Ο γκρεμιστής | Κωστής Παλαμάς, 1907

Κωστής Παλαμάς (1859-1943)


Ακούστε. Εγώ ειμαι ο γκρεμιστής, γιατ’ είμ’ εγώ κι ο χτίστης,
ο διαλεχτός της άρνησης κι ο ακριβογιός της πίστης.
Και θέλει και το γκρέμισμα νου και καρδιά και χέρι.
Στου μίσους τα μεσάνυχτα τρέμει ενός πόθου αστέρι.
Κι αν είμαι της νυχτιάς βλαστός, του χαλασμού πατέρας,
πάντα κοιτάζω προς το φως το απόμακρο της μέρας.
Εγώ ο σεισμός ο αλύπητος, εγώ κι ο ανοιχτομάτης·
του μακρεμένου αγναντευτής, κι ο κλέφτης κι ο απελάτης·
και με το καριοφίλι μου και με το απελατίκι
την πολιτεία την κάνω ερμιά, γη χέρσα το χωράφι.
Κάλλιο φυτρώστε, αγριαγκαθιές, και κάλλιο ουρλιάστε, λύκοι,
κάλλιο φουσκώστε, πόταμοι, και κάλλιο ανοίχτε, τάφοι,
και, δυναμίτη, βρόντηξε και σιγοστάλαξε, αίμα,
παρά σε πύργους άρχοντας και σε ναούς το Ψέμα.
Των πρωτογέννητων καιρών η πλάση με τ’ αγρίμια
ξανάρχεται. Καλώς να ’ρθεί. Γκρεμίζω την ασκήμια.


Είμ’ ένα ανήμπορο παιδί που σκλαβωμένο το ’χει
το δείλιασμα, κι όλο ρωτά και μήτε ναι, μήτε όχι
δεν του αποκρίνεται κανείς και πάει κι όλο προσμένει
το λόγο που δεν έρχεται, και μια ντροπή το δένει.
Μα το τσεκούρι μοναχά στο χέρι σαν κρατήσω,
και το τσεκούρι μου ψυχή μ’ ένα θυμό περίσσο.
Τάχα ποιός μάγος, ποιό στοιχειό τού δούλεψε τ’ ατσάλι
και νιώθω φλόγα την καρδιά και βράχο το κεφάλι,
και θέλω να τραβήξω εμπρός και πλατωσιές ν’ ανοίξω,
και μ’ ένα Ναι να τιναχτώ, μ’ ένα Όχι να βροντήξω;
Καβάλα στο νοητάκι μου, δεν τρέμω σας, όποιοι είστε·
γρικάω, βγαίνει από μέσα του μια προσταγή: Γκρεμίστε!


Κωστής Παλαμάς, 1907
συλ.  Δειλοί και σκληροί στίχοι, 1928


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The aluminium Moka Express coffee maker | Alfonso Bialetti, 1933

Alfonso Bialetti                                                                                Paul Campani, L'omino con i baffi 


Alfonso Bialetti (1888–1970) was an engineer who became famous for acquiring Luigi De Ponti’s invention of the simple
yet elegantly designed Moka Express coffeemaker. Designed in 1933, the coffee pot has been a style icon since the 1950s.

It may also be referred to as a Moka, Moka pot, a Bialetti, a percolator or a stove-top coffeemaker, and in Italian as la Moka,
la macchinetta (“the little machine”) or la caffettiera.




L'omino con i baffi – the Moka mascot – was based on a humorous cartoon doodle of Alfonso Bialetti. The initial sketches and
logo were created in 1953 by Paul Campani. The fame of the Bialetti brand was further strengthened by means of significant
investments in advertising on Carosello, a well-known Italian television programme, and a message with the image of the
“Little man with a moustache” as the central character, created in the 1950s by artist Paul Campani.


