Monthly Archives: May 2011

A lost day perspective

Hippopotomonstrosesquippediliously moving around,

Feeling aequeosalinocalcalinosetaceoaluminosocupreovitriolic in my head.

Read about Camille Claudel,

Pitied the fool.

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Dante Alighieri: A music clip

“Vide Cor Meum” in Latin means see my heart. The words are taken from Dante’s La Vita Nuova (The New Life) where Dante describes a vision he had and asks for help in interpreting it. As Dante tells it, when he was 9, he fell in love with a little girl he called Beatrice. He only saw her in passing but was soon obsessed with her. Nine years later he sees her again. This time she says hello. Dante, overwhelmed by Love, goes back to his room and “thinking of her, sweet sleep overcame” him. Then, he sees the vision of Love holding a woman (Beatrice) wrapped in a veil. Love says: “I am your master.” One hand clenching a heart on fire, Love speaks to Dante: “Vide cor tuum: See your heart”. Love then wakes Beatrice and feeds Dante’s burning heart to her, which she reluctantly eats. Love becomes very sad and takes Beatrice with him up toward heaven.

In the following film fragment, Dante’s grimness comes together with music by Hans Zimmer & exquisite imagery from Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.

And thinking of her / Sweet sleep overcame me / I am your master / See your heart /And of this burning heart / Your heart / She trembling / Obediently eats / Weeping, I saw him then depart from me / Joy is /converted / To bitterest tears / I am in peace / My heart / I am in peace/ See my heart

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Dark waltz with destiny: Tom Tykwer ~ Heaven ~

An absolute MUST SEE! (The film Heaven was shot in Montepulciano. The medieval/Renaissance town in southern Tuscany, Italy is famous for the rolling hills and the most gorgeous wines on Earth.)

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I went to 2046 today

It began with a number, then it became a religion. He started imagining himself a Japanese man falling for an android with delayed reaction. Watch 2046, a Wong Kar-Wai film.

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Playing “cloud and rain”, erotic poetry & art in ancient China

You held my lotus blossom/In your lips and played with the/Pistil. We took one piece of/Magic rhinoceros horn/And could not sleep all night long./All night the cock’s gorgeous crest/Stood erect. All night the bee /Clung trembling to the flower/Stamens. Oh my sweet perfumed/Jewel! I will allow only/My lord to possess my sacred/Lotus pond, and every night/You can make blossom in me
Flowers of fire. ~ To the tune Soaring Clouds by HUANG O (1498-1569) (Photo: Chinese erotic print, chungongtu, 春宫图, from the Ming dynasty)

*The ancient Chinese tradition of erotic poetry has been largely ignored and forgotten. I found a translation collection on amazon ISBN 978-0-307-26567-8, including a wide range of sources from 600 BC to the present, from highly literary poems to popular verse and folk songs; voices of men and women that speak the universal language of desire.

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My hero(ine)

“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.” Hypatia of Alexandria.

Hypathia is considered to have been the first woman to write on the subject of mathematics and an important pagan philosopher. When she was born in 370 A.D. in the cosmopolitan/Hellenistic Alexandria, her father Theon, a distinguished mathmatician/philosopher, was determined that Hypatia should develop into a “perfect human being”, which is remarkable since women were considered to be less than human. Theon then set up an educational plan for his daughter to ensure that her body would be as healthy as her well-trained mind. He also taught Hypathia to question any rigid system of religion and embrace new scientific truths. When Christendom took over Alexandria, she was murdered/flayed alive(?) by a mob of Christian monks, which marked the End of Reason. Her writings have all been lost. (Painting by Raphael, School of Athens, detail)

(AGORA is the most recent film about her life. Watch trailer.)

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