Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Minutia That Influences Us"

I spend a lot of time thinking about how I have been impacted by information. In our contemporary culture, we are prone to lay blame on our formation of self at the feet of our families of origin. I am beginning to understand that while those episodes may make for a good story, the more interesting investigation includes what you are drawn towards. And what you were drawn to.

Jimmy Hatlo

The difference in Revere's and Dawes's achievement and legacy is examined by Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point, where he concludes that Revere would be classified as a connector whereas Dawes was an "ordinary man".

Malcolm Gladwell was born in 1963.
Jimmy Hatlo died in 1963.

"A memorable feature of Hatlo's panel was the "tip of the Hatlo Hat" that appeared in the lower-right corner of the panel. Hatlo often used readers' suggestions, and always took the trouble to acknowledge it with a drawing of himself tipping his hat. "

Tipping Point, Tipping Hat.
A relationship with History that is neither black, nor white - but rather overlapping and complex. A palimpsest of memories and connections.

Artist Tom Schulz
Summer Studio, 2010. Tryon Palace Project.

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