Thursday, February 2, 2023

GANDAHĀRAN BUDDHISM
Archaeology - Art - Texts
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Edited by
Pia Brancaccio and Kurt Behrendt
THE UNCLOTHED MAN IN
THE 35th CENTURY AD
Animation Work and
Comic Short Stories
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Dash Shaw
SPIRIT OF EDEN
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Talk Talk

TOSHIO HOSOKAWA
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musikFabrik

TSONGKHAPA
Three Principal Aspects of the Path, Verse 11
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For as long as the understanding of appearances
—unfailing interdependence—
And emptiness
—the freedom from all assertions—
Appear to be in conflict, for that long
There can be no realization of Śākyamuni’s intent.


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

LEMON
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Janicza Bravo
USA, 2017
MY HEART CAN'T BEAT UNLESS YOU TELL IT TO
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Jonathan Cuartas
USA, 2020
MAGAts in the closet.
GHOST SONG
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Cécile McLorin Salvant


RAOUL VANEIGEM
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The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself.


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

THE DARK CORNER
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Henry Hathaway
USA, 1946
THE BLUE DAHLIA
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George Marshall
USA, 1946


It's that thing where you've had a crush for 28 years on someone you've never met, you've never seen anywhere but in ten seconds of video, and you've found never anyone in the world who knows their name.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Scatman John
"Scatman (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop)" (1995)
"The biggest danger of taking your child to a drag show is that a christian could show up with a gun."

Truer words have never been  spoken.

[Photographer unknown to me.]
Johannes Brahms
CHORAL WORKS
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John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi Choir

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Gesänge, Op. 17, 42, and 104
Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52
Quartette, Op. 92

THE CREATIVE MARTYRS
"The List"
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Let us take your details
Voluntary and confidential
Our database never fails
Name, number, and residential
We won't pass anything on
We want you all to ourselves
Please trust that nothing goes wrong
Into your files we shall delve

Good evening, Madame,
May I have your number?
Do not tell - I think you are number one
May I say you have fine shoes?
They suit you down to the ground

Let us take your details
You can share them with anyone
It's the World Wide information stage
It's everywhere, it's only just begun
Our list is ever growing
So much to find out
To be ever knowing
Some rules we might flout
But we won't tell you
You're on the list

Yes, you – You're on the list
You're on the list
And you are on the list
You're on the list
Especially you – You're on the list
You're on the list
Even you are on the list
And you are on the list

Madame, you look like the kind of lady
Who wishes to give me their vital statistics
No?
And you, sir, do you have a job?
And if so do you pay your taxes?

Let us take your details
You really have no choice
To us your insignificance pales
You really have no voice
We will take your details
All the places that you go
Everything day-to-day
And you won't even know

Because you matter to us
Your statistics are vital
And you, sir, 
I hope you have an occupation
And proof that you pay your taxes

Did you notice a subtle difference
The moment when things turned?
It's amazing with all that warning
That none of you have learned
This is how it will be from now on
There is no going back
Can you account for all that you've done?
Those sensibilities you lack

Yes, you – You're on the list
You're on the list
And you are on the list
You're on the list
Especially you - You're on the list

How about some of that dirty mouth trumpet?
[Dirty mouth trumpet bridge]

That one looks rather red
This one's a funny hue
That one – definitely pink
And you, we know all about you
This one seems intellectual - Ha!
That one's got a funny look
We're really not sure about those ones
Why don't you put them in the book
Have you heard what these ones are saying?
Have you seen what they have done?

Don't you know what they've been a-thinking?
It's not the way that we do
Their heads need some shrinking 
And their ideals do too, do too

Put them on the list
Oh, there's no one we have missed
Put them on the list
It proves that you exist
Put them on the list
This information we can twist

They'll stay on the list
Traitors in our midst
You're on the list
Yes, you – You're on the list
You're on the list

And you – 
You could assist


Monday, January 30, 2023

SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
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Preston Sturges
USA, 1941




I MARRIED A WITCH
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René Clair
USA, 1942


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The taglines:

"She was a beautiful witch ... But she done him wrong!"


"No man can resist her!"


"I married a witch and I'm not complaining, would you?"


"She's a witch (and we do mean witch) who gets what she wants with Hex Appeal!"


"Not suitable for General Exhibition"


Joseph Häxan

"Vapours"

From his series Nativity
AmeriKKKA.


On Nov. 5, 2021, a married couple calling themselves “Mr. and Mrs. Saxon” appeared on the neo-Nazi podcast “Achtung Amerikaner” to plug a new project: a social media channel dedicated to helping American parents home-school their children. 

“We are so deeply invested into making sure that that child becomes a wonderful Nazi,” Mrs. Saxon told the podcast’s host. “And by home-schooling, we’re going to get that done.”

As extreme as the Dissident Homeschool channel is, the propaganda it shares targeting the American education system is just a more explicit and crass articulation of talking points made by Fox News hosts or by major figures in the Republican Party.

“Without homeschooling our children,” Mrs. Saxon said, “our children are left defenseless to the schools and the Gay Afro Zionist scum that run them.” 

The Dissident Homeschool channel — which now has nearly 2,500 subscribers — is replete with material, including ready-made lesson plans authored by the Saxons on various subjects, like Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee (a “grand role model for young, white men”) and Martin Luther King Jr. (“the antithesis of our civilization and our people”).

There are even copywork assignments available for parents to print out, so that their children can learn cursive by writing out quotes from Adolf Hitler.

We call all say "unfuckingbelievabale" but this IS America in 2023.

