I was sitting here tonight trying to remember what I wanted to link you guys to or talk about but I am quite honestly wrapped up in misty eyed happiness over the inauguration. So much so that I am drawing a blank.
So, I looked at the haiku comic I was about to post which touches on the fear of death and thought about how much fear has been crammed down our throats these last 8 years. I try to keep politics and such out of my tiny slice of the cyberspace, so I’m not going there, but in reflecting on fear and death I got to thinking about life and embracing change and newness despite the circumstances. That’s when I thought of the perfect book to recommend to you!
Last Christmas, a close friend mailed me ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me‘, a wonderful illustrated book that couples Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s paintings with Maya Angelou‘s poem of the same title. It reads something like a children’s book where each line is it’s own page with the colorful, whimsical, dreamlike paintings by Basquiat acting as illustrations. What makes it even more interesting to me is that the two artists did not work on this project together in any way. Editor, Sara Jane Boyers just matched the lines of the poem with a selection of Basquiat’s paintings, and not only does it work, it works beautifully.
Come to think of it, I wonder if this comic didn’t spring off of my recent re-reading of ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten me’ and the fact that I watched the film Basquiat for the fourth or fifth time just last week. Inspiration is funny like that. Half the time you aren’t even aware it’s happening.
Anyway, I hope you have an inspiring week devoid of fears and filled with hope.
I also hope you buy some Valentine/Anti-Valentine cards here. 😛