Monthly Archives: October 2011

Yaketayakking in the Supernatural Darkness: Allen Ginsberg and “Howl”

“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.” Allen Ginsberg 7 October 1955 – Allen Ginsberg … Continue reading

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A New Nobel Laureate

Congratulations to Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet who was today awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Academy said it recognized Transtromer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.” Here is Transtromer’s poem … Continue reading

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Remarkable People: Lafcadio Hearn

We live in a time of great confusions: Celebrity is commonly mistaken for talent, image has frequently displaced substance, notoriety is often equated with accomplishment, rhetoric has generally displaced wisdom, and material success seems synonymous with character. To thoughtful people, … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Norman Dreo

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Norman Dreo is a contemporary Filipino artist whose works often provide masterful examples of socio-realism. Dreo received the highest grade on the talent test when he entered the … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Radish Tordia

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Radish Tordia is a contemporary painter from Georgia. He works primarily with oils, and his preferred subject is women, whom he regards as “the most beautiful creation in … Continue reading

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If Your Soul Thirsts For Beauty: Solomon Popoli Linda

Solomon Popli Linda (1909-1982), also known as Solomon Ntsele, was a South African Zulu musician, singer, and composer who wrote “Mbube,” which is better-known as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Solomon first recorded the a cappella song with his group the … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Robert Freeman

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Robert Freeman is a self-taught contemporary Native American artist who works in various media, including oils, etching, and sculpture. Some of his most creative impulses find expression in … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Yusof Ghani

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Yusof Ghani is a contemporary Malaysian artist who began his career as a graphic designer. However, Ghani soon became interested in the canvases of Abstract Expressionists Pollack and … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Millard Owen Sheets

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Millard Owen Sheets (1907-1898) was a California artist whose work deserves to be better-known. Among his great paintings is “Angel’s Flight,” his tribute to Bunker Hill, which was … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Robert Falk

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Robert Falk (1886-1958) was a Russian painter who, after spending four years at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, was one of the founders of an … Continue reading

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