Joseph Conrad on Writing & Art Part Eight

joseph conrad art is longPart Eight

To arrest, for the space of a breath, the hands busy about the work of the earth, and compel men entranced by the sight of distant goals to glance for a moment at the surrounding vision of form and color, of sunshine and shadows; to make them pause for a look, for a sigh, for a smile — such is the aim, difficult and evanescent, and reserved only for a few to achieve. But sometimes, by the deserving and the fortunate, even that task is accomplished. And when it is accomplished — behold! — all the truth of life is there: a moment of vision, a sigh, a smile — and the return to an eternal rest.

joseph conrad

joseph conrad

Joseph Conrad [3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924] was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British nationality in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an impassive, inscrutable universe.

Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works still contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many authors, including T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, and Salman Rushdie. Many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, Conrad’s works.

Writing in the times when the sun never set on the British Empire, Conrad drew on, among other things, his native Poland’s national experiences, and his personal experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a European-dominated world – including imperialism and colonialism – while profoundly exploring human psychology. (Wikipedia w/ editing by j.kiley)

Weekly Writing Challenge #60


Five Words: [ BRIEF – END – SHAPE – LAND – BLAST ]

Poetry Suggestions
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines–no rhymes–multiple stanzas[own choice]–follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem-any theme
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables
Free Verse – No Limitations
All Use Syllable Count Except Free Verse
[Anything goes in Free Verse]
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions
Fictional Suggestions
Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery-Sci-Fi–Fantasy–Horror–Literary
***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

Remembrance: Marcel Proust #68

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #68
Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

After a Journey

“We do not receive wisdom,
we must discover it
for ourselves,
after a journey
through the wilderness
which no one else
can make for us,
which no one
can spare us,
for our wisdom
is the point of view
from which we come
at last
to regard
the world.”

― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave

Everybody Hurts

Everybody Hurts – R.E.M. Solo by Michael Stipe (Live at Glastonbury 2003) HQ

by R.E.M.

When your day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life, well hang on

Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go (Hold on)
If you think you’ve had too much
Of this life, well hang on

Everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don’t throw your hand, oh no

Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone
No, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody cries
Everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes

So hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts


The pain can be physical, emotional, mental, psychological, even spiritual. The title speaks the Truth: “Everybody Hurts Sometime.” ‘Hold on’ is the best mantra to say over and over again to one’s self when living inside the wall of darkness, to hold on, ‘this too shall pass’. To the composers of this song, they must have experienced many levels of pain and to Michael Stipe for expressing it so powerfully. I could feel your spirit shining through it all. I chose this piece of music for what it means to me and others who experience the darkness of such deep levels of pain. I will repeat what the song says: ‘HOLD ON’ EVERYBODY HURTS SOMETIME ‘HOLD ON’… – j.kiley ps. Life is still here for you.

See Post on ‘the secret keeper’ from Saturday Oct 15th 2016
for further details on R.E.M.

SNL First Presidential Debate Parody Sketch | Trump-Hillary Debate

Final Presidential Debate

The Debate below no longer exists. Hope you enjoy the latest & last Debate.
SNL First Presidential Debate Parody Sketch | Trump-Hillary Debate

Alec Baldwin debuted his Donald Trump in the first 2016 presidential debate, along with Kate McKinnon‘s dead-on Hillary Clinton impression.

Former 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin helped Saturday Night Live kick off its 42nd season by portraying Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a cold open that satirized this week’s first presidential debate, in which Kate McKinnon’s Hillary knocked Trump out of the cosmos. He had no clue what planet he was on. He just kept mumbling about black people killing each other in Chicago. Makes me think he’s kind of obsessed about President Obama ever being our President. I think at times. Trump feels it was all a mass hysterical hallucination.

Baldwin and Kate McKinnon & Not Ready for Prime Time Player, Michael Che did a re-enactment of the surreal debate almost exactly as it happened.

Baldwin nailed many of Trump’s mannerisms, including an observant bit on the real estate mogul’s pronunciation of “China,” and McKinnon magnificently portrayed Clinton’s polished delivery and coolness under Trump’s self-inflicted collapse of his brain to think beyond non-sense unfinished sentences.

With this material faltering along side the edge of comedy, a satirist’s job is that much easier. Watch the cold open above, from Saturday Night Live. (Rewrote the parts of this synopsis in yellow. j.kiley) IT’S EXTREMELY FUNNY. IF YOU DON’T LAUGH – WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. I KNOW YOU HAVEN’T COMMITTED TO TOTAL NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION.

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Soul Symphony Symmetry

song symphony symmetry II © j.kiley

song symphony symmetry II © j.kiley


I love thyme
In all the senses

Of the spellings
And the sound

Time works for
And against us
Yet remains neutral

Awakens taste

How dreadful life
Would be
Without it

Dull Ugly Depressing

In a circular motion
Is life’s evolution

A mind body soul

@ j.kiley

Torvill & Dean 1994 Lillehammer Olympics Exhibition Bolero Ice Dancing WON GOLD IN ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE
Music & Skating begin at 34 seconds