Musings in Autumn: Camille Paglia
“Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.”
Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Marvin Lowe (American, contemporary)
Below – “Soothsayer”; “Blue L. Jungle”; “Two Embracing Figures”
For Your Information: 17 December is National Maple Syrup Day in the United States.
Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Rodney Lough, Jr. (American, contemporary)
Below – “Wisdom” (panorama photograph print); “Golden Gate, San Francisco” (panorama photograph print); “Subway Station” (panorama photograph print)
Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 17 December 1957 – Dorothy L. Sayers, an English author, poet, and playwright.
Some quotes from the work of Dorothy Sayers:
“Books… are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ’em, then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.”
“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair…the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”
“What are you to do with the people who are cursed with both hearts and brains?”
“How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.”
“We are much too much inclined in these days to divide people into permanent categories, forgetting that a category only exists for its special purpose and must be forgotten as soon as that purpose is served.”
“Even idiots occasionally speak the truth accidentally.”
“If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.”
“We’ve got to laugh or break our hearts in this damnable world.”
Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Kent Lovelace (American, 1953-2017)
Below – “Gaile”; “Sand Hill Crane”; “Hawthorne”
Musings in Autumn: Guy Davenport
“It is worthwhile adding that the power of the poem to teach not only sensibilities and the subtle movements of the spirit but knowledge, real lasting felt knowledge, is going mostly unnoticed among our scholars. The body of knowledge locked into and releasable from poetry can replace practically any university in the Republic. First things first, then: the primal importance of a poem is what it can add to the individual mind.Poetry is the voice of a poet at its birth, and the voice of a people in its ultimate fulfillment as a successful and useful work of art.”
Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Nydia Lozano (Spanish, contemporary)
Below – “Girl”
Worth a Thousand Words: Conundrum Hot Springs, Colorado.
This Date in Art History: Born 17 December 1859 – Paul Cesar Helleu, a French painter and illustrator.
Below – “John Singer Sargent” (watercolor); “Le Joueur de flute”; “On the Sofa”; “Young woman in white (Mrs. Helleu); “Lady with Flowers”; “Elegant Woman at the Rail.”
Musings in Autumn: George Carlin
“Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.”
This Date in Art History: Born 17 December 1934 – Irving Petlin, an American painter.
Below – “Storms: Angels of Brooklyn”; “Sunrise”; “Trestle Bridge”; “Revolution Pastorale”; “Tigris…New York”; “Este Mundo.”
A Poem for Today
“Briefly It Enters, Briefly It Speaks”
By Jane Kenyon
I am the blossom pressed in a book,
found again after two hundred years. . . .
I am the maker, the lover, and the keeper. . . .
When the young girl who starves
sits down to a table
she will sit beside me. . . .
I am food on the prisoner’s plate. . . .
I am water rushing to the wellhead,
filling the pitcher until it spills. . . .
I am the patient gardener
of the dry and weedy garden. . . .
I am the stone step,
the latch, and the working hinge. . . .
I am the heart contracted by joy. . .
the longest hair, white
before the rest. . . .
I am there in the basket of fruit
presented to the widow. . . .
I am the musk rose opening
unattended, the fern on the boggy summit. . . .
I am the one whose love
overcomes you, already with you
when you think to call my name. . . .
In the words of one writer, “George Matsusaburo Hibi (1886-1947) was an influential American artist, known for his oil painting and printmaking, who was central to prewar California art associations and in the creation of art schools in both the Tanforan Assembly Center and the concentration camp at Topaz, Utah, during World War II.”
Below – “Men Painting, Sunset, Topaz”; “Three Muses”; “Imprisoned Without Trial”; “War”; “Topaz in Winter”; “Wings.”