Monday, March 20, 2017

"Paradise" by Anohni

"Paradise" is the title track to Anohni's new EP.

"Our new leaders hope to crush our spirits and expedite ecocide in the name of virulent progress, consumerism and false security. Like Jihadis, many capitalists and Christians compulsively seek to facilitate a righteous 'holy war', or apocalypse.

For millennia, Men have enslaved women and attempted to appropriate female creative power, re-casting themselves as gods and creators. This assault continues today in the forms of ruthless wealth and mineral extraction, genetic engineering, mass surveillance and war mongering.

But as Donald Trump and his cabinet now demonstrate, the skills encouraged in men by their biologies and the tools that boys master in the playground have not equipped them to deal with the unprecedented global crisis we are now facing.

Mothers, your sons are trapped in a nightmare; they are not capable of responsibly negotiating the destructive agency that they now wield.

More profound even than a crime against humanity, fathers and sons now compulsively prepare to commit ecocide, in a final and irreversible assault upon creation itself.

Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species' desperate course."

-- Anohni




Paradise
World without end
Hopelessness
Sinks into the earth

Crying life
Kaleidoscope
Hopelessness
The shifting beauty

My mother's love
Her gentle touch
My father's hand
Rests on my throat

Hopelessness
Myself, I'm here, not here
As a point
Of consciousness
As a point

Paradise
World without end
Hopelessness
Sinks into the earth

My crying life, my crying life
Kaleidoscope (Without escape)
Hopelessness
Sinks into the earth

Staring at myself
I feel giant and trapped
Seemingly
Without escape

I'm stuffed inside
My eternity
I'm here, not here
As a point of consciousness

Paradise
World without end
Hopelessness
Sinks into the earth

My crying life, my crying life
Kaleidoscope, kaleidoscope (Dream against me)
Hopelessness
Hopeless, hopeless, hopeless, hopeless (Dream against me)

Here, myself, here, here

Paradise
World without end
Hopelessness
Myself, I'm here, not here

http://anohni.com/

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--Harry Ally

The abstract-figurative work of artist Harry Ally is wonderful: painterly, enigmatic, evocative.


Top to bottom: Boy Legs With Polka Dots; Castrato; Figure #86; Figure With Dress And 5 Blue Dots; Figure With Black Arm; Seven Deadly Sins; Untitled #22; Untitled #26; White Figure With Green Leg; Harry Ally with two paintings

http://harryally.com/

Saturday, March 18, 2017

THE MINCING MOCKINGBIRD GUIDE TO TROUBLED BIRDS by Kim Bagwill and Matt Adrian

The hilarious THE MINCING MOCKINGBIRD GUIDE TO TROUBLED BIRDS by Kim Bagwill and illustrator Matt Adrian is described as "an illustrated, pocket field guide that enables anyone to quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species. Written in non-technical language for the layman, the guide describes where to find—or where to avoid—the most disturbed North American birds.

Throughout the book the reader will discover tales of murder, assault, mental breakdowns, obesity, drug abuse and infidelity among the birds. This guide is used and recommended by law enforcement agencies and ignored by leading ornithologists.

We are only just discovering the reality of our avian adversaries, with their reptilian brains, their appetites for mayhem and the fact that they fly mostly to spite us. To ignore the information found within this volume may be at the peril of your very life."


https://www.mincingmockingbird.com/

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--Samantha Fields

The glorious work of California painter Samantha Fields captures sunlight the way we actually see it--hazy, through half-closed lids squinting in the glare, or perhaps through a windshield, or piercing through mist or fog.


Top to bottom: Faded In The Sun; Lost In The Sun 2; Lost In The Sun; Mt. Washington Sunrise; Rio de Los Angeles; You Can Still Die While The Sun Is Shining

http://www.samanthafields.net/

Saturday, March 11, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--Nicola Pucci

The dynamic works of Nicola Pucci inexplicably transport sports world figures such as divers, swimmers, equestrians, and boxers to everyday locales like train stations, living rooms, or public waiting rooms.


Top to bottom: Boxers; Cyclist With Mirror; Dive On The Sofa; Divers Upsurge: Divers; Galloping Horses; Horse Jumping; Horse On The Tram; Jump In The Station; Rugby Players Into The Waiting Room; Swimming Start; Three Basins

http://www.nicolapucci.it/en/