Saturday, March 31, 2007

Some Minx Blog Statistics

1) Check out my 25 paintings for sale on eBay. 25 Paintings! Click on the purple text. Really cheap prices.

2) No, not my measurements.


3) The number of my technorati rank is # 2, 259. Not bad. I've been trying to beat Guy Kawasaki to technorati top ten. His rank is #27. Oh dear....but I won't give up...LINK ME!

4) 100,000 BUCKS! The fundraiser we donated two paintings to raised this much cash in a couple of hours. They sent us a letter last week announcing the fundraiser success and I was so pleased and surprised!

5) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday I have the most visitors to this blog.

6) 17,271 visitors to this blog so far.

7) I've had 47 visitors come to my blog with the search word "gnostic clothing". I must investigate maybe a designer?

8) This is post number 507.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Welcome To Blogland

Hey guys!!!
Stagg's good buddy has just started a blog. I hope you all can drop by and say hi...spead the love and encouragement!!! He is right here...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Candy's Special Tour of Art on eBay


Art for sale on eBay is really tricky...yes there are categories but it is also delightfully democratic...which means you need to really keep on lookingto find the kinds of things you'd like to hang in your house.
Do you buy art? These are 13 questions that interest me. I would love to know what you think about art, what art you decorate or collect for your home:

1) Do you buy art from local artists?
2) Do you go to galleries?
3) Do you talk about art history with your children?
4) Do you buy factory paintings? These are what one would find at Superwarehouse Furniture stores.
5) Do you care if your art work matches your couch?
6) What percentage aprox. do you or have you spent on art work for your home?
7) Do you prefer realism over other genres of painting? What is your favourite kind of art:landscape, figurative, abstract, pop, surrealism perhpas?
8) Do you have concern with what your friends, family or co-workers will think about your taste in art work?
9) On a scale of 1-10 what level of concern?
10) What work posted here did you perhaps enjoy?
11) Did you own or read artists or history books?
12) Did you take art in high school?
13) Did you take any art in college?


Dog Portrait

WOW!!!!!!Check this out!!! I was pretty blown away by these prices for these paintings. If they are half as good as they look in these tiny photos, these are the deals of the century. You could make a room really look cool with these I bet. Um, I couldn't figure out what size they were though.


Just plain fun portraits

I wish this person has large work listed Lots of potential, but they are all small.

Well, of course I'm going to link my eBay stuff These are about 25 drawings and paintings I made and have listed this week.

Some of these are cool


Worth sorting through There are some good things in this page...especially the bottle cap chain and the Canadian waterfall painting


Some gentle conservative paintings?


Woodcut anyone, awesome price!

I love this posted just below, cute bunnies and with.


Brilliant!!!! This guy Justin might be my very favourite, posted right below...NICE!







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Walking.


16 pets have died from poisoning in the last three weeks. It's been all over the news. In the same time, 42 soldiers have died in Iraq. Almost no one knows that stat. What is going on with media? I like pets and all as much as the next guy, but really. Let's get some perspective on this folks.
Red, I took this photo on Sunday. do you find that at all weird? I mean Red sent me an email with a dream she had Sunday night that relates to this photo!...I thought it was such a cool dream I've been thinking about it myself and also wondered are we having some weird secret dreamlife together because think about this photo, girl?

