Tuesday, October 04, 2016

God Save the Queen (Blake's Palace of Wisdom)

John Lydon & Sex Pistols.
Pictures taken from the Internet (montage A/Z, for more see here).
Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Nico & The Velvet Underground.
Pictures taken from the Internet.
Kurt Cobain. Pictures taken from the Internet.
Me from Mommy Dearest Photo Album.
Presuming Ed from
Bruce Robinson's
Whitnail and I (1987)
Anselm Kiefer
Unternehmen Seelöwe (1975)
picture taken from
Daniel Arasse's Anselm Kiefer
Devenir Musicien (video by A/Z, for more see here):
Pillage (A/Z);

"... e, uma vez, apaguei de repente, caí com a cabeça em cima dos pratos e elas me ajudaram, com massagens, estímulos e mais drogas, é lógico."
"... virei mentor dum garoto judeu e gay... Eu dizia, você não acredita em nada? Marilyn Monroe? Elvis Presley, George Harrison?"
Júpiter Maçã, A Odisséia
"Dr. Spock personalizes quantum psychology: 'Treat your kids as individuals, as singularities.' Here was the most radical, subversive social doctrine ever proposed, and it was directed to the only groups that can bring about enduring change: parents, pediatricians, teachers."
Timothy Leary
"Pure experience is an animated state with maximum freedom in which there is not the least gap between the will's demand and its fulfilment."
Kitaro Nishida
"Eine lange lateinische Abhandlung in Einer Nachtwache niederzuschreiben und auch noch ab-zuschreiben, mit dem Ehrgeiz in der Feder, es meinem Vorbilde Sallust in Strenge und Gedrängtheit nachzuthun, und einigen Grog von schwerstem Kaliber über mein Latein zu gießen, dies stand schon, als ich Schüler der ehrwürdigen Schulpforta war, durchaus nicht im Widerspruch zu meiner Physiologie, noch vielleicht auch zu der des Sallust — wiesehr auch immer zur ehrwürdigen Schulpforta..."

"In India, many people visit holy men and women for their darshan, literally their look, which is believed to confer great blessings. Perhaps an unconscious survival of the same kind of belief is involved in the popular desire to see in person the Queen of England, the President of the United Sates, the Pope, pop stars, or other luminaries."
Rupert Sheldrake
"When Queen Elizabeth came here and President Eisenhower bought her a hot dog I'm sure he felt confident that she couldn't have had delivered to Buckingham Palace a better hot dog than that one he bought her for maybe twenty cents at the ballpark... Not for a dollar, not for ten dollars, not for a hundred thousand dollars."
"Think rich. Look poor."
Andy Warhol
"Pour ce qui est de l'Angleterre, je ne saurais vraiment rien vous dire, car il s'agit d'un pays cagot, livré aux femmes, ce qui signifie autant qu'une totale décadence."
Strindberg à Nietzsche (Klossowski's translation)
"This danger was more real in London under the Blitz, which dominated everyday life in 1940-1, as Britain alone opposed Germany."
Matthew Gale

See also:
- Kur-d-t My Ghost;
- Alice in Chains (Moore Theatre, Seattle, 1990);
- Genug! Manifesto;
who is afraid of Sylvia Plath? (& e. e. cummings);

