Saturday, June 22, 2024

Playing

Judy Garland
JUDY AT CARNEGIE HALL


JAMES BALDWIN

Throw everything out of your mind. Read a little, sleep. The world will still be here when you wake up, and there'll still be everything left to do.



Daily Painting

Lucian Freud
EVACUEE BOY (1942)

Friday, June 21, 2024

Reading

Kaveh Akbar
MARTYR!

Watching

KINDS OF KINDNESS
Yorgos Lanthimos
USA-UK-Ireland, 2024


Playing

PJ Harvey and John Parish
A WOMAN A MAN WALKED BY


JAMES BALDWIN
"Amen"

No, I don't feel death coming.
I feel death going:
having thrown up his hands,
for the moment.
I feel like I know him
better than I did.
Those arms held me,
for a while,
and, when we meet again,
there will be that secret knowledge
between us



Daily Painting

Jean-Michel Basquiat
SELF-PORTRAIT (1982)

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Watching

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE
Val Guest
UK, 1961

Currently Playing

Bonnie "Prince" Billy
THE LETTING GO


WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
"Sonnet 18"

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.



Daily Painting

Virgil Finlay
SELF-PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN (1932)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Watching

EXHUMA
Jang Jae-hyun
Korea, 2024

Playing

Josephine Baker
THE FABULOUS JOSEPHINE BAKER


JRR TOLKIEN
The Hobbit

“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.



Daily Painting

Shigeo Ishii
ACROBATS [The Violence Series] (1956)

Monday, June 17, 2024

Watching

THE LOST BOYS
Joel Schumacher
USA, 1987


Playing

BALKAN DISCOVERIES

Theo Plath
Oliver Triendl

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Bruno Bjelinski
PRELUDIJ, ARIA, I RONDO FÜR FAGOTT UND KLAVIER

Marcel Mihalovici
SONATE FÜR FAGOTT UND KLAVIER, OP. 76

Ivo Petric
SONATE FÜR FAGOTT UND KLAVIER (1954)

Konstantia Gourzi
ANGEL SIX MINIATURES FOR PEACE FÜR FAGOTT

Fazil Say
MAY 2020 FÜR FAGOTT

Boris Papandopulo
ELEGIE FÜR FAGOTT UND KLAVIER (1965)
SCHERZO FÜR FAGOTT UND KLAVIER

Pancho Vladiguerov
CAPRICE FÜR FAGOTT UND KLAVIER


DYLAN THOMAS
"Clown in the Moon"

My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.

I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.



Daily Painting

Joan Eardley
SNOW (1968)

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Watching

SCAVENGERS REIGN
Joe Bennett and Charles Huettner
USA, 2023




It's almost like America is moving into the 21st Century ... in a FEW areas.








Playing

PJ Harvey
WHITE CHALK - DEMOS

Who are we to judge the agents of God's will?

Playing

PJ Harvey
WHITE CHALK


JRR TOLKIEN

I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which "Escape" is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?

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Personal note: I love that Tolkien capitalized Escape.



Daily Painting

Sir William Fettes Douglas
STONEHAVEN HARBOUR (1874)

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Currently Playing

CLUB MOD on allclassical.org

Hosted by Andrea Murray

Pedro is aging at one-quarter Paul Rudd speed.




Currently Playing

Yo La Tengo
PRISONERS OF LOVE


JRR TOLKIEN
The Children of Húrin

A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.



Daily Painting

Paul Klee
GESPENST EINES GENIES [GHOST OF A GENIUS] (1922)

Friday, June 14, 2024

Currently Reading

Hannah Lewis
MINI-FOREST REVOLUTION
Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World

Currently Watching

TUESDAY
Daina O. Pusić
UK-USA, 2024

Currently Playing

Leonard Rosenman
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


JRR TOLKIEN

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.



Daily Painting

Tom Jung
POSTER ART FOR RALPH BAKSHI'S THE LORD OF THE RINGS (1978)

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Unwatchable film. Masterpiece score.



Thursday, June 13, 2024

Currently Watching

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
Philip Kaufman
USA, 1978

Currently Watching

OLDER GODS
David A. Roberts
UK, 2023

Currently Watching

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
Don Segel
USA, 1956

Currently Watching

FRANK & ZED
Jesse Blanchard
USA, 2020

Currently Playing

James Yorkston, Nina Persson, and The Second Hand Orchestra
THE GREAT WHITE SEA EAGLE


BRETT BLAKENEY

What was your tanning bed set on? Self Clean?



Daily Painting

Catherine Maude Nichols
ON THE NORWICH RIVER, NORFOLK

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Currently Watching

PRINCESSE TAM-TAM
Edmond T. Gréville
France, 1935


Albert Préjean, Robert Arnoux, Germaine Aussey


Currently Playing

Georges Bizet
SYMPHONY IN C MAJOR

Leonard Bernstein
New York Philharmonic


OATH OF OFFICE FOR US MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

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SITTING MEMBER OF CONGRESS LAUREN BOEBERT

I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinking letter, and it means nothing like what they say it does.



Daily Painting

Gerrit Dou
THE NIGHT SCHOOL (c. 1660)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Currently Watching

ZOU ZOU
Marc Allegret
France, 1932


Currently Playing

PJ Harvey
DRY