Sometimes you’re less interested by the works than by the theories, discussions, struggles, articles and letters by those who invented it or studied it. Imagine you’re interested in cubism, or new wave music. You can study the paintings and listen to OMD’s albums, but you could also dislike all of it, and at the same time […]
Inner Travels are cheaper!
Some guys are astronauts, some other astronomers, right?
- The guy who silently watch stars in his telescope sighs : he dreams he had the nerve to go.
- When the rocket launches, the other guy swears he should have stayed on solid ground.
In French, for “on solid ground” we say “sur le plancher des vaches” : “On cows’ floor”.
One explores the world and is disturbed by events, insecurity, unknowns, surprises, propositions, and danger and fear – one wants to go home, dreams of silence.
One lives into a quiet clean living space and sighs – though telling they’re happy & shielded, one wants to hunt, know, meet and explore.
Let’s quote the always funny Schopenhauer :
What to do what to do?
Tango? Try one then another? Find a way to do both? Explore from your quiet place? An astronomer in a rocket? A quiet moving exploring solid shielded bubble?
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Bourdieu explains this concept (which is a GREAT dial to watch) in his conferences about Manet.
To make is short, he says that when an artist “makes” something (a movie, a painting, etc), audience and critics talks about his/her INTENTIONS.
As if artists knew exactly what they do and the impact their work will have!
Kundera said that sometimes he receives a thesis written by a student about his books, and explains that he had no idea all these ideas were in them !
Bourdieu opposes Intentions to Dispositions. Manet’s work is not “a crystal clear intention to have this impact”, but it’s more like a bouquet of tendencies, an aggregate of his childhood, his education, training, his time, his friends, his changing or searching personality, his work too, the building of it, etc.
I think we can watch this pattern, widening it to human relations in general. There, it plugs to the second agreement. People don’t do thing with big “intentions” towards you, but they deal with their own dreams and values, linked to you or not.
It’s linked with the idea of Umberto Eco & the Open Work, and Intertextuality (“the meaning of a text does not reside in the text”). In short : the audience reacts, but they probably don’t get the “intention” of the author (if there’s one). The audience builds its own system of reactions, according if necessary to the imagined, supposed “intentions” of the author.
Same in life, right?
Disposition is the “tendency of”, the trend. A human being will is a complex system, a changing aggregate. You watch, then, the… Propensity. The natural tendency to move this way, to act that way.
You have no idea how a scandal it’s been for Manet’s work : Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, and Olympia. Bourdieu smiles : maybe someone asked the painter, one evening in spring, on a terrace in Paris with a beer “What do you do this day?”. “I paint”.
We’re not islands, but we are, in a way.
Intentions do exist, yes, but for ourselves. I love this example (from Kundera again) : the intention of knowing.
Watch someone act (crazy or not). Understand it with dispositions (the whole system this person is in, education, wounds, life, milieu, changes, desires), not with intentions.
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My daughters were delighted : they went to the theater and watched the first Greta Gerwig movie : Lady Bird. They loved it!
So I told them about the director, Greta Gerwig, who wrote a movie with her boyfriend, a film about New York, a film I love so much, in the middle of Woody Allen (around Annie Hall) and J.-L. Godard. This freedom, this black & white…
We watched Frances Ha together and it was fantastic!
In Frances Ha, a 27 years old woman, is living a bohème life in New York city. She’s a dancer, changing roommates all the time, meeting people, trying to live and find her path and dreams.
At one moment, she has to go back to Sacramento, her parent’s home. Lady Bird, indeed, takes place there. It’s (or course), where Greta Gerwig grew up…
In both films, we see something :
The character tries to “fit” where she’s from. California wealthy all-the-same little houses, with an American flag on the front porch, right? It’s christmas. An uncle plays the trumpet (or another instrument). Everybody is religious (and probably have guns), and the grass is well cut.
You can see her TRYING to fit, though. She’s from there, after all!
She doesn’t fit and has to go back to NYC quickly. There she meets wealthy people (a lawyer, etc), and doesn’t fit at all!
Well, that’s all. It made me think a lot about this kind of people, who are absolutely BORED in front of “normal persons”, normal life, the “house and car and husband” choice, and commuting, etc. They would die quickly. They need to be in their element, sophistication and exploration, opportunities and art. ART. Out of it, they wither.
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Lady Bird : “In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.” – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/
Frances Ha – “A New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.” – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2347569/
What if happiness was the sum of the best memories?
“With flying colors”. It’s a new idiom for me. We say “Avec brio” (with brio), or “haut la main” (up the hand). I love your “handsomely”, too.
