Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I remember you

What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one.... It’s this in-between that I’m calling a province, this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one—which is really the realm of the artist.
Federico Fellini (b. 20 january 1920-1993) film director

things feel a bit surreal this morning; I wake to the news that massachusetts elected a little known conservative republican state senator to take the seat of teddy kennedy. the seat of teddy our beloved liberal lion of the senate! can't say I'd be surprised if this morning's haitian aftershock is a result of the seismic activity generated when teddy started spinning in his grave.

from here on out I hereby declare january 20th the day of absurdity. speaking of absurdity, did you know that today is the birthday of both federico fellini and david lynch - what a coincidence that two kings of the absurd share a birthday!

I don't like the word ironic. I like the word absurdity, and I don't really understand the word 'irony' too much. The irony comes when you try to verbalize the absurd. When irony happens without words, it's much more exalted.
David Lynch (b. 20 january 1946) film maker & visionary artist

topping things off, today is also the birthday of slim whitman (b. 1924). here's slim singing his 1950's hit song I remember you, introducing slim is no other than andy kaufman, who in my book is another comely prince of the absurd!

photo: is there anything as absurd as the sight of a quilting cat? perhaps not. tsuki, 19 january 2010


Anonymous said...

AM I GLAD THE ELECTION IS OVER!!! I can turn th' phone back on, heh, heh...I even had to turn off my mobile!

And didn't know these two shared the same birthday. How cool is that?

And niiice colourful quilty thingy :)

ArtSparker said...

It seems that people take the long view, as to their fellow human beings and their own futures, less and less - as if mere reactivity were proof of virtue (see under Yeats' "passionate intensity"). Critical thinking and patience are much needed now.

Megan said...

Oh Susan great point. Yes, there is so little patience about.

Tsuki needs to loan Dennis some of that fluffiness! :)

Roy said...

Another statistic to add, although it happened yesterday rather than today - Kate McGarrigle passed away yesterday at the age of 63. That one hurts! I wonder if Martha, who has aremarkable voice all her own, will take her mother's place and sing with her Aunt Anna?

Yes, Teddy's rotating in his grave. And as much as I hate to see Scott Brown win, I think Teddy would have rotated just as hard if Martha Coakley had won; unlike Teddy she's a party hack who has a bad reputation for cronyism and a lackadaisical attitude to whatever job she holds (absenteeism, rubberstamping documents, etc). Remember also that this wasn't for a full term, but rather to fill in the rest of Kennedy's term. Brown presented himself as a moderate independent in his campaign, and he's really anything but. I predict that he's not even going to try to reign in his neo-con tendencies or his very vocal Tea-bagger cheering section, and that'll cost him when he comes up for reelection. the set-back is only temporary, and maybe by the time the real election comes up the Democrats will have found somebody who can actually wear Teddy's shoes.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

subby - I bet you are. but seriously I am so disappointed in the voters of massachusetts - YIKES

susan - excellent points. critical thinking and patience - two traits (which I think are also virtues) always in need, but alas often absent. don't you think reactivity is the inverse of virtue?

and wonderful connection to yeats' poem, yes worthy of a snippet

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

megan - tsuki does get an annual haircut, he'd be happy to send dennis the product!

roy - what sad news about kate. very sad to hear that. 63, oy, when I heard this morning on npr about robert b. parker's death at 77 I thought - how young, and kate at 63 - yes, that really hurts and hits too close to home!

I'll be crossing my fingers that the dems in mass can find some critical thinking, progressive, and winnable candidate! YIKES again.

Gary said...

Great song but I had no idea this was a Slim Whitman ditty. I only know how from some television commericals promoting his stuff years ago. And you are right, absurd...all of it.

tut-tut said...

Great post and comments here! Had not heard about Kate.