On Rembrandt, Boredom, Chalk Art, and the Ozarks

Welcome to a new feature of Veritas Journal: Notæ.

For our readers’ enjoyment, we will be periodically passing on a set of links from journals, newspapers, like-minded blogs or other sources – a small compendium of items from the world wide web that have struck us over the course of the past few weeks.

Enjoy our first offerings below!

“A Portrait of Life Secluded in the Ozark Mountains,” By Coralie Kraft, in The New Yorker

It was the poetry of Frank Stanford that first drew the photographer Matthew Genitempo to the Ozarks. “When you take the lost road . . . / You find lovers who’ve been listening / For the same roosters to sing / For twenty centuries,” Stanford, who inhabited the mountainous region for most of his adult life, writes in his poem “Circle of Lorca.” “When you get lost on the road / You run into the dead.”

“Rembrandt in the Blood: An Obsessive Aristocrat, Rediscovered Paintings and an Art-World Feud,” by  Russell Shorto, in The New York Times Magazine

No one had spotted a new painting by the Dutch master for four decades — until the scion of a storied Amsterdam family found two.

“Opinion: Let Children Get Bored Again, by Pamela Paul,” The New York Times

Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.

“Educator Uses Extraordinary Chalkboard Drawing Skills to Teach Students Anatomy,” by  Leah Pellegrini for My Modern Met

Taiwanese illustrator and instructor Chuan-Bin Chung teaches his students about the most minuscule inner intricacies of the human body using an elementary material: chalk.

Anything that has awakened your wonder in the past few weeks?

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