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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Shakespeare's Sonnet 116


SONNET 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, 
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle's compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 


SONNET 116PARAPHRASE
Let me not to the marriage of true mindsLet me not declare any reasons why two
Admit impediments. Love is not loveTrue-minded people should not be married. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,Which changes when it finds a change in circumstances,
Or bends with the remover to remove:Or bends from its firm stand even when a lover is unfaithful:
O no! it is an ever-fixed markOh no! it is a lighthouse
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;That sees storms but it never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,Love is the guiding north star to every lost ship,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.Whose value cannot be calculated, although its altitude can be measured.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeksLove is not at the mercy of Time, though physical beauty
Within his bending sickle's compass come:Comes within the compass of his sickle.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,Love does not alter with hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.But, rather, it endures until the last day of life.
If this be error and upon me proved,If I am proved wrong about these thoughts on love
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.Then I recant all that I have written, and no man has ever [truly] loved.

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