Happiness | Louise Gluck, 1980

Eugène Delacroix , Unmade Bed , c 1824-28 

A man and a woman lie on a white bed.
It is morning. I think
Soon they will waken.
On the bedside table is a vase
of lilies; sunlight
pools in their throats.
I watch him turn to her
as though to speak her name
but silently, deep in her mouth--
At the window ledge,
once, twice,
a bird calls.
And then she stirs; her body
fills with his breath.

I open my eyes; you are watching me.
Almost over this room
the sun is gliding.
Look at your face, you say,
holding your own close to me
to make a mirror.
How calm you are. And the burning wheel
passes gently over us. 

Louise Gluck, Happiness, 1980

Joseph Mallord William Turner, A Curtained Bed, with Naked Reclining Figures, c 1834 

Peri/od/ical: The New Yorker | Summer Covers, 1920s -1930s

June, 1932                                                                           June, 1936
Aug, 1926                                                                          July, 1928
Aug,1925                                                                        Aug, 1925
June, 1925                                                                           June, 1925
Aug,1925                                                                         June, 1926
Aug, 1925                                                                  June, 1927
July, 1926                                                                           July, 1929
July, 1925                                                              Aug, 1938
June, 1930                                                             Aug, 1931
Aug, 1933                                                                       July, 1934
June, 1935                                                            June, 1928

Literature | Fernando Pessoa

Reading on the roof of an apartment building in New York City, 1951

“To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
Music soothes, the visual arts exhilarates, the performing arts (such as
acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning
in into slumber. The other arts make no such retreat— some because they use
visible and hence vital formulas, others because they live from human life itself.

This isn't the case with literature. Literature simulates life. A novel is a story of
what never was, a play is a novel without narration. A poem is the expression of
ideas or feelings a language no one uses, because no one talks in verse.”

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
(it was first published in Portuguese in 1982, 47 years after Pessoa's death) 


Ένας καλαμιώνας | Julio Cortázar, 1963

Helen Frankenthaler, Tales of Genji V, 1998

"Ανάμεσα σ’εμένα και τη Μάγα φυτρώνει ένας ολόκληρος καλαμιώνας από λέξεις, μόλις που 
μας χωρίζουν μερικές ώρες και μερικά τετράγωνα και ήδη ο πόνος μου ονομάζεται πόνος, 
ο έρωτάς μου ονομάζεται έρωτας… Όλο και πιο πολύ θα νιώθω λιγότερο και θα θυμάμαι 
περισσότερο, αλλά τι είναι η ανάμνηση αν όχι το ιδίωμα των αισθημάτων, ένα λεξικό που 
μέσα του είναι καταχωρημένα τα πρόσωπα και οι μέρες και τα αρώματα που επαναλαμβάνονται
 όπως τα ρήματα και τα επίθετα στην ομιλία, πλησιάζοντας ύπουλα το πράγμα καθεαυτό, 
θλίβοντας ή διδάσκοντάς μας με την υποκατάσταση ώσπου η ίδια μας η ύπαρξη να γίνει 
ένα υποκατάστατο, το πρόσωπο που κοίταζε προς τα πίσω ανοίγει διάπλατα τα μάτια του, το 
αληθινό πρόσωπο ξεθωριάζει λίγο-λίγο όπως στις παλιές φωτογραφίες και ο Ιανός είναι ξαφνικά
 οποιοσδήποτε από εμάς. Όλα αυτά τα λέω στον Κρέβελ, αλλά είναι με τη Μάγα που μιλάω 
τώρα που βρισκόμαστε τόσο μακριά. Και δεν της μιλάω με τις λέξεις που χρησίμευαν μόνο 
για μη συνεννοούμαστε, μα τώρα που είναι πια αργά αρχίζω να διαλέγω άλλες, τις δικές της, 
αυτές που είναι τυλιγμένες σ’ εκείνο που αυτή καταλαβαίνει και που δεν έχει όνομα: ρεύματα
 και αγωνιώδεις εντάσεις που κάνουν τον αέρα ανάμεσα σε δυο κορμιά να τρίζει και γεμίζουν
 χρυσόσκονη ένα σπίτι ή ένα στίχο."

