Monday, February 20, 2006

The Ascension of Christ

Because I love his work, and I don't feel much like writing tonight, I give you The Ascension of Christ, another Dali. I consider him to be the greatest realist painter of all time, with or without the Sur.


Blogger WeCanFixThisMess said...

Hello Senior Durruti

10:20 AM  
Anonymous WhattheH said...

I like most of Dali's work. Some creations are just a bit too surreal for my tastes, but you have to give the man credit for his incredible talent.
Don't feel like writing? What's that about. Back to the keyboard bud, I rely on you to help me through endure the drudgery of life. Your blog is one of the bright spots.

10:24 AM  
Blogger durrati said...

Dear WTH,

I posted some robert service (with appropiate accreditation to yerself of course) at the tail end of yesterday's "cigarette boat" thread in case you missed it.

Love ya

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Bakelite Lung said...

Hey there!

Say, do you peeps read Hullaballo? Tristero was outed there recently. Kinda interesting.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous WhattheH said...

Bakelite, I do read Hullaballo, and read Tristero's posting, but I'm still asea as to his identity. I believe it has something to do with my age - old lady, outatouch you know the drill. I thought his post was well stated and agreed with most of his contentions, which is a plus. Honestly, I don't care who is who. I'm just glad that there is still a place for us (no idea how long that will last) who don't agree with current policies.
durrati, you give me a much needed shot in the arm, taking me back to my love of history and beauty. Keep it up bud. There are certain sites that I visit, where I can vent my bile, there are certain sites where I can rest, learn, relax and revitalize. Yours and Libby's are examples of of the later.

12:22 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

Brother bakelite, I have not until today, thanks for the visit and tip..
I love Libby's Site, Might I link your site here at Channelling?

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Bakelite Lung said...

Tristero is Richard Einhorn. It took me some digging on the page to find that, but I finally did. Now, did I know previously who Richard Einhorn was? I'm sorry to day, "no."

But now I do and I'm sure it's gonna be one of those deals where once you know something, it shows up all the time. The doorbell rang earlier and I was sure it would be Richard Einhorn. Maybe he'll be by tomorrow.

Durrati, I should probably let you know that I'm a non-man. Or at least that's what Mr. Lung thinks, so if you find out otherwise let's keep it to ourselves.

3:01 PM  
Blogger durrati said...


I'm not familiar either, so much culture, so little time...

I am delighted to learn you are a not man, as I am sure Mr. lung was...

3:12 PM  
Blogger WeCanFixThisMess said...

Hey there durrati-

I too like your blog. Especially the art. That candid photo of George Bush in the cave on his ranch is one of my favorites.

Dali is, of course, fantastic. As the world gets more surreal each day perhaps he will see a lovely renaissance.

I used to live in the building where Man Ray's studio/apartment was out here in Los Angeles. His stuff is very different than but totally thought provoking like Dali.

My blog is giving me trouble lately but sure, you can link to it if you like. I've been very neglectful of it and spending all my time visiting the General and others.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Bakelite Lung said...

WCFTM: One of the reasons I don't have a blog is that I know I would neglect it. Actually, I did have a blog and probably still do around here somewhere, but I made exactly one post and gave up.

You are a Californian? Me too.

4:59 PM  
Blogger WeCanFixThisMess said...


Yes, I live in stinky old L.A. I'd rather live elsewhere but this is where I ply my trade. And sadly, my lungs probably look a lot like your name sounds- due to the air here. But it's so much cheaper than smoking.

PS durrati, that pic of that guy smoking the huge wheel-o-cancer sticks was pretty damn funny.

5:12 PM  
Blogger durrati said...


I strive to amuse. As much as I admire MzNiky's earnest efforts to save the world on her site I cannot be Sisyphus, forever trying to roll his rock back up that hill. We are doomed I fear, might as well have a few chuckles along the way.

Not that she's not funny. She's hilarious, but I think she suffers from her toil. But, obviously I don't know her as well as you do, and God knows I'm often wrong...

forgive my presumtion (balls) but if you have time to read something I am dying to have someont to discuss it with, of course Bakelight, Wth and libby I include you in this invite

Book Review: The Flounder
Reviewed By: Jennifer Jordan


The Flounder Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Gunter Grass
Class/Genre: Fiction
1989, (Reprinted in March '03) Harcourt Brace, Fiction/560 pages

Gunter Grass wrote this book as a fiftieth birthday present to himself. Every time I read it, I am glad he is so generous with himself. This epic takes us through gestational months, instead of chapters and Grass tosses in the odd poem as nutriment for the growing story. What is gestating? An immortal fishing man and many cooking women, coupled since the Neolithic period.

