Friday, April 12, 2024


GHALIB
"Some Exaggerations"

The world I see looks to me like a game of children.
Strange performances and plays go on night and day.

King Solomon’s throne is not a big thing to me.
I hear Jesus performed miracles, but I’m not interested.

The idea that the world exists is not acceptable to me.
Illusion is real, but not the things of the world.

The desert covers its head with sand when I appear with my troubles.
The river rubs its forehead in the mud when it sees me.

Don’t ask me how I am when I am parted from you.
I notice that your face turns a little pale when you’re near me.

People are right to say that I love looking at myself, but sitting
In front of me is a beauty whose face is bright as a mirror.

Just put a wineglass and some wine in front of me;
Words will fall out of my mouth like apple blossoms.

People imagine that I hate, but it’s merely jealousy.
That’s why I scream: “Don’t say her name in my presence!”

Faith pulls me in one direction, but disbelief pulls me in another.
The Kaaba stands far behind me, and the Church stands next to me.

I am a lover; therefore charming a woman is my work.
When she is near me, Laila makes fun of Majnoon.

The time of reunion brings happiness rather than death.
When reunion came, I remembered the night of parting.

We have a sea of blood now with large waves.
I am content with it; I know worse could happen.

My hands move with difficulty, but at least my eyes are lively.
Just leave the glass and the wine jug standing where they are.

Ghalib is a Muslim also, so we know a lot of each other’s secrets.
Please don’t speak badly of Ghalib when I’m around.

-

—Translated from the Urdu by Robert Bly and Sunil Dutta



Daily Painting

Ernest Fiene
FIFTH AVENUE, EVENING (1946)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Currently Playing - 101 Shorts Edition

79. THE TRAM
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Poland, 1966

78. THE FACE
Piotr Studzinski
Poland, 1966
Starring Krzysztof Kieślowski

77. SEVEN WOMEN OF DIFFERENT AGES
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Poland, 1978

76. TALKING HEADS
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Poland, 1980

75. VIVA MARIA!
Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Poland, 2010

74. REHAB
Krzysztof Jankowski
Poland, 2011

Currently Playing

DIVA
Original Motion Picture Soundtrac
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Vladimir Cosma
Featuring Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez

With Gérard Parmentier, Hubert Varron, Raymond Alessandrini

London Symphony Orchestra



LLOYD SCHWARTZ
"Proverbs from Purgatory"

It was déjà vu all over again.

I know this town like the back of my head.

People who live in glass houses are worth two in the bush.

One hand scratches the other.

A friend in need is worth two in the bush.

A bird in the hand makes waste.

Life isn’t all it’s crapped up to be.

It’s like finding a needle in the eye of the beholder.

It’s like killing one bird with two stones.

My motto in life has always been: Get It Over With.

Two heads are better than none.

A rolling stone deserves another.

All things wait for those who come.

A friend in need deserves another.

I’d trust him as long as I could throw him.

He smokes like a fish.

He’s just a chip off the old tooth.

I’ll have him eating out of my lap.

A friend in need opens a can of worms.

Too many cooks spoil the child.

An ill wind keeps the doctor away.

The wolf at the door keeps the doctor away.

People who live in glass houses keep the doctor away.

A friend in need shouldn’t throw stones.

A friend in need washes the other.

A friend in need keeps the doctor away.

A stitch in time is only skin deep.

A verbal agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

A cat may look like a king.

Know which side of the bed your butter is on.

Nothing is cut and dried in stone.

You can eat more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Don’t let the cat out of the barn.

Let’s burn that bridge when we get to it.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Don’t cross your chickens before they hatch.

DO NOT READ THIS SIGN.

Throw discretion to the wolves.

After the twig is bent, the barn door is locked.

After the barn door is locked, you can come in out of the rain.

A friend in need locks the barn door.

There’s no fool like a friend in need.

We’ve passed a lot of water since then.

At least we got home in two pieces.

All’s well that ends.

It ain’t over till it’s over.

There’s always one step further down you can go.

It’s a milestone hanging around my neck.

Include me out.

It was déjà vu all over again.



Daily Painting

James Downie
FIGURE AND DOG ON A RURAL LANE (ND/2010s)

James Downie
FIGURE AND DOG ON A RURAL LANE (ND/2010s)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Currently Watching

REPULSE

[HRANA ZLOMU]
Emil Křižka
Czech Republic, 2021

Um ... These Christian values?



