Classroom :: English

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gnarly Bay

For the most part I always enjoyed English class.  There’s always that one book that you can’t stand and then there are the books that stick with you for life.  For me it was One Hundred Years of Solitude, Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing and Havanaand The Great Gatsby that remain with me. I’ve read hundreds of books since finishing school but these are the ones that stand out to me since being made to read and discuss books in the classroom.

One of the many reasons I love these books, all books for that matter, is because they transport me to another place and time.  This video is that perfect blend of transporting the viewer to a new place and poetry.

Originality :: Life & Death

“The Boundaries which divide life from death

Are at best shadowy and vague.

Who Shall say where the one ends,

And where the other begins?”

Edgar Allan Poe

Saskia Kretzschmann

The topics of death seems to be a theme this time of year. The garden annuals are dying away, the days are getting darker and we celebrate holidays surrounding death- All-Hallows-Eve, Dia de los Muertos… you get the idea.

So did Edgar Allen Poe.  Perhaps this is not the most morbid interpretation of some of Poe’s work (because as anyone that knows anything about Poe, knows he wasn’t the most uplifting poet) yet I think this conveys this time of year perfectly.

Despite the depressing quality of his work, Poe seems to have described the gray line that separates us from life and death.  Though many have tried, there is no way of really knowing what separates us from the other side and what happens after we take our last breaths.  At the very least this short animation makes the grayness seem a little less daunting and actually makes it seem beautiful.

Originality :: Editing genius

I know that I have posted a video by this guy before, but I love his editing.  I can’t imagine how much footage he collects during his vacations to make his films.  Personally, when I’m on vacation, I try not to think about cameras or anything to do with work.  Obviously this guy has a gift in both capturing amazing footage and being very productive while vacationing.

So here you are, parts I and II of Italy.  Enjoy!

Matty Brown