Beleaguered in Bothell – 31 January 2018

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 31 January 1923 – Norman Mailer, an American novelist, journalist, playwright, film-maker, actor, political activist, recipient of the National Book Award, and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Norman Mailer:

“The only faithfulness people have is to emotions they’re trying to recapture”
“Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.”
“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.”
“Harsh words live in the dungeon of the heart”
“Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.”
“Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”

Art for Winter – Part I of VII: Marc Quinn (British, contemporary)

Below – “At the Far Edges of the Universe #6”; “At the Far Edges of the Universe #7”; “At the Far Edges of the Universe #8.”


Remembering a Composer on the Date of His Birth: Born 31 January 1937 – Philip Glass, an influential American composer.

Art for Winter – Part II of VII: Jim Rabby (American, contemporary)

Below – “Still Life”; Untitled Seascape; “13 Hours Out Of LA”

Musings in Winter: Barbara Tuchman

“No one is so sure of his premises as the man who knows too little.”

Art for Winter – Part III of VII: Semion Rabinkov (Russian, contemporary)

Below (all bronze) – “Bouquet”; “Rain”; “Blue Explosion” (from Meteorite Series)


For Your Information: The total phase of the approaching lunar eclipse, also known as a Blood Moon, will be visible tonight in large parts of the United States, northeastern Europe, Russia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and Australia.


Art for Winter – Part IV of VII: Jose Carlos Ramos (Peruvian, contemporary)

Below – “On the Horizon”; “Arriving Together”; “Trio of Horses”; “Dance”


Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 31 January 1935 – Kenzaburo Oe, a Japanese novelist, short story writer, essayist, and recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Kenzaburo Oe:

“Understanding comes hard to persons of high rank who are accustomed to phony lifestyles that involve no daily work.”
“It takes a person of great care and insight to watch for any abnormality in the green grass even while it grows abundantly and healthily.”
“The destination of the soul: this is what I, led on by Nils Holgersson, came to seek in the literature of Western Europe. I fervently hope that my pursuit, as a Japanese, of literature and culture will, in some small measure, repay Western Europe for the light it has shed upon the human condition.”
“The Japanese chose the principle of eternal peace as the basis of morality for our rebirth after the War.”


Art for Winter – Part V of VII: Lucio Ranucci (Italian, contemporary)

Below – “Franzo”;”Watermelon Cart”; “Mysterious Trio”


Remembering a Great Architect on the Date of His Birth: Born 31 January 1921 – E. Fay Jones, an American architect and recipient of the 1990 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

Below – E. Fay Jones; Thorncrown Chapel.


Art for Winter – Part VI of VII: Jon Rattenbury (British, contemporary)

Below – “Night Light”; “Edge of Twilight”; “Where We Belong”

Worth a Thousand Words: Sunset at Big River Beach in Mendocino, California.

Art for Winter – Part VII of VII: Peter Rashford (American, contemporary)

Below – “Silent Waters”; “Passageway”; “Moment of Seclusion”


A Poem for Today

“A Little Tooth”
by Thomas Lux

Your baby grows a tooth, then two,
and four, and five, then she wants some meat
directly from the bone. It’s all

over: she’ll learn some words, she’ll fall
in love with cretins, dolts, a sweet
talker on his way to jail. And you,

your wife, get old, flyblown, and rue
nothing. You did, you loved, your feet
are sore. It’s dusk. Your daughter’s tall.


Contemporary American Art – Joseph Raffael

In the words of one writer, “Joseph Raffael was born in Brooklyn in 1933. He received his B.F.A. from Yale University in 1957 and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Florence and Rome in 1958-1959 and a Tiffany Fellowship in 1960. The time, the place is not important. What is important to Raffael is the essence, what the forest sounds like, smells like, looks like, as day is dawning, and this he masterfully captures.”

Below – “Pond with Goldfish”; “Moving Toward the Light”; “Life-Times”; “Night Sky Fish”; “Wind on Water”; “Fish in New Time.”

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