Sentient in San Francisco – 31 January 2019

Contemporary British Art – Teresa Wells

Below – “Narcissus”; “I Spirit”; “Gaia”; “Division”; “Desire and Denial”: “Boudica.”

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.”
“There’s no better reading experience than going to the place where a text was written.”
“I think, we can only write very personal matters through our experience. When I named my first novel about my son ‘A Personal Matter,’ I believe I knew the most important thing: there is not any personal matter; we must find the link between ourselves, our ‘personal matter,’ and society.”
“The dead can survive as part of the lives of those that still live.”
“I am one of the writers who wish to create serious works of literature which dissociate themselves from those novels which are mere reflections of the vast consumer cultures of Tokyo and the subcultures of the world at large.”
“I think I am doing my works to link myself, my family, with society — with the cosmos. To link me with my family to the cosmos, that is easy, because all literature has some mystic tendency. So when we write about our family, we can link ourselves to the cosmos.”
“I have survived by representing these sufferings of mine in the form of the novel.”

Contemporary British Art – Michael James Talbot: Part I of II.

Below – “Grace”; “Heart’s Ease of Pleasure”; “Ophelia”; “How Do I love Thee”; “Daylight Dreams Alight”; “Midday Sun”; “Aerial.”

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

Contemporary British Art – Michael James Talbot: Part II of II.

Below – “Love’s First Gift”; “Opal”; “Cortigiana”; “Memories”; “Amethyst”; “Resting Ballerina”; “Seraphina.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 31 January 2007 – Molly Ivins, an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist.

Some quotes from the work of Molly Ivins:

“What we have here, fellow citizens, is a crassly egocentric, raving twit.”
“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.”
“Americans are not getting screwed by the Republican Party. They’re getting screwed by the large corporations that bought and own the Republican Party.”
“It’s like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you’re wrong.”
“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?”
“I am not anti-gun. I’m pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We’d turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don’t ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives.”
“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.”
“It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.”

Contemporary British Art – Elena Ivanova

Below – “By the Rocks”; “Sunrise by the Lake”; “Three Palms”; “Yellow Field”; “Forest River”; “Driving Old Car”; “An evening in Tuscany.”

A Poem for Today

“Armed Services Editions”
by Jehanne Dubrow

My copy of ‘The Fireside Book of Verse’
is as the seller promised—the stapled spine,
the paper aged to Army tan—no worse
for wear, given the cost of its design,
six cents to make and printed on a press
once used for magazines and pulp. This book
was never meant to last a war much less
three quarters of a century.
I look
for evidence of all the men who scanned
these lines, crouched down in holes or lying in
their racks. I read the poems secondhand.
Someone has creased the page. Did he begin
then stop to sleep? to clean his gun perhaps?
to listen to the bugler playing taps?

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