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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chaos Cinema: A Breakdown of How 21st-Century Action Films Became Incoherent

Dog Star re-posts this from OPEN CULTURE:

If you read Open Culture, you probably love watching movies. I’d wager, however, that you don’t love watching action movies. I don’t mean that you operate at an intellectual level far above any such paltry entertainments; I mean that the craft of action filmmaking has itself declined. 

You’ve surely felt that today’s big-budget spectacles of chase, fight, and explosion — Transformers, the Jason Bourne films, last few Bonds, the latest Batman trilogy — don’t thrill you as did those of decades past — Hard Boiled, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Wild Bunch, Die Hard — but perhaps you can’t pin down quite why. Have action movies changed, you may wonder, or have I? 

German-born, UCLA-based film scholar Matthias Stork argues for the former, breaking down the corruption of modern action filmmaking in his video essay Chaos Cinema. ”Throughout the first century of moviemaking, the default style of commercial cinema was classical,” he begins. “It was meticulous and patient. In theory, at least, every composition and camera move had a meaning, a purpose, and movies did not cut without good reason.” 

No longer. Where action filmmakers once “prided themselves on keeping the viewer well-oriented” in time and space, they now throw disparate images together haphazardly, enslaved to ”rapid editing, close framings, bipolar lens lengths, and promiscuous camera movement,” trading “visual intelligibility for sensory overload,” leaving it to the soundtrack to provide a semblance of continuity. 

Stork examines the qualities and effects of this new style of “chaos cinema” in three parts.

The first covers the visual disintegration of action sequences themselves; the second covers the deficiency’s penetration even into scenes of dialogue and music and the emergence of the “shaky-cam”; the third summarizes and engages responses to the first two parts. 

Whether or not mainstream commercial filmmaking will ever cure itself and return to convincing, coherent action rather than the impressionistic ”general idea of action,” we now have a fascinating diagnosis of the disease. (For further discussion of Chaos Cinema, consider listening to Stork’s appearance on Battleship Pretension, a favorite film podcast of mine.)








Monday, June 29, 2015

Abandoned Paintings by Bence Hajdu

 Dog Star says this is an odd project in which the artist removes people from famous pictures.


Now look at the original called original of leonardo da vinci's 'the last supper', 1495-1498



hungarian new-media artist bence hajdu has re-imagined well-known paintings such as claude lorrain's 'seaport with the embarkation of st. ursula' by erasing people and characters so that only the artwork's architecture remains. the work is an outcome of hajdu's interest in examining the pure drawn perspectives of the classic paintings, revealing an unusual atmosphere only becoming palpable after removing the figures. hajdu says of the work: 'I am a student at the university of fine arts, hungary. at one of the descriptive geometry classes we had a task to find and draw the perspective and horizon lines of renaissance and other pictures with significant perspective space. I thought it is not that interesting to just draw lines, so I decided to erase all the characters from them and examine how the painter really created the perspective space and how it actually looks. I saw this could be something exciting and continued thinking and working on it. after a while I found myself interested in the new atmosphere and the new thoughts the retouched pieces generated without their main subjects.' when comparing the re-interpreted jacques louis david's 'oath of the horatii' with the original, the spirit of the artwork is completely transformed - removing the tension and chaos of battle leaves a scene much more still, tranquil and even bleak. the audience is left with a new perspective and understanding of the artwork only attained through hajdu's depiction, shifting the once entrenched energy of the famous artworks.
Other then interesting for art classes I find these photo-shops superfluous. We must not forget that the artist never intended to draw a scene without humans in it. If these old masters had the intention to make an architectural drawing there would definitely be another outcome.










Sunday, June 28, 2015

KINKY BOOTS: Marriage Equality Curtain Call Speech

Have you seen this?
Billy Porter acknowledges the Supreme Court ruling at the curtain call Friday night.

JUST BE
WHO YOU WANNA BE
NEVER LET THEM TELL YOU WHO YOU OUGHT TO BE
JUST BE
WITH DIGNITY
CELEBRATE YOURSELF TRIUMPHANTLY

SUMMER READING: "The Star Side of Bird Hill" by Naomi Jackson


Once in a while, you’ll stumble onto a book like this, one so poetic in its descriptions and so alive with lovable, frustrating, painfully real characters, that your emotional response to it becomes almost physical.
In Jackson’s wrenching debut, 16-year-old Dionne and 10-year-old Phaedra Braithwaite are sent to spend the summer of1989 in Barbados with their grandmother, Hyacinth, while their mother, Avril, a former nurse for AIDS patients, stays behind in Brooklyn to recover from a serious bout of depression. As Dionne falls in with a fast crowd—no surprise, since her mother’s illness has forced her to grow up too quickly—sweet, daydreaming Phaedra keeps close to their strange new home, helping Hyacinth with her work as a midwife and practitioner of obeah, a spiritual custom on the island. When a faraway tragedy hits the family like a muffled bomb, the girls’ long-absent father, Errol, comes to collect them, forcing them to choose between lives old and new.

