❝ Although we read with our minds, the seat of artistic delight is between the shoulder blades. That little shiver behind is quite certainly the highest form of emotion that humanity has attained when evolving pure art and pure science. Let us worship the spine and its tingle. ❞
—— Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature
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Destruction/Creation by Chris Slabber

"Inspired by the works of Alberto Seveso, I created my own series of paint in water sculptures. These were exhibited at KKNK 2014 at a gallery called Art Karoo.The idea behind this series was to show that from Destruction comes Creation. As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself.”

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Evgenia Obraztsova as Odile in Swan Lake

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Particle Tracks On Film from the Fermilab Bubble Chamber.

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Lucifer and Gabriel - Constantine

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#hannibal   #mason verger   #[!!]   #what's fascinating to me is that in the novels mason verger was never beautiful   #either before or after his mutilation   #ikewise when describing margot verger thomas harris frames her lack of femininity as abnormal and unnatural and disconcerting   #b/c harris prefers the trope of moral ugliness/ambiguity manifested as physical disfigurement and abnormality and boundary-disturbance   #[so that mason's mutilation of his own face only *further* aligns his outward self with his inward disfigured putrefied humanity]   #but bryan fuller's hannibal is far more interested in the discrepancy between surface & depth   #[c.f. water imagery smattered throughout]   #[and the mirror-structures so many mirrors]   #hannibal is beautiful his life is sumptuous and decadent and elegant his food looks exquisite and delectable   #but the beauty hides a maneating monster; and you know that even as you're allowing yourself to be beguiled and tempted and seduced   #yeah remaking margot & mason to be young and guttingly beautiful kind *does* conform to cynical television beauty standards &c.   #but it also adds to that fascinating disjunction between visible & invisible faces   #beautiful seductive surface and depths of horror and viciousness and ruthlessness   #mason is beautiful and roguish; because there's nothing this show likes better than a monster who gets under your skin   #& for that michael pitt is a perfect & inspired choice   #meta  
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clairaudient asked:
What is your favorite Shakespeare play, if you don't mind me asking?

cut for fervid jabbering about shakespeare dot dot dot

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❝ Aren’t there enough words
flowing in your veins
to keep you going? ❞
—— Margaret Atwood"The Shadow Voice."

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❝ He looked at me, bestowing beauty,
and I took it for my own.
Happy, I swallowed a star.

I let him invent me
in the image of the reflection
in his eyes. I dance, I dance
in an abundance of sudden wings. ❞
—— Wisława Szymborska, “Drinking Wine.”
Wednesday, 23rd of April with 119 notes


literature series → lady macbeth

the raven himself is hoarse
that croaks the fatal entrance of duncan
under my battlements. come, you spirits
that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
of direst cruelty. make thick my blood,
stop up th’access and passage to remorse,
that no compunctious visitings of nature
shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
th’ effect and it. come to my woman’s breasts,
and take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers,
wherever in your sightless substances
you wait on nature’s mischief. come, thick night,
and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
that my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
to cry ‘hold, hold!’

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Dame of Thrones

W, September 2012
ph. Tim Walker
model: Kristen McMenamy

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❝ It is now easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism. ❞
—— Fredric Jameson, Future City
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#quotes   #literature   #fredric jameson   #yond cassius has a lean and hungry look   #oh god hello dissertation   #[n.b. the attribution of this is disputed--some give it to jameson others zizek   #it's actually h. bruce franklin's essay 'what are we to make of ballard's apocalypse?'   #about how ballard's vision of humanity is blinkered by his pessimistic view of human nature   #rooted in a lack of self-awareness about his own compromised position [nationalism imperialism white supremacism]   #this statement is correct about projecting forward capitalism as a doomed structure   #but ignores the heterogeneous material conditions & consciousness of human beings   #and the historical specificity of ideology   #i.e. western capitalism is doomed; we have to believe it's doomed   #but probably the radicalism that's going to save us will have to come from brains not blinkered by western capitalism   #it might be easier to imagine the end of the world   #but that's only because we're all shut inside this rapacious sordid ideology   #[i think the idea that many white intellectuals hate is that we're probably going to be saved from capitalism   #by those people it has systematically downtrodden silenced and exploited   #who have no attachment to the structure & will rip the whole thing down   #it'll be the end of *a* world; not the end of *the* world   #oh god i need to think about something that's not dystopia & apocalypticism why don't i have normal interests]   #litcrit  
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