In his first film role after the war, Christopher Lee was required to act being shot. His performance, based on his wartime experience, was badly received and he was told to try again. Obstinately, he stuck with his realistic approach. But when he saw the result on screen: ‘It was plain to me that there was one great fault in all the deaths I’d witnessed in the real world. The people who died were all novices. They’d had no practice.’
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Perception is a weird thing. Lawrence Durrell saw Hydra as a ‘great horned toad’ but Henry Miller thought it resembled a ‘huge loaf of petrified bread’. Niko Ghika painted it as a series of neat white and orange squares.
The minimalist Fumio Sasaki 'confesses that as he began to purchase fewer consumer goods, his meals shrank in size. He decluttered and lost weight. Accumulation is not just an economic way of life but a form of embodiment too. Enlightenment is reduction.'
'The river’s desecration mirrors Colombia’s long history of violence: "for years we treated it like a sewer," says Ahmed, a survivor of a particularly brutal paramilitary massacre, "just like we treated each other".'
Patrick Wilcken on the Magdalena.