Grace Jones - I'm Not Perfect But I'm Perfect For You

Saturday, June 27, 2015

When They Come for You



When They Come for You

via Huffington Post

By Chris Kluwe
former NFL player, Minnesota Vikings

"Why do you speak out in support of the gay community?"

I've been asked this question multiple times, at multiple events, and every time I give the same answer: "Because it's the right thing to do. Treat others the way you´d like to be treated."

A simple lesson, one we all learn in kindergarten, yet one that so many people seem to forget as they go through life; as they become more preoccupied with greed, narcissism, hate, and selfishness.

Such an easy equation, and yet so difficult for those lacking empathy to solve, unable to put themselves in another person´s shoes, failing to comprehend the complete dickishness of their actions (actions they would not want perpetrated upon themselves), convinced of their own smug superiority as they try to control someone else´s life.

Why do I speak out in support of the gay community?

Because the words, "We should round them all up and send them to an island to die," are absolutely abhorrent to any rational-minded person and should never be uttered by one member of the human race about another.

Why do I speak out in support of the gay community?

Because the actions of bullying, intolerance, and bigotry, actions that have driven (and will continue to drive) young children and adults to suicide, are actions any creature with an ounce of empathy within their soul ought condemn as the twisted depravity they truly are.

Why do I speak out in support of the gay community?

Because I wish to live in freedom, and every time I contemplate that freedom, I am reminded of a poem by Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

I speak for freedom, even though it is a freedom I currently have. I speak for equality, even though I am currently equal. I speak for justice, even though it is a justice I currently do not need. I speak for gay rights and the rights of every person, no matter their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual predisposition, or social or economic status, to live free of the chains of oppression and hate, the barbs of ignorance and small minded fear, because that is the life I want to live - a life where I can make my own choices. A life where I can be who I am, not what someone else decides I should be.

TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. If we do not make this the cornerstone of our society, if we do not understand that infringing on the freedom of consenting adults to live their lives (in whatever fashion that happens to be) is infringing on the freedom of us all, then we will eventually join other society, culture, and civilization that has ever existed, on the trash heap of history marked "Failure" -- brought there by conflicts those civilizations bred into being, conflicts between those lacking empathy and those desirous of freedom.

Why do I speak out in support of gay rights, of all rights to equality?

Because if I don´t, then who will be left to speak for me?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Get Wet (Life Questions that Get Tougher & Tougher)