Excerpts from Aleister Crowley's Confessions:
"There is nothing to warn a fishmonger's wife that such sublime devotion to etiquette is in any way ridiculous. English society is impregnated from top to bottom with this spirit. The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbour, and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell."
"Adaptation to one's environment makes for a sort of survival; but after all, the supreme victory is only won by those who prove themselves of so much harder stuff than the rest that no power on earth is able to destroy them."
"[My father's] integrity was absolute... It was horrifying thought to him that he might be caught by the Second Advent at a moment when he was not actively and intensely engaged on the work which God had sent him into the world to do. This sense of the importance of the slightest act, of the value of every moment, has been a tragically intense factor in my life."
"My mother was naturally a rather sensual type of woman, and there is no doubt that sexual repression had driven her as nearly as possible to the borders of insanity."
"Men and women will never behave worthily as long as current morality interferes with the legitimate satisfaction of physiological needs. Nature always avenges herself on those who insult her... society is blowing up in larger or smaller spots all over the world, because it has failed to develop a system by which all its members can be adequately nourished without conflict, and the waste products eliminated without discomfort..."
"Milton was a great poet; and the subconscious artistic self of him was therefore bitterly antagonistic to Christianity. Not only is Satan the hero, but the triumphant hero... On the Christian theory, goodness is, in fact, nothing but absence of character, for it implies complete submission to God. Satan's original fault is not pride; that is secondary. It springs from the consciousness of separateness... this is, mystically speaking, sinful... Christian theology has not had sufficient logic to see..."
"The school had a long way to go. Bullying went on unchecked, the prefects being foremost offenders... concentrating on obscenity and petty tyranny. It annoyed them particularly that my conduct was irreproachable."
"The fact is that (as my brother-in-law, Gerald Kelly, once told me, with astounding insight), I was the most religious man that he had ever met. It is the inmost truth. The instinct was masked for a long time, firstly by the abominations of the Plymouth Brethren and the Evangelicals; secondly, by the normal world... and I was a Satanist... in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi."
"It seems as if I clung to the idea of the wickedness of love, and the belief that it entailed divine retribution, partly perhaps because of my tendency to masochism... as adding actual value to sin. Pleasure as such has never attracted me."
"It is monstrous for a man to pretend to be devoted to securing his wife's happiness and yet to wish to deprive her of a woman's supreme joy: that of bearing a child to the man whom she desires sexually, and is therefore indicated by nature as the proper father, though he may be utterly unsuitable as a husband."
"We have abolished all kinds of injustice on our attention being called to them; but the result has been that we have created an artificial doctrinaire society... All classes are complaining. We are in the condition of a man whose nerves all talk at once instead of doing their work quietly."
"Material welfare is only important as assisting men towards a consciousness of satisfaction. From the nature of things, therefore, life is a sacrament; in other words, all our acts are Magical Acts."
"It is a remarkable fact that only very exceptional men retain their normal reasoning powers in presence of mountains... A high degree of spiritual development, a romantic temperament, and a profound knowledge based on experience of mountain conditions, are the best safeguards against the insane impulses and hysterical errors which overwhelm the average man."
"I had come across Von Krafft-Ebbings' Psychopathia Sexualis. The professor tries to prove that sexual aberrations are the result of disease. I did not agree."
"Swinburne had taught me the doctrine of justification by sin. Every woman that I met enabled me to affirm magically that I had defied the tyranny of the Plymouth Brethren and the Evangelicals."
"Baudelaire and Swinburne, at their best, succeed in celebrating the victory of the human soul over its adversaries... Even James Thomson, ending with 'confirmation of the old despair,' somehow defeats that despair by the essential force of his genius. Keats, on the contrary, no matter how hard he endeavours to end on a note of optimism, always leaves an impression of failure. I well know how strangely perverse this criticism must sound, but I fell its truth in the marrow of my bones."
"Havelock Ellis and Edward Carpenter have been treated with the foulest injustice by ignorant and prejudiced people."
"Every particle of one's personality is a necessary factor in the equation, and every impulse must be turned to account in the Great Work... I had a thorough instinctive understanding of the theory of psychoanalysis. To this fact I attribute my extraordinary success in all my spiritual undertakings."
"I made a point of putting God on His honour, so to speak, to supply anything I might need by demonstrating to him that I would not keep back the least imaginable fraction of my resources."
"Acts of Will, performed by the proper person, never fall to the ground..."
"Eckenstein business in life was mathematics and science, and his one pleasure mountaineering. He was probably the best all-round man in England, but his achievements were little known because of his almost fanatical objection to publicity."
"... my limbs posses a consciousness of their own which is infallible. I am reminded of the Shetland ponies which can find their way through the most bewildering bogs and mist."
"It is useless to have strength if you don't know how to apply it."
"I must record one adventure, striking not only in itself but because it is of a type which seems almost as universal as the flying dream. It possesses the quality of the phantasmal. It strikes me as an adventure which occurs constantly in dreams and romances of the Stevensonian order... I cannot help believing that something of the kind has happened to me, though I can not say when, or remember the incidents..."
"I ask myself whether, after all, it is not conceivable that the immense number of facts which point to intelligent control of very various energies, which claim to be so, could not be in reality an accident in the true sense of the word..."
"Ireland has been badly treated, we all know; but her only salvation lay in forgetting her nonsense."
"I see no sense in violating conventions, still less in breaking laws... On the other hand, it is impossible to make positive progress by means of institutions which lead to one becoming Lord Chancellor, and Archbishop, an Admiral, or some other flower of futility."
"It seems to me no mere accident that Cambridge was able to tolerate Milton, Byron, Tennyson, and myself without turning a hair, while Oxford inevitably excreted Shelley and Swinburne. Per contra, she suited Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde perfectly. Had they been at Cambridge, the nonsense would have been knocked out of them."
"Fate familiarised me with this psychology in another form. It breaks out every time any man speaks or acts so as to awaken the frantic fear which is inherent in all but the rarest individuals, that anything new is a monstrous menace... whatever science may say,  there is such a thing as moral superiority, a spiritual strength independent of material or calculable conditions."
"The majority of old Magical Rituals are either purposely unintelligible or actually puerile nonsense... But there is one startling exception to this rule. It is the Book of the Sacred Magick of Abramelin the Mage."
"... even the crudest Magick eludes consciousness altogether, so that when one is able to do it, one does it without conscious comprehension, very much as one makes a good stroke at cricket or billiards. One cannot give an intellectual explanation... as one can explain the steps in the solution of a quadratic equation... [it] is rather an art than a science."
"There is always occult opposition to the publication of any important document... This is one of the facts whose cumulative effect makes it impossible to doubt the existence of spiritual forces."
"Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts... It is above all needful for the student to be armed with scientific knowledge, sympathetic apprehension, and common sense."
"Money grubbing does its best to blaspheme and destroy nature. It is useless to oppose the baseness of humanity; if one touches pitch one runs the risk of being defiled. I am perfectly content to know that the vileness of civilisation is rapidly destroying itself; that it stinks in my nostrils tells me it is rotting... wealth, the most dangerous of narcotic drugs. It creates a morbid craving..."
"I was bound up with the welfare of humanity, and could only satisfy my aspiration by becoming a perfect instrument for the regeneration of the world."

Frank Lebon's Grafeeti:
GRAFEETI from Frank Lebon on Vimeo.

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