Sunday, June 27, 2010

Productively transgressive... all REAL literature.

Childlike, childish, the writer experiences fright, wonder, enthusiasm, must share that, whatever the threat of punishment he may face for daring to express such extreme emotion! And transgression may seem evil, dangerous, is forbidden, is necessary for art.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Love When There's Little Sleep

While Detlef's in the hospital, and probably next week when I am, neither of us gets very much sleep, I, too, think how our love wins, prevails, and know that dawn will bring us there again, and dawn comes VERY early at this time of year.
Listen to the wonderful Placido Domingo render these thoughts, enjoy beauty, think of love, think, and love!

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che fremono d'amore
e di speranza.

Ma il mio mistero e chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun sapra!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo diro
quando la luce splendera!

Ed il mio bacio sciogliera il silenzio
che ti fa mia!

(Il nome suo nessun sapra!...
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)

Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincero!
vincero, vincero!

None must sleep! None must sleep!
And you, too, Princess,
in your cold room,
gaze at the stars
which tremble with love
and hope!

But my mystery is locked within me,
no-one shall know my name!
No, no, I shall say it as my mouth
meets yours when the dawn is breaking!

And my kiss will break the silence
which makes you mine!

(No-one shall know his name,
and we, alas, shall die!)

Vanish, o night!
Fade, stars!
At dawn I shall win!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Longest Day - Shortest Night - of the Year

Where else? With Detlef in the hospital after his arm and leg break (arm in a cast, leg operated to insert a plate with screws to the thigh bone)...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Spring Video for the Beginning of Summer

... and walking subjects one to less calamitous results than biking ...

Sonia Brex - Fruehling in Berlin from Jean de Oliveira on Vimeo.

... love to Detlef up on the Hedwigshöhe ...

(and thanks to Erich for sharing this video)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tigerente Plummets !

Merkel und Westerwelle stürzen ab -

Now that's good news, fits with the WM loss today somehow, which also doesn't allow the Chief Button Popper and Westernwave to hope for a distracted population. Now lets move on to kicking out all their plans if not all their ministers and try to move this country forward again, with concern for the less well off and a demand for responsibility from the well-to-do and the financial institutions so cynically grinning through the crisis!

Video report on same in this link...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Reason to LIKE the World Cup

I'd've never thought anyone could give me a good reason to praise the mania surrounding the World Soccer Cup, but The Nation has done so. So now I'm a fan from the farthest sidelines who'll watch as few games as possible but praise it to every conservative I encounter anywhere!

Glenn Beck's Blues: Why the Far Right Hates the World Cup The Nation

“It doesn’t matter how you try to sell it to us,” yipped the Prom King of new right, Glenn Beck. “It doesn’t matter how many celebrities you get, it doesn’t matter how many bars open early, it doesn’t matter how many beer commercials they run, we don’t want the World Cup, we don’t like the World Cup, we don’t like soccer, we want nothing to do with it.”

Friday, June 11, 2010

Brief Reminder to the Greedy

All of you who are so greedy - BP, investment banks, hedge funds, FDP members - are cordially invited to read and take as warning:

It's ok if you read it in translation: the message will be clear nonetheless, though the utter horror awaiting you is lyrically better expressed in the original. Probably, though, as greedy as you are, you will turn to some summary of contents: there, too, the message should get you.

You are doomed!

To the 4th Circle of Hell!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Gauck !

That's all one needs to say about the choices offered for the next Federal President of Germany:


About the alternative, Die Zeit says it all:

Wulffs Kür führt vom Chaos zum Stillstand
Deutschland braucht aber nicht nur eine Führung, die sich nicht ständig selbst zerfleischt. Es braucht politische Anstöße. In Afghanistan sterben deutsche Soldaten in einem Krieg, den niemand hinreichend erklären kann. Das Vertrauen der Bürger in Markt und Staat zerbröselt. Das Wohlstandsversprechen, welches das Land zusammenhielt: Es könnte bald nicht mehr gelten. Was verbindet uns stattdessen? Diese Fragen müssen bald beantwortet werden. Zuvor allerdings muss sie jemand stellen.

Kann Wulff das? Ein Präsident wächst mit seinem Amt. Nicht ausgeschlossen, dass er doch die richtigen Themen und den richtigen Ton findet. Aber wenn, ist es Zufall. Zu den großen gesellschaftlichen Fragen hatte Wulff bisher so wenig zu sagen wie die Berliner Koalition selbst.
So elect someone with stature: Gauck!

Warum Gauck die bessere Wahl wäre als Wulff