Tuesday, October 03, 2006

IMAGE: "Beauty Will Save The World"

If beauty alone could save the world, my husband would have ended wars with just his face and the gorgeous length of his Teutonic legs.

Well, he would have!

My toots and Gerry Butler together would have wiped out disease and destruction and lousy television programming with a mere dual glance of manly beauteousness.

Mmmm. Nice image just went through my head.

Speaking of...IMAGE...The folks who bring you that high-quality "journal of the arts and religion" now bring you some products with the cool quote in this post's title.

Yes, they're talking about a different sort of beauty than the facial or form kind.

Those of you out there working your brains out to create stories and poems and essays with truth and beauty, beauty and truth--cue Keats here for the grand equation--may wanna get some stuff that benefits IMAGE Journal.

(If you don't subscribe to IMAGE, this may be a good time for you to consider doing so.)

I'm partial to the messenger bag and the short-sleeved black tee with white lettering. Hubby would look extra good in that. (That's not my shade of pink, unfortunately. I'm very much NOT a pink sorta gal, but when I do buy pink--rarely--it's more along the lines of salmon.) Too bad they don't have a sexy black one for the gals. Note that they also have some offered in red/Cardinal. If you like red or black or pink or brown, make sure to check the color options.

So, what's the deal with the quotes on the tees? Glad you asked:

Most feature Dostoyevsky’s mysterious dictum “Beauty will save the world”—which comes from a tantalizingly undeveloped fragment from one of his journals and is also a notion he explores in his novel The Idiot. We’ve adopted it as a rallying cry for Image’s mission—because we believe that good art can be a wellspring of renewal for religious faith, and in turn, for all of creation. A few of the shirts say “Presenting the Realism of Distances Since 1989,” which we admit is a little obscure. It comes from an essay of Flannery O’Connor’s in which she writes, “In the novelist’s case, prophecy is a matter of seeing near things with their extensions of meaning and thus of seeing far things close up. The prophet is a realist of distances.” We think that idea can be extended from the novel to all art—and that it’s Image’s job to bring that prophetic art to the world.


Matt Mikalatos said...

Speaking of beautiful things, I just got my copy of the July "Sword Review" in the mail which had one of your poems in it. I liked it a lot! Good job. An honor to be in the same magazine as you. :)

Mirtika said...

Matt!!! Thank you. I haven't read your story. Oh, I must remedy this. Plug it. What's the title?


Bonnie Calhoun said...

Beautiful things...the latest addition to that list is the book Dark Hour!

Matt Mikalatos said...

Here's a link to my story, it's called "Chariots":


But that really wasn't meant as a plug for me but as a "great job on the poem" for you.

Mirtika said...

Thanks, Matt. I hope everyone goes read the story...and the poem! Yay for us!!!

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