The Philosphers Mail is always such a good read. Entertaining and thought provoking in equal measure, I only wish I could devote more time to reading and digesting it thoroughly. I catch up with articles when Alain de Botton posts the link on Twitter (@alaindebotton). I’m not sure if the articles he links to, are written by him or not. I cannot work out who the authors are and, if anybody knows, or can work it out, please let me know.
This article is very timely since I am currently trying to develop my drawing skills. What I found particularly interesting, was that John Ruskin (who anticipated the iPhone / ‘InstaBook’ generation in a sense) was not especially interested in a person becoming skilled at drawing but more to be skilled at recording their life and experiences. I realise there are many active groups dedicated to daily sketching and sketching their lives and I wonder if they realise the debt they owe to Ruskin, the 19th century art critic.