Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Отава Ё (Otava Yo)

Про Ивана 
("About Ivan")

Monday, December 30, 2019

SAMUEL BECKETT
Molloy

My life, my life, now I speak of it as of something over, now as of a joke which still goes on, and it is neither, for at the same time it is over and it goes on, and is there any tense for that?
I think the tall one already did.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

GABRIEL GARCIA MÁRQUEZ
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gaston was not only a fierce lover, with endless wisdom and imagination, but he was also, perhaps, the first man in the history of the species who had made an emergency landing and had come close to killing himself and his sweetheart simply to make love in a field of violets.

Saturday, December 28, 2019


SHIGERU UMEBAYASHI
In the Mood for Love

Original Score for the film by Wong Kar-Wai
Watercolor by Gao Xingjian

Delightful.
Gorgeous.
Simple.
Whimsical.
Gentle.
Counter-intuitive.
Appropriate.
JACK LONDON

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.

I shall use my time living.

Friday, December 27, 2019


The thought that "Lolita" is dead at 73 is just fucking weird.
SAM SHEPARD
Action

Could you create some reason for me to move? Some justification for me to find myself somewhere else?




Thursday, December 26, 2019

CASE
Ritual of Abduction

Baldvin Z
Iceland, 2015
JOHN FOWLES from The Magus

“The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed.“

“I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

“You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.”
FLANNERY O'CONNOR

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.


FERNANDO PESSOA

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019


JULIE ANDREWS
"In The Bleak Mid-winter"


NUTCRACKER!

Matthew Bourne
UK, 2003

ANNIE LENNOX
James Glossup - Daily Beast, 2014
JOHNNY MARKS
"Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas"

Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet
Oh, ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year!

Отава Ё и Василиса (Otava Yo and Vasilisa)

"Как в Иерусалиме рано зазвонили" 
(“In Jerusalem the Bells Began Ringing”)



Tuesday, December 24, 2019


JULIE ANDREWS
"I Wonder As I Wander"



NĀGĀRJUNA
“Change”

If something has an essence–
How can it ever change
Into anything else?

A thing doesn’t change into something else–
Youth does not age,
Age does not age.

If something changed into something else–
Milk would be butter
Or butter would not be milk.

Were there a trace of something,
There would be a trace of emptiness.
Were there no trace of anything,
There would be no trace of emptiness.

Buddhas say emptiness
Is relinquishing opinions.
Believers in emptiness
Are incurable.







Monday, December 23, 2019


David Colin Onze
THE EXPANSE
Season Four

USA, 2019
SUN BUER

Before our body existed,
One energy was already there.
Like jade, more lustrous as it’s polished,
Like gold, brighter as it’s refined.
Sweep clear the ocean of birth and death,
Stay firm by the door of total mastery.
A particle at the point of open awareness,
The gentle firing is warm.




Sunday, December 22, 2019

WILLIAM H. GASS
Omensetter’s Luck

Anyone, however far from us in custom or in country he otherwise may be, so long as he is human, has a soul, and through that soul can sense, the same as we, his strangeness to the life that he’s been sent to.

Seeing the publisher shifts the message into an unexpected direction.

ISAAC ASIMOV

First Law
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Second Law
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Third Law
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.


Friday, December 20, 2019




THE EXPANSE
Season Three

USA, 2018
HIS HOLINESS THE 17th KARMAPA
TRINLEY THAYE DORJE

We may set too high of a bar for ourselves when we contemplate Buddhist teachings about working for the benefit of all sentient beings. I don’t think it’s really possible to arrive at a time when you’ll be able to say to yourself that you are now accomplishing the benefit of all sentient beings. It’s more a matter of dealing with what’s directly in front of you in terms of the experiences of happiness and suffering that you - and the sentient beings you are connected with - are going through.

I think you can meet situations of suffering with an open heart and a readiness to do whatever you can to reduce the suffering of sentient beings, to free sentient beings from suffering. Or in the same way, be ready to do anything you can to further the happiness of any given sentient being that you meet and to engage in this kind of conduct with a heart of joyfulness, cheerfulness and delight. This is really the meaning of accomplishing the benefit of all sentient beings.

So it’s basically situation by situation and developing further the readiness to help, developing further this heart of wanting sentient beings to be free of suffering and to enjoy happiness in whatever situation they are in at the present. I think that’s what ‘accomplishing the benefit of all sentient beings’ really means. I don’t think that phrase means we are going to accomplish the benefit of every single sentient being at the same time.


Advent calendars of the 21st Century, unite and take over.

Thursday, December 19, 2019


BACK ROADS
MILAN KUNDERA
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The goals we pursue are always veiled. A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019



SHAME IN A GODLESS WORLD

Alex Stoddard, 2010
THOMAS BERNHARD
Wittgenstein’s Nephew

For before I met my friend there had been a period when I was prey to a morbid melancholy, if not depression, when I really believed I was lost, when for years I did no proper work but spent most of my days in a state of total apathy and often came close to putting an end to my life by my own hand. For years I had taken refuge in a terrible suicidal brooding, which deadened my mind and made everything unendurable, above all myself—brooding on the utter futility all around me, into which I had been plunged by my general weakness, but above all my weakness of character.

For a long time I could not imagine being able to go on living, or even existing. I was no longer capable of seizing upon any purpose in life that would have given me control over myself. Every morning on waking I was inevitably caught up in this mechanism of suicidal brooding, and I remained in its grip throughout the day. And I was deserted by everyone because I had deserted everyone—that is the truth—because I no longer wanted anyone. I no longer wanted anything, but I was too much of a coward to make an end of it all.

It was probably at the height of my despair—a word that I am not ashamed to use, as I no longer intend to deceive myself or gloss over anything, since nothing can be glossed over in a society and a world that perpetually seeks to gloss over everything in the most sickening manner—that Paul appeared on the scene at Irina’s apartment in the Blumenstockgasse.







Tuesday, December 17, 2019




THE EXPANSE
Season 2

USA, 2017



HERMANN HESSE
Gertrude

None of us knew how terribly these two fine people suffered in secret. I do not think that they ever stopped loving each other, but deep down in their nature they did not belong to one another.


Monday, December 16, 2019

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend

UNDONE


Sunday, December 15, 2019



HALLDÓR LAXNESS
The Atom Station

People don’t have the imagination to understand politicians. People are too innocent.



Saturday, December 14, 2019


THE EXPANSE
Season One

USA, 2015
CALVIN via BILL WATTERSON

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.



Friday, December 13, 2019