Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quote of the Day

The way to test a great work of art is to ask how it survives decontextualisation, transposition into a new context. One good definition of a classic is that it functions like the eyes of God in an Orthodox icon: no matter where you stand in the room, they seem to be looking at you. For instance, by far the best cinema version of a Dostoevsky novel is Akira Kurosawa's The Idiot, which is set in Japan after the Second World War with Myshkin played as a returning soldier. The point is not simply that we are dealing with an eternal conflict that appears in all societies but that, with each new context, a classic work of art seems to address the very specific qualities of that epoch.
Slavoj Zizek on the new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

Video of the Day: Did Coffee Fuel the Age of Enlightenment?

Tour de France Moment of the Day: TDF 2010 Stage 17 Finish