Saturday, May 31, 2008

Bad Art Or Not?

Here is the last comment I made on the comments thread:

The David Byrne doll I think is really silly. And how old is he? Should't he have grey hair and wrinkles or something, like the rest of us? WTF, David?

Wait. In fairness to David Byrne, I must correct my comment. That Sleeping Superego piece was done in 1997. That was over ten years ago and ten years ago I too had no gray hair because it was covered up with dye. Below is David sporting a gorgeous, sexy head of silver hair.

David Hockney

From the Superego SeriesSleeping,

David Byrne, 1997

It does have a David Hockney feel to it but I'm not at all sure that I like it. What are your thoughts?

Paul Simon - American Tune

Slip Sliding Away - Paul Simon

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Peace Tree

I was kindly asked by my friend poetryman to contribute to the blog The Peace Tree. I doubt it's my creative and entertaining writing style poetryman is seeking with this invitation but instead I'm hoping he asked me because he can detect in the lines of The Pagan Sphinx, a commitment and dedication to the causes closest to my heart: peace, justice, mental health and GLBT issues.

Go on over and read my first post at The Peace Tree! I will be contributing posts every Thursday from now on. While you're there, check out the posts of several fine bloggers including poetryman, of course, and my new blog friend betmo of Life's Journey.

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.

John Lennon

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

#9 Dream - John Lennon

As I retire for the night, I leave you with this. As W.P. always says - Happy Dreams.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Manet's Olympia From The Perspective of Margaret Atwood

Manet's Olympia

She reclines, more or less.
Try that posture, it's hardly languor.
Her right arm sharp angles.
With her left she conceals her ambush.
Shoes but no stockings,
How sinister. The flower
behind her ear is naturally
not real, of a piece
with the sofa's drapery.
The windows, (if any) are shut.This is indoor sin.
Above the head of the (clothed) maid
is an invisible voice balloon: Slut.

But. Consider the body,
unfragile, defiant, the pale nipples
staring you right in the bull's-eye.
Consider also the black ribbon
around the neck. What's under it?
A fine, red threadline, where the head
was taken off and glued back on.
The body's an offer,
but the neck's as far as it goes.
This is no morsel.
Put clothes on her and you'd have a schoolteacher,
the kind with the brittle whiphand.

There's someone else in this room.
You, Monsieur Voyeur.
As for that object of yours
she's seen those before, and better.

I, the head,am the only subject
of this picture.
You, Sir, are furniture.
Get stuffed.
Margaret Atwood
From the collection Morning In The Burned House, 1995

The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)

1) Democracy - Leonard Cohen
2) The Future - Leonard Cohen
3) The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades) - Timbuk 3

Hilly Seaside Town Song

My Supergirl One

A bit late, this is going out to Supergirl One and her Beloved. A Massachusetts song about getting married. And high five to California!
All my love,

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hillary Clinton - A Republican At Heart?

Go to Libhom's blog - he's posted about the similarities between Clinton and Bush. My daughter sometimes says that she sees little difference between Obama and Clinton but libhom's list makes a compelling argument that it is the Republicans that Ms. Clinton is most like in terms of what she supports. If Clinton were to become our next president, precious little would change. The war in Iraq will continue and an attack on Iran instead of diplomatic negotiations, would be the Clinton strategy.

She won't get the Democratic nomination but John McCain may be able to defeat Barack Obama. So many conservatives now think that Obama is a Muslim who hates America. How did it come to this...


Aretha Franklin
Composer: Otis Redding
This one goes out to Hilary Rodham Clinton, because although I'm a supporter of Barack Obama, I do believe she should be shown a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Take note, Ms. Clinton - this is coming at you from a Black Woman.

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