Literature, Visual Art, and Music Appreciation

Literature, Visual Art, and Music Appreciation

Catching Light offers a close reading analysis of artworks for your dose of art appreciation.

Catching Light offers a close reading analysis of artworks for your dose of art appreciation.


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Appreciating Paintings in the Prevalence of Photography

Appreciating Paintings in the Prevalence of Photography

Paintings have much to tell us about the world, as evidenced by Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night,’ Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica,’ and Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ and ‘New York Movie.’

In Praise of a Small Costume Detail: The Wedding Ring in Films

In Praise of a Small Costume Detail: The Wedding Ring in Films

‘Spotlight,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and ‘Arrival’ feature characters wearing wedding rings, and this detail helps make the films more moving.

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” on the Price of Happiness

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” on the Price of Happiness

Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” suggests that happiness does have a price, and what matters is what we do upon knowing the price.

The Importance of Scale in Art about War

The Importance of Scale in Art about War

As observed in ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Guernica,’ big art about war immerses us in a world of chaos and elicits a response.

‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ on the Power of Animation as a Medium

‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ on the Power of Animation as a Medium

The art of ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ brings out the spirit of its protagonist and the setting for a more meaningful and pleasurable viewing experience.

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s Still Lifes on Beauty in Ordinary Things

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s Still Lifes on Beauty in Ordinary Things

There are traces of human life in Chardin’s work which we can derive beauty from, and he asserts the beauty in simplicity and in fulfilling one’s purpose.

‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ on How to Be Loved

‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ on How to Be Loved

‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal’ by Jeanette Winterson offers that trusting others to love you begins with appreciating and forgiving oneself.

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ on the Line Between Maturity and Being a Phony

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ on the Line Between Maturity and Being a Phony

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ suggests that maturity involves understanding one has to do things, especially his duty, even if he doesn’t want to do them.

The Pleasures of Listening to Live Music

The Pleasures of Listening to Live Music

Listening to live music, we realize that we won’t hear again what we hear now. It’s surreal, to be aware of and feel time slipping away while being still.

Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi on What Makes Life Worth Living

Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi on What Makes Life Worth Living

For Kalanithi, relationships are the foundation of meaning.