Artist Francis Bacon’s Conflicted and Creative Life, Illustrated

by Maria Popova “It’s all so meaningless, we may as well be extraordinary.”   David Lynch has called legendary British artist Francis Bacon (October 28, 1909–April 28, 1992) “the main guy, the number one kinda hero painter.” Like Lynch’s films, Bacon’s paintings compel the way a scene from a nightmare does — a scream piercingContinue reading “Artist Francis Bacon’s Conflicted and Creative Life, Illustrated”

The Oldest Living Things in the World

The Oldest Living Things in the World: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science and Philosophy by Maria Popova What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life.   “Our overblown intellectual faculties seem to be telling us both that we are eternal and that we are not,” philosopherContinue reading “The Oldest Living Things in the World”