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Volume #1                Monday 23 June 2014


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  1. May I ask, is your image deliberately obscure (pun)?

    Asking a friend, I was pointed to http://www.freieskunstforum.de/hosch_2008_kauffman_brugger_bild.pdf (p 47, ab 27a, footnote 68) for a source, and a translation something along the lines of ‘The absence of light makes the blind rejoice’.

    I was keen on it because google translate turned the German of the footnote into “The Blind help neither torches nor any other light, the foolish owl sees the light of day do not” which is really quite close to “there’s no light the foolish can see better by” (http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2010/01/19/theres-no-light-the-foolish-ca/).

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