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Wishing everyone a happy new year!

Horse II / Oil on Canvas / 70 x 60 cm. / 2013

#art   #oilpainting   #oiloncanvas   #horse  
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Wet lights.
A sketch I did to try something but..just left it at that.
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Here is a short essay I wrote on two powerful and moving films from 2005: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (fiction) and Sophie Scholl (fact). I touch on the way hope and justice animate these movies.
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Finished Oil Painting

Here is the final version of the painting I had been working on. Took an unexpected trip to Guadalajara this last month so the painting got a little delayed but it's finally done. Hope you guys like it!
This is the link to the WIP album 
https://plus.google.com/photos/112622420762576522129/albums/5810427291864908033?authkey=CM2bv_6grpDNoQE

"Manifestation of the Higher Self" / Oil on Canvas / 100 cm x 140 cm / 2012
#art   #abstractarteveryday  
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An interview with the great Alice Walker in YES! magazine; wonderful words, spirit, intelligence.

“If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions, and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it. You have to go wherever you need to go, and you have to be wherever you need to be, and place yourself there against the forces that would distort you and destroy you.”
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I just got this email from Louis CK.  

What a powerful story, I'll be purchasing a download.

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Greetings to the people and parts of people that are reading this.   Hi.  This is Louis.   I'm a comedian and you bought a thing from me. Well, I'm writing to tell You that there is a new thing you can buy on my website louisck.com.   It's an audio standup set by not me but another comedian named Tig Notaro.  Why am I selling someone else's comedy on my website?

Well,   Tig is a friend of mine and she is very funny.  I love her voice on stage.   One night I was performing at a club in LA called Largo.  Tig was there.   She was about to go on stage.   I hadn't seen Tig in about a year and I said how are you?   She replied "well I found out today that I have cancer in both breasts and that it has likely spread to my lymph nodes.  My doctor says it looks real bad. ". She wasn't kidding.   I said "uh.  Jesus.   Tig.    Well.   Do you... Have your family... Helping?".   She said "well my mom was with me but a few weeks ago she fell down, hit her head and she died".   She still wasn't kidding.

Now, I'm pretty stupid to begin with, and I sure didn't know what to say now.  I opened my mouth and this came out.   "jeez, Tig.   I.   Really value you.  Highly.".  She said "I value you highly too, Louie.".  Then she held up a wad of note-paper in her hand and said "I'm gonna talk about all of it on stage now.  It's probably going to be a mess".  I said "wow".  And with that, she went on stage.

I stood in the wings behind a leg of curtain, about 8 feet from her, and watched her tell a stunned audience "hi.  I have cancer.  Just found out today.  I'm going to die soon".   What followed was one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw.   I can't really describe it but I was crying and laughing and listening like never in my life.  Here was this small woman standing alone against death and simply reporting where her mind had been and what had happened and employing her gorgeously acute standup voice to her own death.

The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be.  A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them.   Tig took us to a scary place and made us laugh there.  Not by distracting us from the terror but by looking right at it and just turning to us and saying "wow. Right?".   She proved that everything is funny.  And has to be.  And she could only do this by giving us her own death as an example.  So generous.

After her set, I asked Mark Flanagan, the owner of Largo (great club, by the way) if he recorded the set.  Largo is set up for excellent recordings.  He said that he did.

A few days later, I wrote Tig and asked her if I could release this set on my site.  I wanted people to hear what I saw.  What we all saw that night.  She agreed.  The show is on sale for the same 5 dollars I charge for my stuff.  I'm only keeping 1.  She gets the other 4.   Tig has decided to give some of that to cancer research.

Tig, by the way, has since undergone a double mastectomy.  She is doing well.  Her doctors say her chances of survival are excellent.  So she went there and came back.  Her report from the frontlines of life and death are here for you to... Enjoy.

Please go to my site louisck.com and buy her show.  You can buy it here:

http://buy.louisck.net/purchase/tig-notaro-live

Thank you.  Have a terrific afternoon.

Louis C.K.
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An experiment in virtual community reading has started via the LA Review of Books Tumblr site. The task: read the William Gaddis book JR (originally published in 1975 and just re-published by the Dalkey Archive) and comment on it (via Twitter using  #OccupyGaddis and by way of blog) over the coming weeks.

The pace is leisurely (10 pages a day) and we started on June 16th.

Lee Konstantinou writes this in his introductory piece for the project: "The great virtue of collective reading projects is that they give us an occasion to work together to help us sustain our attention, to achieve goals we might have thought too difficult to attain working on our own. So let’s get going — with a chaos of connections, a blizzard of studied silence, a whirling vortex of intense, collective focus."

My first entry is brief; just getting my bearings. Feel free to join in, as we are only 40 pages deep as I write this.

http://createsilence.com/bits/posts/struggle1.html
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Here is my review of the retrospective book Alan Moore Storyteller. I use David Mazzucchelli’s fantastic 2009 graphic novel Asterios Polyp as a jumping-off point to discuss the possibilities for sophisticated storytelling in the comic book medium.

http://createsilence.com/bits/posts/a-new-beast.html
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You just have to read a few sentences (like the ones that follow) from Walter Kirn's GQ political pieces to confirm his greatness as a writer; his prose cuts with a cynical and incisive edge.

From Dark Horses and White Knights: An American Fairy Tale (full article link below):

“The dashingly reptilian Rick Perry, his sun-damage organized into lines and cracks that enhanced his predatory grin and made him look pitiless, sadistic, sly, and faintly prehistoric turned out to be all rattle and no fangs, all hiss and no strike. Thanks to his halting, sloppy command of English, most of his verbal venom drooled down his chin. Newt Gingrich suffered from the opposite problem. His justifiably high-regard for his own sharp wit and bitter eloquence caused him to look on his rivals with such contempt that he barely bothered to engage them, preferring to argue with the press instead and make his case not with the voters but with history. Since he'd already won the election inside his head—the Platonic election, not the petty, real one—he seemed irked by the Constitutional requirement that he also win it in the field.”

http://www.gq.com/news-politics/blogs/death-race/2012/04/dark-horses-and-white-knights-an-american-fairy-tale.html
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