Posted by: Ariel | March 7, 2012


It’s an open question whether our lives are better when we cram more stuff into them. It’s commonly repeated wisdom that we ought to live life with a sense of urgency, as if our lives – instead of growing longer and longer – were like the final period in a hockey game with the time ticking down to zero. But as we learned to do things quicker, as a species, we didn’t just do more of the same old. Inevitably it seems, a new piece of technology meant to aid in one task actually results in ten more tasks we have to do.

So we could debate all day the finer points of quality living, but this post is about appreciating art – one of the things we’re in danger of losing as we make ourselves busier and busier. Regina Spektor‘s new song All The Rowboats is wonderfully clever, sharp, and urgent as it mocks museum paintings for being unable to live or change, condemning them to a stately eternal death by boredom. On the other hand, Gilad’s The City Beneath The City has a beautiful contrast between motion and still life, permanence and transitoriness, orange and green. Plus it’s the Metro! Hometown shoutout. I love being able to travel, but I can’t seem to escape the fact that the more I can travel, the more I do travel and the less time I spend actually doing things. This is the idea of induced travel, which is applicable to more than just transportation. Maybe the more buttons we’re given to push, the more buttons we push and the less time we spend living. No matter which way you look at it, “there’s a price to pay, and a consequence.”

The City Beneath the City

by `Gilad


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