Art and the commonplace


There is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. –Rilke

“After he left the Louvre, (Rilke) continued to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The challenge that he issued in his poem was, rather, an inward challenge—whether the refreshment of the senses and the refinement of the mind that attends an experience of art can be made somehow to last, so that one comes to live more significantly in the commonplace, at a higher plane of consciousness.”

Leon Wieseltier, The Atlantic, “Critic Without a Cause”

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