I once more propose this :
“To overcome one’s talents. My skills unplease me. My easy bores me. My difficult drives me”.
It’s not “my easiness”, but “mon facile” (my easy), grammatically incorrect but everybody here will understand what he means, right?
Escape into work works. For some. It doesn’t for me.
Sometimes we remember things we’ve never seen. Because we remember what we’ve been told. An image has been formed.
I remember the image of a firework, from a beach in the Pacific ocean, linked to sadness, choices and blocking feelings with logic. Just one picture of flowers in the night sky… and tears.
When you are too much for somebody. Even for a spouse…
I heard a U2 bad song, but they recover it with a splendid strange break. It could be an article (“What do you do with a bad song?”), but I forgot the song, so…
When you make a choice, you live your choice and you think the other one.
Can we lose our colors? Why? How?
Sometimes people change, and they just lose themselves.
There’s a big storm coming tomorrow in France. Name’s Carmen.
Thus I found this translation of Ze song from Bizet’s opera Carmen, “l’amour est un enfant de Bohême” :
At the end of this year I have 174 real followers. Hello everybody! One day I reached 30 readers and someone told me “Hey, that’s a class!”. Today it’s a little more… I would like to thank everyone, and especially those who like or comment my little tools here. Thank you! Merci !
Have a nice last day of 2017!
When you interact with people, you have to deal with three levels :
- What you think
- What you say
- What you do
There’s a struggle, though, between your angelic wish & will to respect people, and the good old “reality principle” : you have to drive your own life, even if you’re surrounded by stupidity, unsteady manners and paradoxical injunctions.
A good example : Rules. Of course, you have to obey rules, including the law of your country. But what do you do with stupid rules, invented by a stupid manager in an office cut from reality, yesterday or a long time ago? Say yes and nod. Inner Facepalm. Then do your stuff.
It’s the same when someone lies to you :
- You know it.
- You speak “as if” you’re unaware of it.
- You do what you just need to do. Just say “yes”, before.
Of course, you can fight stupidity, OMG : I let you begin, OK? Please do it. Stop war, too, while you’re at it…
There are quotes (mostly about relationships, right?) about words and actions. For example :
“Words are nothing. Actions are everything. Don’t tell me. Show me.”
Ahhhh we like that, right?
Fine! Thustherefore :
- What I think I keep for myself
- What I say is what the other one wants to hear
- What I do is what I want to do
Hmmm I know, there are consequences : people will say you have a mind of your own. Maybe that you’re a two-faced hypocrite, a free electron, a specialist of AS (Acceptation Semblance). Well : so be it!
“Words are nothing. Actions are everything. Don’t tell me. Show me.”
“La lecture est vraiment la volupté des temps incertains”
“Reading is really the delight of uncertain times”
Foucault says that he is tired of comments about “respecting” Nietzsche’s philosophy. The only mark of recognition or gratitude he wants to show to his work and mind is precisely to USE it, to deform it, to make is creak.
This is exactly how I consider philosophy and widerly my two “shelves for seeds” : an ensemble of books which are whole tooboxes. I know my blog is creaking at time, but I find it funny and maybe I hope useful at times.
Somebody told me one day a disturbing thing : “You are a better photographer than blogger”. Well… thank you? Little by little, this idea found its path in my mind. I bought a book about photography, and three days ago I woke up my old Canon bridge camera.
Everything you see on this article comes from it. I loved to take them.
But, well, I keep blogging, though 🙂
Jünger asks :
“What are the low-down forms of gaiety?”
Shikantaza, in Zen Buddhism, literally means,”nothing but precisely sitting.”
Learn how to “let go”, nondoing, nonthinking…
Question is :
How not to think about nonthinking? And how not to want… nonwill?
When I talk with 30 and 40 years old people, we’re about the same. I maybe have lost some more illusions.
There’s one big difference, only one, though. Les vieux fous sont plus fous que les jeunes : old fools are more fool than young ones.
I am absolutely NOT an adventurer, but on my field, on my territory, I would dare and I dare much more. I don’t care about “baby steps” anymore. Life is pretty short, and I’m not afraid. Rules (inner rules and society pressure too) can really be moved. Between two choices, I pick both.
Le temps porte conseil : en général celui de ne rien faire.
If I rawtranslate this, I get “Time brings counsel : which is in general to do nothing”.
I googled and found that in English, time does not brings counsel, but “Time will tell”; this is a bit different, right?
More common, “la nuit porte conseil” : Night brings counsel. There, I found :
- Night is the mother of counsel
- Take advice of your pillow
- Sleep on it
And, oh my, that’s so true!…
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