Lance Cpl. Trevor A. Roberts 21, Sgt Greg N. Riewer 30, Spc. Lance C. Springer II 23, Cpl. Henry Bogrette 21, Sgt. Freeman L. Gardner Jr. 26, Staff Sgt. Darrell R. Griffin Jr. 36, Cpl. Dustin J. Lee 20.
Sgt. Adrian J. Lewis 30, Sgt. Nicholas J. Lightner 29, Joey T. SamII 22, Sgt. Wayne R. Cornell 26, Spc. Curtis E. Glawson Jr. 24, Pfc. Stephen K. Richardson 22, Sgt. Ryan P. Green 24, Sgt. John E. Allen 25, Pfc. William N. Davis 26, Spc. Marieo Guerrero 30.
Pfc. Anthony A. Kaiser 27, Pfc. John F. Landry Jr. 20, Sgt. Ed Santini 25, Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin L. Sebban 29, Sgt. Nimo W. Tauala 29, Lance Cpl. Harry H. Timberman 20, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Brevard 31, Pfc. James L. Arnold 21, Sgt. Emerson N. Brand 29, Staff Sgt. Blake M. Harris 27, Lance Cpl. Raymond J. Holzhauer 19, Staff Sgt. Terry W. Prater 25, Sgt. 1st Class John S. Stephens 41, Spc. Joshua M. Boyd 30, Lance Cpl. Steven M. Chavez 20, Cpl. Brian L. Chevalier 21, Spc. Stephen M. Kowalczyk 32, Spc. Adam J. Rosema 27, Spc. Forrest J. Waterbury 25, Sgt. Robert M. Carr 22, Pfc. Alberto Garcia Jr. 23, Lance Cpl. Nathaniel D. Windsor 20, Sgt. Thomas L. Latham 23, Spc. Jonathan K. Smith 19, Sgt. 1st Class Douglas C. Stone 49, Sgt. Daniel E. Woodcock 25, Lance Cpl. Dennis J. Veater 20.




Yes, that is green colored pop. It's called Green River made in 1919 for the Prohibition. A toast to life.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Paintings For Cheap!

Listings At eBay I don't know, this is like my compulsive hobby. Posting art on eBay. These are my paintings for sale, super cheap. It's turned into a form of entertainment to watch how many people manage to find the stuff listed. 12. 47. 102. 4. 6. 12. Not many visitors.

But I've spent some time wandering around eBay looking at art, and it is kind of hard to find there are so many things for sale the categories just seem to make it even more crazy there...so I wonder about selecting a gallery show of artfor sale on eBay. I suppose I am surprised that someone doesn't "curate" soem eBay shows on a website...maybe I'll try although I think curators are some of the biggest phonies on the planet...well actually "curating eBay" sounds kind of anarchist doesn't it wahahaha...

David Lynch's Public Service Announcement

Thank you Karen!!!!

Hey wow, while I was checking this video out at YouTube I started watching a few other Lynch things...and found David Lynch introducing the movie VERTIGO! What a valedation...because when I posted the other day about the way to understand David Lynch was through Vertigo it was based purely on my own opinion...and there was Lynch introducing the movie, I felt so cool!

He was asked what other movies aside from Vertigo were important movies to him...he said Strozek, 8 1/2, My Uncle, Sunset Boulevard, Rear Window. I have been so revved up and inspired from seeing Inland EmpireI've been writing a lot myself since seeing his new movie, and been enjoying seeing stuff online. Thanks again Karen!

Why We Don't Help Each Other

There is no money in being nice.

If we could make money thinking about each other or the environment...we'd all stop driving cars today. And giving homeless a dollar.

But there is no money in being nice.

It takes a gallon of oil to grow a bushel of corn. (isn't the idea of ethanol ridiculous ha ha!) (or worse, eating corn!)

Where did the oil for your car come from?

Where did the metal in your wedding ring come from?

The World Trade Organization tells us to donate our food leftovers and clothing to Africa.

They don't need that shit. Give them your money.

Europe and America owe them back pay! Unfortunately, The World Trade Organization only speaks profit. Don't talk to them.

AFRICA;

-poverty has been unresponsive to economic growth

-40,000 branches of international aid "work" in Africa

-things are shabbier and less hopeful than 47 years ago

-Africa didn't have steel, impossible to invent guns or ships without steel (unable to protect themselves from invasion from Europe and America)

-20 million Africans stolen for slavery within a very short time period leaving broken families and morale

-the borders within Africa were invented by non-Africans (and government was illegal under Apartheid)

Between 1995 and 2015, approximately half of the gold produced worldwide has or will come from the traditional territories of indigenous peoples, whose land rights are often not clearly recognized. Even when indigenous groups hold legal title to surface lands, some governments sell off the subsurface rights to mining corporations.

Perhaps the most depressing phenomenon is the situation of girls and women. Many African countries boast the most egalitarian protocols and regulations imaginable promoting the status of women. Rwanda’s parliament has a higher percentage of women members than any other country in the world. Africa has produced a significant number of powerhouse women as well as impressive feminist ngos. Yet the distance between this development and the reality facing the majority of African women seems unbridgeable. In many African countries, in fact, women have no rights at all — they are regarded by customary law as minors, their lives in the hands of their husbands. From legal status to education to manual labour to social obligations to family responsibilities to sexual victimization, life for many, perhaps most, African girls and women is truly Hobbesian.

