that you won't understand;
it's because you won't understand
that I cannot explain.'
flew to hideous Doha
bearing thousands of
(mainly masculine) gawpers in thrall
to international and nationalist
testosteronal (and not very beautiful)
ballet with a ball.
When Russian forces entered Chernobyl
very soon after entering Ukraine
they started digging World War One trenches
in the radioactive soil.
Indonesia set to make sex outside marriage punishable by jail
Let's not worry about Climate Catastrophe.
There are far more pressing issues.
I have recently sold a portrait
of a German guy who visited me,
with his partner, in 1985.
He had Parkinson's Disease
and had a serious mobility problem.
Around him is a quotation from Rilke
which is perfectly comprehensible
but almost untranslatable:
Nur im Raum der Klage darf die Rühmung gehn.
Praise/glorification can only come/arise/emerge
from within lamentation/sorrow/mourning/grieving/grief...
'The great thing about a walled town:
no matter how lost you get,
you eventually come to a wall.'
– Tim Dowling
...the world is indeed run by cabals, conspirators,
autocrats and criminals.
You just have to identify the true conspiracies
– such as conspiracies to disseminate
is now self-advertisement.
I still find him unreadable
in either French or English.
He showed, at mind-numbing length
how odious are they who live in luxury.
He was pretty odious himself.
|The Dead Proust, by Man Ray.|
that the trouble with civilisation
is its brain-washing vulgarity.
is a good place to be.
I never lock my house,
nor my car, which I park
on a very quiet street
100 metres from my house
along with a trailer
currently half-full of firewood.
Yesterday I left 60 euros
on the front passenger seat
where I discovered them this afternoon.
Ericky Boniphace’s photographic project –
Even The Dead Can’t Escape Climate Change
– followed labourers disinterring the remains of those buried
in a cemetery near Dar-Es-Salaam’s Msimbazi River.
For several years in a row
rising water levels have eroded the land the cemetery sits on
and swept graves away.
CT215, a French street-artist,
is Doing His Bit for Democracy
"The Western News Media" are not mentioning
the inevitable (if small) Ukrainian atrocities...
for the planet, at least
it is possible to say so.
But numbers cannot ever indicate
the catastrophe of numbers.
Independent Member of Parliament
and UNICEF Special Representative
for Humanitarian Emergencies,
wrote of the United States:
Of all the 90 countries that I worked in
[as foreign correspondent for the BBC]
it seemed to me. with the possible exception
of Equatorial Guinea, to be the most alien.
– Martin Bell, Through Gates of Fire, 2003, p.149.
thing the penis was! Half of them didn't even
work properly, and all of them looked pathetic
and detachable, like some wrinkled sea-creature
– like something you'd find goggling at you
and swaying in an aquarium."
– Paul Theroux: Doctor Slaughter, 1984.
Anthropologists don't talk about sins,
but they do make value-judgements
which are largely Abrahamic
(or should I say Abrahamist ?).
If I were to consider flaws as sins
I'd say that the first sin was
to regard sex as other than fun;
and the second was
to view animals as other.
As for the third
and maybe subsequent sins
I'll need to ponder further.
Only the very corrupt
can even imagine the corruption
of the very rich.
'Until women's constitutional right to abortion in the USA was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2922, no one gave much thought to Safe Haven laws.
These allow a mother to give up her new-born baby for adoption, at a designated site, anonymously and without risk of prosecution. 'Safe Haven' legislation first appeared in the US in 1999 in Texas, in response to a rise in the number of abandoned babies. Now it exists in every state. These laws were never intended as an alternative to abortion. But as the options for unhappily-pregnant women diminish, some are anticipating an increase in the number of babies left by desperate mothers in hospitals and specially designed Baby Boxes at local fire stations.'
(report from The BBC)
In earlier times, such drop-boxes, baby-hatches or niches were organised informally (if not always anonymously) by the Catholic Church. Here is one (no longer used) in my village of Caylus in SW France.
written by a great writer
in the persona of Bernie Gunther :
Being wrong is an important part of being right
and only time* can tell which it turns out to be.
– Philip Kerr in Prague Fatale.
*Actually, only the end of time.
Socio- and psycho-paths, Very Nasties,
Moderate Nasties, Shits, Creeps, Bleeders,
Proselytisers, Yes-men (and -women),
Sycophants, Followers, Fence-sitters,
Scapegoats, Sheep, Compromisers,
Well-intentioned, Vacillators, The Unreliable,
The Decisive, the Thrusting, The Modest
Heroes at the right place and time,
The Saintly, Hermits in the Forest
why white people seem to smile only for show,
and say Thank-you and Sorry so very much.
