T.H. White: The Book of Merlyn

the book of Merlyn_last chImagine a rusty bolt on the garden door, which has been set wrong, or the door has sagged on its hinges since it was put on, and for years the bolt has never been shot efficiently: except by hammering it, or by lifting the door a little, and wriggling it home with effort. Imagine then that the old bolt is unscrewed, rubbed with emery paper, bathed in paraffin, polished with fine sand, generously oiled, and reset by a skilled workman with such nicety that it bolts and unbolts with the pressure of a finger – with the pressure of a feather – almost so that you could blow it open or shut. Can you imagine the feelings of the bolt? They are the feelings of glory which convalescent people have, after a fever. It would look forward to being bolted, yearning for the raptures of its sweet, succesful motion. Continue reading

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Gammify: the 21 Century Name of the Game

Gamification of Fitness
Physiologically speaking, there are 2 classic ways to lose weight: food intake reduction or/and burning off calories. Wii Fit and its gamification ploys seem to represent a third one, according to L, an anti-fitness acquaintance. Ever since I know her, L could never stick to a fitness routine. She’s always had something to say about the fitness instructor ‘who did not like her’ at the gym, to justify her giving up or she used to say that she felt like in the chamber of torture. [I don’t blame her. If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I am not a fan of starvation or torture myself, and the ‘physical’ solution is only one part of the answer. Not only TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) but also TLC (Tender (self) Love and Care, for example) are called for for weightloss] Lo and behold at our next encounter: I’d swear she’d lost 20 pounds. Continue reading

Bougainvillier

Superbe poème. Israel est saturée de bougainvilliers aux rouges divers et chatoyants excactement comme dans la photo. J’aime particulièrement la dernière strophe qui rend parfaitement le sentiment d’éphémere que j’éprouve à la vue de cette plante au fil des saisons, courte pour l’automne-hivers, ici,très Wabi-Sabi. Merci
You can find the English version at http://unbuttonedorundone.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/bougainvillea-2/
Exemple de poème d’insipiration Wabi: Je traite du sujet dans un page de mon blog:
https://happyheuristics.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/wabi-sabi-leonard-koren-voir-la-vie-en-wabi-sabi/

unbuttoned or undone

Quand j’aurai trouvé les mots
Je les écrirai sur ces pétales de papier
Minces et pourtant solides, lisses mais veinées
De rêves et de mirages dorés.

Quand les mots se cachent et m’échappent
Je vois leurs couleurs dans les reflets
De passion, dans les pigments rouges
Extasiés, saturés, enflammés qui coulent
Et se mélangent sous un ciel d’alizées.

Quand les mots me trahissent et l’émoi
Déraisonné mais sensé reste muet,
J’entends la douce harmonie à trois voix
L’équilibre de son trèfle tremblant
Sous la chaleur et riant sous la pluie.

Quand les fleurs sont assurément épuisées
Dans le bonheur des caresses torrides
Et des baisers brulants du soleil d’été
Elles s’envolent en mille soupirs
De papillons sans mots pour mourir.

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Wabi-Sabi ( Léonard Koren): Voir la vie en Wabi-Sabi

Sauvegarder le Wabi-Sabi

Je ne saurais dire si Léonard Koren, un occidental, a saisit les nuances de l’esthétique japonnaise Wabi-Sabi, étant moi-même de culture occidentale. Cependant l’autorité et la passion qu’il met à en traiter, si elles ne sont pas gages de fidélité, en tous cas me parlent. Il semble tout de même y avoir un paradoxe à écrire un tel livre, quand on sait que le Zen est au coeur du Wabi-Sabi (ou est-ce le contraire?): un système de pensée, (une mystique?), un art de vivre plutôt réservé aux seuls initiés, mais surtout qui se défie de tout intellectualisme, donc de la mise par écrit de son enseignement. L’auteur qui n’ignore pas ce fait, néanmoins, justifie sa démarche par la sauvegarde écrite du patrimoine culturel, comme c’est souvent le cas lorsqu’une tradition ancienne est menacée. En effet, Koren veut préserver le Wabi-Sabi de l’exploitation erronée de ses concepts, qu’en font les occidentaux. D’autre part, Koren nous informe de l’ exploitation commerciale courante des produits Wabi-Sabi par le système Iemoto japonnais (p.16), système qui a tout à y gagner, en conservant au Wabi-Sabi son aura mystérieuse. Continue reading

The Immaterial Icarus: Yves Klein

 

klein_le peintre de l'espace se jette dans le vide

“L’Art C’Est La Santé”

Dying of ridicule, you, Yves, Prince of the void? I suppose this is only a neo-romantic critic’s invention
After Mondo Cane ridiculation: “you are a charlatan”; that should have been enough for infarction
But it took 3 typological fairy tale heart attacks to do you in:
You would have never renounced to ride your Time Machine
Dog’s world or Dante’s
For “l’art c’est la santé” Continue reading

Blogging Hoax:Notes on Authenticity

What spurs someone to create and maintain a false identity ?

In my latest post, I wrote about the film Tootsie and the hoax personae the main character takes on, making a statement on authenticity and how complex identity is. This film came before Internet and social media took the social scene. I am a fairly recent blogger and a goose, so the idea of social media hoax, a new form of hypocrisy or worse, has only crossed my path recently, while reading an article on the Telegraph: why are straight men using lesbian dating sites?  The article is proof that the gender issue I wrote about yesterday, is still of actuality and far from being resolved, even if this post looks at the themes from a different angle. Catfishing– when someone pretends to be someone they are not by setting up a fake online profile on Facebook or any other social media site– is no laughing matter. Continue reading

Tootsie (1982): Notes on Authenticity

Public Lives, Public Masks

Our journey to become and be each day the best we can be may be likened to a journey to be more authentic. “authenticity” is so much on everybody’s lips nowadays that it has even become a cliché.  As social beings, we fall short more often than not of this great value, this ideal. Is total authenticity possible, desirable even? Is authenticity a myth? Continue reading