I want this not only for artists and writers, but for any person who perceives life to be more than an instrument and therefore something that cannot be optimized. A simple refusal motivates my argument: refusal to believe that the present time and place, and the people who are here with us, are somehow not enough.
This book also offers a few glimpses into why I work the way I do—into why, for example, it takes me so long to produce my books. I am constantly being asked why it takes me so long, and when I say that I’m actually a very fast writer, people can barely conceal their disbelief and amusement.
My purpose is to curate a living map of the world’s knowledge.
This is a collection of pieces that subtly influence me in small ways. They pile up, eventually sprouting into beliefs and projects that hopefully fit together to help me solve the puzzle.
In July 2017 the Telegraph listed scaruffi.com as “the oldest webpage that is still being updated”….The philosophy is very simple. Today’s culture is biased towards business. I discuss culture without paying any attention to what sells. I am interested in great artists, musicians, writers, etc, regardless of how the business and the establishment perceives them. I also try to apply a historical perspective: history is my main interest.
These are the things that have most influenced my work and thinking; the things that I return to and share with others again and again.