I had a dream I can't forget:I stand in or on a deck or the roof of my former ramshackle mountain house(beautiful interior - an ugly exterior!)I look up the street, and a horror! --I see another sprawling ramshacklehouse two doors upbeing pushed over toward meby an immense unseen forceThe falling house hits the next-door house(another another sprawling ramshackle!)- which goes down as spectacularlyand toward my housebut falls short of hitting us- which is a miracle!Something bright causes me to turn my head to the rightand see amidst a luminous and dark cloud just above us an angel within merged and almost obscuredby the luminous clouda long blue gown she is inand arms at her sides andNo wings...but - a vision of some kindly elvish queenwith powers and help for us just now She is a few shades lighter bluethan Maxfield Parrish's skiesbut she radiates a faint lightoutward....----------------------------------------------
Prof Tolkien's dictum,*Not all those who wander are lost*
is compelling since it has several grains
of truth.... and thoughtful......however, one can only surmise what an
irreverentcomedian such as Groucho would do with such a line of material - it cries out to be a Meme,
much as "...one does not simply walk into Mordor.. "....
Invisible? I never had that sensation, esp. since I started making art,
a century or so ago with self-depictions, done first by a pro, but then,
almost immediately my own, and, becoming more subtle and
skulking in that genre, as well as moving away from that to other
genres on a wide spectrum...but...returning consistently to
self-depiction in some form, also under compulsion,
but as often, under the influence of muses, voyeurs, and mentors...
I take some pride that my interests in art span
the gamut, much of the spectrum of human
expression. From what few have imagined,
or ever will, or ever understand...to.... what
_all_ can understand and love. The beautiful
is always a possibility for the artist. The un-beautiful
and seemingly morbid, is surprisingly often the subject for
sublime art... The aesthetics of the Hellenes and the Jews
and often, of the Celts and English,
are an unmelded universe to be explored...
And the shock of the modern, will never cease...
Those who work toward interfaith reconciliation
do good work. I believe all who are interested in spiritual matters should work to get the Western Church to repent, and atone for its behavior the past 1800+ years.....E.g., many of the concepts of the "dark", and "evil",and the "devil", esp artful extended characterizationsof the demonic originate in Catholicism, i.e., the largest and most pervasive and most influential of theAbrahamic faiths. They are lesser in numbers now than Muslims, but still retain much of their cultural hegemony in the West. Their Christianization of the Paganswas a calamity for humanity. The Jews and Muslims do not even have a fraction of the genocidal tendencies of the Catholics and other Christians. The church in the west wiped out countless indigenous pagan culture, traditions, art, and languages in Europe, and....then..... did the same in the New World. They continue to protect their pederasts up to the present day.....
That oh-so-kind and gentle religious enterprisein The West has been a curse on humanityfor 1800+ years. They invented the Devil, Dark Magic, anti-semitism, genocide, and probably most pederastythat involves small, unconsenting, and innocent children.Look for that culprit in your thoughts and readings re modern Western
The modern Sinn Fein's atrocities have donefor Irish Kultur what The National Socialistsdid in Germany. Not explicitly antisemitic,but their mindless many cruel murders andacts of terror did the trick. And, that IrishPMs have upheld their status as uninformed
antisemiticdupes, only serves to reinforce my sense thatCeltic Kultur has been dealt another bad blow. (Ireland's neutrality during WWII was a very badsign... much more than was necessary to showtheir continued dislike of all things British...)
I now have seen "Birdman" three times. I can't recommend it enough.
Most reviews on DA do not do it justice, and do not reveal
its many subtleties. I would vote for it for best picture.
Over "Budapest Hotel".....very
slightly....both may be re-seen many times.
And, to see something new each time. Both have
received many awards in several venues.
INTO THE WOODS !
....by Stephen Sondheim....
The most likeable musical-movie in several decades!!
I can't recommend it enough.
I have never liked the modern composers Sondheim and
Lloyd-Weber, but must concede that the latter esp has
composed a handful of lovely lovely songs...amidst
an atonal recitative style that both use ... all the more
impressive how the somewhat older Sondheim musical,
but new movie, struck me so well.
Such gemütlichkeit!-- to coin a phrase!
... the Deutsch is closer to the situation
....I must sample trash once in a great while...
...and the "fifty shades" is a perfect example...
(....the scene...for the unimaginative....and one wit
suggested that since it could only be done as a comedy
parody, with these folks in the roles....WITTY! ...
