Void | Guillaume Apollinaire, 1912

Adam Belt, A Religious Experience, installation, 2012

"Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony.
The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed.
The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at
once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons,
no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the
impotent void would reign everywhere."

Boxers | Paintings by Helmut Kolle (1925-1930)

Helmut Kolle, Boxers, 1930
Helmut Kolle, 1925-26                                                      Helmut Kolle, Boxer with Red Belt, 1930
 Helmut Kolle, 1925-1930                                                                              Helmut Kolle, Young boxer (self portrait), 1925

Helmut Kolle (1899 – 1931) was a German painter who found major success in France in the 1920s.

The Road Not Taken | Robert Frost, 1916

Hasegawa Tohaku, Maple, 1592

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, 1916 

J[A-Z]Z / p1ck ( Lullaby Of Birdland | Blue Stars Of France, 1955

Blue Stars Of France, Lullaby Of Birdland (And Other Famous Hits By The Blue Stars Of France), 1955

Blossom Dearie & The Blue Stars of France - Lullaby of Birdland, 1955
Composed by George Shearing / Lyrics by George David Weiss  (1952)

Blossom Dearie (1924 –  2009) was an American jazz singer and pianist.

She moved to Paris in 1952 and formed a vocal group, the Blue Stars (1952–1955)
The four-man, four-woman act (whose number varied in later years) recorded 
"Lullaby of Birdland" in 1955. Group singer Bob Dorough contributed a nifty, 
two-note piano solo (with flourishes) on the track and Dearie's vocal contribution 
is discernible within the skillful eight-member vocal performance. 
The recording was given a big band treatment by arranger Michel Legrand 
(later known in the U.S. for "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The 
Thomas Crown Affair and the original film score of Summer of '42, 
both Academy Award winners). 

Education / Labour / Management / Commerce | Karl Marx, 1867

 Das Kapital, 1867                                                                                                                                   Karl Marx, 1861

“Nature does not produce on the one side owners of money or commodities, and on the other men
 possessing nothing but their own labour-power. This relation has no natural basis, neither is its
social basis one that is common to all historical periods.” 

“Education is free. Freedoom of education shall be enjoyed under the
condition fixed by law and under the supreme control of the state”

“As, in religion, man is governed by the products of his own brain, so in
capitalistic production, he is governed by the products of his own hand.”

“Diligence in some compels idleness in others.” 

“The class-struggles of the ancient world took the form chiefly of a contest between debtors
and creditors, which in Rome ended in the ruin of the plebeian debtors. They were displaced
by slaves. In the middle ages the contest ended with the ruin of the feudal debtors, who lost
 their political power together with the economic basis on which it was established. ” 

“Franklin says, “war is robbery, commerce is generally cheating.” If the transformation of
merchants’ money into capital is to be explained otherwise than by the producers being
simply cheated, a long series of intermediate steps would be necessary, which, at present,
when the simple circulation of commodities forms our only assumption, are entirely

“To make the society" [which of course consists of non-workers] "happy and people easier
under the meanest circumstances, it is requisite that great numbers of them should be
ignorant as well as poor; knowledge both enlarges and multiplies our desires, and the
fewer things a man wishes for, the more easily his necessities may be supplied." 

“On the basis of capitalist production, a new swindle with the wages of management
develops in connection with joint-stock companies, in that, over and above the actual
 managing director, a number of governing and supervisory boards arise, for which
management and supervision are in fact a mere pretext for the robbery of shareholders
 and their own enrichment.” 

“In truth, however, value is here the active factor in a process, in which, while constantly
assuming the form in turn of money and commodities, it at the same time changes in
 magnitude, differentiates itself by throwing off surplus value from itself; the original
value, in other words, expands spontaneously. For the movement, in the course of
which it adds surplus value, is its own movement, its expansion, therefore, is automatic
 expansion. Because it is value, it has acquired the occult quality of being able to add
value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.” 

“The essential difference between the various economic forms of society, between,
for instance, a society based on slave-labour, and one based on wage-labour, lies
only in the mode in which this surplus-labour is in each case extracted from the
actual producer, the labourer.” 

“This law of capitalistic society would sound absurd to savages, or even civilised
colonists. It calls to mind the boundless reproduction of animals individually weak
 and constantly hunted down.” 

 Karl Marx, Das Kapital / Capital, 1867

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