and if they say that on TOP, then I would tend to believe it. Recommended good stuff.
The pertinent Moby Dick quote:
Once more. Say you are in the country; in some high land of lakes. Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries- stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.
Just had the great pleasure of hearing Nathaniel Philbrick lecture on Melville. A great meditation on creativity, writing, etc. Inspired to go back to “Bartleby the Scrivener” as well as the formidable Moby Dick and companion pieces, Billy Budd and so forth.
Philbrick has the gift of making it all so accessible. I really appreciate the fact that he gets (what I always suspected was) Melville’s great sense of humor. His take — that the book, written a decade just before the civil war, often enjoys a resurgence during trying times, the first one just after World War I, because it is a work about cataclysm, foreboding, crucible.