28 December 2012


“At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy.”—Federico García Lorca

I love this photograph of the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca with his little sister, Isabel. It's adorable—the little girl's finger points out the words as she reads while her big brother, with a protective arm around her, probably helps her to sound out the more difficult words. It's a scene common to childhood but knowing that 20-odd years later, on August 19,1936, that this brilliant writer's own words and beliefs would lead to his execution by fascists forces makes the image bittersweet.

Sorry to end the week on such a melancholy note. Happier stuff next time round.

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