31 December 2009

Kahlo y Calderón

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón
Coyoacán, Ciudad de México; 6 de julio de 1907 - 13 de julio de 1954

Las últimas palabras en su diario fueron: "Espero alegre la salida y espero no volver jamás."

30 December 2009

joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année

I hear music and there's no one there
I smell blossoms and the trees are bare

29 December 2009

parfois la folie est la sagesse

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: July 24, 1900 (Montgomery, Alabama) – March 10, 1948 (Asheville, North Carolina)

[On the checklist designed by ZSF for her show at the Cary Ross Studio in Manhattan from March 29 to April 30, 1934 appeared a drawing of a swan and the motto: "Parfois la Folie est la Sagesse".]

28 December 2009

some neo-pagans, 1911

a novelist, two doctors and a poet

Clifford Bridge, Drewsteignton, Devon

23 December 2009

Les liaisons dangereuses, 1782

Lettre III: De Cécile Volanges à Sophie Carnay aux Ursulines de...
Paris, ce 4 Août 17**.

Je t'assure que le monde n'est pas aussi amusant que nous l'imaginions.>

Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos (18 Octobre 1741 – 5 Septembre 1803)

22 December 2009

18 December 2009

Raymond Queneau (21 Février 1903 – 25 Octobre 1976)

What if Bach's Die Kunst der Fuge were rendered into literature? Raymond Queneau's answer:

14 December 2009

H.D. September 10, 1886 – September 27, 1961

But the body, I suppose, like a lump of coal fulfills its highest function when it is being consumed.

When coal burns it gives off heat.

The body consumed with love gives off heat.

But taken a step further, coal may be used to make gas, an essence, a concentrated, ethereal form of coal.

So with the body. It may burn out simply as heat or physical love. That may be good. But it is also interesting to understand the process whereby the heat of the physical body is transmuted to this other, this different form, concentrated, ethereal, which we refer to in common speech as spirit.

It is all spirit but spirit in different forms.
Notes on Thought and Vision
Scilly Islands, July 1919

11 December 2009

... it's just war ...

"What a wolf is in a sheep-fold, a great man is in society."

Henry Fielding
in The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great (1743)
Book 4, Chapter 3


The same might apply to the place and value of a great country in the world.

09 December 2009

IT help desk 1864

civil war military telegraph operators in Petersburg, Virginia

08 December 2009

buen camino, peregrino -- e ultreia! e sus eia!

Le chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle en Espagne
Dante distingue ainsi le Romieu (pèlerin de Rome), le Palmerius (qui va à Jérusalem) et le peregrinus ( pèlerin de Santiago).

04 December 2009

Alice Stokes Paul, 1885–1977

1st Session
H. R. 406
To posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Alice Paul in recognition of her role in the women's suffrage movement and in advancing equal rights for women.
January 11, 2007


"I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality." - Alice Paul, 1972 interview

03 December 2009

Henry Fielding anticipates the greatness of US politicians

US leaders, great men and women all, deliver the goods: "... the end for which they seem to have come into the world, viz. of perpetrating vast and mighty mischief ..."


Jonathan Wild (1743)

Book 1, Chapter 1

02 December 2009

it's just this little cromium switch here ...

much ado about Proctor, Austin, Bergman, and Ossman ... Firesigns all.
Oh, Blinding Light!

Oh Blinding Light! Oh Light That Blinds!
I cannot, cannot see.
The Sun's behind the Moon's bright shine.
Who will look out for me?
Look out! Look out that space-hole tube
To see the Eye of God.
You know for sure He's watching you,
His only Lonely Child.
as performed at the 1972 National Surrealists Light Peoples Party Convention by The New 60s Space Choraleers (featuring Annalee and Tiny, The Firebelles)
"Just because the war might be over doesn't mean we have to stop."
-General DC Blame of the Veterans Tapdance Administration, "a wise guy ... um, rule! ... to be guided by."
Not insane?

Jeanne Hébuterne, le 6 avril 1898 (Meaux en Seine-et-Marne) – le 25 janvier 1920 (Paris)

24 November 2009


Studying about that good old way.

20 November 2009

Milligan, Sellers, Secombe lighten up

"THE Minnie Bannister, the darling of Roper's Light Horse and the Third Foot and Mouth," "Count Jim 'Knees' Moriarty, fruit-bottler extraordinary to the house of Ponque and ex-World Turkish Bath champion," "Dashing Dennis of the Calcutta Mule Followers," "a bundle of Welsh rags suddenly become animate," "Haveldar Singiz-Thingh," "Crutty Herbert," "me old bat man Neddie Seagoon," and a cast of thousands.

17 November 2009

Fire on Fire

"... And, if we tear this kingdom down, tear it down,

Let it be with a deserving and joyous sound."

"Sirocco" from The Orchard, 2008

Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada

"Quiero hacer contigo lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos."

-Pablo Neruda.

13 November 2009

11 November 2009

La dolce vita, Fellini 1960

Tonight's screening at the Informal Film Club.

09 November 2009

road trip to Southern Wisconsin to sing shape-notes

Left the Twin Cities at 4:30 a.m., drove down for about 5 hours, sang loud for about 5 hours, drove back for about 5 hours, returning at 9:30 p.m. ... quite a successful day.

04 November 2009

but can we get medicaid to cover it?

Beowulf, lines 1903 to 1914

In March 2000, I heard Seamus Heaney talk about his translation of Beowulf. He read this passage out. The presentation copies of these two pieces I gave him were, as he put it, "borne back to Ireland as reverse-booty." ["Booty" in the piratical, not anatomical, sense.]

02 November 2009

biblia sacra vulgata, psalmus XXXIV: xv


28 October 2009