Get Wet


  • SHALLOW:
  • 1. FAVORITE COLOR
  • 2. HEIGHT
  • 3. EYE COLOR
  • 4. HAIR COLOR
  • 5. AGE
  • 6. PIERCINGS?
  • 7. TATTOOS?
  • 8. FAVORITE ANIMAL/PET
  • 9. FAVORITE SCENT
  • 10. WHAT TIME IS IT?
  • WADING:
  • 11. FAVORITE TIME OF DAY
  • 12.FIRST PET
  • 13. SIBLINGS
  • 14. FIRST CAR
  • 15. ON A DAY LIKE TODAY YOU WOULD...?
  • 16. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ
  • 17. THE LAST TEXT MESSAGE YOU SENT/RECEIVED
  • 18. ARE YOU USUALLY HOT OR COLD
  • 19. PICK ONE THING TO YOUR LEFT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU
  • 20. DAY OR NIGHT AND WHY
  • KNEE DEEP:
  • 21. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU TOLD SOMEONE YOU LOVED THEM?
  • 22. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SOMEONE TOLD YOU THEY LOVED YOU
  • 23. WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND AND HOW DID YOU MEET
  • 24. WOULD YOU RATHER...
  • 25. DO YOU GET SICK OFTEN
  • 26. DO YOU LIVE ALONE OR WITH OTHER PEOPLE
  • 27. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR FAMILY
  • 28. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT YEAR
  • 29. DO YOU BELIEVE IN TRUE LOVE
  • 30. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN HURT BY SOMEONE YOU THOUGHT CARED ABOUT YOU
  • TO THE WAIST:
  • 31. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOT HURT
  • 32. HAVE YOU EVER HURT YOURSELF
  • 33. WHAT WAS THE LAST FIGHT YOU HAD ABOUT
  • 34. HAS ANYONE TOLD YOU THEY HATED YOU
  • 35. HAVE YOU SEEN ANYONE DIE
  • 36. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF
  • 37. WOULD YOU SKIP THE BAD PARTS OF YOUR LIFE TO BE SUCCESSFUL
  • 38. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
  • 39. HAVE YOU LEFT BEHIND/ WERE YOU LEFT BEHIND IN A FRIENDSHIP
  • 40. WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT ___ OR ___
  • NECK DEEP:
  • 41. WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO MEET AGAIN IN YOUR LIFE
  • 42. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CAREER PATH
  • 43. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU REGRET FROM YOUR PAST
  • 44. HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT AT THE END OF YOUR DAY
  • 45. WHAT WAS YOUR LAST DREAM ABOUT
  • 46. HAVE YOU EVER HATED SOMEONE AND WHY
  • 47. TALK ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY MEMBER
  • 48. WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT TO CONFESS
  • 49. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO TAKE AWAY YOUR PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF DEAL WITH THEM
  • 50. WHO WOULD YOU SAVE- YOURSELF OR A STRANGER?
  • HEAD UNDER WATER:
  • 51. HAVE YOU BEEN IN LOVE
  • 52. TALK ABOUT SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE WHO HAS DIED
  • 53. DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST ____
  • 54. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL
  • 55. HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO RECOVER AFTER SOMETHING
  • 56. WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT ____
  • 57. TOP TEN LIFE VALUES
  • 58. HOW DO YOU FALL ASLEEP
  • 59. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SMILED AND THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED
  • 60. WOULD YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR ____
  • DROWNING:
  • 61. ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION

Discover Renoir the Painter in Pictures and a Movie

August Renoir (pronounced ren-war as in car) is one of the most important French painters of the 19th and early 20th century.  He is called an Impressionist painter (more here).

During World War I he lived on the southern coast of France (known as the Côte d'Azur- pronounced coat dah zoar) in his own private world of maids, models, servants and children.  His middle son Jean Renoir became a famous film director,  The painter died in 1919.  These last months of his life are the subject of a beautiful French film RENOIR.  Scroll down to see the trailer for the film.  Many Renoir paintings hang at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (here) which is ALWAYS FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.



The Farm at Les Collettes, Cagnes (not on view at The Met)


Young Girl Bathing (ON VIEW at The Met - Gallery 961)


Monday, June 22, 2015

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

Tomi says when things get difficult, "don't hope, cope." I agree.

In this video, the award winning Children’s writer Tomi Ungerer, discusses his newest book Fog Island. Set in Ireland, it tells the story of a brother and sister, Finn and Cara, and their boating trip to the mysterious Fog Island. Tomi describes his inspiration behind the book and his anticipation to share it with the world.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

I liked this very much and found it to be mildly funny but there was something happening below the surface for me connected to shades of brown. 

 This sketch had more in common, I think, with the film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. 

 While Key & peele emphasize the physical ability (or not) of the slave candidates I can't help wondering if they were implying a complicated racial maladjustment by the plantation owners with skin color. Key & Peel are noticeable lighter than the slaves who get sold. Could they be commenting on the uncomfortable notion of "who is black" if the slaves themselves look light enough to pass as white? 

 Have you watched DEAR WHITE PEOPLE yet?



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shield with the head of Medusa by Caravaggio (1597)




She - or he, as Caravaggio’s model is a male youth - is portrayed in the very moment of self-recognition. This is both a horrific and horrified image, as the eyes of the gorgon are fixed forever on the terrible realisation of who he or she is.
This recognition is so devastating that it has destroyed Medusa’s connection with reality, with the body, with any external context. There is nothing here but a head, severed but still conscious, an image of one of the great nightmares, that of the decapitated head aware of its disembodied condition.
Blood pours from it in thick streaks. The mouth is a cave with teeth bared, leading into the terrible prison of the head. Most odiously real of all is the mane of writhing serpents: not vague fancies but accurately observed.
Caravaggio was commissioned to make this monstrosity as a gift for the Grand Duke of Tuscany; conceived to enter the Medici collection in Florence, it would enable Caravaggio to compete with Leonardo da Vinci, by this time dead for 80 years.
This painting decorates a convex wooden shield, surely alluding to a story about the young Leonardo, whose father once asked him to decorate a shield. Leonardo went into the fields, collected snakes, lizards and insects, and assembled them into a hybrid monster which he painted on the shield.
The tale of Leonardo’s monster is about art and power: decorating a warlike object, the artist imposes his imagination on the world, creates an image with disturbing power. That is what Caravaggio does here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