Month one has our narrator introducing himself and his companion through time, Ilsebill. She asks him, her mouth stuffed with food, "Should we go to bed right away, or do you first want to tell me how when where our story began?" He tells the story. After.

Coupled since the Stone Age, these two have witnessed the turning of matriarchy to patriarchy due to our narrator taking the advice of a talking fish trying to escape the cooking pot. With each month, there is a new cook, with a new name and the same quarrel. Despite the Flounder's teaching, it seems the narrator doesn't learn a thing. Not about women. Maybe the Flounder made a mistake? When a woman catches him and finds out what he's done to further the male cause, he finds himself with a lot to answer for.

Grass has written an earthy history of feminism and cooking and the male psyche. It is a funny, ironic and whimsical book that delights me with each reread. A birthday present I open and enjoy every year. Thank you, Mr. Grass.

Jennifer Jordan

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It is a doorstop, but well worth your time. But you must be cautious. I read it, and I am not sure that's a good reccomendation.

lATE d.
I will google Man Ray

5:52 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

oops, ms. Jordan will have her lawyers on my ass...

5:54 PM  
Blogger Sgt Marks-a-lot said...

bakelite - Do you mean Richard Einhorn, composer/creative genius behind "Voices of Light"? If so we are all fortunate to have him in our midst.

Voices Of Light (CD) was released in 1995. It functions at a soundtrack for the silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)" by Carl Dreyer. The music easily stands alone without the film. The score although archaic, ranks with the best western classical music (who am I to judge). The CD includes integrated performances by Anonymous 4, Netherlands Radio Choir and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. If you like classical/baroque music this is to-die-for. I don't know his other work but VOL has changed my life.

If you can watch The Passion of Joan of Arc and listen to Einhorn's soundtrack (I rented a Netflix DVD that had them integrated) and not shed tears you need to apply for work with the Bush administration.

Regards to all,

6:20 PM  
Blogger WeCanFixThisMess said...


I have not read the book but she makes it sound a lot like Thornton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth- as it iconically moves through time. Sounds like an interesting book.

As for MzNicky-

She is such a brilliant and politically savvy lady. Now, I'm a tough audience when it comes to making me laugh and she does so consistently... and out loud.

People on the General's site take on characters. MzNicky is the tough drill sergeant. She jokingly keeps us on topic and inline but her real talent is eviscerating and sweeping out the deflated carcasses of the trolls who occasionally stumble into the General's encampment.

The sublime joy of the site is that very few trolls stick around for long. I worship at the feet of MzNicky for her leadership in making that happen. In an odd way she actually makes me a better poster by encouraging me to focus what I'm saying and knowing that it better damned well be funny.

But don't ever feel put down by the folks at Jesus General. They have welcomed you and there is a lot of love there. If they are giving you crap then you are considered one of the family. I really listen to what they say too. What I love most is that they seem to demand our top creativity over there and damn if those aren't the tools that need to be super sharp to actually take on this clusterfuck of a time we live in.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Sgt Marks-a-lot said...


re Dali,

I dug out my old picture books so I could refresh my memories and I find I still like:

The Battle of Tetuan

Basket of Bread, II

Still Life Fast Moving


Dali, at the Age of Six, When He Believed Himself to Be a Young Girl, Lifting the Skin of the Water to Observe marks-a-lot Sleeping in the Shadow of the Sea

Slave Market with Disappearing Bust of Voltaire

Tuna Fishing

In no particular order,

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Bakelite Lung said...

Sgt: That be the guy. I put Joan on my Netflix list. Maybe I'll bump it up.

WCFTM: I live in the only Orange County that counts. Accept no imitations!

Durrati: You want us to read *books?* I barely have time to read all my blogs each day. Today I'm posting a lot because I'm supposed to be working on something important, but otherwise I am completely without free time.

7:13 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

I am honored to host such a fine gathering of minds. To have this group comment on my poor little posts will increase their value a thousand fold. Thank you fellow troopers...

7:23 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

bakelight dear, you do whatever you like, but please visit us when you can....

Sgt.M I will seek out anything you mention...if you ever warm to the topic your thoughts on the War in the East, you know, the one that mattered.

WCFTM I have't read the Thorton Wilder, I will put it on my list. I love the Flounder for its...for lack of a better word ( I wish I had the Sgts. vocabulary) earthiness. But to call it earthy is like calling Dylan prolific. Full of food and drink and sex and all the juices contained therein it is nasty and naughty and at times laugh at loud funny.

As you see out front I have not wasted my time in the doghouse...

9:39 PM  
Anonymous WhattheH said...

Dahlink, you ain't in the doghouse. Never doubt that you are a valuable member of the militia.

9:03 AM  
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