Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 22 October 1995 – Kingsley Amis, an English novelist, poet, and critic.
Some quotes from the work of Kingsley Amis:
“The rewards for being sane may not be very many, but knowing what’s funny is one of them.”
“Only a world without love strikes me as instantly and decisively more terrible than one without music.”
“Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.”
“How wrong people always were when they said: ‘It’s better to know the worst than go on not knowing either way.’ No; they had it exactly the wrong way round. Tell me the truth, doctor, I’d sooner know. But only if the truth is what I want to hear.”
“He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.”
“It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start their life as children.”
“It is natural and harmless in English to use a preposition to end a sentence with.”
“They went outside and stood where a sign used to say Taxi and now said Taxi/Tacsi for the benefit of Welsh people who had never seen a letter X before.”
“Nothing short of physical handicap has ever made anybody turn over a new leaf.”
Below – “Stampede”; “Dance du Bison”; “Fugue”
Art for Autumn – Part II of II: John Axton (American, contemporary)
Below – “Lakota Territory”
Remembering an American Poet on the Date of His Death: Died 22 October 1982 – Richard Hugo, a regionalist poet whose work, in the words of one writer, “reflects the economic depression of the Northwest, particularly Montana.”
“Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg”
By Richard Hugo
You might come here Sunday on a whim.
Say your life broke down. The last good kiss
you had was years ago. You walk these streets
laid out by the insane, past hotels
that didn’t last, bars that did, the tortured try
of local drivers to accelerate their lives.
Only churches are kept up. The jail
turned 70 this year. The only prisoner
is always in, not knowing what he’s done.
The principal supporting business now
is rage. Hatred of the various grays
the mountain sends, hatred of the mill,
The Silver Bill repeal, the best liked girls
who leave each year for Butte. One good
restaurant and bars can’t wipe the boredom out.
The 1907 boom, eight going silver mines,
a dance floor built on springs–
all memory resolves itself in gaze,
in panoramic green you know the cattle eat
or two stacks high above the town,
two dead kilns, the huge mill in collapse
for fifty years that won’t fall finally down.
Isn’t this your life? That ancient kiss
still burning out your eyes? Isn’t this defeat
so accurate, the church bell simply seems
a pure announcement: ring and no one comes?
Don’t empty houses ring? Are magnesium
and scorn sufficient to support a town,
not just Philipsburg, but towns
of towering blondes, good jazz and booze
the world will never let you have
until the town you came from dies inside?
Say no to yourself. The old man, twenty
when the jail was built, still laughs
although his lips collapse. Someday soon,
he says, I’ll go to sleep and not wake up.
You tell him no. You’re talking to yourself.
The car that brought you here still runs.
The money you buy lunch with,
no matter where it’s mined, is silver
and the girl who serves your food
is slender and her red hair lights the wall.
Below – Philipsburg, Montana.
This Date in Art History: Died 22 October 1906 – Paul Cezanne, a French Post-impressionist painter.
Below – “The Card Players”; “The Bathers”; “Still Life with a Curtain”; “Boy in Red Waistcoat”; “L’Estaque”; “Bather.”
Remembering a Photographer on the Date of His Birth: Robert Capa. In the words of one writer, “Robert Capa (born Endre Friedmann) was a Hungarian war photographer and photo journalist, arguably the greatest combat and adventure photographer in history.”
Below – “Falling Soldier”; “D-Day”; “Henri Matisse drawing with a bamboo pole tipped with charcoal”; “Jewish refugee girl at the Shaar Ha’aliya camp., Haifa.”
This Date in Art History: Born 22 October 1865 – Kristjan Raud, and Estonian painter and illustrator.
Below – “Laundry”; “Under the Stars.”
By Mary Oliver
What is the name
of the deep breath I would take
over and over
for all of us? Call it
whatever you want, it is
happiness, it is another one
of the ways to enter
Below – An illustration for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”; An illustration for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale.”
“Much earlier in this century an Austrian journalist, Karl Kraus, pointed out that if you actually perceived the true reality behind the news you would run, screaming, into the streets. I have run screaming into the streets dozens of times but have always managed to return home in time for dinner-and usually an hour early so that I can help in the preparation.”
Below – Carel Weight: “Running Man”
Below – “Louise Loved to Climb to the Summit on One of the Barren Hills Flanking the River, and Stand There While the Wind Blew”; “The Silent Fisherman.”