Week 15 | Ferlinghetti
"Endless lively conversations over endless cups of coffee in literary cafés"- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Created in collaboration with Mr. Ferlinghetti and Doubleday for the release of his latest work, Little Boy, which coincides with his 100th birthday.
Part fiction, part autobiography, this expansive stream-of-consciousness narrative enthralled us, and the romance of this passage swept us up. It summons images of coffee-fueled benders in Greenwich Village, beat generation poets, romantic dissidents, and sense makers lifting up the wall-to-wall carpet of American culture to see where all the dirt had been swept.
There are so many extraordinary insights and breathtaking sentences in Mr. Ferlinghetti's spiraling work, but we gravitated to this one, perhaps a bit for the sake of nostalgia, but also because it sums up a fundamental lesson he has taught us: that meaning-making is first and foremost a communal act.
In a time when unprecedented access to communication tools have ironically led us to unprecedented divisiveness rather than lively conversations, sharing a cup of coffee would be a good place to start.
For the drawing, we explored the idea of "endless cups of coffee" as a visual pattern on cafe tables that interlock and overlap each other, much like a great conversation. Coffee pouring from a pot into a cup forms the tip of a fountain pen.