Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shadowy, Yet Unbroken


Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness — for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.

* Excerpted from Spirits Of The Dead

Monday, October 29, 2012

Laughing To Keep From Crying


Terry Callier
Rest In Peace

"Callier – whose full first name was Terrence – began his career in music five decades ago, when he recorded a single for Chicago blues, jazz and rock label Chess Records. His debut album, The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier, was released in 1968." ... Story continues here: Singer Terry Callier Dies Aged 67 (The Telegraph)

Listen: "It's About Time" (Prestige, 1968), "Ordinary Joe" (Cadet, 1972), "Dancing Girl" (Cadet, 1972), "Holdin' On" (Elektra, 1978), "Dolphins" (Heavenly, 1997) *

* Fred Neil cover, with Beth Orton

Monday, October 22, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"Deception, flattering, lying, deluding, talking behind the back, putting up a false front, living in borrowed splendor, wearing a mask, hiding behind convention, playing a role for others and for oneself — in short, a continuous fluttering around the solitary flame of vanity — is so much the rule and the law among men that there is almost nothing which is less comprehensible than how an honest and pure drive for truth could have arisen among them. They are deeply immersed in illusions and in dream images; their eyes merely glide over the surface of things and see 'forms.'"

Friday, October 12, 2012

On The Suffering Of The World


"If the immediate and direct purpose of our life is not suffering then our existence is the most ill-adapted to its purpose in the world: for it is absurd to suppose that the endless affliction of which the world is everywhere full, and which arises out of the need and distress pertaining essentially to life, should be purposeless and purely accidental. Each individual misfortune, to be sure, seems an exceptional occurrence; but misfortune in general is the rule."

From Parerga And Paralipomena, 1851

Monday, October 8, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals is the most living proof of our immortality."

Monday, October 1, 2012

Quote Of The Week

"The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today.... We're all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination."