The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki) directed by Mamoru Hosoda—a new discovery and maybe a new obsession—is simply divine. A sweet fable about choices with adorable and delightful characters.
Such is the art of small things that change everything, with no other ‘use’ than to please the eye and hand. –Olivier Saillard
On the dedication of artisans, their obsession with pretty objects and the joy of creating from start to finish.
Hearts and Crafts- Les mains d’Hermès
A glimpse into the world of the men and women who are the expert artisans and craftsmen behind the French luxury brand.
A film by by Frédéric Laffont and Isabelle Dupuy-Chavanat.
“This ‘fini’ which signals and signs the works of a French house is not obtained by high salaries. Only the friendly solidarity between the master and worker can pay and perpetuate it. We are old acquaintances Emile Hermès and I. It is a pleasure to listen to this man of experience, up on the terrace that crowns his house. While warming my shoulders in the autumn sun, I learn how Paris, abuzz with little noises, has worked unceasingly for the good name of Paris.”
Colette for Hermès.
A fantastic and funny lecture on creativity by John Cleese dated 1991.
Julian Barnes poignantly and perfectly describes what it feels like to go back home:
“I unpacked, readjusted, reported on my travels, familiarised myself again with the routines and smells, the small pleasures and large dullnesses of home.”
I care not how humble your bookshelf may be, nor how lowly the room which it adorns. Close the door of that room behind you, shut off with it all the cares of the outer world, plunge back into the soothing company of the great dead, and then you are through the magic portal into that fair land whither worry and vexation can follow you no more. You have left all that is vulgar and all that is sordid behind you.
There stand your noble, silent comrades, waiting in their ranks. Pass your eye down their files. Choose your man. And then you have but to hold up your hand to him and away you go together into dreamland.
Surely there would be something eerie about a line of books were it not that familiarity has deadened our sense of it. Each is a mummified soul embalmed in cere-cloth and natron of leather and printer’s ink. Each cover of a true book enfolds the concentrated essence of a man. The personalities of the writers have faded into the thinnest shadows, as their bodies into impalpable dust, yet here are their very spirits at your command.
Arthur Conan Doyle
— Albert Camus
last year this video left me breathless. this january it starts my 2013 with a bit of montreal magic.
The smart cover with detailed portraits of the characters is designed by Chicago artist, Anders Nilsen.