Contemporary Spanish Art – Raul Lara
This Date in Literary History: Born 11 December 1922 – Grace Paley, an award-winning American short story writer and poet.
Some quotes from the work of Grace Paley:
“Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.”
“Today’s wars are about oil. But alternate energies exist now – solar, wind – for every important energy-using activity in our lives. The only human work that cannot be done without oil is war.”
“Sometimes, walking with a friend, I forget the world.”
“The only recognizable feature of hope is action.”
“The only thing you should have to do is find work you love to do.” “And I can’t imagine living without having loved a person. A man, in my case. It could be a woman, but whatever. I think, what I always tell kids when they get out of class and ask, ‘What should I do now?’ I always say, ‘Keep a low overhead. You’re not going to make a lot of money.’ And the next thing I say: ‘Don’t live with a person who doesn’t respect your work.’ That’s the most important thing—that’s more important than the money thing. I think those two things are very valuable pieces of information.”
“For me, the meaning of life is the next generation.”
“Old age is another country, a place of strangeness, sometimes, and dislocation. There’s a lot to be done in this country, and a great deal of pleasure there. There are friends, some of whom are sick and needful of you, as you will be of them someday. The world itself is very beautiful. It’s a place where you have a lot to do. But you have to do it knowing that sometimes you will be afraid of this new country.”
Contemporary Chinese Art – Liqing Tan: Part I of II.
Below – “”Refreshing”; “Curiosity”; “Under the tree”; “Name tag”; “Craft”; “Birdman.”
Musings in Autumn: John Greenleaf Whittier
“The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.”
Contemporary Chinese Art – Liqing Tan: Part II of II.
Below – “Wild pond”; “Horse eye”; “Triple”; “We miss you”; “Family selfie.”
This Date in Literary History: Born 11 December 1939 – Thomas McGuane, an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter.
Some quotes from the work of Thomas McGuane:
“I’d be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness.”
“America is like one of those old-fashioned six-cylinder truck engines that can be missing two sparkplugs and have a broken flywheel and have a crankshaft that’s 5000 millimeters off fitting properly, and two bad ball-bearings, and still runs. We’re in that kind of situation. We can have substantial parts of the population committing suicide, and still run and look fairly good.”
“An undisturbed river is as perfect as we will ever know, every refractive slide of cold water a glimpse of eternity.”
“To me, no painter has ever quite understood the light, the distances, the aboriginal ghostliness of the American West as well as Maynard Dixon. The great mood of his work is solitude, the effect of land and space on people. While his work stands perfectly well on its claims to beauty, it offers a spiritual view of the West indispensable to anyone who would understand it.”
“It’s funny, but… you’re sort of a moving target for fortune, and you never know when it will befall you.”
“We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity’s demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.”
“My life was the best omelette you could make with a chainsaw.”
“I may be the wrong person for my life.”
Contemporary American Art – Karen Clark
Below (photographs/paintings [noted]) – “Wings”; “Best of all Possible Worlds”; “Blue Flow flowers” (painting); “Blue Flow Boa” (painting); “Day at the Beach II”; “Desert Pool” (painting).
“Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December…”
Contemporary American Art – Lisa Krannichfeld: Part I of II.
Below – “Of Land and Sky”; “Bare Hands”; “Glass Ceiling”; “Claws Out II”; “On the Scent.”
Born 11 December 1937 – Jim Harrison, an American novelist, essayist, and poet: Part I of II.
Jim Harrison is one of my favorite writers.
Some quotes from the work of Jim Harrison:
“The simple act of opening a bottle of wine has brought more happiness to the human race than all the collective governments in the history of earth.”
“Barring love I’ll take my life in large doses alone–rivers, forests, fish, grouse, mountains. Dogs.”
“The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense.”
“This infantile sense of order tended to infect my life at large. Up at 5:30 a.m., coffee, oatmeal, perhaps sausage (homemade), and fresh eggs giving one of the yolks to Lola. Listening to NPR and grieving more recently over the absence of Bob Edwards who was the sound of morning as surely as birds. Reading a paragraph or two of Emerson or Loren Eiseley to raise the level of my thinking. Going out to feed the cattle if it was during our six months of bad weather.”
“The wilderness does not make you forget your normal life so much as it removes the distractions for proper remembering.”
“I did not want to live out my life in the strenuous effort to hold a ghost world together. It was plain as the stars that time herself moved in grand tidal sweeps rather than the tick-tocks we suffocate within, and that I must reshape myself to fully inhabit the earth rather than dawdle in the sump of my foibles.”
“Fishing makes us less the hostages to the horrors of making a living.”
“Death steals everything except our stories.”
“Life is sentimental. Why should I be cold and hard about it? That’s the main content. The biggest thing in people’s lives is their loves and dreams and visions, you know.”
“We set this house on fire forgetting that we live within.”
“I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy ourselves with our passion to escape the aloneness.”
“The world that used to nurse us now keeps shouting inane instructions. That’s why I ran to the woods.”
“Poetry at its best is the language your soul would speak if you could teach your soul to speak.”
“You touch things lightly or deeply; you move along because life herself moves, and you can’t stop it.”
“We Are All One. When we allow ourselves to become aware of this statement in its purest form, we open the doors to reveal the oneness of being. Using the process of conscious evolution we begin to recognise our true underlying identity, for once we have glimpsed the existence of this realm, we then begin to reveal what it is . . . . our true natural state.”
“I’m hoping to be astonished tomorrow by I don’t know what.”
“At the Ready II”; “Bandana (in red)”; “Chin Up”; “Float.”
Born 11 December 1937 – Jim Harrison, an American novelist, essayist, and poet: Part II of II.
Jim Harrsion’s “After Ikkyu” is one of my favorite books of poetry.
From “For Ikkyu – 41”
Home again, it looked different for a moment.
The birds, while not decrepit, flew slow.
The dogs wagged and licked their greetings,
then went back to sleep, unmindful of airplanes.
The new moon said either gather yourself for you last
decade, or slow down big pony, fat snake shed