Julio Cortázar, Το Κουτσό, 1963 
μτφ. Κώστας Κουντούρης


Portraits | Drawings by Henri Matisse, 1920-1954

Henri Matisse, Portrait, 1951                                                                     Henri Matisse, Portrait, 1949
Henri Matisse, Portrait of a Woman, 1920                    Henri Matisse, Fillette, 1944
Henri Matisse, Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, 1932                                      Henri Matisse, Portrait of  Mlle Jacqueline Leriche, 1943  
Henri Matisse, Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, 1932                                                      Henri Matisse, Portrait
Henri Matisse, Portrait of Margaret (Bibi), 1929              Henri Matisse, Portrait of a Young Girl, 1954
Henri Matisse, Catherinette, 1946                                                             Henri Matisse, Portrait  
Henri Matisse, Tête de profil , 1950                            Henri Matisse, Portrait of Paul Matisse V , 1946
Henri Matisse, Portrait of Rabelais, Nice, 1951                                  Henri Matisse, Autoportrait, 1922
Henri Matisse, Portrait                                                        Henri Matisse, Portrait 
Henri Matisse, Tête de femme, 1946                Henri Matisse, Tête de femme, 1945-50
Henri Matisse, Double Portrait de jeune femme, 1944


Hitchhiking, 1936-1977 | Photos by Robert Doisneau / Dennis Stock / Walker Evans / Maurice Ambler / Marisa Rastellini / Oskar Poss

Walker Evans, Hitchhiking near Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1936

Hitchhikers use a variety of signals to indicate they need a ride. Indicators can be physical gestures
 or displays including written signs. The physical gestures, e.g., hand signals, hitchhikers use differ
 around the world:

In some African countries, the hitchhiker's hand is held with the palm facing upwards.

In most of Europe, North America, and the United Kingdom, most hitchhikers stand with their
 back facing the direction of travel. The hitchhiker typically extends their arm towards the road 
with the thumb of the closed hand pointing upward or in the direction of vehicle travel.

In other parts of the world, such as Australia, it is more common to use the index finger to 
point at the road.

Carl Gaston, Hitchhiking, 1938
François Le Diascorn, A couple hitch-hiking along a road in Kenya
Cote d'Azur, 1955
Maurice Ambler, Two young women hitch-hiking on the French Riviera, 1954                                                    Maurice Ambler, 1954
Evening Standard, Hippies hitching a ride to a love in at Woburn Park, 1969

In Cuba, picking up hitchhikers is mandatory for government vehicles, if passenger space is 
available. Hitchhiking is encouraged, as Cuba has few cars, and hitch hikers use designated
 spots. Drivers pick up waiting riders on a first come, first served basis.

In Israel, hitchhiking is commonplace at designated locations called trempiyadas (טרמפיאדה 
in Hebrew, derived from the “German” trampen). Travelers soliciting rides, called trempists,
 wait at trempiyadas, typically junctions of highways or main roads outside of a city.

In Nepal, hitchhiking is very common in rural areas. Many do not own cars so hitchhiking 
is a common practice especially in and around villages.

Poland, 1966                                                           Dennis Stock, Road People, USA, 1971

Hitchhiking was legalised and formalised in Poland in 1957. Hitchhikers could buy booklets
 including coupons from travel agencies.These coupons were given to drivers who took 
hitchhikers. By the end of each season drivers who collected the highest number of 
coupons could exchange them for prizes and others took part in a lottery. 
This so-called “Akcja Autostop" was popular till the end of the 1970s.

Robert Doisneau, 1954
Tim Buckley hitch-hikes by the side of the road with David Peel and Lee Underwood, Germany, 1968
Oskar Poss, Germany, 1955
H. Armstrong Roberts, 1930s
Frank Capra, It Happened One Night, 1934
Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable attempt to hitchhike in It Happened One Night, 1934 / Frank Capra
Night Terror (1977) / Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Dennis Stock, Road People, USA, 1971    
  Dennis Stock, Road People, USA, 1971
Marisa Rastellini, Two young women in a low cost holiday hitchhiking in the street, Italy, 1960s 

Bobby Curtola, Hitchhiker, 1961   

   Karin Stanek - Jedziemy autostopem, 1963

The Sonics - Hitch Hike, 1966

The Lewallen Brothers, Arizona, 1960s


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