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Humanist Archives: April 3, 2019, 5:21 a.m. Humanist 32.590 - drawing & thinking continued

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 590.
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        Date: 2019-04-03 01:04:16+00:00
        From: Dee Mcaree 
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 32.589: drawing & thinking: more replies

Dear Ken,

In addition to the scholarly works on the list, I'd suggest a wonderful short
story by Raymond Carver called "Cathedral" about a metaphorically blind man who
encounters a physically blind man who acts as a doppleganger of sorts, forcing
him to confront his own blindness. (Carver's irony is masterful.) In the story,
the narrator, very frustrated by his own limited language, is guided by the
blind man in an act of imaginative drawing. The story raises many ideas about
knowledge, faith and "feeling." I think it was St. Augustine who said that
transcendence has no words and Carver's story illustrates this idea of visionary
drawing as epiphany.

Finally, I think children's books should not be overlooked in a conversation on
drawing and visual literacy. How an illustrator like Bemelmans or Steptoe
"shapes a reality" or envisions a world is quite different, yet frames a
discussion about conception and patterns of visual storytelling.


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