“That escalated steadily” & the guy out of the line: Chronicle 68

Reading a Gertrude Stein biography, an American who lived most of her life in France. A character, for sure, and therefore a tank of ideas.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Stein

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Conversation about the last albums of singers, like David Bowie or Leonard Cohen. What do you sing when you’re about to die? The guy told me about Bob Dylan, who just sold his songwriting catalog a few days ago, and wrote a new album, which “sounds” like an ending. I’ll look into it soon.

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Got my microphone, a Fifine k670, which looks like this. I love it already!

I’d like to mix poetry and music, or “one-minute tracks”, or…

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What happens to the guy who steps out of line?

“L’homme qui sort du rang”, in French, the guy who steps out of line sounds positive in my ears, much more positive than the English version – I’m not sure of that.

He’s the volunteer, the man who is (suddenly or not) ready, but also the village idiot, who doesn’t understand the consequences, the one who decides to take a step, the man who shows himself to the community, etc.

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I have this phrase on a draft:

“If you’re using your imagination, you tend to look into the past”.

I’m sure it’s true, even after a little moment of thinking. It’s because we mainly see the world with analogies. Therefore comparisons? Therefore the past, the knowledge. It’s a one-hour conversation, right?

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When something’s too old, mono music, mute movies, we have to make a strange effort to appreciate.

Schubert in Berlin, by Furtwängler in 1951, The “Great” Symphony, is in mono and the sound seems muffled. Murnau’s Sunrise has no dialog and no real sound.

My article was called “The Furtwangler/Murnau effort”. Because it is an effort, right?

I remember I did it with John Ford‘s Four Sons (1928), and I loved it!

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Where is Washington DC? I checked on the map and realized that my idea was not too far from reality; thanks to my books about the Civil War. Ahhhh le Potomac! Ask French people about where the capital is (or the difference with the state Washington): nobody knows.

By the way, DC is pronounced “d’ici”, which means “from here” in France. Therefore Washington DC sounds from here “Washington from here”. I wrote an article about the fact that the medias say “Washington is about to decide this”, the country is called by its capital, which is called by one ex-president. The loop is pleasant.

French people like to brag Americans on “They don’t even know where Germany is” but they don’t know where Arkansas or New Hampshire are.

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Very interesting to follow far-right persons. I read a long “chronicle” by Ann Coulter on Breibart (she is sad because Trump “didn’t build the wall”), and I follow on Twitter a French trumpist (yesss it exists), who is a “patriot”. It’s not a good time for these people, I reckon. I read her, she’s mean, sarcastic, with huge energy for the “Grand Soir” (the Big Evening), which never happens of course. The world is complex… but at least these people have big steam, like a huge obsession which carries life.

I also spent an hour reading subReddits about QAnon people today, like r/QAnonCasualties or r/reQovery.

It’s like religions: my question is in fact “Why do people NEED to believe such… things?”.

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  • We are coward here, and courageous there. Strange facets. Develop.
  • Life is clear, and very confusing – alternatively.
  • To come back on a subject, and come back again, multiplying points of views. In music? Poetry?
  • Insistence as a way, for Arts.
  • After a toxic relationship, is back to normalcy “refreshingly boring”?

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“All that is reached is destroyed”, says Montherlant, talking about “The Melancholy of Accomplishments”.

So what about all that is not reached?

Thanks for reading!

Baudelaire and imagination and Picasso

Baudelaire wrote that imagination is a faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies.

Isn’t it surprising?

My Harrap’s dictionary says :

 

  1. the forming or ability to form mental images of things, people, events, etc that one has not seen or of which one has no direct knowledge
  2. the creative ability of the mind
  3. the ability to cope resourcefully with unexpected events or problems

 

Baudelaire is telling us not about the nature of imagination, but how it works.

There should be another dictionary next to the normal ones : dictionary of how it works, dictionary of tools for the mind.

 

I think we confusément know, all of us, than from the littlest things to the biggest pictures and projects, ideas come from connecting things people never thought to connect before.

Oh, this is assemblage, right?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Guess how I made the bull’s head? One day, in a pile of objects all jumbled up together, I found an old bicycle seat right next to a rusty set of handlebars. In a flash, they joined together in my head. The idea of the Bull’s Head came to me before I had a chance to think. All I did was weld them together… [but] if you were only to see the bull’s head and not the bicycle seat and handlebars that form it, the sculpture would lose some of its impact.

Pablo Picasso

 

 

When your imagined map doesn’t fit with reality…

If you meet someone online, or even if you talk on Skype with a friend you know “in real life” but you never went to his/her home, your brain… works.

Your brain draws a map of this person’s apartment, or house.

According to the informations you have, you can NOT prevent your mind to invent “the other person’s place”. You’ve been there, haven’t you? Well, errr : nope.

You can hold two pictures of a room, or a complete Skype “Hey, do you want to see my place?” wandering : your brain does it : it builds a set of images and a map, it builds the light, the mood, the size of all of it.

Then…

One day you GO there. And this is disturbing. This porch, these lanterns, this mirror, this corridor, this carpet, this bathroom : you were all wrong, right? It’s different.

It clicks. You brain literally swallows the environment. It is trained to do it!

Now, you’re back home. And you have TWO memories of this place. Ah ah! So there!

The place you imagined. And the place you saw for real.

These are two different things!

OK, this makes us think, right? It’s a set of questions…

Our mind is constantly imagining what “will happen”, how this “will be”. Then, in front of reality, it… “fixes” it. It works in real time : if you hear a glass crashing on the floor behind you, your brain draws a whole decor, a scenery of “what I will see when I turn my head”.

What is disillusion?

Can you do that for a whole culture? A whole country?

What can we do, or study, with this knowledge? What if you were writing a movie? What tension could you use? More : what will your brain do with the first, imagined place, once you know pretty well the real one? Is it vanishing? Is it useless to keep it? Why? What if you studied the differences between what you expected and reality? What does it show about your brain?

What if you’re a couple and you both imagined the place you will be for a holiday, from a set of five pictures on the web? Would you talk about it, once you’re on site? I mean… about the differences of… the differences of what you imagined?

OK, I’ll have one more glass of wine before going to bed 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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