I reflect on this.
I wonder if it is because an emotional insecurity
(born of Christianity)
that has also led them to conquer and ransack the world,
has suppressed their playfulness in the interests of competitiveness,
and engendered a fear of spontaneity
in the pursuit of a grim hedonism which
has turned them into leering puppets ?
An Iranian hermit, Amou Hajji, dubbed
“the world’s dirtiest man”
(for not taking a shower for more than half a century)
has died at the healthy old age of 94.
The prime minister and finance minister of the UK
(England and its subject nationettes)
are both multi-millionaires. In fact, I think
that the prime minister is a billionaire.
feeding capitalism, not people.
"Children in school are eating erasers
to line their stomachs and dull the ache and nausea of hunger.
Others are bringing in empty lunchboxes
then pretend to dine on their phantom food
away from classmates, too ashamed to reveal
that they have nothing to eat."
because men are rarely mothers
of sons and daughters
and fathers and wives
and mothers and aunts
and orphans and queers and loners
and bullies and rapists
and bankers and slaves.
And men more easily perceive
that everyone's an atoll
about to sink beneath the waves.
almost always, almost everywhere
in dictatorial banality
surround themselves with sycophants.
Their numbers are increasing.
Poor people don't
because they can't afford it.
Rich people don't
because it costs them money.'
– Henning Mankell, Kennedy's Brain.
Thus my economic status
suggests that I have a conscience.
But what do I do with it ?
'Better to light a candle
than rail against the dark.'
But even a lantern, Diogenes declared,
will reveal only shadows and deceit.
Better to adapt to the darkness
than be by light ensnared,
and ultimately suffer cognitive defeat.
has had the effect
of making us humourless.
mostly are enfeebled people
infecting each other with words
and ambiguities, obfuscations,
and fabricated mysteries –
but they generate quotations.
is a recent word,
though it defines
(a fairly old word)
is not at all the same as
It is almost the opposite.
On my last visit today he asked me
how I would prefer to die.
Like most people, I said. Quietly,
in my sleep. But, I continued,
there is a wonderful 19th century hoist
built on top of the castle wall 100 metres from my house,
with a clear drop of nearly 10 metres.
We then had an interesting chat about the merits
and mechanics of hanging,
and what a mess would be caused
by my head actually being torn from my body,
such is daily cleared up (or not) in Tigray,
Ukraine, Yemen...to name but three.
"At the start of the 1990s the Soviet Union - one the largest empires in the world - imploded.
It was not a slow collapse like the British Empire, but one that collapsed suddenly - in just a few months...."
This first episode is a bizarre - not to say grotesque - montage (mish-mash) of film clips with very bad subtitles, showing us rather crudely that a rigid pyramidal economic system which was bound to fail engendered corruption which would engulf Russia when it was dismantled by Boris Yeltsin.
I fear that Adam Curtis has 'lost his touch'.
interpreting Epicurus, thought
that life is like a party – maybe
an intimate dinner-party or
maybe one of the more riotous kind.
If the latter, a good one is when
death arrives before the police,
or before you are raped. If
it's a bad one it's best to leave it
at your earliest convenience.
online and in sociological and literary sources,
normal men are constantly evaluating women
as sex-objects, and many need little encouragement
to dominate, abuse and even rape them
in back-alleys, hotel-rooms and on golf-courses.
When (in the nineteen-forties) I was very small
I thought it great fun to chase little girls across
the stony playground, into their dismal toilet-stalls
to pull their hair. In the boys' toilets
next-door, other boys competed to see
who was the highest pisser over green-slimed walls.
I grew out of my behaviour pretty quickly,
but perhaps other boys grow into it at puberty.
the precious designation Work of Art.
If a shit-shifter's work or a grave-digger's
is not Art, then it must be of a Higher Order,
nothing to do with The Dignity of Labour
but with the brave, the fine
humility that mantles the downtroddenly divine.
I come across a new word.
How rich our language is becoming !?*वृक
Today's is wealthist (maybe a person who wants
to be among the wealthiest).
Next week there might be stealthist.
to deflect an asteroid
with a rocket
than to create peace
It has always been simpler
to invade than to persuade.