Currently Playing

Karol Szymanowski
PIANO WORKS

- Preludes, Op. 1
- Masques, Op. 34
- Mazurkas, Op. 50
- Variations on a Polish Folk Theme, Op. 10

Krystian Zimerman


PHILLIS LEVIN
"Dandelion"

Ferocious flower
Cast out

Dent de lion

Wily traveler
Rooted in ruthlessness

Dent de lion

Dreaded survivor
Poisoned hunted speared

Dent de lion

Exile returning to rule
Legions of grass

Dent de lion

On a spur of the moment
Marrying the wind

Dent de lion

Settling in
To make a new broadcast

Dent de lion

Broaching the dream-gate
Tail swaying

Dent de lion

Jagged leaf for a tooth
Bearing the bite of your name

Dent de lion

Your mane a nebula
Born of galaxies of gold

Dent de lion

A gray pincushion
Holding numberless stars



Daily Painting

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
ARCHERS (1937)

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Currently Watching

KILLING GOD
[MATAR A DIOS]

Caye Casas and Albert Pintó
Spain, 2017

Currently Playing

Arvo Pärt
FRATRES

- Fratres for Strings and Percussion
- Fratres for Violin, Strings, and Percussion
- Festina Lente
- Fratres for String Quartet
- Fratres for Cello and Piano
- Summa for Solo Cello
- Fratres for Eight Cellos
- Fratres for Wind Octet and Percussion
- Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Tamás Benedek
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

Béla Nagy, Márta Haraszti, Judit Kis Domonkos, Rezső Hajna, Katalin Schneider, Tibor Párkányi, Sándor Falvai, Béla Melis, Eszter Kendi, Judit Faludi, Katalin Aldobólyi Nagy, Péter Arató, Tibor Wambach, Ágnes Fodor, István Hartenstein, László Hunyadi, Géza Bánhegyi, László Kiss Gy, Antal Szuromi, Károly Ambrus, József Erős

 


ANNE CARSON
"My Show"

I was born in the circus. I play the flat man.
My voice is flat, my walk is flat, my ironies
move flatly out to sock you in the eye.

Hands, feet, vowels, hair, shadow, feelings of community,
strings (you do not see) all flat.
The epic model I guess I’ll

pass over. Homer likening stalemate in war to a carpenter’s
chalkline. My flat world cost only $2 to view
at first, later this price like others went up.

Brute natures and angles in transparent draperies all alike
enjoyed the show. Flowers fell
transparently off them as they entered my tent

where air was of course planar. In some other world they
could have stayed organized but something about me
cast their placards down (flat, yes):

Brechtian. See a flat rat escape that one-dimensional skull.
And then, and then, what whispers there.
Your agony, mine, in the fully consensual design

of this play of light—you crowd of missing ones,
return the ball to me! whispers, whispers and her voice
(she never arrives) froze on the knock.

Flat thunder, all my heart, you might use Brahms behind it.
Dull, whitish, deadly as a carpenter’s chalkline.
Not Beethoven—Beethoven I cannot flatten.



Daily Painting

Virgil Finlay
Cover Art for Fantastic Universe Science Fiction, October 1958

Monday, April 8, 2024

Currently Watching - 101 Shorts Edition

85. CERAMICS FROM ILZA
[CERAMIKA ILZECKA]

Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 1951

84. THE LAMP
Roman Polanski
Poland, 1959

83. WHEN ANGELS FALL
Roman Polanski
Poland, 1959

82. THE MUSICIANS
Kazimierz Karabasz
Poland, 1960

81. THE FAT AND THE LEAN
Roman Polanski
France, 1961

80. MAMMALS
Roman Polanski
Poland, 1962

Currently Reading

Miles Olson
UNLEARN, REWILD
Earth Skills, Ideas, and Inspiration for the Future Primitive

Currently Playing

The Human League
DARE



The Human League
BOYS AND GIRLS [12" SIngle]


DAVID GRAEBER

We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the Earth. It is cosmically unlikely that the developed world will choose to end its orgy of fossil energy consumption, and the Third World its suicidal consumption of landscape.

Until such time as Homo Sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.



Daily Painting

Enrico Baj
ART IS FREE (1963)

Daily Painting

Jenny Saville
PROPPED (1992)

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Currently Watching

3 BODY PROBLEM
UK, 2024

Creators
Cixin Liu, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Alexander Woo

Directors
Minkie Spiro, Jeremy Podeswa, Derek Tsang, Andrew Stanton


Currently Playing

Alan Lomax
POPULAR SONGBOOK
Field Recordings 1933-1959

Daily Painting

Edvard Munch
SÅMANNEN [THE SOWER] (1913)

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Currently Playing

CLUB MOD on allclassical.org

Hosted by Andrea Murray


Currently Playing

THE BLUE HOUR

Composers
Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider

Text
Carolyn Forché

Performers
A Far Cry
Shara Nova


DAVID GRAEBER

Money has always been a particular problem for revolutionaries and anti-capitalists. What will money look like 'after the revolution'? How will it function? Will it exist at all? It's hard to answer the question if you don't know what money actually is. Proposing to eliminate it entirely seems utopian and naive.



