Calgary Arts Development

Everything is Illuminated

I found this on the Calgary Arts Development website this morning.  First of all, I really enjoyed Jonathan Safran Foer’s books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  If you haven’t picked them up yet, you may wish to.  It’s the number as well as the context of the voices that Safran Foer uses that most intrigues me and as you come to the end of his work, you feel as though you’ve been on a journey.

I haven’t seen Everything is Illuminated…and the other film is coming out in December!  Here are the trailers.

Terry Rock includes in his blog entry of November 10, this quote.  I found this such a powerful analogy as I was skimming various resources on line, looking for work that will somehow connect me with the arts.  It is a disheartening thing when I can find work as a flag girl paying almost $25.00 an hour directing traffic around massive construction puzzles, but that opportunities in the arts are few and not so lucrative.  I’m not meaning to open up that entire ‘public arts’ and ‘arts grants’ tirade again…simply put, I just felt that the Safran Foer quote was perfect and spoke to my heart.

“As our City Council embarks on a few weeks of budget deliberations, confronting tough choices on how to spend limited public dollars to continue building Calgary as “a great place to make a living, a great place to make a life,” (from Imagine Calgary) I’m reminded of one of my favorite exchanges in literature:”

I bought you some books in Lutsk, he told her, shutting the door on the early evening and the rest of the world.

We can’t afford these, she said, taking the heavy bag. I’ll have to return them tomorrow.

But we can’t afford not to have them. Which can we not afford more, having them or not having them? As I see it, we lose either way. My way, we lose with the books.

– A conversation between Yankel and Brod in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated

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