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Chicken Little (1943)


Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. ~ Plato

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That connection between language and magic may be clearer in the word “spell.” It denotes both the order of letters to form words and an incantation to show your mystical power and influence. As that great grammarian Screamin’ Jay Hawkins once explained, “I put a spell on you … cause you’re mine.

To bee or not 2B


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55 years after the fact, culture still cries out for Ginsberg’s HOWL


“When he first read this poem, it was a cultural intervention, and it continues,” says poet Anne Waldman, a friend and collaborator of Ginsberg’s. “It’s a time bomb, and it’s a time piece.”

Ginsberg had a complicated relationship with his own creation.

“I don’t read it often because it’s too much of a bravura piece, and I don’t want to get hung up on it,” he said when he and Waldman were onstage together in the mid-1970s at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the writing program they co-founded at Naropa University in Boulder, Colo.

“On the other hand,” Ginsberg continued, “I also want to present my best.”

Read on 

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The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this…


“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off…

They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating”

Pearl S. Buck

via Escape into Life


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Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010)

Louise Bourgeois, Influential Sculptor, Dies at 98 (New York Times)

Influential French-born American Artist Louise Bourgeois Dies in NYC at 98 (artdaily.org | AP)

“Art is a guarantee of sanity.  That is the most important thing I have said.” – LB

NYC, NY (AP) – Artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculptures exploring women’s deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death were highly influential on younger artists, died Monday, her studio’s managing director said. She was 98. 

Bourgeois had continued creating artwork — her latest pieces were finished just last week — before suffering a heart attack Saturday night, said the studio director, Wendy Williams. The artist died at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, where she lived. 

Working in a wide variety of materials, she tackled themes relating to male and female bodies and emotions of anger, betrayal, even murder. Her work reflected influences of surrealism, primitivism and the early modernist sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi. 

“I really want to worry people, to bother people,” she told The Washington Post in 1984. “They say they are bothered by the double genitalia in my new work. Well, I have been bothered by it my whole life. I once said to my children, ‘It’s only physiological, you know, the sex drive.’ That was a lie. It’s much more than that.” 

Bourgeois’ work was almost unknown to the wider art world until she was 70, when New York’s Museum of Modern Art presented a solo show of her career in 1982. 

“This is not a show that is easy to digest,” New York Times critic Grace Glueck wrote. “The reward is an intense encounter with an artist who explores her psyche at considerable risk.” 

In his book “American Visions,” Time art critic Robert Hughes called her “the mother of American feminist identity art. … Bourgeois’s influence on young artists has been enormous.” 

by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press | Continued via artdaily.org

Watch the trailer for The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine here. Written and directed by Amei Wallach and Marion Cajori. Edited by Ken Kobland.  For more info about the film visit The Art Kaleidoscope.


“I transform hate into love…that’s what makes me tick.” – LB

Louise Bourgeois at the Guggenheim Museum Parts I and II by James Kalm


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Inverted Commas: Jerry Saltz

All great contemporary artists, schooled or not, are essentially self-taught and are de-skilling like crazy. I don’t look for skill in art…Skill has nothing to do with technical proficiency… I’m interested in people who rethink skill, who redefine or reimagine it: an engineer, say, who builds rockets from rocks.



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Take your time.


The freedom of the philosopher consists in either moving freely from topic to topic or simply spending years returning to the same topic out of perplexity, fascination and curiosity.

… we might say that to philosophize is to take your time, even when you have no time… as Wittgenstein says, “This is how philosophers should salute each other: ‘Take your time.’ ”

What Is a Philosopher?, by Simon Critchley via THE STONEOpinionator BlogNYTimes.com

Wittgenstein’s quote comes from Culture and Value, p. 80e.

Photo by alev.adil


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I shut my eyes in order to see. – Paul Gauguin

“I’m just an artist now,” she said.

Chapman thought it might be helpful if my body were more relaxed, so I lay down on a sofa, and she put on soothing music. She flicked the machine back on as I shut my eyes. A moment later there they were, the same flashing patterns as before. After a while I became bored and my mind began to drift.

That’s when it happened.


From the article Decor by Timothy Leary, Dreams by You 

 by Mark Allen | NYT

Photo:  curtcorp | curtcorp.com

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Poetry, Magic, and the Omnipotence of Thought

“Poetry and magic … are based on a belief that thought can create its own reality—which Sir James Frazer in The Golden Bough called the theory of ‘the omnipotence of thought’ and which Freud, in his comment on Frazer’s anthropological investigations in Totem and Taboo, traced back to the child’s power, with an outcry of desire, to make the missing mother mysteriously appear again and offer the all-providing breast. It is no accident, then, that so many poems, from the Odyssey right up to Joyce’s great prose-poem, Finnegans Wake, contain magical ‘invocations’ summoning the goddess to appear at once.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

via Magic Words: mysteryarts.blogspot.com

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