The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.


—Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks (1929-35)

The world is violent and mercurial—it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love—love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.


— Tennessee Williams to his biographer, James Grissom, Follies of God (2015)

The world goes 'round. They say it's a small world. I make things that want to ease, no grease its rotation. That's all.



Todd Lanier Lester


PS, Once upon a time*, I asked Adham Bakry to help me explain myself and we came up with this diagram. Years later, he's the master design craftsman behind this (white) site and the inspiration for its alter ego domain, as well as ACT I of Luv 'til it Hurts. That said, I enjoy working with other artists over long periods of time.

*These visuals were designed for the  2013 Wasan Island meeting to finalize Framing the Discourse, Advancing the Work Philanthropy at the Nexus of Peace and Social Justice and Arts and Culture, a report by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace.