Tuesday, April 16, 2024

                                                    - Lauren Oyler  

Getting savaged in reviews for her new collection No Judgment ( a freakily forensic going-over here - breaking down the Wiki sources, including Wiki footnotes, behind one essay).... still, Oyler's observation above, taken from an interview somewhere or other, struck me as interesting thinkige.... the best blogging operates according to this logic... it has no obligation to pick up the thread, return to its starting point. Its starting point may not even be at the start. 

Friday, April 12, 2024

 The preservation of music in records reminds one of canned food. —Theodor W. Adorno

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

“The Daemonic is that which cannot be accounted for by understanding and reason.... In Poetry there is from first to last something daemonic, and especially in its unconscious appeal, for which all intellect and reason is insufficient, and which, therefore, has an efficacy beyond all concepts. Such is the effect in Music to the highest degree, for Music stands too high for any understanding to reach, and an all-mastering efficacy goes forth from it, of which, however, no man is able to give an account. Religious worship therefore cannot do without music. It is one the foremost means to work upon men with an effect of marvel.” 

Goethe in dialogue with Eckermann  - Gesprache mit Goethe

Sunday, March 31, 2024


Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops at the bent spray's edge.
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

Robert Browning, Home-Thoughts, from Abroad

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

future thinkige

 "Futures not achieved are only branches of the past: dead branches" 

- Italo Calvino

"He, still unvanquished, eternally directed toward the future, whose own restless energies never leave him in peace, so that his future digs like a spur into the flesh of every present" 

- Friedrich Nietzsche 

“Nothing dates faster than people’s fantasies about the future” 

-  Robert Hughes

“There’s no such thing as the future. There is always now. I can’t be anywhere else but now" 

- Nona Hendryx 


Sunday, March 24, 2024

 "When I first saw Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' , I turned to my wife during the screening & said, “Everything I have done is now outdated.” I realised that the ironic movement had surpassed the existential movement. It’s a very important film in film history."

- Ingmar Bergman

                                                    - Lauren Oyler   Getting savaged in reviews for her new collection No Judgment (  a frea...