Proust: Inertia

“Remembrance of Things Past”
Mar 26th Part #91

INERTIA

“The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.” ― Marcel Proust

“It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.” ― Marcel Proust

“In a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things.” ― Marcel Proust

“In my cowardice I became at once a man, and did what all we grown men do when face to face with suffering and injustice; I preferred not to see them” ― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

ghost of proust at grave

The Empty Chair

Oscar Nominee for Best Song 2017 from the Documentary ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’

James Foley was a journalist who reported “conflict news” . meaning he went to Libya but came home . meaning he went to Syria . he did not return . instead ISIS kidnapped him with other journalists who did come home.

He was so full of life. I have watched the documentary and was awe inspired by his genuine concern and sincerity toward the people with whom he befriended and told their story. He went where the bombs were dropping and the bullets went whizzing by. What compelled him to return to the Middle East after being in Libya when Qaddafi was being overthrown and eventually assassinated by a brutal crowd.

Why he went back . his family search for answers. He wasn’t happy just taking life easy.

Listen to the song ‘The Empty Chair’ (I felt it should have won the Oscar for Best Song but instead an unbearable song to listen to from La La Land received the honors.) It speaks for Jim who will never come home. So moving and so is his whole story. Just reading the lyrics out loud to ‘The Empty Chair’ makes me cry. The same happens hearing Sting singing the song.

– j.kiley


The Empty Chair – Sting (by J. Ralph & Sting

THE EMPTY CHAIR

If I should close my eyes, that my soul can see
And there’s a place at the table that you saved for me
So many thousand miles over land and sea
I hope to dare, that you hear my prayer
And somehow I’ll be there
It’s but a concrete floor where my head will lay
And though the walls of this prison are as cold as clay
But there’s a shaft of light where I count my days
So don’t despair of the empty chair
And somehow I’ll be there
Some days I’m strong, some days I’m weak
And days I’m so broken I can barely speak
There’s a place in my head where my thoughts still roam
Where somehow I’ve come home
And when the Winter comes and the trees lie bare
And you just stare out the window in the darkness there
Well I was always late for every meal you’ll swear
But keep my place and the empty chair
And somehow I’ll be there
And somehow I’ll be there

Songwriters: Gordon Sumner / Joshua Ralph
The Empty Chair lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

PARADISE . . . Delights | a short film

PARADISE, a contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights

“Studio Smack, best known for their music video Witch Doctor by De Staat, have released a new animation: a contemporary interpretation of one of the most famous paintings by the Early Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights.

In their latest work, the group cleared the original landscape of the middle panel of Bosch’s painting and reconstructed it into a hallucinatory 4K animation. The creatures that populate this indoor playground embody the excesses and desires of 21st century Western civilization. Consumerism, selfishness, escapism, the lure of eroticism, vanity and decadence. All characters are metaphors for our society where loners swarm their digital dream world. They are symbolic reflections of egos and an imagination of people as they see themselves – unlike Bosch’s version, where all individuals more or less look the same. From a horny Hello Kitty to a coke hunting penis snake. From an incarnate spybot to headless fried chickens.

These characters, once precisely painted dream figures, are now digitally created 3D models. All of them have been given their own animation loop to wander through the landscape. By placing them altogether in this synthetic fresco, the picture is never the same. What the animation and Bosch’s triptych have in common is that you’ll hardly be able to take it all in, you can watch it for hours.

‘Paradise’ was commissioned by the MOTI Museum in The Netherlands for the exhibition New Delights, which is part of the Hieronymus Bosch 500-year anniversary. A gigantic video installation of this work was exhibited in the Museum but ended on the 31st of December 2016.”

See this amazing feat carried off perfectly and what a delight to view. A trippy visual/mind connective experience. – j.kiley

FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE OPEN THE VIDEO TO FULL SCREEN
AND CHECK THE VOLUME

PARADISE – A contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights

We created a new and animated interpretation of ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch (it’s this painting: The Garden of Earthly Delights on Wikipedia). We were chosen to go crazy on the middle panel. So we did… in 4K! It is also an infinite loop in 4K. 4K 4K 4K!!!

John Gardner On Life and Writing #3

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

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john-gardner-on-becoming-a-novelist-cover“People will tell you that writing is too difficult, that it’s impossible to get your work published, that you might as well hang yourself. Meanwhile, they’ll keep writing and you’ll have hanged yourself. ”
John Gardner

“Fiction does not spring into the world fully grown, like Athena. It is the process of writing and rewriting that makes a fiction original, if not profound. ”
John Gardner

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away.  –  j.kiley

Weekly Writing Prompt #81

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
Mar 20th – #81

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | CLIMB | CATCH | SMART | VOTE | POET |

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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