No – some people think that their lives are
and some people think that other people's lives are
Some people's stories seem like projections
of actual lives
with a lot of details missing.
My life is just a few tattered chapters
consisting of not-very-well-composed
and poorly-constructed sentences.
It will have to do.
a little-known, mature democracy,
a 'welfare state'
with stable government,
where no indígenas have been
allowed to survive.
In October 1940, fervent Catholic dictator Francisco Franco invited Heinrich Himmler to a bullfight at Las Ventas bull-ring in Madrid. It was reported that Himmler, an animal lover and architect of the Nazis’ final solution, was so appalled at the cruelty of the spectacle that he almost fainted.
Bullfighting, an ancient 'pagan' practice with Cretan origins, had been banned in Muslim Spain, and thus became a symbol of Christian resistance. Later it was prohibited by various Christian kings, who considered it unsuitable for aristocrats and gentlemen, with the result that it became increasingly popular among the peasantry and the tiny working-class...
Since Franco's death, bullfighting's appeal has greatly diminished.
said that sheople
don't so much speakle
as quotle and repeatle.
Here is my version of his poem
The Birth of Philosophy :
Sheep glares at me with shock and awe
as though I were the first biped it saw.
Mesmerising glare! We stand like we're asleep.
It seems the first time that I have seen a sheep.
Morgenstern's Gallows Songs (1905) are well-known amongst German speakers, and influenced Bertolt Brecht as well as Otto Dix.
is French : PISCINABLE,
an adjective from piscine meaning a pool,
informs you that, in a garden
attached to a house you might be thinking of buying,
a pool might be constructed.
And from this adjective a noun might be constructed:
It contrasts with an English neologism I saw yesterday:
Imperfect and Perfect Past
drank to a friendship made to last.
They toasted Future Simple tense
(which just shows their common sense).
Conditional and Perfect Plu
decided they would join in, too.
Tissue 1: 'You wouldn't believe it – I've got snot all through me.'
Tissue 2: 'That's nothing, kid. I stink of semen.'
Tissue 3: 'You've had it easy, sisters – I'm completely saturated with menstrual blood.'
Chorus: So we go to the landfill site,
the landfill site, the landfill site.
Off we go to the landfill site –
diapers, dead dogs and mud.
is like sex without laughter.
look much better on equines
than on humans.
I've given blow-jobs on sofas
To men who didn't want me any more.
Why didn't they tell me before ?
Well, they wouldn't, would they ?
They wanted to have their cake and eat it.
Or eat their cake and keep it.
Cake and more cake, with whipped cream.
Love is just a meme...
*Also the title of a book by Romain Gary.
the assassination of a pig
as much as the shooting of a president.
We are shadows of ignorance
cast over violence.
We don't like human corpses.
I discovered today, was formerly known as
Aleksandrovka, Yuzivka (or Hughesovka),
Stalin and Stalino!
The inhabitants will be so grateful
if it's renamed Putino.
I once identified
(to some extent) as queer or invert
or one of those
because queers were then beyond the pale.
Now I am beyond the pale for queers
and every identity except nonentity.
it's good to be a misanthropic nobody,
especially in a world of pseudo-individuals.
Being nobody is good
provided you can secrete, protect
your nonentity successfully.
(Indeed there is a Catch in everything.)
was a term of slight-to-moderate abuse
applied by the English to Europeans east of England,
because, of course, the English could not deny
that they were European – until now
that they are half-American.
is an Albanian poet
now living in Germany.
He spent the first 30 years of his life in
THE SAVRA INTERNMENT CAMP
Here you are afraid to speak,
afraid to be silent.
Here you are afraid to smile,
afraid to be sad.
Here you are afraid
not to be afraid.
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The civet eats the coffee berries
which soften in its gut and are excreted whole.
They are collected and roasted.
They have a subtle under-taste of cherries.
The Javanese used civets this way in the 18th century
because they were forbidden by the very mean,
very nasty Dutch from entering the coffee-plantations.
Civets think the berries are delicious.
It was hard to prevent The Thieving Natives
from scooping up their droppings.
we all - even newborn babies -
live too long.
A Gummy Squirrel – Psychropotes longicauda – is a type of sea cucumber. This specimen is 60 cm long with red palps, or lips
with which it feeds on sediment on the ocean floor
5,100 metres below the surface.
has been replaced in Britain by the cult of royalty,
and in the USA by the cult of Trump.