Posts Tagged ‘ truth ’

Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul (Official Audio) – YouTube

This mess of troubled times | Eurozine

The processes set in motion by the disintegration of the socialist economy in eastern Europe eluded all analytical frameworks. It was a time of ‘wild thinking’, in which received ideas were reconsidered and values re-assessed. We are still living through this troubled era, writes the historian of the Soviet Union Karl Schlögel.


I was shocked on the campuses of the East and the West Coasts of America to meet so many people who had been practically been everywhere around the globe, but not in Gary, Indiana or Akron, Ohio. The victory of Trump has to do with this kind of absence, neglect and ignorance. The same goes for the many German intellectuals who only discovered the East after the AfD landslide. It may also apply to parts of the Warsaw intelligentsia, who are more familiar with the timetables of Brussels Airport than with the train schedules in ‘Polska B’.


We must leave our comfort zones – physical and intellectual – and explore what is happening on the ground. We must be aware of the intellectual challenges in dealing with an entirely new situation and try – in all modesty – to do what others before us have managed to do. We need to heed Marx’s famous words, only in reverse: ‘Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point however is to change it.’ Now the point is to interpret a world that is changing all too fast.

The pre-1989 years were a time of exploring, describing and analysing – the Polish school of reportage was just one example. A key slogan of the era was Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s and Václav Havel’s ‘Tell the Truth’. This message is not outdated. But to insist on ‘the truth’ is to face many risks. To investigate, explore and redraw the mental map of Europeans beyond the old-new fault lines is a very difficult job. In order to succeed, it will be necessary to develop a consciousness of history not as a lesson to be drawn or sermon to be preached, but as a way to face the challenges – now and in the future. – Karl Schlögel

Source: This mess of troubled times | Eurozine

Opinion | The Vicious Reality Behind the Thanksgiving Myth | best24News

Generations of Americans have told themselves a patriotic story of the supposed first Thanksgiving that misrepresents colonization as consensual and bloodless. The story goes like…

Source: Opinion | The Vicious Reality Behind the Thanksgiving Myth | best24News

The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson – The New York Times

Connecticut’s New Poet Laureate Has Something To Say | Beachcombing |

State’s new poet laureate, Margaret Gibson, views life through different lens.                                                                           

Our new poet laureate, Margaret Gibson, wants to come to your town or city, go to your public library, park, art gallery or coffee shop, and engage you in a community dialogue while she reads her poetry or listens to yours.

Gibson also aims to further the role of the poet as a “truth teller” in a time of political deception.

“It’s getting to the point that just to speak your own truth is becoming a political act,” Gibson muses as she sits in her circa-1700s house set in the woods of Preston.
. . . Gibson says she wants to “green” the state poet laureate position, “to be able to give voice to the fact that what we’re doing to the planet is endangering it and us and our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives.”

Source: Connecticut’s New Poet Laureate Has Something To Say | Beachcombing |

Toni Morrison’s Final Thoughts at “Art and Social Justice” – Stella Adler Studio of Acting – YouTube

Resisting the Juristocracy | Boston Review

Image: Justice Anthony Kennedy swore in Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals on June 1, 2006, in the Rose Garden. White House photo by Eric Draper.

The cult of the higher judiciary had its limits long before the left failed to block Kavanaugh. Now the only progressive move is to reclaim democracy.

Source: Resisting the Juristocracy | Boston Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power | Windybee’s Blog

Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, is the follow-up to the 2006 groundbreaking documentary, An Inconvenient Truth,…

Source: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power | Windybee’s Blog

Katerina Anghelàki-Rooke – Post-scriptum poétique | BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD

Poetic Postscript

Poems cannot be beautiful
anymore, because truth
has turned ugly.
Experience is now
the only body of poems
and the richer the experience
the better the poem is nourished
and the stronger it grows.
My knees ache
I am unable to fall on them
to worship poetry;
the wounds of my experience
is all I have to offer.
The adjectives withered;
only with my fantasies
I can decorate poetry now.
But I shall always serve her
-for as long as she wants me-
because only poetry can make me
forget for a while
the closed horizon of my future.


Katerina Anghelàki-Rooke (Κατερίνα Αγγελάκη-Ρουκ 1939, Athènes, Grèce) – Dans le ciel du néant (Al Manar, 2012) – Traduit du grec par Michel Volkovitch – Translated from the Greek by the author and Costas Nisiotis.

Source: Katerina Anghelàki-Rooke – Post-scriptum poétique | BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD

Vitro Nasu » Blog Archive » Immersive Exhibit “Arcades” Brings Walter Benjamin Back to Life -2017




On Truth
Nothing is poorer than a truth expressed as it was thought. Committed to writing in such cases, it is not even a bad photograph. Truth wants to be startled abruptly, at one stroke, from her self-immersion, whether by uproar, music or cries for help. – Walter Benjamin

Source: Vitro Nasu » Blog Archive » Immersive Exhibit “Arcades” Brings Walter Benjamin Back to Life -2017