24 pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog



1. Always take the initiative.
2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
3. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey.
4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.
5. Learn to live with your mistakes.
6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern.
7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
8. There is never an excuse not to finish a film.
9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere.
10. Thwart institutional cowardice.
11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.
12. Take your fate into your own hands.
13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape.
14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory.
15. Walk straight ahead, never detour.
16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver.
17. Don’t be fearful of rejection.
18. Develop your own voice.
19. Day one is the point of no return.
20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class.
21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema.
22. Guerrilla tactics are best.
23. Take revenge if need be.
24. Get used to the bear behind you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Phobia List



Source: Phobia List
 

a
ablutophobia — washing, bathing, or cleaning
acarophobia — itching or the insects that cause itching
acerophobia — sourness or things that are sour
achluophobia — darkness or the dark
acousticophobia — noise or sound
acrophobia — heights or high levels
aeroacrophobia — open high places
aeronausiphobia — vomiting secondary to airsickness
aerophobia — draft, swallowing air, or airborne noxious substances
agateophobia — insanity or becoming insane
agliophobia — pain
agoraphobia — open spaces, leaving a safe place, or crowded public places
agraphobia — sexual abuse
agrizoophobia — wild animals
agyrophobia — streets or crossing the street
aichmophobia — needles, pins, or pointed objectsailurophobia — cats
albuminurophobia — kidney disease
alektorophobia — chickens
alliumphobia — garlic
allodoxaphobia — opinions or beliefs
amathophobia — dust
amaxophobia — riding in cars
ambulophobia — walking
amnesiphobia — amnesia
amychophobia — scratches or being scratched
anablephobia — looking up
androphobia — men
anemophobia — wind or air drafts
anginophobia — angina, choking, or narrowness
anglophobia — england, english culture, or english people
angrophobia — anger or becoming angry
ankylophobia — immobility of a joint
anthophobia — flowers
anthropophobia — people or society
antlophobia — floods
anuptaphobia — staying single
apeirophobia — infinity
aphenphosmphobia — being touched
apiphobia — bees
apotemnophobia — people with amputations
arachibutyrophobia — peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
arachnephobia — spiders
arithmophobia — numbers
arsonphobia — fire or flames
asthenophobia — fainting or weakness
astraphobia — thunder and lightning
astrophobia — stars and celestial space
asymmetriphobia — asymmetrical things
ataxiophobia — ataxia (muscular incoordination)
ataxophobia — disorder or untidiness
atelophobia — imperfection
atephobia — ruin or ruins
athazagoraphobia — being forgotton, being ignored, or forgetting
atomosophobia — atomic explosions
atychiphobia — failure
aulophobia — flutes
aurophobia — gold
auroraphobia — northern lights
autodysomophobia — one that has a vile odor
automatonophobia — ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures or wax statues

b
bacillophobia — microbes
bacteriophobia — bacteria
ballistophobia — missiles or bullets
barophobia — gravity
basiphobia — inability to stand or falling
bathmophobia — stairs or steep slopes
bathophobia — depth
batophobia — heights or being close to high buildings
batrachophobia — amphibians, frogs, newts, or salamanders
bibliophobia — books
blennophobia — slime
body dysmorphic disorder — having ugly or unattractive features
bogyphobia — bogies or the bogeyman
bolshephobia — bolsheviks
botanophobia — plants
bromidrophobia — bodily odor or bodily smell
bufonophobia — toads
c
cacophobia — ugliness or things that are ugly
cainophobia — newness or novelty
caligynephobia — beautiful women
cancerophobia — cancer
cardiophobia — the heart
carnophobia — meat
catagelophobia — being ridiculed or ridicule
catapedaphobia — jumping from high and low places
cathisophobia — sitting
catoptrophobia — mirrors
cheimaphobia — cold
chemophobia — chemicals or working with chemicals
cherophobia — gaiety
chionophobia — snow
chirophobia — hands
cholerophobia — anger or cholera
chorophobia — dancing
chrematophobia — money
chromatophobia — colors
chronomentrophobia — clocks
chronophobia — time
claustrophobia — confined or small spaces
cleisiophobia — being locked in an enclosed place
cleithrophobia — being enclosed
cleptophobia — stealing
climacophobia — stairs, climbing stairs, or falling down stairs
clinophobia — going to bed
cnidophobia — stings or being stung
coimetrophobia — cemeteries
coitophobia — coitus, sex, or sexual intercourse
cometophobia — comets
coprastasophobia — constipation
coprophobia — feces and fecal matter
coulrophobia — clowns
counterphobia — the preference by a phobic for fearful situations
cremnophobia — precipicescryophobia — extreme cold, ice, or frost
crystallophobia — crystals or glass
cyberphobia — computers or working on a computer
cyclophobia — bicycles
cymophobia — waves or wave-like motion
cynophobia — dogs, canines, or rabies
cyprianophobia — prostitutes, venereal disease, or stds

