courtesy: Floria Sigismondi
As we Brits come to the end of celebrating the platinum jubilee of our monarch, I’m reminded its said that -the ruling class are never more dangerous than when they are doing impressions of being human beings– now whilst I may not disagree with this, (especially at last orders on a Friday night) however please indulge me now by watching a music film I made in 2008 with Oasis and Natasha O’Keef, which perhaps infers more complexity. If only they felt that about us…
‘We have two lives, the second begins when we realise we only have one.’
Confucius 479 BC
‘Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity’
Simone Weil 1909 -1943
‘I am the wound and the knife! I am the slap and the cheek!
I am the limbs and the rack, I am the victim and the executioner!
I am the vampire of my own heart’
Charles Baudelaire from “The flowers of evil”
“You know I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me.
There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies – which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world – what I want to forget. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do.”
Joseph Conrad writer 1857-1924
On 23 March 1953, singer, songwriter and former Black Panther Yvette Marie Stevens, better known as Chaka Khan, was born in Chicago.
Her stepmother was a civil rights activist, who encouraged Khan to speak up. By the age of 14 she had joined the revolutionary Black Panther Party. A friend of Chicago Panther leader Fred Hampton*, she dropped out of high school, spoke at rallies and worked in the organisation’s free breakfast for children program.
Khan was later given a gun which she held in her room, but she later told Guardian journalist Alexis Petridis: “every moment I had that gun it changed me. I felt physically sick. I threw it away into Botany’s Pond by Chicago University, then I felt better. That finished me with the Panthers.”
Khan went on to international success in bands and as a solo artist.
‘Wisdom comes with winter’ -Oscar Wilde
I would much rather have someone’s respect than their money. –Mia Farrow actor
You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from -Cormack McCarthy
Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
Khalil Gibran. Lebanese-American writer & poet 1883-1931
جبران خليل جبران
HORSE wisdom always attempts quality over quantity and its trusted that this edition, six months since the last merits your patience. Merci x
I write because the pen and paper trust me -Arnošt Lustig
Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses mankind the most. -Thucydides
You’ll meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it -Carl Jung
Film still from ‘The Gleaners and I’.
Directed by Agnès Varda, France 2000.
Kimberly Jones speaks the truth about the history of racism in America.
“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” -Ijeoma Oluo (born 1980)
Thanks to Martin Tomlinson.
‘The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.’ -Audre Lorde 1933-1992
ANDREW WEATHERALL 1964-2020
Visionary, electronic punk, munificent soul, savage wit, top Herbert. No sell out.
‘Boy am I gonna wake you up!’
FRANK ZAPPA musician, USA
December 1940 – December 1993
Chemical Brothers ‘BUG’ special at British Film Institute, notes featuring: ‘Out of Control’ WIZ music film (November 2019)
Chemical Brothers ‘Surrender’ album 25th anniversary box set release book feat: Out of Control text by WIZ (November 2019)
There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it. –Frantz Fanon French West Indian psychiatrist and political philosopher
‘People are shit! But people is all we have’ –Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Klaus Littmann– ‘The Unending Attraction of Nature’. 2019
‘I think a certain underlying optimism is required: “A pessimism of the intellect and an optimism of the will” as Gramsci said. That means hard thought, hard graft, recognising what the world is like, recognising the way the terrain is set against you, and remembering the openness of history and seeing where one can intervene’ –Stuart Hall cultural theorist and political activist. 1932- 2014
Marilyn Manson ‘Man That You Fear’ interview by Hanna Kiss at Central Saint Martins, London. (December 2019)
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‘Despair is collaboration with the enemy.’ -Ken Jacobs, filmmaker USA.
‘I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do’ -Georgia O’Keeffe. Artist 1887- 1986
‘It’s hell where solidarity is important, not in heaven’ –John Berger author. 1926- 2017
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. –Buddha
As actor: ‘Attempts On Her Life’ directed by Gina Laline. Rialto Theatre, Brighton October 2019
“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.” ― Hannah Arendt German-American philosopher 1906-1975
‘To get to a place where you could love anything you chose, not to need permission for desire, well now that was freedom’ -Toni Morrison, novelist.