The very notion of Africa as “the dark continent” — dark in skin colour, in obscurity, in primitivism — is a major distortion of historical reality. Over the millennia before colonialism, sub-Saharan Africa was home to a series of great civilizations. Mali, Bornu, Fulani, Dahomey, Ashanti, Songhay, Zimbabwe, Axum — all powerful empires that made their mark on the world. Here is Basil Davidson, the British historian who did much to rescue Africa’s remarkable history from oblivion and Western derision: “The great lords of the Western Sudan grew famous far outside Africa for their stores of gold, their lavish gifts, their dazzling regalia and ceremonial display. When the most powerful of the emperors of Mali passed through Cairo on pilgrimage to Mecca in the fourteenth century, he ruined the price of the Egyptian gold-based dinar for several years by his presents and payments of unminted gold to courtiers and merchants.” No one who has seen the underground churches of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia or the magnificent bronze and brass Ife sculptures of western Nigeria can doubt the extraordinary potential of African technology and creativity. For much of its history, Europe had little to surpass these achievements. We’ll never know the outcome had Africa been permitted to develop based on its own skills and resources, as Europe was, but it was allowed no such luxury.

- Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had soft spots for the apartheid rulers of South Africa, who were, after all, passionate fellow anti-Communists;

- between Bill Casey, Reagan’s cia director, and key South African government officials, including its intelligence service. In Angola and Mozambique, the US came in behind Portugal and South Africa to train and arm rebel groups against African governments. To the satisfaction of Belgian mine owners and the US, Belgium conspired with Congo secessionists to murder Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first and only democratically elected president. France propped up an array of tinpot tyrants in nearly all its former sub-Saharan colonies, most notoriously the sadistic “Emperor” Jean B├ędel Bokassa in the Central African Republic. Virtually all researchers agree that the Catholic Church and the Belgian, French, and US governments bore some of the responsibility for the Rwandan genocide.

-Oil companies grow fat from the Gulf of Guinea

-American oil supplies come from African areas, while the citizens of half a dozen countries go without lights, clean water, good health, and jobs.

-The US colludes with the government of Sudan in the “war on terrorism,” while accusing that same government of orchestrating a genocide in Darfur.

- Democratic Republic of the Congo, has its roots in America’s thirty-year unconditional support for Mobutu in Zaire (which is now the drc)

-illegal for countries to implement thier own business plans for export or anything (they must have permission from World Bank or International Monetary Fund!!!

-those financial institutions will give money to war lord leaders in Africa? Why? We profit.

-in order to get oil, gold, minerals, timber...Europe and America has bargained with war lords and commited crimes against humanity including amputating arms to control behaviour among Africans, bribery and not paying taxes is common, become involved in local conflicts, and pay slave wages. IF.

-more than half of all Canadian aid to Africa is tied to the purchase of Canadian goods and services.

If we want to teach our children to do "the right thing" why don't we pay back the Native Americans we stole from and pay back the Africans we stole from? We forced the nazi's to pay back Jewish workers for their labour during World War II, let's take care of the slaves we use right now.

Is our lack of help for each other really because we can't afford to be helpful?

Look at your hand. Mail your wedding ring to Africa.

Can you imagine a museum that would draw tourists like the shoes in Dachau...but a room filled with wedding rings, diamonds and gold...

Look at your hand. Where did that gold come from? And ask your self, what kind of a person do I want to be?

How many families have suffered in Africa so we can be a happy family here? What does your ring actually symbolize to your children when they grow up and get wise?

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Conspiracy Against Africa

Thanks to L.M. a buddy of Mister Anchovy's for this link and article in The Walrus.

15Dec06 Vincent and Flavia explain the Argentine Tango PART1

Professional Argentine Tango - Strictly Come Dancing 2006

How much do I love dancing? Enough to watch both the British and American versions of this dance competition and take notes comparing the two styles of production! The Argentine Tango is so so coooool.



