Russian Tea

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Чаепитие_в_Мытищах,_близ_Москвы

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2 thoughts on “Russian Tea

  1. Fantastic, aren’t they?! Most particularly I like the way that in each one the tea drinkers have the mannerism of lifting saucers to their mouths to drink from – and the table accoutrements and of course, the faces. 🙂
    The decision to link to wiki for further information was actually carefully thought about before I did it, Diana (I know you didn’t ask, but give me the opportunity to prattle on and of course I will). After reading the wiki entry and not a few other entries on Russian Tea in general (and also comparing those entries to the reference books I have which are considered the ones ‘de rigeur’) it looked as if the wiki entry was as accurate as any of the books were, as far as my knowledge extends. That is to say – there was little difference if any – and most of that difference had to do with the style of writing used within the entries.
    Of course it looks as if one were slacking when merely linking to wiki – but on the other hand, I often see blog posts where information that is found on wiki or in other books is just taken and plopped down on the page in the blogger’s own words – with no extra value added in either concept, interest, or style. That bothers me, for that way of doing things seems more like slacking with the addition of posing added on.
    I understand that this is what going to school makes one do – write a report. Write another report. Summarize. Repeat the information as you’re fed it. Do it daily. Have a B average. But it’s not me.
    Recently I also had a curious sensation when reading two different versions of books by a great writer. One (the Library of America version) had no introductions or preludes. You just opened the book and fell into the art of the writer. The other (Penguin) had thirty pages of introduction – two different people explained the book and the author’s life before you were even allowed to hit the first page. It rather repulsed me, actually. I didn’t buy the book to read those people. I bought the book to read the original author, and to experience him in an unvarnished, unshaped way except that of his own pen and imagination.
    This is how I feel about this art. It should be looked at and felt. It should be looked at with the eyes and the heart and the imagination – not with a layer of information stuck upon it first. Let the questions rise, before the answers are pre-defined.
    Yes, that is it. Let the questions rise. Let the eyes drink. And sit in a sort of awe.
    That’s art. If I am so lucky as to be able to find it to post as an offering I’m not going to be putting any whipped cream on top. 😀

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