dimanche 30 avril 2017

...However, I will reveal a secret to you: I like to build universes which do fall apart. I like to see them come unglued, and I like to see how the characters in the novels cope with this problem. I have a secret love of chaos. There should be more of it. Do not believe—and I am dead serious when I say this—do not assume that order and stability are always good, in a society or in a universe. The old, the ossified, must always give way to new life and the birth of new things. Before the new things can be born the old must perish. This is a dangerous realization, because it tells us that we must eventually part with much of what is familiar to us. And that hurts. But that is part of the script of life. Unless we can psychologically accommodate change, we ourselves begin to die, inwardly. What I am saying is that objects, customs, habits, and ways of life must perish so that the authentic human being can live. And it is the authentic human being who matters most, the viable, elastic organism which can bounce back, absorb, and deal with the new.

For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.

Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1862) 
Ishikawa Kazumitsu fights on though wounded, ca.1820s

Berenice Abbott 
Poultry shop, East 7th Street, New York , 1935
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape

William S. Burroughs

Jo Spence - Libido Uprising (1989)

samedi 29 avril 2017

 Charles Gatewood
Hans Haacke, Cleaning Women, Documenta, 1959
Jenny Holzer, Times Square Marquees, 1993
John Lee Hooker deciphering the blues 1950
Clemens Kalischer

jeudi 27 avril 2017

If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.

Swami Vivekananda

The whole point of mysticism or spiritual esotericism is to undermine conventional reality so that Reality itself can shine forth. Spiritual life is intrinsically deconstructive...

Holy Madness
You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.

Robert M. Pirsig
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi 
arrive on a bus to take part in a peace march in Kolkata
Georg Baselitz

mardi 25 avril 2017

So long as a person has not achieved a level of responsability for his or her own existence, he or she is liable to fall victim to all manners of ideologies that are merely extensions of his or her primary egoic need of being loved and appreciated. Ideologies can be regarded as extensions of the superego, as crutches for the ego in its unwillingness to understand and ultimately transcend itself. Thus, all ideologies tend to be a person's continuing movement toward unconsciousness.

Holy Madness and the Smokescreen of Consensus Reality
Georg Feuerstein

lone doll leg
coin St-Laurent/Maisonneuve

The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.

Robert M. Pirsig
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

samedi 22 avril 2017

Jan Saudek

Your life, all of your life, is your path to awakening. By resisting or not dealing with its challenges, you stay asleep to Reality. Pay attention to what life is trying to reveal to you. Say yes to its fierce, ruthless, and loving grace.


jeudi 20 avril 2017

The process of finding the truth may not be a process by which we feel increasingly better and better. It may be a process by which we look at things honestly, sincerely, truthfully, and that may or may not be an easy thing to do.


To be lost in not knowing is a wonderful place to be. When you’re lost in not knowing, you come to know, but not in the way that you knew before. You come to know as a moment-to-moment experience of being. That’s your knowing. And you know that That is who you really are. You are that ever-unfolding mystery beyond the mind.

Charlie Parker looked like Buddha Charlie Parker, who recently died Laughing at a juggler on the TV After weeks of strain and sickness, Was called the Perfect Musician. And his expression on his face Was as calm, beautiful, and profound As the image of the Buddha Represented in the East, the lidded eyes The expression that says “All Is Well” This was what Charlie Parker Said when he played, All is Well. You had the feeling of early-in-the-morning Like a hermit’s joy, or Like the perfect cry of some wild gang At a jam session, “Wail, Wop” Charlie burst his lungs to reach the speed Of what the speedsters wanted And what they wanted Was his eternal Slowdown.

Jack Kerouac

mardi 18 avril 2017

Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. 
End of story.