Monday, July 29, 2013
"The faithful of Shiva or Dionysus seek contact with those forces which lead to a refusal of the politics, ambitions and limitations of ordinary social life. This does not involve simply a recognition of world harmony, but also an active participation in an experience which surpasses and upsets the order of material life."
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Rest In Peace
"Willie Louis, the man who heard Emmett Till’s ear-piercing screams and the beatings the night he was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 is dead in suburban Chicago." ... Story continues here: Emmett Till Murder Witness Willie Louis Is Dead At 76 (Rolling Out)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
"In this sense the Dionysian man resembles Hamlet: both have once looked truly into the essence of things, they have gained knowledge, and nausea inhibits action; for their action could not change anything in the eternal nature of things; they feel it to be ridiculous or humiliating that they should be asked to set right a world that is out of joint. Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion: that is the doctrine of Hamlet, not that cheap wisdom of Jack the Dreamer who reflects too much and, as it were, from an excess of possibilities does not get around to action. Not reflection, no—true knowledge, an insight into the horrible truth, outweighs any motive for action, both in Hamlet and in the Dionysian man.
Now no comfort avails any more; longing transcends a world after death, even the gods; existence is negated along with its glittering reflection in the gods or in an immortal beyond. Conscious of the truth he has once seen, man now sees everywhere only the horror or absurdity of existence; now he understands what is symbolic in Ophelia's fate; now he understands the wisdom of the sylvan god, Silenus: he is nauseated.
Here, when the danger to his will is greatest, art approaches as a saving sorceress, expert at healing. She alone knows how to turn these nauseous thoughts about the horror or absurdity of existence into notions with which one can live: these are the sublime as the artistic taming of the horrible, and the comic as the artistic discharge of the nausea of absurdity. The satyr chorus of the dithyramb is the saving deed of Greek art; faced with the intermediary world of these Dionysian companions, the feelings described here exhausted themselves."
From The Birth Of Tragedy, 1872
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Rest In Peace
"Twenty years ago, as a 16-year-old boy, Keron Thomas made headlines when he commandeered an A train heading to Queens and took passengers on a 85-stop joyride, nobody the wiser that a kid was driving the train." ... Story continues here: Brooklyn Man famous For His A-Train Joyride As Teenager In 1993 Dies At 37 (PIX 11)
Monday, July 22, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
From Ecce Homo, 1888
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger
Rest In Peace
"Toshi Seeger, wife of folk music icon Pete Seeger, passed away overnight on July 9th. She was a mother, an organizer, an activist and filmmaker, and an essential part of all of her husband’s work. She was 91." ... Story continues here: Toshi Seeger Passes (Sing Out)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
"The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things."