Friday, January 21, 2011

John Berger


This, my current read, is proving the most engaging text I have read for some time.
On the back cover Berger writes,'The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the new world order. . . .  I've never written a book with a greater sense of urgency'
Drawing on a deep understanding and sensitivity to artistic activity Berger weaves profound truths from a very wide and varied group of witnesses. Cave painters, Vija Celmins, Degas and others who are brought to testify to a communion between people that can defy time and space. Away from cleverness and popularity there are human meetings occurring with an integrity that will resound over ages. Berger speaks to the heart with a quiet conviction that is compelling. He restores belief in emotional honesty and artistic truths.
I have found The Shape of a Pocket  a very refreshing work in these days of 'popular' books