*, at Blog About Nowt and Red sent us the British season of Strictly Come Dancing. In America it is called Dancing With The Stars. At first I wasn't sure if I would get the same kind of edgey nervousness watching the British show because woulnd't know any of the stars...but I got right into it after a couple of episodes. The only competitiors I knew were Louise from East Enders(I used to watch the soap) and Baby Spice, Emma. Second episode I was hooked and had my faves.

We watched the show in the kitchen which was a different pace and right away I yelled "hey it's Len" happy to recognize one of the judges. Stagg says,"there are two judges" meaning also the crazy Bruno who also is a judge from American show. I was so happy to see both Bruno and Len as they are amazing critics and lovers of the dance. The British version has four judges, the American three judges, one being Carrie Ann (who was a dancer on tour with Madonna)

It was fascinating to notice the difference between the two productions, the British concept being the original. Right off the top, the British version is way funnier. I never laugh watchign the American one although I am vaguely aware that some people fid the host funny, I don't notice him even making one decent joke. So I loved the British sensibility and light touch. The direction and camera work was frustrating and not as good as the American. I liketo see the legs on the dancers in jive...but the camera would often go to their faces during dances whih is fine for some, but not jive people!

The British versions band is.....well they seem to flatten every song they perform, sometimes I would be laughing. "Come on come on come on" was barely recognizable as Janis Joplins hit. And it took almost to the end of the season for anyone to mention or thank their band. The American version has one tightass awesome band with incredible singers...and everyone thanks them and puts them in screen Very little of that in British program. Made me sad...but the band did too unfortunately. The audience is put way up up in focus, lots of attention and energy directed towards including them, not so much in American version. Again, the band gets a lot of attention.

The female host on British show, Tess, is very good and personable and excellent in interviews. The American female host is usless.

I was very pleased to find that the structure overall in both shows is similar with behind the scenes of the training and rapport between professional dancers and the celebrity wanna be dancers. It is absolutely amazing to see a celelbrity get inspired and ambitious to learn all the dances. The pogram makes me nuts when excellent celebrity dancers are voted off in favor of popular personalities, but what can you do. when Spoony was voted off I yelled "fucking bullshit!" Yes, I am like a frat boy when watching my reality tv shows.

I think when I find out if * and Red have Dancing With The Stars aired in England or not...and if not I should record this program for them here, because it's really a riot to see the nuances. I am dying to find out Red...why why do they have such weird program times. At first I thought I was hearing things wrong..."tonights show at 9:35.

9:35 what? I was howling with laughter when the hostswould say things like, next week we are back at "five past six"...I couldn't contain myself. Other show times, 5:50, 9:50 and 6:35...say what? (was it because of the world cup?) Thanks Red and *....we loved seeing this competition and I think the British version is better for overall "spirits" and humor!

My favourites were Spoony, Ray (HOT!!!!!) Mark(HOT!!!) Matt and Louise...as much as Emma was "accurate" and "proficent" she didn't have half the entertainment value and style and personality of Ray and Spoony and Louise. I was furious when the judges, especially Craig would be sopping all over her. YAWN.

We haven't watched the finale yet...so shhh till tonight! (but it has to be Mark...what a marvel his dancing is...to think his whole life he didn't dance before!)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Who Are You? Can You Be Trusted To Answer This Question?



I've read a few jokes and some critical pieces regarding David Lynch that have said he has been making the same movie since Dune. These cracks are meant as insults, but I actually think it's quite beautiful and truthful. David Lynch has been consistent with his dictionary of images and meanings in his films.

Dune had the spice. If you've ever read the novel or seen the movie you may be loosely aware that on a planet somewhere in the future there are wars about spice, which everybody wants and "eats". At some point Lynch fully embraced this odd habit of humans to be addicted to a herbal organic substance and incorporated coffee into his plots. The tv show Twin Peaks had many of us storing up coffee and pie on Friday nights to watch a new episode of "who killed Laura Palmer?"

Laura Palmer was a woman in trouble.

Twin Peaks was a town, a reference to the tight sweatered female cast and doubles. The actress who posed for still photos of Laura Palmer (her high school yearbook photo and the dead Laura Palmer) was cast as her cousin, who looked an awful lot like Laura Palmer. The actresses Laura Flynn Boyle and SheryLynn Fenn looked alike. The director played an FBI agent so in a double role and the soap opera seen on most tv sets with the program had twin character/actors in the imaginary cast.

