Hoarding Caravaggio

Extreme Hoarding

Samira Shackle | Guardian | 4th July 2023

Hoarding is now recognised as a mental disorder in its own right, though diagnosis relies more on the size of the "hoard" than on the patient's reported state of mind. Hoards are ranked from 1 to 9 on a "Clutter Image Rating" scale. At level 1, "rooms are fairly empty". At level 9, "walls are barely visible". Half of all hoarders have a close relative who also hoards, and half have severe depression (4,600 words)

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Pasolini On Caravaggio

Piero Paolo Pasolini | Paris Review | 30th June 2023

Newly translated from Pasolini's notebooks, a fragment in which the film-maker recognises kindred skills in the painter. "Caravaggio invented a new kind of light. He replaced the universal, platonic light of the Renaissance with a quotidian and dramatic one. Caravaggio invented both this new kind of light, and new kinds of people and things, because he had seen them in reality" (1,200 words)

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