Monthly Archives: September 2011

PS: Now you tell me.

This is an additional note to my last post on falling in (Platonic) love in the future. I hope it has excited you as it did me and you are not too upset.  However, as a diligent weaver of imaginative labyrinths, I have found more to the story, which reads like this — hold your breath –:

Your oldest relative is a RAT!

I hastily jump to the conclusion: we came from China (not from Africa) and we are still hairy. To make the case even more fancy, I found this fragment from the film Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brat Pitt, but that’s not my point. Watch first and I’ll tell you why. (If you don’t have time for interesting detours in your humdrum sameness, skip to 7:37 where Brat or I start(s) to make a point.)____

You have already guessed what I wanted to know, haven’t you, my partners in crime? That shrew, is that my reincarnation or my (back to the) future, if I’d take the ticking UFO Einstein never built?

Oh I just love this mess!

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The true meaning of Platonic love now cracked!

Platonic love is a chaste and strong type of love that is non-sexual, so says Wiki, and so we have believed for 2500 years. We are made to believe that true love is to transcend ourselves; a means of ascent to contemplation of the divine, which idea gave birth to Tristan & Isolde as the archetype of  Romantic love. (In my version I even removed whole hot bed scenes for my own convenience.)

The term amor platonicus was coined in by  Marsilio Ficino, a scholar from 15th century Florence. Platonic love in the original sense of the term is examined in Symposium, in which the Greek “divorced” love and eros. But.

My last week has been an absolute THRILL of “Buts” and “Ifs”. Firstly it ended with the climax that Einstein is defeated. In Cern they have discovered something that might shatter the ground of our future. My new week begins with the uncertainty of the past.  Although scholars have been denying for centuries that there is such a thing as “Plato code”, a science historian — his name is not Dan Brown, god forbid — has found the proof that we are wrong, all of us. Chipped, chapped, chopped, say bye bye to your soulmate, dear one. Plato code is cracked! Listen to what author Jay Kennedy has to say ~

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Dirty dancing with the age of innocence

Time: Roaring 1980s | Place: China | Dress code: simply red

>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Click on me & ENJOY my butterfly kisses! (What she sees is herself)

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Am I an accountant or what?

“No, said Heron, Dedalus is a model youth. He doesn’t smoke and he doesn’t go to bazaars and he doesn’t flirt and he doesn’t damn anything or damn all.” James Joyce, A portrait of a the artist as a young man.

Thank you, Jamie! Being an independent artist/writer is a downright bore, you never get to live! First rate artists, second or even third rate life, plain truth. Why does one choose such non-life then, I wondered today. Because through writing, through that process, you realise that you become more intelligent, and more honest and more imaginative than they can be in any other part of their life. BOO! I don’t feel the least imaginative for the past weeks, that’s the reality. The process of writing a novel is like the life of an accountant; balancing, measurement, chartering in the hope that in the end the bits of  information will fit into a plot. You have to make them fit, exactly like the bookers in the films about gansters and mafia, otherwise you face the death sentence. A novelist is a rotten, fishy booker just like any booker is, for the only thing s/he cares about is the storyline, therefore I molest the heart of helpless boys and girls with sadistic pleasure. I even kill to serve the very purpose of Art! I feel damn responsible for their humble fate put into my hand!

However, September/October are not about art. These are tax months. It’s about living a real life. Which means I have to leave my dark, lonely cave of creation and go to real places and see and talk to real people.

So to better organise myself (I’m an accountant after all), I enlist here the events that involve me and my work the coming autumn. Check out the urls I grabbed together. And, most important, if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, please stop by. It would be GREAT to meet you face-to-face! And my heart beats, like Frankie boy sings in cheek-to-cheek.

As visual artist: Arti 11 in The Hague, The Netherlands. I will be attending the opening of the art fair and showing some of my works during the occasion. http://www.arti10.nl/217/english.html. Esteelie is the gallery that represents me and my artworks.

As author on 8th Octorber during the Library Festival in London: http://www.vaani.org/search/label/Butterfly

Again as author again in London on 15th October during South Asian Literature Festival:  http://southasianlitfest.com/artists/julie-oyang/

Then I will retreat to my dark cave and prepare my Kindle. You can take a peek of the blurb here http://shortfictionfangarden.weebly.com/1/post/2011/09/its-golden-and-its-black-itsshhhhhh.html. Also a teaser trailer I uploaded to my youtube channel which I opened recently: http://www.youtube.com/user/Juliechinaable.

Hope to see you around! As for now, my butterfly kisses for a sunny Sunday.

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Butterfly effect

Yesterday it was the Chinese Moon feast, a celebration of harvest and families and friends in China share love in the shape of moon cakes. Being far away from my homeland, I fought “a lonely me a lonely you” feeling with working harder than usual. Life is such a distraction, that’s why I’m late with this post which is a little celebration of my own harvest. My agent and I have reached an agreement that I can bring out a Kindle version of my novel BUTTERFLY around Christmas 2011, hooray for Earth! The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity, that’s the way it is.

Meanwhile, I have put a little gift quickly together for you to take a peek. It’s a teaser trailer; the real book trailer is coming yet. Click on image & Unpack!

Oh, before I forget. You can follow news and events on the forthcoming title by browsing Gimme butterfly kisses.  I will highlight the race toward the end of the year by sharing stories and weather on both sites so you can follow me closely. Don’t miss it, I promise you an adventurous, dashing ride — as always.

SEE YOU ON THE WILD SIDE!

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Punk band singing “Destroy China!”

Pan Gu is the most notorious Punk band from China. “Come on, people who don’t want to be slave of this country, let’s stand up and destroy it. Destroy China! Destroy this Demon fire!” Currently the band members are living in exile. Watch the clip of a protest song released shortly before the Summer Olympics Beijing 2008 ~

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A dangerous liaison?

A few days ago I received an email from an American journalist friend who is based in China. He sent through a link to an article with the alarming title “American conservative group makes inroads into China’s classrooms”.

C-R-E-E-P-Y!

Further reading revealed that it’s an organisation called Focus on the Family (google it), which within a short time period has gained its major toehold in Chinese middle school and university classrooms to teach its “No Apologies” (无悔今生) strategy for rejecting premarital sex. I saw immediately a doom secenario with what’s happening. But suppose this time the Dragon and the Eagle are united in a liaison dangereuse, we are royally screwed! Much worse than that!

To understand my mental leap and why this guy James Dobson thinks himself the next Confucius, you need to do a little bit homework and go back to an article I posted in June, in which I shed some light on Confucianism; how an age-old idea is now revamped and abused by the regime to manipulate people’s mind. You can quickly go through my article & find relevant information on the subject.

Now tell me I’m not mad.

My mental leap in the evening went further and drifted in search of some funny stuff to distract myself from the strange taste in my mouth; I’m a convinced follower of the Fun Theory, that you can achieve more through fun than two hundred years of German thinkers.

Untold Scandal  is the Korean interpretation of the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Watch the clip.

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