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Vanishing Point

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Author: C.C. Beck
Published: 1959
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,949 / 15 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,164
Added to site: 2007.12.16 19393

In perspective, theoretically the vanishing point is at infinity, and therefore unattainable. But reality is different; vanishment occurs a lot sooner than theory suggests...

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show me what you can do with it better than I can do without it. I'm doing pretty well as is ... pictures selling good, even if I do make 'em all by guesswork, as you call it." That's what I told him.

Y'see, Carter was one a them artists that think they can work everything out by formulas and stuff. Me, I just paint things as I see 'em. Never worry about perspective and all that kinda mechanical aids. Never even went to Art School. But I do all right. Carter, now, was a different sorta artist. Well, he wasn't really an artist--more of a draftsman.

I first got him in to help me with a series of real estate paintings I'd got an order for. Big aerial views of land developments, and drawings of buildings, roads and causeways, that kinda stuff. Was a little too much for me to handle alone, 'cause I never studied that kinda things, ya know. I thought he'd do the mechanical drawings, which shoulda been simple for anybody trained that way, and I'd throw in the colors, figures and trees and so on. He did fine. Job came out good; client was real happy. We made a pretty good amount

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Paulo Respighi

The story has one question, which it answers: is reality real? or only perceived? A colorless engineer makes a machine to test the question, and the story of the result is related by a vaguely ZorbatheGreekish artist.

Two characters, no plot to speak of, bland descriptions, and a tired premise.


Somewhat confusing story, told in a conversational tone, on the nature of reality. Confusing but short, it’s worth a read.



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