Bento's Sketchbook by John Berger

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"Bento's Sketchbook" is an exploration of the practice of drawing, as well as a meditation on how we perceive and seek to explore our ever-changing relationship with the world around us.

Bento's Sketchbook (subtitled How Does the Impulse to Draw Something Begin?) contains ink-and-spit drawings, quotations from Spinoza (the Bento of the title), and stories of real people: everywhere John Berger's eye touches the Earth.

Beautiful musings based on minuscule observations that can only happen by slowing down and interacting directly with the object. The musings in this book was predicated on the fact that the philosopher and lens grinder Benedict de Spinoza (Bento) was said to have kept sketchbooks that were lost. John Berger wondered what Bento’s sketchbook would have been like. 

Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Verso