Sentient in San Francisco – 10 November 2018

Art for Autumn: Kobus Moller (Zimbabwean, contemporary)

Below – “Zebra”; Untitled; Big Five”; “Leopard Study”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 10 November 2007 – Norman Mailer, an American novelist, essayist, recipient of the National Book Award, and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Norman Mailer:

“I really am a pessimist. I’ve always felt that fascism is a more natural governmental condition than democracy. Democracy is a grace. It’s something essentially splendid because it’s not at all routine or automatic. Fascism goes back to our infancy and childhood, where we were always told how to live. We were told, Yes, you may do this; no, you may not do that. So the secret of fascism is that it has this appeal to people whose later lives are not satisfactory.”
“To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.”
“Love asks us that we be a little braver than is comfortable, a little more generous, a little more flexible. It means living on the edge more than we care to.”
“America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind.”

American Art – George Luks (1867-1933)

Below – ‘Lady with White Hat”; “Japanese Woman in Profile”; “The Ledge”; “Lower Ausable Lake, Adirondacks”; “Little Girl in a Top Hat”; “Leda and the Swan.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 10 November 1960 – Neil Gaiman, an award-winning English author, illustrator, and screenwriter.

Some quotes from the work of Neil Gaiman:

“Go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
“First rule of magic: Don’t let anyone know your real name. Names have power.”
“Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.”
“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”
“People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”
“A world in which there are monsters, and ghosts, and things that want to steal your heart is a world in which there are angels, and dreams and a world in which there is hope.”
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
“I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend…I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend.”


Contemporary American Art – Ron Mondz

In the words of one writer, “Ron Mondz’ impressionistic/neoclassical style brings together the rich traditions of Raphael and Michelangelo, with the delicate touch of Seurat, Monet and Renoir. Ron Mondz’ paintings bond the timeless beauty of the classics with the open-air traditions of impressionism. With an antlike patience, Mondz’ paintings reveal thousands of individual dots of paint. The brushstrokes are not juxtaposed, but rather arranged in small layers and linked like threads of fabric.”

Below – “Dance of the Koi”; “Monterey on the Rocks”; “Mt. Fuji Whispers”; “Marina Delivery”; “Ancient Beliefs.”


A Poem for Today

“Three Days with the Long Moon”
By Adrian Koester

That field nag, old-penny
swayback. Low hawk, to
ducks in train to a quad of geese,
in case. Last night, the long

moon lay it seemed a tissue
of snow, but then dawn told
that wasn’t so. Late morning, now,
the fire, the hearth, eggs

sitting for the mute plate
and fork, this pen making
a thing of them. Two more nights—
waterfowl safe and noisy

in the dusk, the low rails
running flank to the river
at midnight—find what they’ll
make of that river, this moon.

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