Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Inspiration! Roundup: Tuna Comics, C.S. Lewis, five women, synesthesia, and more!

This Week's "I want to go to there":
Next week I'll be on an airplane! Okay, I am not particularly excited about the
airplane part of things, but I am STOKED about where I'll be heading.

Tunlaya Dunn Comics

Thai illustrator Tunlaya ("Tuna") Dunn creates funny and dark comics under the banner Tuna. Check them out!

The Most Beautiful Bookstore

I love a good bookstore. The long rows of books have a glow of possibility that is pretty much irresistible to me. I love theatres even more: a WHOLE SPACE devoted to imagination! A building where people gather to create and share stories! They are like magic!

So I am pretty stoked on this 100-year-old theatre in Argentina that got transformed into a bookstore.

Sharing Praise
“I had thought of praise in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honour. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise, unless shyness or the fear of boring others is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise—lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game…

I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds, praised most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praised least…. Praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.

I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: “Isn’t she lovely? Wasn’t it glorious? Don’t you think that magnificent?”

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation… the delight is incomplete until it is expressed…. [and] the worthier the object, the more intense this delight would be." 
-CS Lewis

Plant Trees, Not Bombs

Abdullah Arsala defied the Taliban and grew flowers for beauty, not for opium. Specifically, he grows roses and bitter orange to distill into essential oils, creating his own economy that is not connected to the war in Afghanistan.

Five Women, Five Distinct and Inspiring Humans

Did you know that Dior has its first female Executive Director EVER? Well, it does! And she is trying to celebrate the multi-facetedness (is that an invented word?) of womanhood and feminism by lifting up women from a variety of fields and sharing their stories.

Here are five women: two models, a neurologist, a chef, and an entrepreneur, all with their own definitions of felinity, strength, and what their jobs mean to them. I basically want to do a pull quote for every single thing they say on here, so just read the whole thing.

Experience Synesthesia

Most of us will never understand what it's like to experience synesthesia, the cognitive condition where sensory pathways mix and mingle, causing people to (for example) experience sound visually, seeing shapes and colours to accompany voices or music.

Artist Anne Patterson has given the rest of us the opportunity to get closer to the experience with her art installation Pathless Woods.


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