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Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
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Classical Painting Atelier by Juliette Aristides
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Painting over the centuries has evolved from a craft using ground minerals with copying tools-- to a secretive art of methods on canvas -- through to today where there are many splinters and schools of thought using a wealth of digital and manual too ...more
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Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh
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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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How We Are by Vincent Deary
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The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
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Secret Knowledge by David Hockney
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On Kindness by Adam Phillips
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Color and Meaning by John Gage
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A classic, academic treatment of color, with a good overview of color from 1500s-mid-1900s. Quoted by many studying painters' use of color. Valuable for me were the descriptions of the various color theories used by Turner, Kandinsky, Matisse and Seu ...more
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Hokusai Katsushika
“From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive. May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.”
Hokusai Katsushika

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ben Okri
“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.”
Ben Okri

Karl Lagerfeld
“We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.”
Karl Lagerfeld

William Gibson
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
William Gibson, Neuromancer

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