Infinity of Grief


So what is to be made of such statistical comparisons and efforts to compare the relative balance sheets of suffering? Any individual death, be it a Palestinian or Israeli, evokes by itself somewhere an infinity of grief.

Perhaps we might begin with the idea that measuring with precision how one kind of suffering compares with another may be beyond the capacity of mortals.


— Neil A. Lewis

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ART we LIKE: Martin Klimas

From a height of three meters, porcelain figurines are dropped on the ground, and the sound they make when they hit trips the shutter release. The result: razor-sharp images of disturbing beauty—temporary sculptures made visible to the human eye by high-speed photography technology.


German photographer Martin Klimas | You can view more of Klimas’ work at his website.
At the point of impact: Visceral, violent photographs of fighting porcelain figures | via: Dangerous Minds.)

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Randy at AFTimes:

This IS the kind of Mad Max II/The Road Warrior on steroids, go-big-or-go-home, bug-nuts crazy, toss-you-in-the-deep-end mythology and put-it-all-out-there-in-case-we-never-make-another-one Mad Max Fury Road.

This movie feels like thirty years of Miller holding in passion for a world that he built so long ago, exploding on the screen.  You, remember the third act of The Road Warrior, the bad-ass truck chase that is still hailed as a masterpiece of filmmaking? You do? Good.

Because that’s what this whole movie pretty much is-and it works! A chase that goes long and deep into the heart of Miller’s post-apocalyptic world, trying to get out of the Wasteland.  It opens up and hardly slows down.

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A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer. He is a man who has signed a contract with his conscience and his sense of duty.


— Anton Chekhov

Maya Angelou Memorial Service

Maya Angelou Memorial Service on Livestream

Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, actress, author and civil rights activist known around the world, discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University. And, in the past four decades, she has inspired generations of students to become better writers, thinkers and citizens. Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. via Maya Angelou Memorial Service on Livestream.

Great speakers include First Lady Michelle Obama & Valerie Simpson sings a really touching song. The entire thing is well worth watching and very life-affirming. You can see the other Maya Angelou posts by clicking the pictures or links below.

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How is it after every *first* lightning strike & sound of thunder the very next thing I hear is the sound of numerous fire trucks/vehicles… Without Fail.
Mother Nature is that good, that she makes sure to set something off with the first hit? Gotta Respect that, New York. Ya really do.

Tom Banwell—Pestis: Plague Dr. Beak


I think he seems separated at birth from this guy, or the artist has watched the movie The Wiz as many times as I have.

Pestis: Plague Dr. BeakIntroducing the latest in my line of plague doctor masks. Pestis is a half mask, leaving the eyes uncovered. It can easily be accessorized with goggles and hood or hat. Made with the same quality and fine materials as my other plague doctor masks.

via Tom Banwell—Leather and Resin Projects: Pestis: Plague Dr. Beak.



I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.


— Saul Bellow