dimanche 22 mai 2016

Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt
Master of the Hunt under Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie

I have no other self 
than the totality of things of which I am aware

Alan Watts, The Way of Zen

René Kieffer, cover of binding on Blaise Cendrars, La fin du monde, 1927. 
Paris. Morgan A. Gunst Collection, Stanford University Library
Vous me faîtes rire avec votre angoisse métaphysique, c'est la frousse qui vous étreint, la peur de la vie, la peur des hommes d'action, de l'action, du désordre. Désordre que les végétaux, les minéraux et les bêtes ; désordre que la multitude des races humaines ; désordre que la vie des hommes, la pensée, l'histoire, les batailles, les inventions, le commerce, les arts ; désordre que les théories, les passions, les systèmes. C'a toujours été comme ça. Pourquoi voulez-vous y mettre de l'ordre ? Quel ordre? Que cherchez-vous ? Il n'y a pas de vérité. Il n’ y a que l'action, l'action qui obéit à un million de mobiles différents, l'action éphémère, l'action qui subit toutes les contingences possibles et inimaginables, l'action antagoniste. La vie. La vie c'est le crime, le vol, la jalousie, la faim, le mensonge, le foutre, la bêtise, les maladies, les éruptions volcaniques, les tremblements de terre, des monceaux de cadavres.

Blaise Cendrars

samedi 21 mai 2016

We should reflect on what we are doing here. Why are we living here? What are we working for? In the world they work for this or that reward, but the monks teach something a little deeper than that. Whatever we do, we ask for no return. We work for no reward. Worldly people work because they want this or that, because they want some gain or other, but the Buddha taught to work just in order to work; we don’t ask for anything beyond that. If you do something just to get some return, it’ll cause suffering. Try it yourself! You want to make your mind peaceful, so you sit down and try to make it peaceful—you’ll suffer! Try it. Our way is more refined. We do something and then let go of it. Do and then let go.

Ajahn Chah

jeudi 19 mai 2016

The City Lights Bookstore door
The Flying Man, Scribner’s Monthly 
Illustrated Magazine For The People, New York, NY, 1871
Bruce Weber, 1988

 Indian educational poster,1960

O nobly born, listen carefully: 
At this point you can become aware of the wave structure of the world around you. 
Everything you see dissolves into energy vibrations. 
Look closely and you will tune in on the electric dance of energy. 
There are no longer things and persons but only the direct flow of particles. 
Consciousness will now leave your body and flow into the stream of wave rhythm.

A Manual based on Tibetan Book of the Dead 
Timothy Leary, Ph.D., Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., & Richard Alpert, Ph.D.

mercredi 18 mai 2016

Allen Ginsberg, 1990

Richard Hansen, an independent bookstore owner in Sacramento, CA, started the "Poems for All" project in 2001, creating miniature books of poetry and distributing them for free. He has produced over 1,000 titles and has made tens of thousands of copies. Hansen incorporates the work of both amateur and professional writers, and designs the covers himself.

The Poems-For-All Project began in March 2001 with the publication of The Bells of the Cherokee Ponies by poet and small press publisher d.a. levy. He was a large and influentual part of what became known as The Mimeograph Revolution, a bunch of outsiders publishing on their own terms, by any means available. It seemed fitting that he be one of the first poets published in a series with a similar objective — stuff words (poetry) into the cracks and crevices of a barren cultural landscape. These little books, PFAs, are scattered like seeds. That is, they’re given away, left around, thrown about the place for people to find. Free. Always free.