Musings in Summer: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (born 30 August 1797)
“The beginning is always today.”
Art for Summer – Part I of III: Ramon Lombarte (Spanish, contemporary)
Below – “Break of Day”: “Sunday Eleven O’Clock PM”; “Rojo”
Remembering an Influential Journalist on the Date of His Birth: Born 30 August 1901 – Roy Wilkins, an American journalist, civil rights activist, and a leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Three quotes from the work of Roy Wilkins:
“Nothing should be overlooked in fighting for better education.”
“President Eisenhower was a fine general and a good, decent man, but if he had fought World War II the way he fought for civil rights, we would all be speaking German now.”
“Muffle your rage. Get smart instead of muscular.”
Below (all bronze) – “Torito the Bull”; “Kiko”; “Samuel”
Below – “Native American Woman”; “Lady on a Horse”; “Earth Mother”
Remembering a Journalist on the Date of Her Birth: Born 30 August 1958 – Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist, writer, human rights activist, and author of “Putin’s Russia.”
Some quotes from the work of Anna Politkovskaya:
“We are hurtling back into a Soviet abyss, into an information vacuum that spells death from our own ignorance. All we have left is the internet, where information is still freely available. For the rest, if you want to go on working as a journalist, it’s total servility to Putin. Otherwise, it can be death, the bullet, poison, or trial—whatever our special services, Putin’s guard dogs, see fit.”
“Do you still think the world is vast? That if there is a conflagration in one place it does not have a bearing on another, and that you can sit it out in peace on your veranda admiring your absurd petunias?”
“This political line is wholly neo-Soviet: human beings do not have independent existences, they are cogs in the machine whose function is to implement unquestioningly whatever political escapades those in power dream up. Cogs have no rights. Not even to dignity in death.”
“Putin, having accidentally received enormous power into his hands, administered it to catastrophic consequences for Russia. And I do not like him, because he does not like people. He can’t stand us. He despises us. He believes that we are a means him only, a means to achieve his own personal power goals. Therefore, he can do anything he wishes to us, plays with us as he pleases, destroys us, if he wishes. For him, we are nobody. And he, having accidentally scrambled to the top, is now a king and a god, whom everybody should worship and fear.”
“Putin has propped up his rule solely on the clay struts of the oligarchy – ordinary people did not find a place for themselves in this scheme. He is friends with some oligarchs, and fights with others, and it is this that we call supreme State Administration, when billionaires who have divided oil and gas reserves among themselves, have ultimate importance.”
This Date in Art History: Born 31 August 1748 – Jacques-Louis David, a French painter in the Neoclassical style.
Below – “Oath of the Horatii”; “The Death of Socrates”; “The Death of Marat”; “The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries”; “Mars Being Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces”; “Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass.”
This Date in Art History: Born 31 August 1907 – Leonor Fini, an Argentinian painter and illustrator.
Below – “Dimanche Apres-midi”; “Escarpolette III”; “The Bathers”: “Rogomelec”; “Medea or Femme aux serpents”; “Chthonian Deity Watching over the Sleep of a Young Man.”
by Seamus Heaney
‘for Philip Hobsbaum’
Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger
Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
We trekked and picked until the cans were full,
Until the tinkling bottom had been covered
With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned
Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered
With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard’s.
We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn’t fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they’d keep, knew they would not.
In the words of one writer, “Sarah Ashley Longshore (popularly known as Ashley Longshore) is a Louisiana-based painter, gallery owner and entrepreneur. Longshore’s art focuses on pop culture, Hollywood glamour, and American consumerism and has been compared to the artwork of Andy Warhol. art focuses on pop culture, Hollywood glamour, and American consumerism and has been compared to the artwork of Andy Warhol.”
Below – “Audrey with Poppy Headress”; “Shrimp”; “Audrey With Crown And Standing Peacock”; “Audrey with Swarming Butterflies” (triptych); “Luna Moth as Seen in Twilight Breaking Dawn 1”; Untitled Portrait.
Some quotes from the work of Molly Ivins:
“When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as ‘enemies,’ it’s time for a quiet stir of alertness.” “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.”
“I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.”
“Listen to the people who are talking about how to fix what’s wrong, not the ones who just work people into a snit over the problems. Listen to the people who have ideas about how to fix things, not the ones who just blame others.”
“On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes.”
“The impulse to make ourselves safer by making ourselves less free is an old one … When we are badly frightened, we think we can make ourselves safer by sacrificing some of our liberties. We did it during the McCarthy era out of fear of communism. Less liberty is regularly proposed as a solution to crime, to pornography, to illegal immigration, to abortion, to all kinds of threats.”
“If you ever get to the place where injustice doesn’t bother you, you’re dead.”
“I learned two things growing up in Texas. 1: God loves you, and you’re going to burn in hell forever. 2: Sex is the dirtiest and most dangerous thing you can possibly do, so save it for someone you love.”
“It’s all very well to run around saying regulation is bad, get the government off our backs, etc. Of course our lives are regulated. When you come to a stop sign, you stop; if you want to go fishing, you get a license; if you want to shoot ducks, you can shoot only three ducks. The alternative is dead bodies at the intersections, no fish and no ducks. OK?”
“Americans are not getting screwed by the Republican Party. They’re getting screwed by the large corporations that bought and own the Republican Party.”
In the words of one writer, “Joseph Lorusso was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966 and received his formal training at the American Academy of Art. Lorusso went on to receive his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. Born of Italian descent, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age. Through several early trips to Italy, his parents introduced him to works of the Italian Masters. Lorusso would look to these influences throughout his early artistic development and they are still evident in his work today.”
Below – “Her Favorite Coat”; “Special Book”; Untitled; “Late Night Read”; “Another Last Drink”; “Between Sisters.”