21 December 2011

George Sand

Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, née à Paris (anciennement au n° 15 de la rue Meslay, au 46 actuellement, 3e arrondissement) le 1er juillet 1804 et morte à Nohant le 8 juin 1876


« ... les apôtres sont en route ; ils vont par divers chemins et par petites troupes.»


« ... Nous périrons, nous sommes des hommes; mais les idées ne meurent pas, et celle que nous avons jetée dans le monde nous survivra.»

Lettres d'un voyageur (1857)
VIII. Le prince

11 November 2011

Lyke Wake Dirge

This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte,
And Christe receive thy saule.

When thou from hence away art past,
Every nighte and alle,
To Whinny-muir thou com'st at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
Every nighte and alle,
Sit thee down and put them on;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If hosen and shoon thou ne'er gav'st nane
Every nighte and alle,
The whinnes sall prick thee to the bare bane;
And Christe receive thy saule.

From Whinny-muir whence thou may'st pass,
Every nighte and alle,
To Brig o' Dread thou com'st at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If ever thou gav'st silver and gold,
Every nighte and alle,
At t' Brig o' Dread thou'lt find foothold,
And Christe receive thy saule.

But if silver and gold thou never gav'st nane,
Every nighte and alle,
Down thou tumblest to Hell flame,
And Christe receive thy saule.

From Brig o' Dread whence thou may'st pass,
Every nighte and alle,
To Purgatory fire thou com'st at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If ever thou gav'st meat or drink,
Every nighte and alle,
The fire sall never make thee shrink;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If meat or drink thou ne'er gav'st nane,
Every nighte and alle,
The fire will burn thee to the bare bane;
And Christe receive thy saule.

This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte,
And Christe receive thy saule.

09 November 2011

Leningrad Cowboys

All the storms in winter and the birds in spring again

I do not count the time

05 November 2011

A penny for the Old Guy

"... the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions."

24 October 2011

"... you know, I gave it all up for the stage."

Tom Waits
Pay Me
from Bad As Me (2011)

06 October 2011

"Occupy your own heart; the soul of the world longs for your companionship."
Phil Rockstroh
Occupying the Heart of the Beast, October 5, 2011

27 September 2011


"Let me fall out of the window with confetti in my hair ..."

Tom Waits
Tango 'Til They're Sore
from Rain Dogs 1985

23 September 2011

... truth is molten ...

... sorrow more distant than a star.

22 September 2011

Puerta del Sol, Madrid and NYC General Assemblies


"We have a space to be together and share our worryings and share our ideas [about] what can we do to try to change the world, and the first thing is to change ourselves."

Monica Lopez
representative from Spain's 15-May Movement to NYC General Assembly
Liberty Square, NYC interview

20 September 2011

16 September 2011

We have to make room for other people. It's a wheel. You get on; you have to go to the end.

-Vivian Maier

14 September 2011

... And so they sing one thing and mean another. ...

... to make our Angelinia a free and peaceful land again ...


And you sang, "Sail to me
Sail to me, let me enfold you"
Here I am, here I am
Waiting to hold you.

Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett
Song to the Siren

[covered by
This Mortal Coil


A blue muscle from the moon
pulls our ship toward a sheaf of rock
where they lie. They are as naked
as scissors and sing with the same
promise of release. Their red songs
rise around us like flamingos. ...

Mekeel McBride
from Odysseus and the Sirens


Miroslava Safránková

Malá mořská víla
(1976, dir Kachyna)

10 September 2011

"... Live because of the sun, the dream, the excitable gift."

"... and the street is unfindable for an entire lifetime."

Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928, Newton, Massachusetts – October 4, 1974, Weston, Massachusetts)

"... Riding the waves on the sea."
Peter Gabriel
Mercy Street
from So (1986)

07 September 2011

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."

