Alphabetarion # Illusions | Elizabeth Bowen, 1899-1973

Optical illusion, 1850s

"Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do."

 Elizabeth Bowen, 1899-1973

Anonymous, Optical Illusion, Young vs. Old, 1888
German postcard

A famous perceptual illusion in which the brain
switches between seeing a young girl and an old


Blue trees | Paul Gauguin, 1888-1892

Paul Gauguin, Blue trees, 1888                                                                                        Paul Gauguin, Landscape with Blue Tree Trunks, 1892

"If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue."

Paul Gauguin


The Story of a Song ~ Just Walkin' in the Rain | The Prisonaires (1953)

Members of American music group the Prisonaires sit in the Kayne Avenue Baptist Church,
 where they were to give a performance, Nashville, Tennessee, September 1953

The Prisonaires were an African American doo-wop group whose hit "Just Walkin' in the Rain"
 was released on Sun Records in 1953, while the group was incarcerated in the Tennessee State
 Penitentiary in Nashville. The group was led by Johnny Bragg, who had been a penitentiary 
inmate since 1943 when, at the age of 17, he was convicted of six charges of rape. The Prisonaires
 were formed when Bragg joined up with two prison gospel singers, Ed Thurman and William
 Stewart (each of whom was doing 99 years for murder), and two new penitentiary arrivals, John
 Drue Jr. (three years for larceny) and Marcell Sanders (one-to-five for involuntary manslaughter).

Robert Riley composes in his cell, 1953

"Just Walkin' in the Rain" is a popular song. It was written in 1952 by Johnny Bragg and 
Robert Riley, after a comment made by Bragg as the pair crossed the courtyard while it
was raining. Bragg allegedly said, "Here we are just walking in the rain, and wondering 
what the girls are doing." 

Riley suggested that this would make a good basis for a song, and within a few minutes, 
Bragg had composed two verses. However, because Bragg was unable to read and write, 
he asked Riley to write the lyrics down in exchange for being credited as one of the
song's writers.

Incarcerated American musician Robert Riley composes music in his cell at Tennessee State Prison,
Nashville, September 1953

The group was discovered by the radio producer Joe Calloway, who heard them singing while
 preparing a news broadcast from the prison. He arranged for the group to perform on the radio,
 a performance which was eventually brought to the attention of Sam Phillips of Sun Records.
He arranged for the group to be transported under armed guard to Memphis to record.
 A few weeks later, "Just Walkin' in the Rain" was released and quickly sold 50,000 copies.

Members of American music group the Prisonaires play cards at a table outdoors, Nashville, Tennessee,
September 1953

The Prisonaires, Just Walkin' in the Rain (1953)
Songwriter(s): Johnny Bragg and Robert Riley

Johnny Bragg (Lead)
Edward Lee Thurman (Tenor)
John Edward Drue Jr. (Tenor)
Marcel Sanders (Bass)
William Stewart (Baritone)

 The Prisonaires perform at the home of Tennessee State Prison warden James Edwards,
Nashville, September 1953

Their success was such that they were allowed out on day passes to tour throughout the state of
 Tennessee. The band became favorites of the state's governor, Frank G. Clement, and frequently
 performed at his mansion.

  The Prisonaires perform at the home of Tennessee State Prison warden James Edwards, 
Nashville, September 1953

Their only hit "Just Walkin' in the Rain" became, some years later after 1953, 
a million seller for Johnnie Ray.
Johnnie Ray, Walking In The Rain, 1956

The Prisonaires perform in the yard, 1953
The Prisonaires perform in the yard, 1953
The Prisonaires perform for an audience primarily of women and children, Nashville, Tennessee, September 1953

Bragg's sentence was commuted in 1959, and he continued recording after his release. 
He died of cancer in 2004. Stewart died of a drug overdose in a Florida motel in 1959, 
Sanders died in the late 1960s, Thurman was killed in an accident in 1973 and Drue died 
of cancer in 1977.

Tennessee State Prison, Nashville, 1953

Narration / Attraction / Affectation / Beginning | Gertrude Stein, 1874 - 1946

Gertrude Stein at 27 Rue de Fleurus, Paris, 1905

“What happened to-day, a narrative” 

“It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing.” 

“Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. ” 

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” 

“A very important thing is not to make up your mind that you are any one thing.” 

“A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.” 

“Why should a sequence of words be anything but a pleasure?” 

“If you knew it all it would not be creation but dictation.” 

“Remarks are not literature.” 

“The seam in between is fenceless.” 

“The way to resume is to resume."

“So many words to use. Oh do not say that words have a use.” 

“The artist works by locating the world in himself” 

“Literature - creative literature - unconcerned with sex, is inconceivable.” 

“For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts.” 

“It is very easy to love alone.” 

“You attract what you need like a lover” 

“There is no such thing as repetition. Only insistance. ” 

“You have to know what you want to get it.” 

