Konchoks thoughts from in between

Don’t you see how, one by one, death has come for all your kind? And yet you slumber on so soundly, like a buffalo beside its butcher.
-Shantideva
newyorker:

Ben Mauk on the case of Ai Weiwei’s “million-dollar” broken vase: http://nyr.kr/1jFqhwR

“Stories of vandalism, destruction, forgery, and theft fascinate us because they are such tidy allegories of our relationship to art, a relationship that, at least since the time of the Armory Show, has consisted of a bizarre admixture of suspicion, discomfort, and occult reverence. Today, these attitudes are neatly characterized by the large fortunes that art sometimes commands.”

Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

newyorker:

Ben Mauk on the case of Ai Weiwei’s “million-dollar” broken vase: http://nyr.kr/1jFqhwR

“Stories of vandalism, destruction, forgery, and theft fascinate us because they are such tidy allegories of our relationship to art, a relationship that, at least since the time of the Armory Show, has consisted of a bizarre admixture of suspicion, discomfort, and occult reverence. Today, these attitudes are neatly characterized by the large fortunes that art sometimes commands.”

Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

(Source: newyorker.com)

lousagar:


"Everything is Art, Everything is Politics."

lousagar:

"Everything is Art, Everything is Politics."

chinesecharacters:

Ilham Tohti, economist and critic of the economic development model in Xinjiang, figured prominently in a chapter of Chinese Characters. He has been arrested on suspicion of “breaking the law” and advocating violent protest among Uighurs. Ananth Krishnan gives and update on the case on PRI’s The World.

(via mollierodriguez)

The Bride in a Gown

Many finally found Jesus
Inside a Buddhist temple.
Some found the real Buddha
Serving quietly in a soup kitchen.
Others found themselves…
Sitting on a rubbish dump.
Some, unsuccessful,
Gave up the search.
Some, successful,
Gave up the search.
The rest are ruminating Rumi,
Washing up after the meditation
And falling in love with love
In all its ceremonial gowns.

Ken Holmes, January 2014

globalvoices:

There are only several hundred elephants in Laos today, a country which was once known as the ‘land of the million elephants’. Animal welfare groups vow to save the elephants
Saving Elephants in Laos

globalvoices:

There are only several hundred elephants in Laos today, a country which was once known as the ‘land of the million elephants’. Animal welfare groups vow to save the elephants

Saving Elephants in Laos