Alphabetarion # Chastity | Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Gustave Courbet, The Woman in a Podoscaphe, 1865 

"Rubens, ah, there you have it, he was a handsome man and a good fucker, Courbet too; their health
 allowed them to drink, eat, fuck. In your case, my poor dear old Bernard, I already told you last
 spring. Eat well, do your military drill well, don’t fuck too hard; if you don’t fuck too hard, 
your painting will be all the spunkier for it. Ah, Balzac, that great and powerful artist, 
already told us very well that for modern artists a certain chastity made them stronger."

Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to Émile Bernard, Arles, Sunday, 5 August 1888


Playgrounds (II) | Charles Forberg / Mary Mitchell / Le Corbusier / Aldo Van Eyck / Waldemar Cordeiro / Eisen Menning / Robert Winston / Benjamin Domínguez / Gonzalo Fonseca, 1930s-1970s

Benjamín Domínguez, Whale shaped slide, La Laguna Park, Los Angeles, CA, 1965
Concrete climber by Waldemar Cordeiro at Clube Esperia Marginal, São Paulo
Playground by Aldo Van Eyck, Zaanhof, Netherlands, 1950
Mary Mitchell, Camp Hill Development Playground, England. 1964
Charles Forberg, Cypress Hills playground, 1960's
Gonzalo Fonseca, Sunboat, 1964-1965, Reston, VA
Massive space rocker slide, Tlatelolco, Mexico City, 1965                               Two boys, a girl, and some monkey bars, 1954
Zyklop playsculpture by Eisen Menning, 1967
Charles Forberg, Brooklyn, New York, 1967
Vaucresson - Aire de jeux - Playground  - Pierre Szekely
Group Ludic’s spheres on stilts at Hérouville-Saint- Clair, France, 1969. photo Xavier de la Salle
Octopus climber by Benjamin Domínguez 1950's                     Playground by Le Corbusier in Chardigarh, India, 1951

One of the Robert Winston play sculptures, location unknown, 1961
Playground by Aldo Van Eyck, Zaanhof, Netherlands, 1950
Swing in Bloomsbury, London. With capacity for 15 children. 1930


Prot-a-gonist* Hedy Lamarr / Speaks, 1914-2000

Hedy Lamarr by Laszlo Willinger, 1940   

"I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me 
by the library fire and tell fairy stories."

"Hope and curiosity about the future seemed better than guarantees. That's the way I was. 
The unknown was always so attractive to me... and still is."

"I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts."

"I've met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel 
seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with."

"Films have a certain place in a certain time period. Technology is forever."

  Hedy Lamarr, 1940

"Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."

"I advise everybody not to save: spend your money. Most people save all their lives
 and leave it to somebody else. Money is to be enjoyed."

"If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude. 
I hope to make you use your imagination."

"A good painting to me has always been like a friend. 
It keeps me company, comforts and inspires."

  Hedy Lamarr, 1935

"I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere there must be a man 
who could be my husband and not feel inferior. I need a superior inferior man."

"Perhaps my problem in marriage - and it is the problem of many women - was to want 
both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are
 important to a marriage."

"The world isn't getting any easier. With all these new inventions I believe that people 
are hurried more and pushed more... The hurried way is not the right way; you need 
time for everything - time to work, time to play, time to rest."

"Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. 
I felt I had served my time as a puppet."

"I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. 
When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away."

Hedy Lamarr, 1919

"All creative people want to do the unexpected."

"I was madly in love with life."

[Suggesting her epitaph:] This is too deep for me.

                          Ziegfeld Girl (1941) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard                     Lady of the Tropics (1939) Dir. Jack Conway & Leslie Fenton                                           

Hedy Lamarr - Ectasy / Dir. Gustav Machaty, 1933

Career Opportunities | The Clash, 1977

Joe Strummer of The Clash, practices by lamp-light at a squat in a disused ice cream factory in
 Foscote Mews, London, W9, 1976. It was here that Strummer), Mick Jones and Paul Simonon 
wrote the Clash song 'Career Opportunities'. Photo: Julian Yewdall

The Clash - Career Opportunities, 1977

They offered me the office, offered me the shop
They said I'd better take anything they got
Do you wanna make tea at the BBC?
Do you wanna be, do you really wanna be a cop?
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
Career opportunity, the ones that never knock
I hate the army and I hate the R.A.F.
I don't wanna go fighting in the tropical heat
I hate the civil service rules
I won't open a letter bomb for you
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
Career opportunity, the ones that never knock
Bus driver, ambulance man
Ticket inspector, I don't understand
They're gonna have to introduce conscription
They're gonna have to take away my prescription
If they wanna get me making toys
If they wanna get me, well, I got no choice
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
Career opportunity, the ones that never knock
Career, career, career
And I'm never gonna knock

The line "I won't open letter bombs for you" is a reference to a former job of Clash guitarist 
Mick Jones, opening letters for a British government department to make sure they weren't 
rigged with mailbombs. The song was named by bassist Paul Simonon.

Alphabetarion # Reveal | Leon Trotsky, 1879-1940

Leon Polk Smith, Untitled (one work from the Werkubersich portfolio), 1984-87

 "The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. 
People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the 
customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back 
on their reserves."

