Montgolfiere Weekly

An exploration of culture in its many forms


November 2015

Tweeting the west wind

by Pat Rich

One of my main activities on social media for the last few years has been to follow on Twitter the life of a man who dies each year and is then reborn to die again the following year.

No, not him.

I’m referring to perhaps Canada’s only truly iconic artist — Tom Thomson. Continue reading “Tweeting the west wind”

Small Appreciations

Just Kids by Patti Smith

It’s the commitment that is the most striking aspect of Patti Smith’s memoir. That is, her commitment to the pursuit of art through hunger, sleeping rough and squalid living conditions in New York in the late sixties and the beginning of the seventies. That commitment was inspired by a rare family trip to the Museum of Art in Philadelphia when she was 12, where “…secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.” Continue reading “Small Appreciations”

Interesting links

Search on for “Soviet-era bootleg music recorded on discarded X-ray plates” to find a short piece about how “[u]nable to get hold of vinyl, the audio dissidents used home-made lathes to press recordings onto X-ray plates salvaged from hospitals.” There is a link to X-RAY AUDIO, Continue reading “Interesting Links”

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