Little Red Book, Little Black Book

5 Dec
The Little red Book

The Little red Book

Being of sufficient vintage to recall one little book, entitled variously “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tze Tung”, “The Little Red Book”, “Mao’s Little Red Book” and so on, I also recall wondering how many copies had been printed or more specifically, had it surpassed the Bible in extant copies?

It was a passing thought which I immediately in true grasshopper-mind style voided by attending to Chinese dissident/artist or dissident artist, if you will, Weiwei’s new opus, Weiweisms (Princeton University Press), The publisher elaborates:

WeiWei-isms by Ai Weiwei

WeiWei-isms by Ai Weiwei

This collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei’s thoughts on key aspects of his art, politics, and life. A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words, Ai Weiwei is known for his innovative use of social media to disseminate his views. The short quotations presented here have been carefully selected from articles, tweets, and interviews given by this acclaimed Chinese artist and activist. The book is organized into six categories: freedom of expression; art and activism; government, power, and moral choices; the digital world; history, the historical moment, and the future; and personal reflections.

Weiwei-isms is physically attractive book not the least because of its appealing size.

Time Magazine, cover and article on Mao zedong

Time Magazine, cover and article on Mao zedong

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

Currently reading Brain on Fire by Susan Callahan (Free Press)

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