Leon Trotsky, 1879-1940


Drawings | Stuart Davis, 1892-1964

Stuart Davis, New Jersey Landscape (Seine-Cart), 1939
Stuart Davis, Shapes of Landscape Space, 1930s    
Stuart Davis, Composition No. 4, 1932
 Stuart Davis, Study for "Men Without Women", 1932
Stuart Davis, Composition No. 5,  1932–34
Stuart Davis, Untitled (Black and White Variation on Windshield Mirror), 1954-64
Stuart Davis, 1892-1964 
Stuart Davis, Untitled, 1932
Stuart Davis, Rhythm—George Wettling, 1947

Book//mark - A Sport and a Pastime | James Salter, 1967

James Salter (1925-2015)                                                        James Salter, A Sport and a Pastime, 1967

“One should not believe too strongly in a life which can easily vanish.”

“I see myself as an agent provacateur or as a double agent, first on one side—that of truth—
then on the other, but between these, in the reversals, the sudden defections, one can easily
 forget allegiance entirely and feel only the deep, the profound joy of being beyond all 
codes, of being completely independent, criminal is the word.”

“Now they are lovers. The first, wild courses are ended. 
They have founded their domain. A satanic happiness follows.”

“Certain things I remember exactly as they were. They are merely discolored a bit by time, 
like coins in the pocket of a forgotten suit. Most of the details, though, have long since been
 transformed or rearranged to bring others of them forward. Some, in fact, are obviously 
counterfeit; they are no less important. One alters the past to form the future.”

 "One must have heroes, which is to say, one must create them. And they become real 
through our envy, our devotion. It is we who give them their majesty, their power, which 
ourselves could never possess. And in turn, they give some back. But they are mortal, 
these heroes, just as we are. They do not last forever. They fade. They vanish. 
They are surpassed, forgotten - one hears of them no more.”

"I feel as if I am entering a grave crisis of the soul."

“The most devout moments of my life have been spent in bed at night listening to those bells. 
They flood over me, drawing me out of myself. I know where I am suddenly; part of this 
town and happy. I lean out of the window and am washed by the cool air, air it seems 
no one has yet breathed.”

"Great lovers lie in hell, the poet says. Even now, long afterwards, I cannot destroy the images. 
They remain within me like the yearnings of an addict. I need only hear certain words, see 
certain gestures, and my thoughts begin to tumble. I despise myself for thinking of her.
 Even if she were dead, I would feel the same. Her existence blackens my life." 

“I am creating him out of my own inadequacies, you must remember that”

“As I look back, I see that life is like a game of solitaire and every once in a while there is a move.”

“The summer has ended. The garden withers. The mornings become chill. 
I am thirty, I am thirty-four–the years turn dry as leaves.”

“As Rilke says, there are no classes for beginners in life, 
the most difficult thing is always asked of one right away.”

"There is nothing that is not yours, all I think, all I am able to feel. I am embarrassed only that 
I do not know enough. But I don't care if you never belong to me, I only want to belong to you, 
just be hard with me, strict, but don't leave, just do like if you were with another girl-- Please. 
I will die otherwise. I understand now that we can die of love."

 James Salter, A Sport and a Pastime, 1967


Alphabetarion # Rainbow | Aberjhani, 2014

Rainbow in the morning  from Journeys through Bookland - Charles Herbert Sylvester, 1922
Illustration:  Iris Weddell White

 “Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”

Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow, 2014

Stereosc2pe + | Rabbit | Togyū Okumura, 1889-1990

Togyū Okumura (1889-1990) - Rabbit
Togyū Okumura (1889-1990) - Rabbit

Togyū Okumura (1889 – 1990) was a famous Japanese modern painter of the Nihonga style 
of watercolour painting. His original name was Yoshizō (義三). The name Togyū referred
 to a poem from his father who ran a publishing business.

Elements / Symbol / Poetry / Time | Mircea Eliade, 1907- 1986

Olga Rozanova, Untitled (The Green Stripe), 1917

"Light does not come from light, but from darkness."

"Water symbolizes the whole of potentiality - the source of all 
possible existence."

"If we pay no attention to it, time does not exist."

"Whatever a symbol tries to show us, it is… 
The unity between different levels of the real."

"Since man has a "symbol-forming power", all that he produces is symbolic."

"And I realize how useless wails are and how gratuitous melancholy is."

"One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes
 in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity."

"Poetry remakes and prolongs language; every poetic language begins by being a secret 
language, that is, the creation of a personal universe, of a completely closed world. 
The purest poetic act seems to re-create language from an inner experience that . . .
 reveals the essence of things."

"I could not believe that I was like other thousands of unhappy mortals who love,
 forget, and die without reckoning something eternal, something definitive."

"Every man wants to experience certain perilous situations, to confront exceptional ordeals, 
to make his way into the Other World—and he experiences all this, on the level of his
 imaginative life, by hearing or reading fairy tales."

"Perfection is not of this world."

Mircea Eliade, 1907- 1986

  Mircea Eliade ^, Eugène Ionesco, and Emil Cioran on the Furstenberg square in Paris, 1980 ^ 
 Photo by Louis Monier   


Spring | Paintings by Milton Avery, 1938-1963

Milton Avery, Spring Orchard, 1959
Milton Avery,  Spring Orchard, 1959
Milton Avery, Spring in Vermont, 1945
Milton Avery, Vermont Spring, 1945
Milton Avery, Early Spring, 1944
Milton Avery, Spring Trees, 1963
Milton Avery, Spring, 1954
Milton Avery, Verdant Spring, 1938
Milton Avery, Springtime, 1943
Milton Avery, Shapes of Spring, 1952
Milton Avery, Early Spring, 1954
Milton Avery, Early Spring, 1943


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