One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Few More Photos from Michigan

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Family


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Slowride

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Warning


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Retired


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Honor Roll

 
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Roots, Etc.

An Edmond Jabes Reader: "From the Book to the Book"

Finished the book (From the Book to the Book, translated by Rosmarie Waldrop) in Michigan (where blogging was last on the list and also hard to do, as I was laptopless), so very little of Jabes made it to Blogland.

Still I couldn't resist e-fixing this wonderful paragraph (from a section titled Notebook) long after it was marked for MEMORABLE (the line of blue ink is somehow Hogarthian):
     "The thinker is a seasoned fisherman," he said. "From the sea of the unthought he draws luminous thoughts--moonfish or globefish, pilotfish or flatfish--which, having swallowed the bait, wriggle for a moment between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea before they stiffen, strangers, on the ground." 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Home Again, Home Again

Surprisingly--or maybe not so surprisingly--I pretty much started where I'd left off: I woke around 6 A.M., "Peeted," and took a typical Belmont Shore walk.

Along 2nd St. I said hello to a white Pomeranian (largely as a consequence of finishing off Chekhov's "The Lady with the Lapdog"). I remembered the story fragment which seemed to summarize the whole: "an obstinate desire to snatch from life more than it could give."

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A few Michigan fragments (hardly capturing the whole):

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Holland Lighthouse


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The Undesirable Goby (Gullbreakfast on the Holland Pier)


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A Newly "Emerged" Cicada


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On Chekhov and Michigan

Getting a little tired of sauna-esque Michigan. My girls have a "list" (places and things) and they've checked off most of the items.

Most likely (bow to the gods of Standby) we will be returning to Long Beach tomorrow.

Meanwhile I've again seen Chekhov in Michigan country life (sounds like the genesis of a poem or two). And that has inspired me again to put Quixote aside (about 150 pages from the finish line) temporarily. I finished off Edmond Jabes (the big book of everything), ping-ponged between Quixote and Panza (almost as if Cervantes is dragging it out for $$$), and then picked up (via Kindle) in succession: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, and The Cherry Orchard.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Few More Stalker Photos

Freeze a Tarkovsky film, shoot, and you've got near-museum pieces (contra Berger). Not saying my amateur clicks are that, but I'm sure a professional could get there.

Anyway, these are just a few shots from Stalker:


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Antonello da Messina - Crucifixion

Kicking around the Net looking for Berger's own art. Didn't find much but I'll keep looking. Is it Leger-esque--or at least taking Leger as a starting point? Reading Berger (thus far only "early Berger") you might expect so.

Should art follow a projection? And what does the end of the rainbow look like? If its genesis is Leger I'm not sure I'll like it much.

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Anyway, I found this painting (sometimes called The London Crucifixion) and Messina instead. Berger is on his way to see it in the National Gallery (London) and gets escorted out after dropping the f-bomb (I took only a light foray into the text).

**Note: I think the Berger article is up at various websites, but I stumbled across it at PULSE:

 http://pulsemedia.org/tag/john-berger/

373 - Peter Peri - 2

373 - Peter Peri - 2 by A_O_G
373 - Peter Peri - 2, a photo by A_O_G on Flickr.
Another unique drawing by Peter Peri the "Younger"

Peter Peri, Intelligence of the Flowers (2005), at Counter Editions

Peter Peri also has a grandson who's an artist. His name is also Peter Peri and he apparently lives and works in London.

I found this intricate drawing of his on Flickr.

I found a website that gives a bio and a little information re his art:
http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/A/art4/artist_peri.html

Buste de François Mauriac, Ossip Zadkine – Bordeaux, Jardin Public

Same bust: Mauriac. This time in a garden in Bordeaux.

Buste de François Mauriac, Ossip Zadkine – Malagar

Another piece by Zadkine: This is apparently "The Bust of Fracois Mauriac." Mauriac was a Catholic-French novelist.

Peter Peri in Leeds City Art Gallery

Another piece I found from Peri: "The Woman with Red Hair."