d
daemonophobia — demons or daemons
decidophobia — making decisions
defecaloesiophobia — painful bowels movements
deipnophobia — dining or dinner conversation
demophobia — crowds
dendrophobia — trees
dentophobia — dentists and dental procedures
dermatopathophobia — skin disease or skin lesions
dextrophobia — objects at the right side of the body
diabetophobia — diabetes
didaskaleinophobia — going to school
dikephobia — justice
dinophobia — dizziness or whirlpools
diplophobia — double vision
dipsophobia — drinking
dishabiliophobia — undressing in front of someone
doraphobia — fur or skins of animals
doxophobia — expressing opinions or of receiving praise
driving phobia — driving a motorized vehicle
dromophobia — crossing streets
dutchphobia — the netherlands, the dutch, dutch culture
dysmorphophobia — deformity
dystychiphobia — accidents

e
earthquakophobia — earthquakes
ecclesiophobia — churches
eisoptrophobia — mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirrorelectrophobia — electricity
eleutherophobia — freedom
emaciatophobia — fear of being too thin
emetophobia — vomiting or throwing up
enetophobia — pins
enissophobia — having committed an unpardonable sin or criticism
entomophobia — insects or bugs
eosophobia — dawn or daylight
ephebiphobia — teenagers
epistaxiophobia — nosebleeds
epistemophobia — knowledge
equinophobia — horses
eremophobia — being oneself or lonliness
ereuthophobia — red lights, blushing, or the color red
ergasiophobia — work, functioning, or surgeon’s operating
ergophobia — work
erotophobia — sexual love or sexual questions
euphobia — hearing good news
f
fear of success — success, achievement or moving forward in life
francophobia — france, french people, or french culture
frigophobia — cold or cold things
fear of bridges
fear of driving
g
gamophobia — marriage, commitment or relationships
geliophobia — laughter
geniophobia — chins
genuphobia — knees
gephydrophobia — crossing bridges
gerascophobia — growing old or old people
germanophobia — germany, german people, or german culture
geumaphobia — taste
globophobia — balloons
glossophobia — speaking in public or trying to speak
graphophobia — writing or handwriting
gymnophobia — nudity
gynephobia — women

h
hadephobia — hellhagiophobia — saints or holy things
harpaxophobia — being robbed
hedonophobia — feeling pleasure
heliophobia — the sun
hellenologophobia — greek terms or complex scientific terminology
helminthophobia — being infested with worms
hemaphobia — blood
hereiophobia — challenges to official doctrine or of radical deviation
herpetophobia — reptiles or creepy, crawly things
heterophobia — the opposite sex
hierophobia — priests or sacred things
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia — long words
hobophobia — bums or beggars
hodophobia — road travel
homichlophobia — fog
homilophobia — sermons
homophobia — sameness, monotony, homosexuality, or becoming homosexualhoplophobia — firearms
hormephobia — shock
hyalophobia — glass
hydrargyophobia — mercurial medicines
hydrophobia — water or drowning
hydrophobophobia — rabies
hygrophobia — liquids, dampness, or moisture
hylephobia — materialism or epilepsy
hypegiaphobia — responsibility
hypnophobia — sleep or being hypnotize

i
iatrophobia — doctors or going to the doctor
ichthyophobia — fish
ideophobia — ideas
illyngophobia — vertigo or feeling dizzy when looking down
insomnia — inability to sleep
iophobia — poison
isopterophobia — termites, insects that eat wood

j
japanophobia — japanese
judeophobia — jewish people

k
kakorrhaphiophobia — failure or defeat
kenophobia — voids or empty spaces
kinesophobia — movement or motion
koinoniphobia — rooms
kolpophobia — genitals, particularly female
kopophobia — fatigue
kosmikophobia — cosmic phenomenon
kyphophobia — stooping