Like Shakespeare, David Lynch seems to love mistaken identity. Mistaken identity is a writers/characters device to discover and reveal motives and true feelings within Shakespeare. David Lynch seems to use mistaken identity and confusing twin characters as a metaphor for identity and ego. His use of repeated actors for different characters seems to hint at an eastern religion concept of one universal identity. Two it helps the viewer question the reliability of the narrator or protagonist. And ultimately forces the viewer to question reality within the film.


Since Twin Peaks David Lynch has made all of his movies about unreliable narrator and reality and infinity, and most importantly:illusion. The potential illusion of our life, and our observation of our own life. Not only are the characters is his movies often unreliable narrators the structure and time frames in Lynch's movies make the viewer an unreliable narrator. We have to work to see through the illusion of his movies.

Maya, in Hinduism, is a term describing many things. Maya is the phenomenal world of separate objects and people, which creates for some the illusion that it is the only reality. For the mystics this manifestation is real, but it is a fleeting reality; it is a mistake, although a natural one, to believe that maya represents a fundamental reality. Each person, each physical object, from the perspective of eternity is like a brief, disturbed drop of water from an unbounded ocean. The goal of enlightenment is to understand this —more precisely, to experience this: to see intuitively that the distinction between the self and the universe is a false dichotomy. The distinction between consciousness and physical matter, between mind and body (refer bodymind), is the result of an unenlightened perspective. In Advaita Vedanta philosophy, maya is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled. Maya is believed to be an illusion, a veiling of the true, unitary Self—the Cosmic Spirit also known as Brahman. The concept of Maya was expounded in the Hindu scriptures known as the Upanishads.

Lynch's Lost Highway is a transitional film in his body of work. We can see that he wants to play with narrative, breaking the mold of storytelling, particularily in Hollywood. A Hollywood movie has good and evil, it has beginning middle and end. With Lost Highay instead of having a traditional flashback of a character, the movie has a morphing scene on a prison floor. One character through editing and simple special effects has a seizure and turns into a completely different actor.

Mulholland Drive is brilliant because the only reference we have is a strange high tech blue box. The movie has a charming ingenue. A woman moves to Los Angeles with the perky optimistic personality that should be a clue to us seasoned movie goers that something is wrong or fake. But we buy it...it's a David Lynch movie and he messes with acting traditions. He wants to test the audiences engagement with the actor. (why? because it is an act of insanity to relate to the characters in a film, but we all do) But one thing after another should warn us...this can't be real. It isn't until we see a crazy assed high tech key, combined with a high tech futuristic box...that we really start to ask ourselves "what the heck kind of movie is this and what does this mean?" At this point we know WE aren't crazy!



The blue box, or Pandora's box...is a beautiful simple clue that something is off with this main cheery woman character...and the movie disolves into a story of her real life. The blue box also works as her conscience, her guilt and self awareness. The illusion of her own desires has been revealed. She "sees" inside the box/mind. The illusion is broken.

What is delightful about Mulholland Drive is that the main character is obsessed with being a famous actress. It's just so cruel, and in case we are confused we see the Hollywood Sign. Mulholland Drive is a really mean movie/expose about being Hollywood. A little bit like the movie The Player or Stuntman. I suppose there is no shortage of movies about the evils of pride and greed in Hollywood. But David Lynch is on to something...he is dismantling narratives and movie making while he does it and also makes a gorgeous looking movie. Tricky bastard! There is a coffee shop in Mulholland Drive. Of course there is...and it's called Winkie's. Ha ha wink wink. Or is it sleep? Or is it "win keys"?And the coffee cups look remarkably like the ones from the diner in the tv show. Goblets, grails. Coffee is a false/real energy. Elan vital. We feel "awake".


We see the Hollywood sign in Inland Empire as well.

Inland Empire is so similar to Mulholland Drive it's scary. It's kind of how the tv show Twin Peaks was repetitive and haunting and self referential. Lynch is making remakes of his own movies. Almost like a painter working on a series of paintings. Well, exactly like that. Inland Empire is about an actress, a woman in trouble, in Hollywood and evil seems to be afoot.