If you can stomach it, here's the link to the full story again.
LET THE DOG DRIVE HOME
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Teitur

TED DANSON
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My drug of choice is marijuana, of course. I’ve never understood the desire to speed up. All I really want is to be a smidge stupider than I actually am. But who has the time? Weed is like golf — you need a good four hours. I’ll be a pothead in my late seventies. By then, I’ll have earned it.


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Guillermo Del Toro's
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
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The Short FIlms of
AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU
on The Criterion Channel
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AJUBE KETE (2005)

TEA 4 TWO (2006)

INTERMITTENT DELIGHT (2007)

BOYANT (2008)

ME BRONI BA (2009)

DREXCIYA (2010)

SPLIT ENDS, I FEEL WONDERFUL (2012)

KWAKU ANANSE (2013)

BUSNUT (2015)

RELUCTANTLY QUEER (2016)

MAHOGANY TOO (2018)

ON MONDAY OF LAST WEEK (2018)

PELOURINHO: THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT US (2019)
Two years ago today.

January 29, 2021.

Lemmy at 12 weeks and Rory at four years.


Today.

January 29, 2023.

Totally different and totally the same.
The only thing wrong with this article is that it's not more forcefully condemning of those screaming "queerbaiting" in 20-fucking-23.

Full story here

Please support The Guardian.

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In November, following weeks of comments on social media targeting Kit Connor over his playing a queer character in Netflix’s LGBTQ+ coming-of-age drama Heartstopper, the actor tweeted a short, exasperated response: “I’m bi,” he wrote. “Congrats for forcing an 18-year-old to out himself. I think some of you missed the point of the show.”

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Cardi, after being accused of queerbaiting based on a sensual music video made with the singer Normani, responded on Twitter: “I don’t like this new ‘queer baiting’ word. I’m married to a man but I have [expressed] sooo much about my bisexuality and my experiences [with] girls.” When accused again recently, Cardi B was more direct: “I ate bitches out before you was born … Sorry I don’t have razr phone pics to prove it to you.”
Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's film, City Lights, premiere on January 20, 1931 at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown LA.
WET LEG [Self-Titled]
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Wet Leg

QUENTIN R. BUFOGLE
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This whole "good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun" fantasy is pure, steamin' bullshit served up for a bunch of gun-humpin' imbeciles. As we ALL should've learned by now, before that bad guy gets snuffed, a whole lot of innocents are gonna die. What other life-threatening situation would we approach in such an ass-backwards manner? 

If people were being poisoned en masse, would we simply remove the lethal substance -- or just hand out some vials of antidote hoping that they might find their way down the right gullet in just the nick of time? 

Why this idiotic notion that it's somehow easier to stop a shooter in mid-rampage than using every available precaution to ensure that gun never finds its way into his hands in the first place??!


Saturday, January 28, 2023

THIS GUN FOR HIRE
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Frank Tuttle
USA, 1942
THE GLASS KEY
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Stuart Heisler
USA, 1942
CLUB MOD
allclassical.org 


The Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, was hunted to extinction
in 1930 - the last in captivity died in 1936 - but a group of
Australian scientists say it will be roaming again within years.

Claude Debussy
THE FORGOTTEN SONGS
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Dawn Upshaw
James Levine

MALCOLM X
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If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong
to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies
and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us and make us
violent abroad in defense of her. 

And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent
in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is
necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.


Friday, January 27, 2023

Guillermo Del Toro's
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
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Democrats blocked three anti-abortion proposals largely as a result of winning a special election which solidified their majority in the State Senate by a two-vote margin. Aaron Rouse narrowly defeated Republican Kevin Adams in part by campaigning on abortion rights in the state following last year’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade. Democrats recognized that victories on Thursday were aided by this win and others like it during the 2022 midterms.



i don't know who needs to hear this
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Tomberlin
SONGS FROM A ROOM
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Leonard Cohen

OZZY OSBOURNE
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If guns don’t kill people, why do we give people guns when they go to war? 

Why not just send the people?


Thursday, January 26, 2023

ATLANTIS
[Атлантида]
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Valentyn Vasyanovych
Ukraine, 2019

THEATRE OF THE ACCORDION
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William Schimmel

JOHN FUGELSANG
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Only in America can one be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself "pro-life."


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

GANDAHAR
[US Title: Light Years]
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René Laloux
France, 1987
America in a nutshell. 

Emphasis on nut.
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD
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Mumford and Sons

CLINT SMITH
"No Parent Should Have to Live Like This"
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I want to live in a country where my presence is not seen by some as an existential threat. But this feels like a fantasy. I want to walk past the school where my son will attend kindergarten next year and see a place that will keep him safe. But this is impossible. 

We live in a country that has failed us. Where legislation is written — and erased — by the gun lobby. Where manipulations and distortions of Second Amendment rights prevent politicians from enacting any semblance of sensible laws that would at least attempt to prevent this. Where claims about what our Founders wanted supersede the slaughter we see right in front of us. Where the cocktail of easily accessible guns and the normalizing of extremist views makes nowhere feel safe. There is no other country in the world where this happens. 

The fact that it does happen, and happens with such frequency, is reflective of a choice that has been made. But just because a choice has been made doesn’t mean that different choices aren’t possible. Different choices are possible.


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

TO LOVE SOMEBODY
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Nina Simone

SHERRILYN IFILL
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I don’t have a lot of words today, except to say that there is a concerted effort right now to convince you that “nothing can be done.” 

It is designed to make you give in to the exhaustion of this moment. 

Don’t believe it. 

It’s a lie. 

We have power if we mobilize it.


Monday, January 23, 2023

RESURRECTION
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Andrew Semans
USA, 2022
SEX, SIN, AND ZEN
A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and All Points in Between
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Brad Warner
"In God We Trust"