Seth Myers as Fifty
Tina Fey as Ana
Amy Poehler as Kate Skinny
Seth Rogan as Elliot Grey
Zach Galifianakis as Jose
Sarah Jessica Parker as Mrs Robinson
Tony Hillerman immersion...The Navaho...
Leopardi Canti immersion (Galassi tran.)
The Axion Esti (Elytis Keeley trans)
Flicks (generally B or higher only are shown...):
Into The Woods (A)
The Hobbit (A-) ....still revising Prof. Tolkien
Birdman (the best, displacing Nightcrawler - unsurpassable....)
The Hustler (Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason - a gem)
Whistle Down The Wind (Hayley Mills - beautiful - before her Disneyfication)
Exodus (2014 ....B+..... the 1959 Paul Newman movie will last)
Bad Bosses 2 (C) sophomoric, raunchy ...sometimes funny
Nightcrawler (A) Oscar-nominations pending
Dracula Untold (B+)
Gone Girl (B+)
John Wick (B) ...shades of The Matrix
This Is Where I Leave You (B+)
The life Aquatic (B+)
The West (Ken Burns series) (A)
The BoxTrolls (A-)
The Judge (A-)
Alexander's Terrible Day (B+)
Left Behind (...I walked out 20 min into it....)
A Walk Among The Tombstones (B+)
The Equalizer (B+)
The Drop (A-)
L'Shanna Tova to all
A few weeks filled with
my small attentions paid to traditions
and hope, blessings, light...finally, atonement....
I have made comments at 6x the rate I receive them.
In future I will focus on reciprocity.
Stalwart loyal friends are the sweetest in this life!
...a mostly....non-business agenda...
So many small docs projects that take precious time...
Always the need for Confidantes
Traversing a maze of business affairs
Stretching Coin to avoid depletion of my Patrimony
Parental.... anxious.... Communiques with my children
Continued unpacking....! Many sweltering days and sweaty naked nights mitigating the heat in Coarsegold
Staying Away From Lost Old Mtn House And Its Ghosts
Still practicing scales, exercises, Hanon - a glimmer of skill visible - just a glimmer
Some encouraging Research on Building With VA bennies
Reading Kafka, Agnon, Turtledove, W.S., Heinlein...
Listening To Dowland's Lute, Ludwig's Chambermusic and piano
...whatever I pass by in my labyrinthine and unsorted rooms...
Slews Of Old Movies from Turner and Youtube
Beach Blanket Babylon With two Old and Dear Friends
Stays In West Portal and Solace There
Several Wanderings Around SF Bay, With Children, or With A lovely friend:
Japantown now our fav for eating out,
Several Visits to Legion De Honneur
(dirty) Ocean Beach Along Great Hwy
Beautiful, Imacculate Pacifica and Beaches South
Hwy 1 From SF to SC ,
Practice Drives W. Son before Test
Long Time as A Godfather To A Novelist's Debut
An Happy and Extended Father's Day, followed by...
A Trip To Yosemite...and
An Unexpected Visit By D.C. Friends
Happy Passover Chag Pesach Sameach 5774
A Few Dreams
Rude Members, Esp. In Glamour
Making swf Files Easily
A Bit Of Poetry (The Poet Speaks!)
Reflections On The Muse
A Day In SF
A New Abode
More Poetry And Song
Education In The US
Nazis On DA
Thoughts On Kink Genres
A Critical Word On DA's Young Writers
Artists passings: PS Hoffman, M. Rooney, B. Hoskins, HR Giger...
Regarding funerary art - not always an oxymoron....
Some of my older funerary photos:
Happy Passover Chag Pesach Sameach A very happy day driving along Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz
and back, this past weekend, with my youngest daughter, and my son.
A bit of a solitary Seder etc today, but more to come this week...
A Few Dreams
The elements of my dreams always have been recurring:
- attending tests - completely unprepared - _big_ rooms with fantastic questions...and....bluebooks
- unclothed among strangers
- driving in stephen king neighborhoods
- driving in neighborhoods of rows of dark wooden shacks
- posing for leering fems - rare - but rather pleasant ("...Une salle...")
- standing in front of monumental forbidding buildings resembling temples
- flying a la atop Falcor in Never Ending Story
- inside a dome of flowers
- encountering richly clothed noblewomen with bright, eager, eyes....just before dream ends....arrrrghh!
...enough for now....
Rude members + Glamour models here
Its an interesting environment here. I would never think of
making a low-class or red-neck comment. (an oft-heard complaint
by glamour artists.) I'm just old-fashioned, I suppose.
