Sinful Sunday

July 21, 2019

primed to destroy

July 19, 2019

The significance of Green(party/Lobby) critiques is that they suggest that, far from being the only viable political-economic system, capitalism is in fact primed to destroy the entire human environment. The relationship between capitalism and eco-disaster is neither coincidental nor accidental: capital’s ‘need of a constantly expanding market’,  its ‘growth fetish’,  mean that capitalism is by its very nature opposed to any notion of sustainability…

Mark Fisher
Capitalist Realism

Unsaid

July 16, 2019

What’s left unsaid tells you everything you need to know.

I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy.

Network (1976)
written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet

If, as Dr Johnson said, a man who is not married is only half a man, so a man who is very much married is only half a writer. Marriage can succeed for an artist only where there is enough money to save him from taking on uncongenial work and a wife who is intelligent and unselfish enough to understand and respect the working of the unfriendly cycle of the creative imagination. She will know at what point domestic happiness begins to cloy, where love, tidiness, rent, rates, clothes, entertaining and rings at the doorbell should stop, and will recognise that there is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

Cyril Connolly
Enemies of Promise

Bridge of tits

July 13, 2019

The Ponte delle Tette, the bridge of breasts in Venice. Here in the 16th C prostitutes would expose their breasts (and more) to attract potential customers.  At night they would use lanthorns to illuminate their bared breasts,  thus enticing the lustful into their arms –

It was hoped by the authorities that by allowing these fleshy displays male homosexuality would be discouraged: the idea being that no man, faced with a bridge full of tits, could remain gay for very long…!?!

Deserted lighthouses
Ruined castles
Gingerbread cottages deep in the forest
Dark towers on wild headlands overlooking the ocean
Secret libraries containing forbidden books
Hidden caverns behind waterfalls
Abandoned funfairs
Ghost stations on the London Underground
Haunted mansions…

Greece

July 9, 2019

Greece. The roseate light of dawn finger creeping over the hump-back hills. Red earth, rocks and the painful blue of the sea. Twisted olive trees growing all around like malformed old men and the red sun rising like the eye of one of those ancient God’s that once dominated this land…

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walls of words

July 9, 2019

I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.

Roger Zelazny
Nine Princes in Amber

 

Lake Como, on the bluff overlooking Varenna, is located the Vezio Castle which has stood there for more than a thousand years.

It is famous for its falconry displays and its ghosts…

Created annually, these ghost sculptures are formed around willing models by a local artist. Wire mesh is used, then material and plaster from which, when set, the human is removed. These sculptures are placed at random around the castle for visitors to admire.