Sunday, August 08, 2004
i go up and down these stairs
twenty or thirty times a day... sometimes i notice the picture
on the landing but usually i ignore it... because it is ugly in
a bland kind of way... because i don't understand why it is there...
who found it... bought it... and put it there... as a good, necessary
or fitting image for this stairway in this house... it seems to
me to be none of those things...
when... and why...
nobody around here remembers... some blame a guy
many years back who was an artist... he "left"... to
marry... many years ago... could this be his work... no... this
is not an original... it's a mass-produced print on some kind
of hard board... maybe masonite...
has been and is a house of men... roman catholic male religious...
carmelites... we are not famous for our aesthetic sensibilities...
on the whole, our house is beige... just beige... and i fear this
may also be the color of our spirit... vivid colors we seem not
to be... rich subtle various... nope... just beige... please...
but there may be some advantage to this kind of sensory deprivation...
i suppose... it probably explains my obsessing over the tiniest
bits of garden color... blowing them up real big and all...
but this picture... some 60's
version of the muse... a feministic take on picasso's man with
a blue guitar
... woman with a blue banjo
... or maybe
the guy who bought it just thought she was pretty... anima for
the animus... as he trudges down and off to school each day...
we'll never know...
doesn't want to take it down because it will expose a mark on
the wall... the ugly frame's outline... i want to take it down...
a blank dirty wall would be better for now... this picture needs
to go away... what could take its place...
Saturday, August 07, 2004
202 - Niehus AwardThe Plainfield School
District Foundation for Excellence is pleased to announce that
Mr. John C. Murphy, Science Chair at Plainfield High School Central
Campus, is the 2004 WALTER G. and JUANITA F. NIEHUS AWARD recipient.
not quite sure what this award
is... or is worth... (if only these folks would learn to finish
their press releases)... but i'm happy to see my brother has won
it... way to go, dude... (thanks mt for the announcement.. i think
we all missed it back in may)
New York Times > A Comic-Book Response to 9/11 and Its AftermathNext month Pantheon is releasing 'In the Shadow
of No Towers,' Art Spiegelman's artistic response to the attacks
on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as an expression of his deep opposition
to the war in Iraq...
an interview with spiegelman...
(yes... you probably have to to
register for the nyt stuff... but why would you not want to...
for access to the paper of record
looking at that abebooks listing... i'm
wondering why anne waldman's copy and why nicholas delbanco's
copy are up for sale... why... if i were anne or nicholas and
had been given a signed copy of this book by john ashbery... with
love or fondness... why would i let it slip off to some used book
shop? some sadness there...
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. I wish I had this edition; it
would be worth a lot of money.
comment from j mayhew at Bemsha
remembering the books of his youth... sent me to my
shelf... and then to abebooks.com
... where i find he's correct...
if this is a first edition (it's not stated)... if this is a first
printing of the first edition... and it's in pretty/really good
condition... it's worth upwards of a hundred bucks... not a bad
return on an initial investment of 5.95... but i'm thinking that
5.95 back in 1975 was just about equal to a hundred... for me...
and what have the poems been worth ever since...
Friday, August 06, 2004
PEACE DECLARATION 2004Rekindling the
memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we pledge to do everything in
our power during the coming year to ensure that the 60th anniversary
of the atomic bombings will see a budding of hope for the total
abolition of nuclear weapons. We humbly offer this pledge for
the peaceful repose of all atomic bomb victims.
really good article on Wendell Berry
...While keeping himself put, Berry has constructed
a politics that has changed little over his 45-year literary career,
yet remains iconoclastic. In the 1970s, he made new-guard environmentalism
look aged by marrying it with traditional agrarian sentiment.
Then he made 'conservatives' look like reckless futurists by pointing
to the threat that unchecked market growth and technological expansion
pose to both community values and ecological well-being. In a
nation ostensibly locked into a well-defined political divide,
he represents an American voice that avoids easy classification.
watched a good chunk of a documentary
on jacques derrida just now... on the sundance channel... funny...
i don't think of people like him as being alive in bodies with
bright grey hair and a pretty good tan... in response to a question
he said he'd like to hear hegel or heidegger talk about their
sex lives... their loves... wondered why they wrote in such an
asexual manner... wouldn't talk about his own just then... so
directly... but says he does in his work...
on the walk this morning for no reason
that i can remember i tried to name the author of To Kill a
Mockingbird... and could not... i visualized the cover and
saw every tiny detail... could feel it in my hand... but not her
name... i ran through a mental list of every southern female writer
i knew... i thought about truman capote as dill and her work with
him on In Cold Blood... i remembered that they called her
"Nell"... nothing... i reconstructed the voice-over
from the film and remembered once thinking it was her voice but
now believe it was an actress... i finally turned to my walking
companion... who teaches freshman religion and never reads books...
and asked him... with predictable results... finally rushed back
up here and found it on my shelf... there on my shelf but hiding
in my from my brain... harper lee...