However, there a lot of DAers -- shall we say, with relatively low educational
levels here.... (If you doubt it....read the posts on the glamour art pages here...
And, many assume that if a woman poses nude, and only presents
"glamour"/modern poses, that the message
she is sending is that she _wants_ and expects attention from
the lower-classes. I don't know what to say about that, except that
most nude glamour models here, although with gorgeous exteriors,
are a little dim and naive. Proof? .......They often misunderstand
CONSTRUCTIVE criticism of their photographer, and abruptly block
w/o trying to communicate. Even native English speakers. I kid you not. Try it.
In any case, I avoid these glamour-oriented groups and photographers,
for the simple reason that there is not any art but a little decorative art,
and eye-candy, primarily.
(Also, if one wants major-league photographers in all genres, DA is not the
best place to look. Flickr for instance is uniformly higher-quality photography.
If one suggests to a great model that she and her photographer that they
try classic poses and stock, such as lockstock, they don't know what one
is talking about. The vast majority of the glamour models here, are Prima Donnas,
and I especially, having known one such, intimately, for several years, know the type.
That's very naive.
Except at a personal level, between two people.
History reveals that
virtually all national boundaries
and conflicts were settled by violence.
And, I am not the first to reveal the obvious.
In hindsight, "violence" (good vs evil)
taken earlier rather than later
could've prevented much of the carnage of WWII.
Historians are unanimous re the case of the
national socialism, and that it was and will remain
a catastrophe for German Kultur.
The Turkish-Sultanate, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot,
and other mass murderers all emerged from
a background of extreme violence and
murder. It has been the human way to settle
tribal disagreements for a 100 thousand years.
Indigenous tribes worldwide, as well of much of Europe
were at war most of the past 500 years,
as all historians reveal.
Then, there is the matter of Justice.
Bill Gates (about as Goyish as anybody can be) advertised for a new chairman of Microsoft Europe. 5,000 candidates show up at the job screening.
They are assembled in a large room. Among them is Maurice Cohen, a French Jew, a small, bearded, bespeckled man.
Bill Gates thanks the candidates for coming but asks all those who are not familiar with the JAVA programming language to leave; 2,000 people rise and leave the room.
Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I do not know this language but what have I got to lose if I stay? I'll give it a try".
Bill Gates then asks all those who have no experience of managing teams of more than 100 people to leave. Another 2,000 people go. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I have never managed anybody but myself but what have I got to lose if I stay? What can happen to me?"
Then Bill Gates asks all candidates who do not have outstanding academic qualifications to rise and leave; 500 people remove themselves. Maurice Cohen says to himself, "I left school at 15 but what have I got to lose if I stay? So he stays in the room.
Lastly, Bill Gates asks all of the candidates who do not speak the Serbo-Croatian language to rise and leave; 498 people rise and leave the room. Maurice Cohen says himself, "I do not speak Serbo-Croatian but what the hell! Have I got anything to lose?"
He finds himself alone with one other candidate. Everyone else has gone.
Bill Gates joins them and says: "Apparently you are the only two candidates who know JAVA, have managed large teams of employees, have advanced PhD degrees, and who can speak Serbo-Croatian. I'd like to hear you converse with one another in Serbo-Croatian."
Calmly Maurice turns to the other candidate and says to him: "Baruch ata Adonai."
The other candidate answers: "Elohénu melech ha'olam."
From an artist with powerful skills:
"A dirty book is rarely dusty." ~ Anon.
"Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life is the other way around." ~ David Lodge
"Familiarity breeds contempt--and children." ~ Mark Twain
"It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins." ~ Chinese Proverb
"Sex at age ninety is like trying to shoot pool with a rope." ~ George Burns
"I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." ~ Rodney Dangerfield
"I've been around so long, I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin." ~ Groucho Marx
"My father told me all about the birds and the bees--the liar. I went steady with a woodpecker till I was twenty-one" ~ Bob Hope
"I know nothing about sex, because I was always married." ~ Zsa Zsa Gabor
"Anticipation makes the hard-on longer." ~ Itsby Stevintary
"The difference between light and hard is that you can sleep with a light on." ~ Anon
"A promiscuous person is a person who is getting more sex than you are." ~ Victor Lownes
"A nymphomaniac is someone who has more sex than you do." ~ Alfred Kinsey
"Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man." ~ Mignon McLaughlin
"A student undergoing a word-association test was asked why a snowstorm put him in mind of sex. He replied frankly: 'because everything does.'" ~ Honor Tracy
"Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact." ~ Marlene Dietrich
"Men are those creatures with two legs and eight hands." ~ Jayne Mansfield
"Chastity: The most unnatural of the sexual perversions." ~ Aldous Huxley
"Don't worry, it only seems kinky the first time. ~ Anon
"Kinky is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken." ~ Anon
"I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults." ~ Gore Vidal
"There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. People should be very free with sex--they should draw the line at goats." ~ Elton John
"My girlfriend said to me in bed last night: 'you're a pervert.' I said, 'That's a big word for a girl of nine.'" ~ Emo Philips
"Sex on television can't hurt you, unless you fall off." ~ Anon
"Were kisses all the joys in bed,
One woman would another wed." ~ William Shakespeare
"He in a few minutes ravished this fair creature, or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him." ~ Henry Fielding
"I once knew a woman who offered her honor
So I honored her offer
And all night long I was on her and off her." ~ Anon
"Nothing risqué, nothing gained." ~ Alexander Woollcott
"Be naughty--save Santa a trip. ~ Anon
"I think I could fall madly in bed with you." ~ Anon
"When a man talks dirty to a woman, it's sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it's $3.95 a minute." ~ Anon
"The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs less." ~ Brendan Francis
"Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable." ~ Lord Chesterfield
"Sex: the thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble." ~ John Barrymore
"When a guy goes to a hooker, he's not paying her for sex, he's paying her to leave." ~ Anon
"Vanity, revenge, loneliness, boredom, all apply: lust is one of the least of the reasons for promiscuity." ~ Mignon McLaughlin
"An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex." ~ Aldous Huxley
"There's nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex." ~ Billy Joel
"Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth, it's a cure." ~ Thomas Szasz
"We have reason to believe that man first walked upright to free his hands for masturbation." ~ Lily Tomlin
"The good thing about masturbation is that you don't have to get dressed up for it." ~ Truman Capote
"How lucky we are that we can reach our genitals instead of that spot on our back that itches." ~ Flash Rosenberg
"Life in Lubbock, Texas taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth, and you should save it for someone you love." ~ Butch Hancock
"Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't! ~ George Bernard Shaw
"I thank God I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty." ~ John Waters
"Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?" ~Rita Rudner
"The only thing wrong with being an atheist is that there's nobody to talk to during anorgasm." ~Anon
"For women the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time." ~ Isabel Allende
"I think men talk to women so they can sleep with them and women sleep with men so they can talk to them." ~ Jay McInerney
"Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place." ~ Billy Crystal
"Desire is in men a hunger, in women only an appetite." ~ Mignon McLaughlin
"Among men, sex sometimes results in intimacy; among women, intimacy sometimes results in sex." ~ Barbara Cartland
"My wife is a sex object--every time I ask for sex, she objects." ~ Les Dawson
"What's the three words you never want to hear while making love? 'Honey, I'm home!'" ~ Ken Hammond
"You know that look women get when they want sex? . . . Me neither." ~ Steve Martin
"To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent. She can't wait to disprove it." ~ Cary Grant
"When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities." ~ Matt Groening
"I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce." ~ J. Edgar Hoover
"Obscenity is whatever gives the Judge an erection." ~ Anon
"Pornography: That which excites, whether from approval or disapproval." ~ Leonard Rossiter
"My reaction to porn films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first 20 minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live." ~Erica Jong
"The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting." ~ Gloria Leonard
"What's the difference between art and pornography? . . . a government grant! ~ Peter Griffin
"Pornography is literature designed to be read with one hand." ~ Angela Lambert
"Pornography is in the loin of the beholder." ~ Charles Rembar
"Pornography is supposed to arouse sexual desires. If pornography is a crime, when will they arrest makers of perfume?" ~ Richard Fleischer
"There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection is the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted." ~ Judith Martin, in Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior
. . . and, lastly, the following from Woody Allen:
"My brain: it's my second favorite organ."
"Don't knock masturbation--it's sex with someone I love."
"Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand."
"Sex relieves tension--love causes it."
"Sex between a man and a woman can be absolutely wonderful--provided you get between the right man and the right woman."
"Remember, if you smoke after sex you're doing it too fast."
"Is sex dirty? Only if it's done right."
"My love life is terrible. The last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty."
[On bisexuality]: "It immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night."
"Sex without love is an empty experience, but as empty experiences go it's one of the best."
"Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions."