Friday, January 30, 2009

Mood Enhancer for Enduring the Corrections

Someone asked me the other day how I sleep at nights...knowing the state of the economy, the art market, the world in general....

I answered that, personally, I get by on a steady diet of denial and Scotch.

When that doesn't help, I watch a video of a child laughing, and somehow that always makes me more optimistic:

Consider this an open thread on keeping things in perspective.

Labels: open thread


Blogger ruben said...

Sounds like a good diet to me!

1/30/2009 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

Two words: Cute Overload.

1/30/2009 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Tina Mammoser said...

Sherry is my tipple. :) Yes, a reminder of where I was a few yrs ago and that I was okay then is a coping method.

Along with msgs from a friend's partner who is filming in Cambodia. The things he's seeing there are truly a reminder that a recession is nothing to complain about.

1/30/2009 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger kalm james said...

I’ve had insomnia since 9/11. Got about four and a half hours last night, and booze just seems to exacerbate it. To sleep, I think of an Ad Reinhardt painting and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

1/30/2009 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

Did you see this?

1/30/2009 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

Kick Cute Overload to the curb and hie thee henceforth to Fuck You, Penguin.

1/30/2009 02:56:00 PM  
Blogger Stefano Pasquini said...

Spot on, Ed.

1/30/2009 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger pam farrell said...

I like your equation Ed, though my current drink is a bourbon manhattan with 2 cherries.

My current coping is to stay away from too much news, and to practice mindfulness.

Love the baby!

1/30/2009 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger Mike @ MAO said...

Only Denial, and Scotch?

I thought during Art Basel Miami most art dealers had moved on to bigger and better enhancers.

It would seem the gallery people in Portland, OR, are almost as enhanced as you guys! Check out this art blog:
The "Party Like An Art Star" Blog.

1/30/2009 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous nic said...

this video is my current favorite.

cat + rat vid

1/30/2009 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Hey, I remember doing that. Let's see, it was in art school. I'd ingested something. Or maybe I'd smoked smothing. Yes, that's it.

But it wasn't ripping paper that set me off. I remember looking at my hands and thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool if my fingertips had little hands on them? And those little hands had microscopic little hands? And those microscopic little hands had infiitesimally weensy teensy little hands? I think I spent several hours laughing like that baby.

Ah, thanks for that. I feel much better now.

1/30/2009 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Dodson said...

Insomnia! It feels like everything is in retrograde... but I just watched Kurt Cobain's dvd 'About a Son' & I guess that helps keep it in perspective and makes you think about what art is really all about...

1/30/2009 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous nic said...

i'm sorry. cat+ rat has already been outdone.

kittens on a roomba

i promise. no more. this could go on forever

1/30/2009 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine Chandler said...

Thanks for posting that, Ed! Hilarious! I've seen it before and it never gets old.

I nanny "during the day" (when I'm not in college), and one of the definite positives is that I seem to just forget all the bad things I'm experiencing when I'm with the kids. It could be the pace of things and constantly moving from one activity to the next, or the innocence of kids and easy laughter. Whatever it is, I know it's a big part of what's kept me nannying.

1/30/2009 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Pretty Lady said...

Unfortunately, bourbon and scotch are off limits to me at the moment. Fortunately, the hormones involved in creating another cute kid are mostly insulating me from existential terror. I shudder to think what post-partum hormonal states are likely to induce, however.

1/31/2009 01:26:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Congratulations Pretty Lady!!!

1/31/2009 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger nathaniel said...

not your standard artist plug: here is my cute overload. 2 is such a fun age!

1/31/2009 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger Edie said...

Fantastic! Perfect for snapping back and keeping things in perspective indeed!

2/03/2009 08:21:00 PM  

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