l
lachanophobia — vegetables
lalophobia — speaking
lepraphobia — leprosy
leukophobia — the color white
levophobia — things to the left side of the body
ligyrophobia — loud noises
lilapsophobia — tornado or hurricanes
limnophobia — lakes
linonophobia — string
liticaphobia — lawsuits
lockiophobia — childbirth
logizomechanophobia — computers
logophobia — words
luiphobia — lues or syphillis
lutraphobia — otters

m
macrophobia — long waits
mageirocophobia — cooking
malaxophobia — love play
maniaphobia — insanity
mastigophobia — punishment
mechanophobia — machines
medomalacuphobia — losing an erection
medorthophobia — an erect penis
megalophobia — large things
melanophobia — the color black
melophobia — music
meningitophobia — brain disease
menophobia — menstration
merinthophobia — being bound or tied up
metallophobia — metal
metathesiophobia — changes
meteorophobia — meteors
metrophobia — poetry
microbiophobia — microbes
microphobia — small things
misophobia — being contaminated with dirt or germs
mnemophobia — memories
monopathophobia — definite disease
motorphobia — automobiles
mottephobia — moths
murophobia — mice
mycophobia — mushrooms
myrmecophobia — ants
mythophobia — myths, stories, or false statements

n
necrophobia — death or dead things
neopharmaphobia — new drugs
nephophobia — clouds
noctiphobia — the night
nomatophobia — names
nosocomephobia — hospitals
nosophobia — becoming ill
nostophobia — returning home
novercaphobia — your step-mothernucleomituphobia — nuclear weapons
nudophobia — nudity or nakedness
nyctohylophobia — dark wooded areas or forests at night

o
obesophobia — gaining weight
ochlophobia — crowds or mobs
ochophobia — vehicles
octophobia — the figure 8
odontophobia — teeth or dental surgery
oenophobia — wines
oikophobia — houses, home surroundings, or being in a house
olfactophobia — smells
ombrophobia — rain or of being rained on
ommatophobia — eyes
oneirogmophobia — wet dreams
oneirophobia — dreams
onomatophobia — hearing a certain word or of names
ophidiophobia — snakes
ophthalmophobia — being stared at
opiophobia — fear of medical doctors experience of prescribing needed pain medications for patients
optophobia — opening one’s eyes
ornithophobia — birds
orthophobia — property
ostraconophobia — shellfish
ouranophobia — heaven

p
pagophobia — ice or frost
panophobia — everything
panthophobia — suffering or disease
papaphobia — the pope
papyrophobia — paper
paralipophobia — neglecting duty or neglecting responsibility
paraphobia — sexual perversion
parasitophobia — parasites
paraskavedekatriaphobia — friday the 13th
parthenophobia — virgins or young girls
pathophobia — disease
patroiophobia — heredity
peccatophobia — sinning
pediculophobia — lice
pediophobia — dolls
pedophobia — children
peladophobia — bald people
pellagrophobia — pellagra
peniaphobia — poverty
pentheraphobia — mother-in-law
phagophobia — swallowing or eating
phalacrophobia — becoming bald
pharmacophobia — taking medicine or drugs
phengophobia — daylight or sunshine
philemaphobia — kissing
philophobia — falling in love or being in love
philosophobia — philosophy
phobophobia — phobias
phonophobia — noises, voices, one’s own voice, or telephones
photoaugliaphobia — glaring lights
photophobia — light
phronemophobia — thinking
phthisiophobia — tuberculosis
placophobia — tombstones
plutophobia — wealth
pneumatiphobia — spirits
pnigerophobia — choking of being smothered
pogonophobia — beards
poliosophobia — contracting poliomyelitis
politicophobia — politicians
polyphobia — many thingsponophobia — overworking or of pain
porphyrophobia — the color purple
potamophobia — rivers or running water
potophobia — alcohol
proctophobia — rectums
prosophobia — progress
psellismophobia — stuttering
psychophobia — the mind
psychrophobia — the cold
pteromerhanophobia — flying
pteronophobia — being tickled by feathers
pupaphobia — puppets
pyrexiophobia — fever

r
radiophobia — radiation or x-raysranidaphobia — frogsrectophobia — rectums or rectal diseases
rhabdophobia — being severely punished, beaten by a rod, or severely criticized
rhypophobia — defecation
rhytiphobia — getting wrinkles
rupophobia — dirt
russophobia — russians