Paul Campani


Mark Tungate describes the Italian advertising tradition as follows: The Italians advertising was permanently
marked by something called Carosello – the carousel –or a merry-go-round which was a fixed ten- minute
advertising slot screened every day at around 8.45pm from the late 1950s until the mid 1970s 



Paul Campani, Omino Bialetti, Carosello 


Alfonso Bialetti left


Winter | Paintings by Gabriele Münter (1908-1948)

Gabriele Münter, Häuser im Schnee, 1933
Gabriele Munter, Breakfast of Birds, 1934
Gabriele Munter, Winter im Murnauer Moos, 1932
Gabriele Munter, Winter im Murnauer Moos, 1932
 Gabriele Munter, Three Houses in Snow, 1933
Gabriele Münter, Kochel, Snowy Landscape with Houses, 1909
Gabriele Münter, A house in the winter sun, 1909
Gabriele Münter, Landstrasse im Schnee, 1911
Gabriele Münter, Landstrasse im Schnee, 1911
Gabriele Münter, Murnauer Moos, 1946
Gabriele Münter, Morgenschatten, 1924
Gabriele Münter, Eisplatz, 1908
Gabriele Münter, Tauwetter Murnau, 1948
Gabriele Münter, The yellow house, 1909
    Gabriele Münter, Blue Mountains and Snow, 1933


Gabriele Münter (Berlin, 1877 – 1962) was a German expressionist painter who was at the forefront of the
Munich avant-garde in the early 20th century. She studied and lived with the painter Wassily Kandinsky
and was a founding member of the expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter.

Gabriele Münter in 1900


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Greta Chi | Photos by Loomis Dean, 1959

Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959
Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959
Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959
Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959


Book//mark - What Is to Be Done? | Nikolai Chernyshevsky, 1863

What Is to Be Done?, 1905                                                                                                  Nikolai Chernyshevsky (1828-1889)


“But does it really help if a person doesn't realize what he lacks, or, if he does, he insists that he doesn't need it at all? That's an illusion, a fantasy. Human nature is stifled by reason, circumstances, and pride. It keeps silent and doesn't make itself known to one's consciousness, all the while
silently doing its work of undermining life.” 

“There's no task more difficult than duping a sincere, honest man if he has the least bit of intelligence and life experience. Reasonably intelligent individuals are never hoodwinked individually. But they possess another, equally harmful form of this human frailty: they are subject to mass
delusion. A swindler will never be able to lead a single individual by the nose; but as for a large group taken together, their noses are always ready
and willing! Meanwhile, the swindlers, weak as individuals and each led by his own nose, when taken together can never be led by their noses.
That's the whole secret of world history.” 

“You ask me what I seek in life. I wish neither to dominate nor to be dominated. I wish neither to dissimulate nor deceive; nor do I wish to exert myself to acquire what I am told is necessary, but of which I do not feel the need. I do not desire wealth. I wish to be independent and live in my own fashion.” 

 “What I do know is that I wish to be free; that I do not wish to be under obligations to any one. I wish to act after my own fancy. Let others do the same. I respect the liberty of others, as I wish them to respect mine.”

“What a pity that at the present hour there are still more than ten antediluvians for every new man! It is very natural, however.
An antediluvian world can have only an antediluvian population.”

“We entered the workrooms; the girls who were occupied there seemed to be dressed like daughters, sisters, or young wives of these same officials. Some wore dresses made of the plainest silk, others wore barege or muslin. Their faces reflected the gentleness and tenderness that can come only
from a life of contentment. You can imagine how all this surprised me.”

 “Good feeling towards those we love implies a great desire for their happiness. Now, there is no happiness without liberty. You would not wish to stand in my way; no more so I wish to stand in yours. If you should stand in your own way for my sake, you would offend me.” 

 “We feel free only with our equals.”

“Isn’t that always the way it is: if a person’s inclined to look for something, he finds it wherever he looks. Even if there’s no trace of it at all, he still finds clear evidence. Even if there’s not even a shadow, still he sees not only a shadow of what he’s looking for but everything he’s looking for. He sees it in the most unmistakable terms, and these terms become clearer with each new glance and every new thought.” 


Nikolai Chernyshevsky, What Is to Be Done?, 1863



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