Sentient in San Francisco – 26 February 2020

Contemporary British Art – Howard Sills

Below – “Snowfall at the Lake”; “Mountain Light”; “In Blue Jeans”; “Last Light of the Summer Solstice”; “Golden Fields”; “Autumnal Impression.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 February 1918 – Theodore Sturgeon, an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, and critic.

Some quotes from the work of Theodore Sturgeon:

“You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody’s an expert on that one.”
“Why must we love where the lightning strikes, and not where we choose?”
“They say dogs ignore their reflections in mirrors because they can’t smell them. Dogs, unlike people, are not fooled by what they see.”
“Sure, 90% of science fiction is crud. That’s because 90% of everything is crud.”
“Fear is a survival instinct; fear in its way is a comfort for it means that somewhere hope is alive.”
“There is in certain living souls a quality of loneliness unspeakable, so great it must be shared as company is shared by lesser beings. Such a loneliness is mine; so know by this that in immensity there is one lonelier than you.”
“Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty.”

Contemporary Austrian Art – Tina Welz: Part I of II.

Below – “A Real Conversation”; “All Roads Lead To Rome”; “Enjoy The Silence”; “Dog Blue”; “Bulldog II”; “Drinnen Und Draussen.“

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 February 1913 – George Barker, an English poet.

“O Childe Beside The Waterfall”
by George Barker

O Child beside the Waterfall
what songs without a word
rise from those waters like the call
only a heart has heard-
the Joy, the Joy in all things
rise whistling like a bird.

O Child beside the Waterfall
I hear them too, the brief
heavenly notes, the harp of dawn,
the nightingale on the leaf,
all, all dispel the darkness and
the silence of our grief.

O Child beside the Waterfall
I see you standing there
with waterdrops and fireflies
and hummingbirds in the air,
all singing praise of paradise,
paradise everywhere.

Contemporary Austrian Art – Tina Welz: Part II of II.

Below – “Best memories Come from Bad Ideas”; ““Blown By Bits”; “Atlantic Major”; “Afternoon Delight”; “Black Boots”; “Die Badenden.”

This Date in Entertainment History: Died 26 February 1994 – Bill Hicks, an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, actor, and co-creator of the cinematic masterpiece “Ninja Bachelor Party.”

Some quotes from the work of Bill Hicks:

“This is where we are at right now, as a whole. No one is left out of the loop. We are experiencing a reality based on a thin veneer of lies and illusions. A world where greed is our God and wisdom is sin, where division is key and unity is fantasy, where the ego-driven cleverness of the mind is praised, rather than the intelligence of the heart.”
“If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the Weather.”
“If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be one day behind.
“No one can give you any answers. There aren’t any. You have to discover for yourself-you must learn to navigate the mystery.”
“I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is
mankind’s sole purpose on this planet. If you’re wondering
what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I’ll give you
a hint… it has to do with creating and sharing.”
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: ‘Is this real, or is this just a ride?’ And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, ‘Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.’ And we kill those people.”
“It’s all about money, not freedom. If you think you’re free, try going somewhere without money, okay?”
“Any organization created out of fear must create fear to survive.”
“You know all the money we spend on nuclear weapons and defence every year? Trillions of dollars? Correct? Trillions. Instead, if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, not one, we could, as one race, explore outer space together in peace forever.”
“It has become more and more obvious that there is one political party in America, and that is The Business Party.”
“Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don’t know one child with a full time job and children.”

Contemporary British Art – Natasha Nosova

Below – “Anything that Flies”; “Some Things Take Time”; “Uninterrupted”; “Hide&Seek”; “Death By Thousand Cats”; “I Just Can’t Take In Anymore.”

A Poem for Today

“Noon Hour”
by Peggy Trojan

Unless hot lunch at school
was serving something special
like corn chowder
and baking powder biscuits
or creamed chipped beef
potatoes and brownies
I went home
to what my
mother made
like most town kids

Jack walked the furthest
almost to the river
to his unpainted house
by the railroad tracks
We all knew nobody was there
his mom at the tavern already
He always came back
Just in time for the bell.

Below – Bobi Glenn: “Walking Alone”

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