s
samhainophobia — halloween
satanophobia — satan or the devil
scabiophobia — scabies
scelerophobia — bad men or burglars
sciaphobia — shadows
scoleciphobia — worms
scolionophobia — school
scopophobia — being seen or stared at
scoptophobia — blindness in visual field
scriptophobia — writing in public
selachophobia — sharks
selaphobia — light flashes
selenophobia — the moon
seplophobia — decaying matter
siderodromophobia — trains, railroads, or train travel
siderophobia — stars
sinistrophobia — things to the left or left-handed
sinophobia — china, chinese, or chinese culture
sitiophobia — food or eating
soceraphobia — parents-in-law
social phobia — social situations
sociophobia — society or people in general
somniphobia — sleep
sophophobia — learning
soteriophobia — dependence on others
spacephobia — outer space
spectrophobia — specters or ghosts
spheksophobia — wasps
stasibasiphobia — standing or walking
statue phobia — statues or effigies
staurophobia — crosses or the crucifix
stenophobia — narrow things or places
symbolophobia — symbolism
symmetrophobia — symmetry
syngenesophobia — relatives

t
tachophobia — speed
taeniophobia — tapeworms
taphephobia — being buried alive or cemeteries
tapinophobia — being contagious
taurophobia — bulls
technophobia — technology or computers
teleophobia — definite plans or religious ceremony
telephonophobia — telephones
teratophobia — bearing a deformed child, monsters, or deformed people
testophobia — taking tests
tetanophobia — lockjaw or tetanus
textophobia — certain fabrics
thalassophobia — the sea or the ocean
thanatophobia — death, dying, being buried, cremation, or entombment
theatrophobia — theaters
theologicophobia — theology
theophobia — gods or religion
thermophobia — heat
tocophobia — pregnancy or childbirth
tomophobia — surgery or surgical operations
topophobia — fear of certain places or situations
toxicophobia — poison or being accidentally poisoned
traumatophobia — injury or battle
tremophobia — trembling
trichinophobia — trichinosis
trichopathophobia — hair
triskaidekaphobia — the number 13
tropophobia — moving or making changes
trypanophobia — injections
tyrannophobia — tyrants

v
vaccinophobia — vaccination
verminophobia — germs
vestiphobia — clothing
virginitiphobia — rape
vitricophobia — step-father’s

w
walloonphobia — the walloons
wiccaphobia — witches and witchcraft

x
xanthophobia — the color yellow or the word yellow
xenoglossophobia — foreign languages
xenophobia — strangers or foreigners
xerophobia — dryness
xylophobia — wood, wooden objects, or forests
xyrophobia — razors

z
zelophobia — jealousy
zemmiphobia — the great mole rat
zeusophobia — god or gods
zoophobia — animals

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kendrick Lamar & The Bluest Eye

WATCH THIS VIDEO!
At the end of the video you can hear one of the students say, "Oh my god, that was so God damn LIT!"
What a very exciting thing for this teacher and his students (and their school) and very exciting for Kendrick to connect with those teenagers on this level.

As I wrote when this story first came out, this teacher's pairing of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye with Lamar's new album is perfect. Similar themes and Lamar's lyrics provide "entry points" to passages for deeper connection and discussion. Both texts, in part, are about the ways black folks have to navigate society (and while supremacy) for survival.
A small criticism, though…especially in light of the white English teacher at the non-white high school in Sacramento who refuses to teach Shakespeare. Both this teacher - Dennis Mooney - and the white California teacher denigrate "dead white male" authors as undeserving of study because they are, presumably, part of a white patriarchal canon of literature that "does not speak to people of color" today.
Leave that out. It's not necessary to denigrate DWMs. It's a petty argument to make. The strongest argument can already be made that Toni Morrison and Kendrick Lamar are worthy of study ON THEIR OWN TERMS. They don't need to be selected or studied as alternatives to dead white males. They are worthy of study for their own merits and for what they offer young minds.
Ultimately, the greatest achievement of all of this is success at having students reading, thinking, discussing, expressing in their own voices and sharing… Makes me cry.


Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: Ella Fitzgerald's "Summertime"

Friday, June 12, 2015

Darkness (Poem)


Darkness

BY LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON)
I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,
The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,
The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,
And men were gather'd round their blazing homes
To look once more into each other's face;
Happy were those who dwelt within the eye
Of the volcanos, and their mountain-torch:
A fearful hope was all the world contain'd;
Forests were set on fire—but hour by hour
They fell and faded—and the crackling trunks
Extinguish'd with a crash—and all was black.
The brows of men by the despairing light
Wore an unearthly aspect, as by fits
The flashes fell upon them; some lay down
And hid their eyes and wept; and some did rest
Their chins upon their clenched hands, and smil'd;
And others hurried to and fro, and fed
Their funeral piles with fuel, and look'd up
With mad disquietude on the dull sky,
The pall of a past world; and then again
With curses cast them down upon the dust,
And gnash'd their teeth and howl'd: the wild birds shriek'd
And, terrified, did flutter on the ground,
And flap their useless wings; the wildest brutes
Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl'd
And twin'd themselves among the multitude,
Hissing, but stingless—they were slain for food.
And War, which for a moment was no more,
Did glut himself again: a meal was bought
With blood, and each sate sullenly apart
Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left;
All earth was but one thought—and that was death
Immediate and inglorious; and the pang
Of famine fed upon all entrails—men
Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh;
The meagre by the meagre were devour'd,
Even dogs assail'd their masters, all save one,
And he was faithful to a corse, and kept
The birds and beasts and famish'd men at bay,
Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead
Lur'd their lank jaws; himself sought out no food,
But with a piteous and perpetual moan,
And a quick desolate cry, licking the hand
Which answer'd not with a caress—he died.
The crowd was famish'd by degrees; but two
Of an enormous city did survive,
And they were enemies: they met beside
The dying embers of an altar-place
Where had been heap'd a mass of holy things
   For an unholy usage; they rak'd up,
And shivering scrap'd with their cold skeleton hands
The feeble ashes, and their feeble breath
Blew for a little life, and made a flame
Which was a mockery; then they lifted up
Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld
Each other's aspects—saw, and shriek'd, and died—
Even of their mutual hideousness they died,
Unknowing who he was upon whose brow
Famine had written Fiend. The world was void,
The populous and the powerful was a lump,
Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless—
A lump of death—a chaos of hard clay.
The rivers, lakes and ocean all stood still,
And nothing stirr'd within their silent depths;
Ships sailorless lay rotting on the sea,
And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropp'd
They slept on the abyss without a surge—
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no need
Of aid from them—She was the Universe.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Unbelievable 6 Year Old Girl Break Dancing

Seriously..stop what you are doing....and watch this...the second kid...a little girl is amazing...and will make you question your own muscle tone and coordination...and she is French oooh la la


Friday, June 5, 2015

How a Dog Can Show You the Path

Dog Star edited and re-posts this from Elephant Journal:


We are more alike than we like to admit because that means we have to do the hard work of accepting all of who we are, especially the dark and shadowy bits—the bits that we fear will prove that we are unlovable. 

This is where the power of unconditional love shines the brightest. Imagine truly loving ourselves without having to prove our worthiness. 

 Imagine if just our very existence merited that we are lovable? What if we are, in fact, love itself? And what if that radical self-acceptance inspired the same in others? 

Animals exemplify this concept with such touching purity. There have been numerous studies to suggest that living with pets helps with health and happiness. Animals are empathic creatures and can feel us. They know when to come near when we need them the most. 

They offer companionship and love, while asking for nothing in return. The Brazilian comic below deeply touched me with its message of compassion and self-acceptance. May we continue to heal and grow from the unconditional love of animals and may we humans soon be the face of unconditional love itself.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Human-Like Wild Animals



Christoph Meyer, a German graphic designer, created these great photo manipulations of wild animals in human urban settings.




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FREE! Teens Take the Met! Go With Your Friends!


Friday, June 5, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Grab your friends and take over the Met for the night. Drop in for teen-only activities across the Museum including art making, performances, gallery activities for teens by teens, music, dancing, and more. Discover what you can also do at over fifty NYC cultural and community organizations this summer.
Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. Teens Take the Met is free and open to all teens 13+ with a middle or high school ID. No RSVP—just show up! Check out video and images from the last Teens Take the Met!
This event will be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded. By your presence at the event, you consent to the photography, filming and use of your image and/or voice.

Classic Paintings are Perfectly Paired with Hip Hop Lyrics

 
The Family of Henry VIII (c. 1572), Lucas de Heere / Big Poppa, The Notorious B.I.G.

Since December 2013, artists Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano have been pairing classic paintings by renowned painters like Leonardo da Vinci, Matisse, and Dali with hip hop lyrics performed by contemporary musicians including Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and Beyonce, among many others. The result is surprisingly complementary. Follow the ongoing project’s Tumblr called Fly Art for more flawless fine art and hip hop pairings.

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