Monday, August 8, 2022

THE FORGERY
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Ave Barrera
Dewey.



[Photographer unknown to me.]
Michael Tippett
STRING QUARTETS
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Heath Quartet

ELIAS CANETTI
Crowds and Power
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A murder shared with many others, which is not only safe and permitted, but indeed recommended, is irresistible to the great majority of men.


Sunday, August 7, 2022

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (William Dieterle, 1939)

Original Danish Poster


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (William Dieterle, 1939)

Original German Poster
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
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William Dieterle
USA, 1939
PLAINCHANT
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Eamon Grennan
MIGRATION STORIES
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M. Ward
THINK OF SPRING
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M. Ward

MIRCEA ELIADE
Rites and Symbols of Initiation: The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth
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Without conscious rituals of loss and renewal, individuals and societies lose the capacity to experience the sorrows and joy that are essential for feeling fully human. Without them life flattens out, and meaning drains from both living and dying. Soon there is a death of meaning and an increase in meaningless deaths.


Saturday, August 6, 2022

PARADAIS
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Fernanda Melchor

Translated by Sophie Hughes
APPALACHIAN VISIONARY
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Blind Alfred Reed

ARTHUR MILLER
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I used to keep a book in which I would talk to myself. One of the aphorisms I wrote was, "The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.


Friday, August 5, 2022

Michael Giacchino
THE BATMAN
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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WILLIAM ALLINGHAM
“The Fairies”
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Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
For fear of little men
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl’s feather!
 
Down along the rocky shore
Some make their home,
They live on crispy pancakes
Of yellow tide-foam;
Some in the reeds
Of the black mountain lake,
With frogs for their watch-dogs,
All night awake.
 
High on the hill-top
The old king sits;
He is now so old and gray
He’s nigh lost his wits.
With a bridge of white mist
Columbkill he crosses,
On his stately journeys
From Slieveleague to Rosses;
Or going up with music
On cold starry nights,
To sup with the Queen
Of the gay Northern Lights


Thursday, August 4, 2022

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
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David Cronenberg
Canada, 2022
Artist: @wadehate
JS Bach
THE SIX MOTETS
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The Scholars Baroque Ensemble



- Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
   BWV 225

- Der Geist hilft Schwachheit auf
   BWV 226

- Jesu, meine Freude
   BWV 227

- Furchte dich nicht
   BWV 228

- Komm, Jesu, komm
   BWV 229

- Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
   BWV 230

POPULAR RHYME, AUTHOR UNKNOWN
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There was a young lady of Riga 
Who went for a ride on a tiger. 
They returned from the ride 
With the lady inside
And a smile on the face of the tiger.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

STOP-MOTION SHORTS
Four Films by Niki Lindroth von Bahr

TORD AND TORD
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden, 2010
BATH HOUSE
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden, 2014
THE BURDEN
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden, 2017

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden, 2019




PALO ALTO
Live At Palo Alto High School, 1968
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Thelonious Monk

ELIAS CANETTI
The Human Province
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Nothing among all human emotions is more beautiful and more hopeless than the wish to be loved for oneself alone. Who are you anyway, next to countless others, to deserve such preference? We do not want to be interchangeable; let no one be able to pinch-it for us. A figurative, unmistakable claiming to be spatial and spiritual. 

As though the earth had only one heaven, and heaven only one earth, we lay claim to the validity of both and, if we have one, we want to be the other. In reality, however, we are filled with planets, and countless heavens open their doors to us.


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
A Tribute to The Rolling Stones
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Lucinda Williams

RICHARD ALDINGTON
The Colonel’s Daughter
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Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. 

Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill.


Monday, August 1, 2022

THE BOOK EATERS
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Sunyi Dean
George Frideric Händel
AMINTA E FILLIDE
HWV 083 (1707)
Cantata for Two Voices and Strings
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Gillian Fisher
Patrizia Kwella

Denys Darlow
London Handel Orchestra

MARK AKENSIDE
The Pleasures of Imagination
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Mind, mind alone, bear witness, earth and heaven!
The living fountains in itself contains
Of beauteous and sublime.
 
Nor ever yet
The melting rainbow’s vernal-tinctured hues
To me have shone so pleasing, as when first
The hand of science pointed out the path
In which the sun-beams gleaming from the west
Fall on the wat’ry cloud.



Sunday, July 31, 2022

Nichelle Nichols
1932-2022

One  day, at an NAACP function, a fan greeted her: Martin Luther King Jr. He said how important her role was and how his family watched Star Trek faithfully and adored her in particular - the only Black character. Nichols thanked him, but said she planned to leave.

“You cannot and you must not. Don’t you realize how important your presence, your character is? ... Don’t you see? This is not a Black role, and this is not a female role. You have the first non stereotypical role on television, male or female. You have broken ground ... For the first time, the world sees us as we should be seen, as equals, as intelligent people - as we should be.”

Nichols stayed.


Arielle Kass, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - February 2021.
















Philip Glass
GLASSWORLDS 5 - 
ENLIGHTENMENT
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Nicolas Horvath

SPIRO AGNEW
Frankly Speaking (1970)
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A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who
characterize themselves as intellectuals.


Saturday, July 30, 2022

[Photographer unknown to me.]
THE FUTURE
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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

JOHN ADAMS
"Thoughts on Government’" (1776)
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Fear is the foundation of most governments.


Friday, July 29, 2022

CHINESE LETTER
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Svetislav Basara
I can't even imagine how bad this thing stinks.