We understand Lynch's "remakes" by viewing Hitchcocks Vertigo which has the remake of a woman. A woman in trouble. She acts the part of another woman. Evil seems to be afoot and there are doubles and mistaken identities. Tragically we see the dark side of seeking our desires and our identities in both Vertigo and Mulholland Drive but these directors have made a kind of "cautionary tale". A gift for the viewers. In Inland Empire although I was scared shitless...now I see it as a beautiful zen experience.



In the movie Mulholland Drive our fake characters at the beginning story go to a nightclub that specializes in lipsynching. The cosmic dreamsquence joke is IT"S ALL FAKE. It's all an illusion...and through illusion we experience emotions. The popularity of the kareoke and performers is that the audience is reminded that all the soundtrack has been recorded on tape...and the players are performing. It seems like it is real...It's not the only reality. The emotions are real but it's been pre-recorded. Like a movie or like the concept of destiny and fate.

But why on earth do we take these illusions so seriously and painfully? We forget it is a pendulum, happy is also around the corner.

Going to see a movie is a mystery of emotions engaging in illusion. We are frightened by the bump in the theatre, by the boogeyman and we want the odd couple to fall in love and the damsel to be saved. David Lynch has mastered a spiritual dialogue in Inland Empire. Its okay, it's all a movie. We wrote the script and we are acting it out. All the world is a stage and we are the actors.

It's not just a woman in trouble. The trouble is... it is all of us and we might be able to re-write the script if we see the movie of life for what it is...

When presenting screenings of the film, Lynch sometimes offers a clue, in the form of a quote from the Aitareya Upanishad: "We are like the spider. We weave our life and then move along in it. We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream. This is true for the entire universe."


Vertigo pic
Mulholland Dr pic
Club Silencio

Friday, March 23, 2007

Separated At Birth? Heroic Individuality.



A strange date. It may be that not only did two of the greatest writers die on the same day, they may have been in the same year. Both were obsessed with the transoformation of their most popular characters through storytelling, and in particular listening. Hamlet talks. Hamlet talks and while he talks as he hears his own ideas he transforms. Cervante and Shakespeare were both masters at understanding that self reflection offers transformative opportunities. Or we could say, that talking allows us to find out what we think and feel.


From Harold Bloom's The Westen Canon'Probably only Hamlet spurs as many variant interpretations as Don Quixote does. No one among us can purge Hamlet of his Romantic interpreters, and Don Quixote has inspired just as numerous and persistent a Romantic school of criticism, as well as books and essays opposing such a supposed idealization of Cervante's protagonist. Romantics (myself included) see Quixote as a hero, not fool; decline to read the book primarily as satire; and find in the work a metaphysical or visionary attitide regarding the Don's quest that make the Cervantint influence upon Moby Dick seem wholly natural. From the German philosopher-critic Schelling in 1802 down to the Broadway musical Man From La Mancha in 1966, there has been a continuous exaltation of the supposedly impossible dream-quest. The novelists have been the major proponents of this apotheosis of Don Quixote: exuberant admirers have included Feilding, Smollett, and Sterne in England; goethe and Thomas Mann in Germany; Stendhal and Flaubert in France; Melville and Mark Twain in the United States; and virtually all modern Hispanic American writers. Dostoevsky, who might seem the least Cervantine of writers, insisted that Prince Mishkin in The Idiot was modeled on Don Quixote. Since Cervante's remarkable experiment is credited by many as having invented the novel, as opposed to the picareque narrative, the devotion of so many later novelists is understandable enough; but the enormous passions evoked by the book, in Stendhal and Flaubert in particular, are extrodinary tributes to its achievement.

