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Some of my Favorite Texts

On Art and more ...

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Some of my favorite passages from books about creating art and more. They have shaped my thinking and ideas about art, life, what it is, and how it is made. Hope they answer some of your questions on my how's and why's.

The First Step
Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933)
Written between 1896 and 1904
To stand on this step - you must be in your own right - a member of the city of ideas.

How Verses are Made?
Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1926
What basic propositions are indispensable, when one begins poetical work?

The weight of verses!
Aristophanes, The Frogs, 405 b.C.
How to weight verses and judge the poet!

Art Value and Valuation
Zafiris Gourgouliatos, 2001
How art is being priced (or why art is so expensive - not mine - in general.

Artists and Suicide
Leo Tolstoy, Confessions
Thoughts of an artist contemplating committing suicide.

The Sanity of True Genius
Charles Lamb, 1775, 1834
Thoughts on the genius / madness syndrome of artists.

Untangling Love
David Deida,  1995
What is romantic attraction, infatuation, “falling in love?”

Satyricon : Eumolpus in the Art Gallery
Titus Petronius Arbiter  ?-66 A.D.
‘I am a poet,’ he said, ‘a poet of not inconsiderable genius.'
How the Romans saw art and the artists

Satyricon : At the School of Rhetoric
Titus Petronius Arbiter  ?-66 A.D.
"This is why I believe that our hapless youngsters are turned into total idiots in the schools ..." 
How contemporary!

Name of the Rose : Amor est magis cognitivus quam cognitio (We know things better through love than through knowledge).
Umberto Eco, Written 1980
"And therefore what I suffered that morning was evil for me, but for others perhaps was good, the sweetest of good things."

Name of the Rose : Speculum Amoris
Umberto Eco, Written 1980
Instructions on how to diagnose the disease called love.

Feynman's Rainbow: The Creative Mind
Leonard Mlodinow, Written 2003
How the creative mind works and the vagabond Nobel laureate.

The Myth of Sisyphus
Albert Camus, Written 1941
Maybe the most comprehensive test on the futility and greatness of human existence.

Don Quixotte: Marcela's Defense and the Reason to Turn Crazy.
Miguel de Cervantes, Written 1605
Beauty defends itself; the reason behind Don Quixotte's craziness.

Lovers rarely love to criticize
MOLIČRE, Le Misanthrope, 1666
Moliere's instructions on how to woo a woman. Any woman.

On Death and Dying
Various writers through history
A collection of writings about death and dying that have impressed me the most over the years.

A Prayer For My Daughter
William Butler Yeats, Written 1921
It's certain that fine women eat
A crazy salad with their meat ...

An untruth must be spoken
Herodotus, Histories, Thalia, 430 BC
For whether men lie, or say true, it is with one and the same object. Men lie, because they think to gain by deceiving others ...

Ne me quitte pas
Jacques Brel, 1970   

Letter to a future killer - and the analysis from an inmate
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood,
1965
Her letter failed because she couldn’t conceive of the profundity of your problem—she couldn’t fathom the pressures brought to bear upon you because of environment, intellectual frustration and a growing tendency toward isolationism.

What am I doing wrong?
Picked up from the internet, 2007
An unbelievable listing from this ridiculous girl. and a hilarious response from a guy who fits her "criteria."

The Halfpenny Loan
From: A Flock of Fools, Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter, published in 2004.
Original Title: One Hundred Parable Sutra*
(Sutra=Disclosure) - Many people are like this fool. They seek some minor recognition ...

Exorcism Against Demonic Influence (Evil Eye - Κακό Μάτι - Βασκανία)
From: The Orthodox Christian Priest's Service Book (Mikron Euchologion - Μικρόν Ευχολόγιον).
A form of exorcism that Orthodox Christian Priests read to faithful when there is suspicion or evidence or demonic influence, such as "Evil Eye" (Κακό Μάτι - Βασκανία),

The Halfpenny Loan
From: A Flock of Fools, Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter, published in 2004.
Original Title: One Hundred Parable Sutra*
(Sutra=Disclosure) - Many people are like this fool. They seek some minor recognition ...

Exorcism Against Demonic Influence (Evil Eye - Κακό Μάτι - Βασκανία)
From: The Orthodox Christian Priest's Service Book (Mikron Euchologion - Μικρόν Ευχολόγιον).
A form of exorcism that Orthodox Christian Priests read to faithful when there is suspicion or evidence or demonic influence, such as "Evil Eye" (Κακό Μάτι - Βασκανία),

Tango Nuevo Milonga Playlist - 08-29-10
My Los Angeles DJ debut.
Feel free to request details,

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