TRANSFIGURATION OF VINCENT
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M. Ward

LANGSTON HUGHES
"Cross"
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My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black?


Thursday, July 28, 2022

Tony Dow
(1945-2022)

(First love. I remember being so distraught that Leave It to Beaver was pre-empted from after school television during the Watergate hears.)
MOROCCO / MAROC
Arabic Traditional Music / Musique de Tradition Arabe
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Abdeslam Cherkaoui
Unesco Collection
Musics and Musicians of the World

EMIL CIORAN
All Gall Is Divided
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The more we frequent men, the blacker our thoughts; and when, to clarify them, we return to our solitude, we find there the shadow they have cast.


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

LES DERVICHES TOURNEURS DE DAMAS
[WHIRLING DERVISHES OF DAMASCUS]
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Sheikh Hamza Shakkûr
Ensemble Al-Kindî

ELIAS CANETTI
The Human Province
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I want to keep smashing myself until I am whole.


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

OUR LADY OF THE HIGHWAY
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Hal Hartley

THOMAS HARDY
"How Great My Grief"
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How great my grief, my joys how few,
Since first it was my fate to know thee!
- Have the slow years not brought to view
How great my grief, my joys how few,
Nor memory shaped old times anew,
   Nor loving-kindness helped to show thee
How great my grief, my joys how few,
   Since first it was my fate to know thee?


Georg Philipp Telemann
COMPLETE ORCHESTRAL SUITES, VOL I
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Pratum Integrum Orchestra

TOMAS TRANSTRÖMER
"The Indoors Is Endless"
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It’s spring in 1827, Beethoven
hoists his death-mask and sails off.

The grindstones are turning in Europe’s windmills.
The wild geese are flying northwards.

Here is the north, here is Stockholm
swimming palaces and hovels.

The logs in the royal fireplace
collapse from Attention to At Ease.

Peace prevails, vaccine and potatoes,
but the city wells breathe heavily.

Privy barrels in sedan chairs like paschas
are carried by night over the North Bridge.

The cobblestones make them stagger
mamselles loafers gentlemen.

Implacably still, the sign-board
with the smoking blackamoor.

So many islands, so much rowing
with invisible oars against the current!

The channels open up, April May
and sweet honey dribbling June.

The heat reaches islands far out.
The village doors are open, except one.

The snake-clock’s pointer licks the silence.
The rock slopes glow with geology’s patience.

It happened like this, or almost.
It is an obscure family tale

about Erik, done down by a curse
disabled by a bullet through the soul.

He went to town, met an enemy
and sailed home sick and grey.

Keeps to his bed all that summer.
The tools on the wall are in mourning.

He lies awake, hears the woolly flutter
of night moths, his moonlight comrades.

His strength ebbs out, he pushes in vain
against the iron-bound tomorrow.

And the God of the depths cries out of the depths
‘Deliver me! Deliver yourself!’

All the surface action turns inwards.
He’s taken apart, put together.

The wind rises and the wild rose bushes
catch on the fleeing light.

The future opens, he looks into
the self-rotating kaleidoscope

sees indistinct fluttering faces
family faces not yet born.

By mistake his gaze strikes me
as I walk around here in Washington

among grandiose houses where only
every second column bears weight.

White buildings in crematorium style
where the dream of the poor turns to ash.

The gentle downward slope gets steeper
and imperceptibly becomes an abyss.



Translated by Robin Fulton


Monday, July 25, 2022

Marin Marais
PIÈCES DU VIOLE DU SECOND LIVRE (1701)
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Jordi Savall
Anne Gallet
Hopkinson Smith

MIRCEA ELIADE
Yoga - Immortality and Freedom
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When one approaches an exotic spirituality, one understands principally what one is predestined to understand by one's own vocation, by one's own cultural orientation, and that of the historical moment to which one belongs.


Sunday, July 24, 2022

SHARP OBJECTS
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Jean-Marc Vallée
USA, 2018
THE FINAL TOUR (1960)
The Bootleg Series Vol. 6
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Miles Davis and John Coltrane

Saturday, July 23, 2022

RAGING BULL
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Martin Scorsese
USA, 1980
LIFTED, or THE STORY IS IN THE SOIL, KEEP YOUR EAR TO THE GROUND
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Bright Eyes

EHSAN SEHGAL
"A Dream Man"
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You think you have discovered
The man of your dreams
Whom you love with the depth of your heart
But you don't know yet
You are a dream of his love
What shall happen
When you come to know
He loves someone else


Friday, July 22, 2022

JOHN AND THE HOLE
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Pascual Sisto
USA, 2021
SACRIFICIUM
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Cecilia Bartoli

Giovanni Antonini
Il Gardino Armonico

JOEL KOVEL
Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
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I feel that the notion of Zionism, as that there is this kind of destiny of the Jewish people to have their own state, is just a wrong idea. And it's an idea that requires signing on to imperialism. It means signing on to ethnic cleansing. It means—despite everything that has been said about it, it means basically becoming a racist situation, where you're oppressing an indigenous population and depriving them of their right to existence, and then thinking that somehow you can go ahead and have a decent life on that basis. And you can't, in my view. And I join hands with those people who feel that the time has come to basically think of Israel in the same category as South Africa, as a state that just has gone wrong and needs replacement.


Thursday, July 21, 2022

Wilco
ALPHA MIKE FOXTROT
RARE TRACKS 1994-2014
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