“Love is the skillful audacity required to share an inner life” 

“How prettily we swim. Not in water, not on land, but in love.”

“You are extraordinary within your limits, but your limits are extraordinary!” 

“Affectations can be dangerous.” 

“One must dare to be happy. ” 

“We are always the same age inside. ” 

“Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.” 

“Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.” 

“Whenever you get there, there is no there there.” 

“I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.” 

“Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.” 

“If you can do it, why do it."

“I have gone on beginning...” 

Gertrude Stein, 1874 - 1946

 Gertrude Stein's salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus, Paris

An Aphorism | Karl Kraus, 1909

Robert Ryman - Untitled (1965)

"An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half."

Karl Kraus, 1909

'Ανθιση / Ευδοκίμηση / Ταξιανθία | Olya Gluschenko / Κωστής Δρυγιανάκης, 1993-2017

Κορώνα, 20.1.2007
 Νεοχώρι, 6.1.2006
 Παραλία Αλμυρού, 28.2.2016
Στο σπίτι, 23.12.2014
 Πλάκες, 12.5.2016
 Πλάκες, 28.4.2017
 Πορταριά, 14.05.2014
Ταγκανρόγκ, 23.5.2017
 Πορταριά,  14.05.2014 
Στο σπίτι, 1.10.2016
Στο σπίτι, 22.7.2016
Κριθαριά, 19.1.2016 
Μπορ, 25.3.2007
Ραμόν, 10.6.2006
 Στο σπίτι, 1.11.2016
 Στο σπίτι, 1.2.2006
 Στο σπίτι, 3.11.2015
 Στο σπίτι, 4.1.2006
 Στο σπίτι, 5.6.2017
 Στο σπίτι, 7.4.2007
Πλάκες, 11.2.2007
 Στο σπίτι, 10.5.2007
 Στο σπίτι, 15.7.2016

Βόλος, 11.5.2006
 Στο σπίτι, 20.11.2015
 Στο σπίτι, 26.9.2015

Κωστής Δρυγιανάκης, Άνοιξη, Ηλιοβασίλεμα
Ώρες Και Εποχές, 1993

A Brighter Flame | Friedrich Nietzsche, 1883-85

Joan Miró, Portrait IV, 1938

''I overcame myself, the sufferer; I carried my own ashes to the mountains; 
I invented a brighter flame for myself. And behold, then this ghost fled 
from me.''

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1883-85 

Το Δάσος / Ἀνάμεσα / Όνειρο | Μαρία Πολυδούρη, 1902-1930

 Μαρία Πολυδούρη 

Το Δάσος

Το Δάσος, κοίτα, απόγυρε
στης Νύχτας την αγκάλη.
Μύρο αποπνέει μεθυστικό,
στενάζει με το αηδόνι.
Το φεγγαράκι πάνω του
περίεργο προβάλλει
και στον καθρέφτη του ρυακιού
τα μάγια του ξαπλώνει.


Ἀνάμεσα σ᾿ ὁλάνθιστες βατιές
χαρούμενα πουλάκια που πηδοῦν
ἀθόρυβα -τῆς εὐτυχίας ματιές-
τ᾿ ἀσημωτά νερά λαμποκοποῦν
τοῦ ποταμοῦ- χαρά της λαγκαδιᾶς
και βιαστικά πηγαίνουν και περνοῦν
στην άβυσσο να πέσουνε με μιᾶς,
να πέσουν να χαθοῦν!


Ἄνθη μάζευα για σένα
στο βουνό που τριγυρνοῦσα.
Χίλια ἀγκάθια το καθένα
κι᾿ ὅπως τἄσφιγγα πονοῦσα.

Να περάσης καρτεροῦσα
στο βορηά τον παγωμένο
και το δῶρο μου κρατοῦσα
με λαχτάρα φυλαγμένο

στη θερμή την ἀγκαλιά μου.
Ὅλο κοίταζα στα μάκρη.
Ἡ λαχτάρα στην καρδιά μου
και στα μάτια μου το δάκρι.

Μέσ᾿ στον πόθο μου δεν εἶδα
μαύρη ἡ Νύχτα να σιμώνη
κ᾿ ἔκλαψα χωρίς ἐλπίδα
που δε στἄχα φέρει μόνη.

                   Καλαμάτα 1920

Μαρία Πολυδούρη, 1902 -30
[ ανέκδοτα ποιηματα ]


Frame Inside | Adam and Eve / Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531 / Willy Ronis, 1967

Adam and Eve,  Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531                                                Willy Ronis, Zwinger Museum, Dresden, 1967

Flick Review < La collectionneuse | Éric Rohmer, 1967

"I only critisize people I like. If I really didn’t like you, I wouldn’t say a word."

La collectionneuse (1967)
Directed: Éric Rohmer
Cinematography: Néstor Almendros
Stars: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle

Eric Rohmer's first color film.
According to the opening credits, Blossom Toes perform on the soundtrack to this film.

Haydée Politoff, La collectionneuse, 1967


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