The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. - Novalis

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thomas Eisner 1929-2011

Thomas Eisner, Who Cracked Chemistry of Bugs, Dies at 81
By KENNETH CHANG NYTimes March 30, 2011

"... In the introduction to Dr. Eisner’s 2003 book “For Love of Insects,” the Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson called him “the modern Fabre,” after Jean-Henri Fabre, the French pioneer of insect research. Dr. Eisner realized early in his career that in addition to sounds and visual cues like colored markings and elaborate dances, insects often communicate through chemical signals..." This is a wonderful obituary with some great stories about the lives of Eisner and the insects he loved.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Olson, again

While I'm on the subject, here are a few words from Ralph Maud that help explain my interest in Olson - and why his appropriation of Corbin's work is such a fertile field for digging.

The Post-modern — Olson was the first to use this word “post-modern”; but, given his clear and meaningful definition of it, he cannot be held responsible for the later careless and muddled application of the word in literary and art criticism. He pointed out (in letters to Robert Creeley at first) that to go ahead from the present stasis requires absorbing the lessons of the very different distant past — before Plato, who started what we now have. The post-modern, for Olson, would have a lot to do with Sumer and pre-Homeric Greek mythology. Olson was a “Professor of Mythology” at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the year 1964-65, or he claims that title as a reality, as a “myth.” In a word, the “post-modern,” for Olson, is the “archaic.”(This is from Maud's "Topics" page. He expands on this in the fine short essay "Charles Olson's Archaic Postmodern." That essay has a little surprise for me at the end where Maud brings in Stuart Kauffman, who taught me a great deal some years ago.)

Charles Olson and Robert Richman, Big Cranberry Island, Maine, August 1969 (Ralph Maud collection)

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Charles Olson Society

It seems to me that the last time I visited this site, quite some time ago, there was much less available. For anyone with an interest in Olson & his work, this is utterly indispensable - a delight and a real treasure trove of information. Don't miss it!

Looking for Oneself: Contributions to the Study of Charles Olson

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Leo Steinberg 1920-2011

Leo Steinberg, Art Historian, Dies at 90
By KEN JOHNSON NYTimes: March 14, 2011
Leo Steinberg, one of the most brilliant, influential and controversial art historians of the last half of the 20th century, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. READ THE OBITUARY.

At with bio, bibliography and links.

The Times obituary prompted me to start reading Other Criteria: Confrontations with Twentieth-Century Art. It is magnificent.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Red Book of Carl G. Jung: Its Origins and Influence

The Red Book of Carl G. Jung: Its Origins and Influence
At The Library of Congress - & Online Exhibit

June 17–September 25, 2010

Features the preeminent psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung’s famous Red Book, which records the creation of the seminal theories that Jung developed after his 1913 split with Sigmund Freud, and explores its place in Jung’s work through related items from the Library’s collections.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pierre Bonnard, etc.

Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors, A Special Exhibit at the The Metropolitan Museum, NYC, 2009. I have embedded below the first of the FOUR YouTube Videos in that link. It turns out that the Met has a YouTube Channel. I find that absolutely marvelous - a quick search also revealed Art Babble.
So many videos, so little time...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wendell Berry Honored

"Kentucky author Wendell Berry was honored at the White House Wednesday for his writings and conservation advocacy, receiving the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.

Berry, 76, a Port Royal novelist, essayist, poet, farmer and activist, shook hands with Obama, and the two whispered to one another briefly. The president then draped the red ribbon and medal around Berry’s neck.“The author of more than 40 books, Mr. Berry has spent his career exploring our relationship with the land and community,” said the citation that was read aloud during the White House East Room ceremony, attended by Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and heads of federal arts agencies." from the Louisville Courier-Journal. Read the whole article.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

On the Lobopodians

Cactus Walking On 20 Legs Found In China

The classic book on this is Stephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life. It's a wonderful read.

Opabinia has long been my favorite:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rothko Chapel

Meditation And Modern Art Meet In Rothko Chapel by PAT DOWELL on NPR
"The Rothko Chapel is an interfaith sanctuary, a center for human rights — and a one-man art museum devoted to 14 monumental paintings by abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. The Houston landmark, commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil, opened its doors 40 years ago, in February 1971.

For the past four decades, the chapel has encouraged cooperation between people of all faiths — or of no faith at all. While the chapel itself has become an art landmark and a center for human-rights action, the sanctuary's creator never lived to see it finished. Rothko committed suicide in 1970."

And no one should miss Simon Schama's essay on Mark Rothko from The Power of Art:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hillman Interviews

Jungian Analyst Explains the Psychology of Political Polarization "Here we are, this great country with all our emphasis on the individual, and yet we fail the individual?"
America and the Shift in Ages: An Interview with Jungian James Hillman The American psyche has always stoked Hillman's reflections; the following is the second half of an edited version of our conversation on the current zeitgeist.