Daily Painting

Erik Thor Sandberg
NEST (2010)

Friday, April 5, 2024

Currently Watching

3 BODY PROBLEM
UK, 2024

Creators
Cixin Liu, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Alexander Woo

Directors
Minkie Spiro, Jeremy Podeswa, Derek Tsang, Andrew Stanton

Currently Watching

IN A LONELY PLACE
Nicholas Ray
USA, 1950


JUNOT DIAZ

Books are surviving in this intense, fragmented, hyper-accelerated present, and my sense and hope is that things will slow down again and people will want more time for a contemplative life. There is no way people can keep up this pace. No one is happy. Two or three hours to read should not be an unattainable thing, although I hope we get to that stage without needing a corporate sponsored app to hold our hand. The utopian in me has my fingers crossed that we haven't quite figured out the digital future just yet. After all, the one thing we know about people: they always surprise.


Currently Playing

The Dead South
CHAINS & STAKES

Daily Painting

Edmond van Dooren
VALHALLA (1916)

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Currently Watching - 101 Shorts Edition

92. THE RUNNING, JUMPING, AND STANDING STILL FILM
Richard Lester
UK, 1960

91. BOROM SARRET
Ousmane Sembène
Senegal, 1963

89. SHADOW ANIMALS
Jerry Carlsson
Sweden, 2017

88. CALL YOUR FATHER
Jordan Firstman
USA, 2016

87. SIERRA
Sander Joon
Estonia, 2022

86. WREN BOYS
Harry Lighton
Ireland, 2017

Currently Reading

Stephen Kearse
LIQUID SNAKES

Currently Playing

Carlos Chávez
COMPLETE CHAMBER MUSIC VOL. 3

Jeff von der Schmidt
Southwest Chamber Music
Tambuco Percussion Ensemble

- Xochipilli, an Imagined Aztec Music
- Toccata for Percussion Instruments
- 4 Melodías Tradicionales Indias del Ecuador for Mezzo-Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
- Tambuco for 6 Percussion Players
- Lamentaciónes for Mezzo-Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
- Cantos de México
- 3 Exágonos for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
- Otros Tres Exágonos for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble 
- Partita for Solo Timpani


BRIAN ALDISS

It’d be kind of silly if we killed ourselves off after all this time. If we do, we’re stupider than the cave people and I don’t think we are. I think we’re just exactly as stupid and that’s pretty bright in the long run.



Daily Painting

Denis Pellerin
VERTICALITE MULTIPLE (1997)

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Currently Watching

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED
Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1926

-

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is generally considered to be the first feature-length animated film.

Currently Watching - 101 Shorts Edition

98. ORNAMENT OF THE LOVESTRUCK HEART
Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1919

97. THE SECRET OF THE MARQUISE
Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1922

96. CINDERELLA
Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1922

95. GALATHEA: THE LIVING MARBLE STATUE
Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1935

94. HUNT FOR LUCK
Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1935

93. PAPAGENO
Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1935



Currently Playing

Franz Ignaz Beck
L’ISLE DESERTE
(1779)

Michael Schneider
La Stagione Frankfurt

Ana Maria Labin, Samantha Gaul, Theodore Browne, Fabian Kelly


HENRY WALLACE
“The Danger of American Fascism” (1944)

A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party ...

The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler's game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact.

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest.

Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

-

Henry Wallace was FDR’s vice president from 1941-1945



Daily Painting

Nikolai Sinezouboff
DARK STREET (1933)

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Currently Watching - 101 Shorts Edition

101. ALIX'S PICTURES
Jean Eustache
France, 1980

100. HIERONYMUS BOSCH'S GARDEN OF DELIGHTS
Jean Eustache
France, 1981

99. EMPLOYMENT OFFER
Jean Eustache
France, 1982



Currently Playing

Bright Eyes and Neva Dinova
ONE JUG OF WINE, TWO VESSELS


SUSAN SONTAG

In contrast to the asexual chasteness of official communist art , Nazi art is both prurient and idealizing. A utopian aesthetics - physical perfection, identity as a biological given - implies an ideal eroticism: sexuality converted into the magnetism of leaders and the joy of followers. The fascist ideal is to transform sexual energy into a "spiritual" force, for the benefit of the community.





Daily Painting

Jacques Doucet
UNTITLED (1967)

Monday, April 1, 2024

Currently Watching

1984
Michael Radford
UK, 1985

Seventy-five years since publication. Forty years since this film version - the best but still imperfect film version - was made. And yet, here we are with the Christian Army Against America trying to make fiction a reality.

Currently Playing

A Tribe Called Quest
PEOPLE'S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS AND THE PATHS OF RHYTHM


DEAN KOONTZ

The human species was too fond of lying, cheating, envy, ignorance, self-pity, self-righteousness, and utopian visions that always led to mass murder. But - until and if it destroyed itself - it harbored the potential to become nobler, to take responsibility for its actions, to live and let live, and to earn the stewardship of the earth.



Daily Painting

John Jude Palencar
PAGAN (2014)

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Currently Watching

NO PRESSURE
[NIC NA SIŁĘ]

Bartosz Prokopowicz
Poland, 2024