Käthe Kollwitz – Peasant War (1902 – 1908)

June 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Tiller / Raped / Whetting the Scythe / Seizing Weapons / Outbreak / Battlefield / The Prisoners

“Group of Dead of the Judgement” Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557)

March 29th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On This Day

February 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

711 years ago, valiant Robert the Bruce stabs a man to death in a church

450 years ago, Lord Darnley is found strangled and half naked in the Kirk o’Field

21 years ago, a man is beaten in a game of chess by a computer

Achilles & Penthesilea

February 9th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Vase at the British Museum. Achilles takes out Penthesilea the Amazon with a spear to the neck. On the back, Dionysos and his son Oinopion are drinking.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) – Carl Dreyer

February 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Book Review – “H For Hawk” Helen Macdonald (2014)

November 10th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes. How to deal with grief and depression using a bird of prey.

Book Review – “Everything to Nothing” Geert Buelens (2015)

October 20th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes. It’s an interesting way of looking at the 1st World War. To be honest though, I would have liked a bit more poetry, and a bit more discussion about the structure and formal effectiveness of that poetry. To be shown just how much of an everyday cultural integer poetry once was is a revelation to me.

Adolph Menzel (1815 – 1905)

October 12th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Book Review – “Chernobyl Prayer” Svetlana Alexievich (1997/2013)

September 30th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes, yes, yes. This is a brilliant book – saddening, maddening and moving.

Book Review – “Pig Earth” John Berger (1979)

May 3rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes, most definitely. Great character-driven short stories about French peasants, with poems inbetween. Long live the cocodrille.

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