Revision of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s, Self-Portrait with Amber Necklace, 1906 oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches
Work of sight is achieved,
now for some heart-work
on all those pictures, those prisoned creatures within you!
You conquered them; but do not know them as yet,
Behold, O man within, the maiden within you!—
Creature won from a thousand natures, creature
only just won, but never,
as yet, belov’d.
Turning by Rainer Maria Rilke
So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down? Because in spite of myself I’ve learned some things. Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled “file and forget,” and I can neither file nor forget.
—Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison. Ellison was born on this day in 1914. (via penamerican)
Much like fairy tales, there are two facets of horror. One is pro-institution, which is the most reprehensible type of fairy tale: Don’t wander into the woods, and always obey your parents. The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and anti-establishment.
If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange—meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.
—― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange