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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:29 PM

In the beginning, Phillip Patterson decided to write out every word in the Bible.

On empty pages, he wrote of Adam, an ark, locusts, loaves, fishes and the resurrection in his neat, looping cursive. Four years of work begat more than 2,400 pages and left a multitude of pens in its wake. Now, as he copies the last words of the last book, Patterson sees all that he has created.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:45 PM

It begs the question "Why?" It's all been done before, and that effort looks more like a huge pile of my daughter's homework. Now if he'd produced something like this........

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:50 PM

Must of really been bored.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

View Postealdwita, on 06 May 2013 - 01:45 PM, said:

It begs the question "Why?" It's all been done before...
If you need to ask "why", chances are you'll never know.

I personally think it was a great thing.  Not just because it was the Bible.  Anyone who writes out by hand an entire set of ancient texts deserves some noteworthiness.  In the days of the printing press and computer technology, the written form has become almost a lost art.  And to devote his time to something that means so much to him, I expect it was a journey in itself to write it.  The highs as he finishes a chapter or book, the lows as he struggles through tough parts, the frustration when a single error requires him to re-write the whole page, the exertion as he goes through weariness and disease to the point of exhaustion.  I imagine May 11 will be a somewhat cathartic day for this fellow.  Having a hand-written modern Bible is something of a unique artefact.  Who knows, when the world destroys itself, maybe that will be the last book available :P

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 03:10 PM

'The next day I started researching pens and pencils and paper and never looked back,' and 'On empty pages,'

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I think this is being over dramatized.ofcourse its going to be empty pages! And researching pens, pencils and paper? oh come on, any good stationers should give you the answer straight away.
This guy definitely had a lot of time on his hands, sad this is the best he could do with it.

I am thinking about writing out "War and Peace" does any one know what kind of chair I should sit on and do I drink normal coffee or decaf?

Edited by freetoroam, 06 May 2013 - 03:11 PM.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 03:56 PM

'man spends 14hrs a day and four years copying out bible by hand.'
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something tells me he's single?
and unemployed.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:01 PM

View Postshrooma, on 06 May 2013 - 03:56 PM, said:

'man spends 14hrs a day and four years copying out bible by hand.'
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something tells me he's single?
and unemployed.
Unemployed I would imagine, he could have used those hours looking for a job.
As for single, do you mean as in braincell?

Edited by freetoroam, 06 May 2013 - 04:02 PM.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:05 PM

Interesting. A similar profound and lasting devotion to Holy Writ was represented cinematically in the post-apocalyptic film of a few years ago, "The Book of Eli." This appears to be a remarkable instance of "life imitating art." If you haven't seen the film, it's worth a gander if only for its twist on the durability of human memory and of what lasting knowledge which still exists in print in this, The Electronic Age.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:11 PM

Ealdwita--Is that Saxon or Gothic? And if your daughter has that much homework, he or she must be a Helveti, or just a Vandal.  Regards.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:15 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 06 May 2013 - 04:01 PM, said:


Unemployed I would imagine, he could have used those hours looking for a job.
As for single, do you mean as in braincell?


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:15 PM

Whats with the art thing, this is not art, its just a man who`s lack of imagination to keep himself occupied by other means, has driven him to copy a book by hand, a book which is freely available in every hotel room.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:16 PM

How long did it take?


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:18 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 06 May 2013 - 04:01 PM, said:


As for single, do you mean as in braincell?
:-D
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I meant single as in 'voted most likely to die a sad, lonely, embittered virgin' freet, but the one braincell thing works for me too.....
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:22 PM

View Post95-Nasty, on 06 May 2013 - 04:16 PM, said:

How long did it take?

14 hours a day for four years.

I see he is a retired interior designer, so am surprised someone with that kind of knowledge would of had to "research" pens, pencils and paper. I can think of better ways to send my retirement when it comes, but this is not it...each to his own i suppose.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:29 PM

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If you haven't seen the film, it's worth a gander if only for its twist on the durability of human memory and of what lasting knowledge which still exists in print in this, The Electronic Age.
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i've got a couple of thousand books (none of which i'd copy out by hand, no matter how good they were!), and wouldn't have a kindle for all the opium in chinatown.
books are things of beauty, to be treasured. physical objects, to be held and touched, not a mass of zeros & ones on some impersonal piece of plastic, to be deleted when read.
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