Heritage PartnershipThe Niagara Heritage
Partnership is a group of concerned citizens who advocate the
preservation and restoration of the region's natural environment
and encourage socially responsible development. Currently, the
Partnership is advocating the removal of the 6.5-mile section
of the Robert Moses Parkway which runs along the Niagara Gorge
from Niagara Falls, New York to Lewiston, New York, and restoring
the natural environment (indigenous trees, grasslands, wildflowers)
and creating a hiking and biking path.
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Berry's "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front"So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you
have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
for which it stands.
Give your approval to all
understand. Praise ignorance, for
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
go read it all... here
in the times
...Through my work, I've
always tried to ask hard questions. Why is it that the wealthiest
nation in the world finds it so hard to keep its promise and faith
with its weakest citizens? Why do we continue to find it so difficult
to see beyond the veil of race? How do we conduct ourselves during
difficult times without killing the things we hold dear? Why does
the fulfillment of our promise as a people always seem to be just
within grasp yet forever out of reach?
rest in peace... henri cartier-bresson...
(via the ever-exquisite wood
Berry is 70 Today
Wendell Erdman Berry (born in
Henry County, Kentucky on 5 August 1934), a farmer and writer,
has published over forty volumes of essays, poetry and fiction.
To a large degree his work grows from a neo-agrarian critique
of American culture and agriculture which not only elegizes past
and fading agricultural practices but argues for the renewal of
local cultures, agricultures, and communities through a careful
attention to the nature and needs of that particular place.
from "Healing" in What
Are People For?The
teachings of unsuspected teachers belong to the task, and are
The love and the
work of friends and lovers belong to the task, and are its health.
Rest and rejoicing belong to the
task, and are its grace.
tomorrow come tomorrow. Not by your will is the house carried
through the night.
the only possibility of rest.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
which reminds me that this is a wonderful
site... and not just because it links to my two papers on William James
Today I will permit no talking
during class discussion. (via immolation.org)
Transcript of Bill Moyers' Speech at Pentecost 2004, Sojourners
I trace my own spiritual
lineage back to a radical Baptist in England named Thomas Helwys
who believed that God, and not the King, was Lord of conscience.
In 1612 Roman Catholics were the embattled target of the Crown
and Thomas Helwys, the Baptist, came to their defense with the
first tract in English demanding full religious liberty.
News Story - Annual 'dead zone' spreads across Gulf of Mexico
In the last 30 years, the dead zone has become an
annual summer phenomenon, fed by rising use of nitrate-based fertilizers
by farmers in the Mississippi watershed... The nitrates, carried
into the gulf's warm summer waters by the river, feed algae blooms
that use up oxygen and make the water uninhabitable.
took the car in for this turn-signal
recall and thought i'd mention the squeaky brakes... and the a/c
fan that only blows on 3 but not on 1 or 2... and the plastic
cover that always pops off when the passenger kicks it... and...
well i spent the morning in the
dealer's waiting room... reading terry eagleton's crystal-clear
Literary Theory... trying to block out the really obnoxious waiting
room tv with regis and whatshername (funny how much less obtrusive
was the andy griffith show)... trying to block out the big loud
hoover vacuum salesman on cell-phone... reading eagleton on husserl
heidegger hirsch gadamer iser... and getting it... mostly more
than before... all while... effortlessly... spending about 700
then bouncing back
here remembering that i'd forgotten to mention how the gas pedal
squeaks on acceleration... but we'll save it for another day...
and getting back here to find that brtom.org has been down for
who knows how long... but now it's back i hope... this has been
a rough week for my friendly neighborhood web host... i'll be
patient... but must admit i've started shopping for some new otherwhere...
the cons outweigh the pros... for now
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAT!!!
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