There’s been enough coverage of the death of John Berger this last week, and this blogger can’t compete with the press coverage, so just an acknowledgement that he was an important (not perfect) presence in our cultural landscape this last 60 years or so. Yes - Ways of Seeing was his seminal work, but for me the less hyped A Fortunate Man offers us (you and me) a way of thinking, being and doing that should illuminate a more nuanced way of understanding the arts and health.
Jeremy Hunt - to bury or to praise?
“Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. S/he must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognise it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the running to spread the truth among such persons.”
Bertolt Brecht in Writing the Truth, 1935
For those of you who missed the last two weeks blog postings, if you have the inclination to scroll down, you’ll come across all sorts of unimaginable horrors including archive footage of arts/health narcissists, tempered by the delights of Alan Bennett and Pauline Boty and rounding off with gouttes anti-odeur de merde! Not to be sniffed at - go on - scroll down - give it a look!
Lloyds Bank Foundation
Question of the week: What is a sop?