An Ear to the Ground #6

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It is to save man from the fear of death, so that he may be able to die!
To go forward into death! Not backwards into the womb. Out of the quicksands, out of the stagnant flux! This is the winter of life, and our drama is to secure a foothold so that life may go forward once again. But this foothold can only be gained on the dead bodies of those who are willing to die.

-Henry Miller, Wisdom of the Heart

The Hanging Garden by DALDOCE0

[Marcelo Daldoce – The Hanging Garden]

Things that Talk: Animism

This is a great read on what makes objects come alive. Michael Taussig gives references to Walter Benjamin, storytellers and shamans. A look at the workers plight and the way objects gain souls through the communication of labor and craft.

I never thought that a thing like a burned match, or a scrap of paper in the mud, or a fallen leaf, or a rusty worthless nail might have a soul. The Yorikke taught me otherwise.

—B. Traven, The Death Ship

[Rubber House for Adult Swim]

A Request for Lightness: Frivolity and Unction by Dave Hickey

Probably one of the most important best essays I have read on contemporary art and its function. Dave Hickey suggests we treat art like we treat movies and sports, with an understanding of its frivolity. This essay is here to save the world from people who claim to be saving the world. A call to look at art as it functions in the world.

Songs of Mortality Sung by Prisoners of Time: Adam Magyar

[Adam Magyar, Stainless – Shinjuku (excerpt) from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.] []

Eli Show is an artist/musician and a current grad student at Syracuse University studying the fine arts. Overly enthusiastic about consuming all forms of media and culture, Eli searches for ‘der perfekt taco’ and a way to cure what ails the aimless.

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