Protecting Sight #228: Why must artists be poor? 99% of art is lost to us. Iris claw lens & TB uveitis. The Iliad.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, podcast, or significant work.

Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Hadi Eldebek: Why must artists be poor?. “The arts bring meaning to our lives and spirit to our culture — so why do we expect artists to struggle to make a living? Hadi Eldebek is working to create a society where artists are valued through an online platform that matches artists with grants and funding opportunities — so they can focus on their craft instead of their side hustle.” (

I collect historical documents as a hobby. Historical documents of artists and writers are often forgotten after many generations and may ultimately be lost to history.  Former Yale College Dean Mary E. Miller stated in her 2013 Yale freshman address, “Yet here is an astonishing number: most art historians — and I am one — would estimate that 99% of all such works ever made are lost to us.”

That is, over generations, the many forms of art — writing, music, poetry, paintings, sculptures, among a few examples of creativity — are lost. Support for artists is critical for the preservation of past & future cultural history.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – iris claw lens to address aphakia. Dr. Devgan writes, “Another excellent video from our colleague Dr. Val Apostolov from Amsterdam. In this case there is a patient with a dislocation of the entire IOL+capsular bag complex due to severe, progressive zonulopathy. The dislocated IOL is removed and an anterior vitrectomy is performed. To address the aphakia, an iris claw lens is used. This is placed in front of the iris and securely fixated to the iris with enclavation of the iris stroma into the claw openings of the IOL.” Nice case.

3. Journal article – Rosenbaum, James T.Van Gelder, Russell N. et al. Tautologies and the Telltale Tubercle Bacillus. Ophthalmology, Volume 128, Issue 2, 288 – 289.

Achilles tending the wounded Patroclus
(Attic red-figure kylix, c. 500 BC)
(via Wikipedia)

4. Iliad by Homer – Book 9. Listening to the LoyalBooks free podcast version. (Wikipedia | Spark Notes)


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