‘Childhood is the bank balance of the writer’ -Graham Greene
‘You have questionable morals.
-Yes I question peoples morals’
(from ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’) by Marguerite Duras: novelist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and experimental filmmaker.
‘I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.’ -Dolly Parton
‘The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis”. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger -but recognize the opportunity.’ -John F. Kennedy. Indiana, USA. April 1959
‘I’m not funny because, I can’t take myself seriously anymore.’ -Gena Rowlands in ‘Opening Night’ by John Cassavetes
‘My socks are telepathic. My pants are telepathic. Everything I wear is telepathic.’ -Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Masterclasses Brighton Film School 20
“Courage is the solution to despair. Reason provides no answers.” -Paul Schrader
With always the keenest profundity: ‘Eat in the bed, fuck in the kitchen!’ (from ‘Neruda’ a film about the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda)
Winter’s Cloak by Joyce Rupp
This year I do not want
the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap
of silent stillness,
of long lasting embrace.
Too much light
has pulled me away
from the chamber
Let the dawns
let the sunsets
let the evenings
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.
Let me lie in the cave
of my soul,
for too much light
steals the source
Let me seek solace
in the empty places
of winter’s passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.
Written on the wall of The La’s practice room, Bootle, Liverpool, UK. Summer 1989.
Comedian: Debra DiGiovanni
The centenary of WWI armistice day.
Is a gun a metal tube with someone poor at each end?
‘I’m a softie, only hard people break’ -KATE WEBB war correspondent
‘The older I get, the better I was’ -Van Dyke Parks
‘Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.’ -Mark Twain
‘The most important thing is that people love in the same way, wether they are monarchists, republican’s or communists. They feel pain in the same way, as well as hatred, jealously, fear and fear of death. Whether you are deeply religious or an atheist, if you have toothache it hurts just the same’ –Krzysztof Kieslowski
The good consumer…
Anna Magnani, to her make-up artist in prep for her titular role in ‘Mamma Roma’. Pasolini, Italy 1962:
‘Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It’s taken my whole life to earn them.’
‘Any artist who works in paint or chalk or film or whatever knows that sometimes the medium itself will give you something entirely unexpected, and something far better than what you intended,’ she says. ‘And at that point you follow the medium.’ That, for her, is art. ‘Digital media do not have that resistance and I think that is a big problem,’ she says. ‘Nothing can really happen in digital that is not intended.’ –Tacita Dean
Photographed last week: ‘Dream Makers’ an exhibition on Italian film producers. Biblioteca Salaborsa, Bologna, Italy.
BUG 55 programme notes
Chemical Brothers PEPSI ad response
Raindance Film Festival jury London UK
WIZ, Part 2: Past, Present & Future… – Promonews
‘Its difficult to prove ones manhood, and even more difficult to escape it’ -Jean Genet
1 December 2014
Dear Idle folk everywhere,
Have you ever noticed how completely and utterly boring these Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs are? I always love reading the Sunday Timescolumn “Life in a Day”, because the subjects are generally absurdly hard-working and dull, and this week David Goldberg, husband of the yawnsome Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, who wrote the nauseating non-feminist corporate slave manualLean In, did not disappoint as far as mind-bending tedium goes:
“I’m not great about breakfast,” says the 45 year-old CEO of Surveymonkey. “I often just grab a protein bar and Diet Coke as I’m heading out the door.”
Surprise, surprise, he is a U2 fan, always a sign of a dullard: “I’ve been a fan since high school.” His favourite magazine is The Economist,a magazine whose staff believe that we should all work for large corporations, and book-wise, he is currently enjoying The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO RUN OUR WORLD!
WE MUST DESTROY THEM BEFORE WE DIE OF BOREDOM!