I myself naturally gravitate to Unamuno when I read Don Quixote, because for me the heart of the book is its revelation and celebration of heroic individuality, both in the Don and Sancho. Unamuno rather perversely preferred the Don to Cervantes, but there I refuse to follow, because no writer has established a more intimate relation with his protagonist than Cervantes did. We wish we could know what Shakespeare thought of Hamlet; we know almost too much about how Don Quiote affected Cervantes, even if our knowledge is often indirect. Cervantes invented endless ways of disrupting his own narrative to compel the reader to tell the story in place of the wary author. The wily and wicked enchanters who supposedly work without ceasing to frustrate the magnificently indomitable Don Quiote are also employed to make us into unusually active readers. The Don supposes the sorcerers to exist, and Cervantes pragmatically realizes them as crucial components of his language. Everything is transformed through enchantment, is the Quiotic lament, and the wicked sorcerer is Cervantes himself. His characters have read all the stories about one another, and much of the novel's second part concerns itself with their reactions to having read the first. The reader is educated into considerably more sophisitcation of response, even when Don Quixote stubbornly refuses to learn, though that refusal has more to do with his own "madness" than with the fictive status of the chivalric romances that have crazed him. The Don and Cervantes together evolve toward a new kind of literary dialectic, one that alternates in proclaiming both the potency and the vanity of the narrative in its relation to real events.Even as the Don in part one, gradually comes to understand the limitations of fiction,so Cervantes grows in his pride of authorship and in the particular joy of having invented the Don and Sancho.

The loving, frequently irascible relationship between Quixote and Sancho is the greatness of the book, more even than the gusto of its representations of natural and social realities. What unites the Don and his squire is both their mutual participation in what has been called "the order of the play" and their equally mutual if rather grumpy affection for each other. I cannot think of a fully comparable friendship anywhere else in Western literature, certainly not one that relies so exquisitely on hilarious conversation.'

This post is a shout out to :
A Blog About Nowt
Red's Page
Voyages of the HMS Swiftsure
...who are reading the novel Don Quixote. Maybe we could choose a couple of movie versions for an alternative discussion? Any takers out there for joining us?

Cervantes
again
Shakespeare

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Red Cross Saved My Marriage

A few months ago Stagg and I had a big fight. Three hours. At three hours we just had to say, okay, we're not going to find agreement or peace with this one. We better just let it go and walk away. We even had to google during our fight for answers:what is the history of the symbols etc etc.
We were arguing over whether it should matter what the Red Cross/Red Crescent should look like when it is on a mission to help save lives. In a nutshell, I said the emblem shouldn't have religious history, and Stagg said it wasn't a religious symbol, and it shouldn't matter if it is a religious icon.

On January 14, 2007, the Geneva conventions listed the Red Chrystal as a third emblem for the health organization. Whew, peace in the homefront!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Greatest Female Rock Singers





1. Tina Turner
2. Chrissie Hynde
3. Grace Slick
4.Patti smith
5. Bjork
6. Siouxsie Sioux

7. Nico

8. Diamanda Galas
9. P.J. Harvey
10. Annie Lennox
11. Janis Joplin
12. Ann Wilson
13. Lucinda Williams( she made this list only last week, last minute after because of a song I heard on the radio-incredible)

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Siouxsie photos

Weekend With David Lynch

Can you imagine hanging out with David Lynch and a physicist? It's possible. At the Marharishi University a conference called Catching the Fish: Consciousness, Meditation and Creativity is taking place in May.
Sheryl Lee, Lynch and Moira Kelly

Special thanks to Bente, the Project Director at the Marharishi University for stopping by my blog and letting us know about the cool conference! You can click the title of this post to visit his website and find out more details about the school, and the conference.

-More on Mulholland
-and soon: Movie Reviews, Such As They Are
And excuse me, um *, you watch America's Next Top Model. surely you can see that this is a good looking woman in this photo. Imagine with make-up and cool clothes, I think she is actually more lovely than Keira Knightley. That a photo of a real life bounty hunter, her parents were famous (Lawrence Harvey of Manchurian Candidate) she was a model before she turned bounty hunter...I just had to add that since some folks might pop by your movie review my love. I can accept you not liking the movie, but not that this woman wasn't gorgeous :)

Force Of Nature


Our friend turned to us last night and said, "I've never heard a woman play like this!" Joanna Connor is a force of nature, my god who do we have, Nancy Wilson and Bonnie Raitt? This woman blows them away and then some. We had one more special Chicago venue to take Andrew to so last night we went to the Kingston Mines.

So now you know, if you come to meet us here where we'll be going. Last night we ate blackened chicken and boy was it good!
Frank Pellegrino and I. After this photo, it seems we got a fingerprint on the lens and I didn't know. Probably because of all the vodka tonics...yes I'm a little tired today, but it's a good problem to have.
Here is a blog about Chicago Blues Outfits.
Kelly and Angelena, these two took good care of us and I blame my happy fatique on them. Thanks ladies!