Mario Savio
University of California, Berkeley
Sproul Hall Steps
December 2, 1964

06 September 2011

À propos de Nice (dir Jean Vigo, 1930)


And it is best to never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever wonder why
So tangle - oh tangle us up in bright red ribbons!
Let's have a parade
It's been so long since we had a parade, so let's have a parade!

A Silver Mt Zion
Built then burnt (hurrah! hurrah!)
from Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward, 2001

02 September 2011

« Auch zu lieben ist gut: denn Liebe ist schwer. Liebhaben von Mensch zu Mensch: das ist vielleicht das Schwerste, was uns aufgegeben ist, das Äußerste, die letzte Probe und Prüfung, die Arbeit, für die alle andere Arbeit nur Vorbereitung ist. »

Rainer Maria Rilke
Briefe an einen jungen Dichter

Brief an Franz Xaver Kappus
Rom, am 14. Mai 1904

30 August 2011

Perdido en el corazon de la grande Babylon

Antonin Artaud, né Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, à Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), le 4 septembre 1896 et mort à Ivry-sur-Seine le 4 mars 1948.


Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad

-Manu Chao

21 August 2011

"Tout ce que nous n'avons pas à notre naissance et dont nous avons besoin étant grands, nous est donné par l'éducation."

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Émile, ou De l’éducation
Livre 1:14

20 August 2011

"... And I've got my plan it's written on a napkin
I start over every day and I see what happens ..."

Franc Graham

19 August 2011

"There's a little bit of them in me
and a little bit of me in them."

Pretty Ugly
Trollin' Withdrawal

17 August 2011

La règle du jeu (dir Renoir, 1939)


« L'amour dans la société, c'est l'échange de deux fantaisies et le contact de deux épidermes. »

15 August 2011

"We go crying, we come laughing,

Never understand the time we're passing."

Bruce Cockburn
The Burden of the Angel/Beast
from Dart to the Heart (1994)

11 August 2011

"If she won't believe it, then nobody ever will."

-Kim Boekbinder
Impossible Girl #4

22 July 2011

Henry Fool (dir Hartley, 1998)


"... you're a genius, enough to be a fool ..."

The Magnetic Fields
My Only Friend

19 July 2011

"The Call of the West", or "Neoliberalism"

"Alright men, search America and look under the beds!"

The Goon Show, Series 9, Episode 12, first broadcast January 20, 1959

"Demands for universal health care, the right to organize unions, or any other reforms that would improve the lot of the working majority are simply not, as the pundits put it, on the table. Neoliberalism, at its heart, is class war from above waged under the guise of rational, technocratic management of an economy that must – as neoliberals claim – be shielded from the corrosive influences of democratic politics. But if inequality and social injustice is to be reversed, we need more politicization, more class conflict, not less, but the broken machinery of the liberal democratic state cannot accomodate such a development."

from Neoliberalism, Austerity, and the Global Crisis of Legitimacy
by Chris Maisano
in The Activist

06 July 2011

La Ronde (1950, dir Ophüls)

Il n'y a pas des bien fables de l'amour sans adieu.

30 June 2011

Jiří Trnka

narozen 24.2.1912. Plzeň, Rakousko - Uhersko; zemřel 30.12.1969. Praha, Československo

26 June 2011


O que é que uma pessoa quer mais?

22 June 2011

"I will tell you things at random." (Simon Jeffes)

Lena Svedberg, född 26 april 1946, död 2 juli 1972

16 June 2011

up at The Camp

four generations of first born males
Alton, New Hampshire

05 June 2011

Les contes d'Hoffmann

Jacques Offenbach (1879/1881)


as The Tales of Hoffmann
Emeri Pressburger/Michael Powell (1951)

02 June 2011

"We're so far away ...

... floating in this bay.
We're so far away from home
where we belong."

John Cale
Half-past France

01 June 2011

June 19XX

a very young Skraeling, quite some years ago

31 May 2011

... new daughter pending ...


"... Caravans and lots of jam and maids of honor
singing, crying ..."

John Cale
Paris 1919