Posts Tagged ‘ hope ’

The Quarantine Tapes 008: Simon Critchley | The Quarantine Tapes

Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Floyd, police protests, and hope – Vox

A protester in Washington, DC, speaks into a bullhorn as people kneel and hold their hands up in front of Lafayette Park near the White House to protest the death of George Floyd on May 25.Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The author of Between the World and Me on why this isn’t 1968, the Colin Kaepernick test, police abolition, nonviolence and the state, and more.

Source: Ta-Nehisi Coates on George Floyd, police protests, and hope – Vox

Kamala Harris: “Of course” it’s different to run for president as a black woman – Axios

She talks race and gender, health care, and her law-and-order background.

Source: Kamala Harris: “Of course” it’s different to run for president as a black woman – Axios

Gay Penguins, and Their Hope for a Baby, Have Enchanted Berlin – The New York Times

John Berger Reads Mahmoud Darwish

Taking Nothing for Granted

You have to make peace with it all.

Source: Taking Nothing for Granted

John Berger in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist | Vimeo

Zeitgeist Spam: In the House of the Hangman 1290

In the House of the Hangman 1290

Now this painting is all about how
on the day of my death
I’ll open a warm roll with my thumbs
squash goat’s cheese in it
tip in a glistening artichoke heart
straight from the little glass jar
insert four slim anchovy fillets
a flurry of rocket
& a finely cut caper

            I’ll take my roll
& a stein of red wine
into this room starring

Ensor               Masks Confronting Death                      1888

Rodchenko       Non-Objective Painting
Black on Black                                     1918

me                  Twittering Machine                              1922

Beuys               Tree in a Croatian Swamp                    1944

   yes & his        Neutralized Capital                             1980

and I will recite:

            Omphalos umbraculate,
By Finite Love determined,
Be the tetragrammatinium,
Planar irrefragabilium,
Monohyalopteric synthra,
Curtipenduline unyieldamenta!
Bear the aetiological discharge of the potamic Winja
As the blue Hyblæan flesh is crystallised in flaming air,
And as the shredding of the spectral ice
[Et cetera]. OK the font changes when I touch the skin of this thought rippling away from its graphic in thought-conducive waves that reach their saturation point organically as if they were a cell in the warm liquid crystal display where the rainbow is always about to occur given the moisture & the sunlight of its makeup / / My body fondly responds to the thought of this thought. It must have been sprinkling that complicated the labyrinth. I lip so to speak the parade. I bit my ball, a taste of metals in the head of a bird. Impossibility makes it A ok / and I am again.

                        And each evening,

sun sets,

                        I eat all my relatives and

sleep by wanking. It is a question of learning hope. Its work does not renounce, it is in love with success rather than failure. Hope, superior to fear, is neither passive like the latter, nor locked into nothingness. The emotion of hope goes out of itself, makes people broad instead of confining them, cannot know nearly enough of what it is that makes them inwardly aimed, of what may be allied to them outwardly. The work of this emotion requires people who throw themselves actively into what is becoming, to which they themselves belong. It will not tolerate a dog’s life which feels itself only passively thrown into What Is, which is not seen through, even wretchedly recognized. The work against anxiety about life and the machinations of fear is that against its creators, who are for the most part easy to identify, and it looks in the world itself for what can help the world; this can be found.

[Note: Sources: Peter Hughes, “from Paul Klee’s Diary”, inSelected Poems; JBR; Megan Sword and Timpani Skullface, “Amalthea Innoxia”, in Superior City Songs; Dana Ward, “Aeolian Phone”, in The Crisis of Infinite Worlds; Clark Coolidge, A Book Beginning What and Ending Away; Josh Stanley, “Relevant to the Kompany”, in Contranight Escha Black; Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope, at]

Zeitgeist Spam: In the House of the Hangman 1290.

MUTTS ~ Hope ~ April 30, 2012, by by Patrick McDonnell


Waseem Wagdi, an Egyptian living in London talks about recent events in Egypt during a protest outside the Egyptian Embassy, London, 1.29.11 / boingboing

Update: Following Egypt events live on Twitter, video, liveblogs

“I am proud of all Egyptians today who are cleansing themselves of all remnants  of fear . . . . who have raised their heads up high . . . . I kiss the dust under your feet, I say this to the masses in Egypt who are heroes today.” ~ Wassim Wagdi