Das Weisse Band (Michael Haneke, 2009)
“Pulte Medical College, Cincinnati, ca. 1900. This is one of at least two group photographs taken at this dissecting table, both with the cadaver in precisely the same position, but with different sets of dissectors. Pulte was a prominent M.D.-degree-granting homeopathic medical school, founded in 1872 by Joseph Hippolyte Pulte, a Germain-trained physician who immigrated to Cincinnati in 1840.”
From the book Dissection: Photographs of a rite of passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930 by John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson
[When I first saw this photo I thought it looked like the cadaver had tattered wings. Dissecting Icarus…]
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1913.
“Dear Tolka, I am alright. I am about seven miles from the flood but I have been down to see it. I have to stay here for a while longer for I cannot get to St. Louis until some of the bridges are built. I hope your arm is alright and that you are going to school again. I miss you ever day more. This is a good picture of the streets of the flood district. The river is going down. Love to all of you. B. Conroy”
From As We Were: American Photographic Postcards 1905-1930 by Rosamond B. Vaule
A Sin by Any Other Name …
Akedia: As mentioned below this is the first deadly sin which jumped out at me. Through translation and time this sin has become synonymous with:
To name just the first few that came to mind last night as I was writing about akedia.
Although the above maybe similar, even symptomatic of, or co-morbid with akedia, the salient features of akedia mark it as a condition unto itself. What these features are and how they affect “treatment” is for another post.
But for now, it is enough to say that I am flirting with akedia.
Part 2 of Joanna Newsom’s song Emily from below.
Brad recommended the above musician to me.
My hesitance to listen to any music recommended to me by anyone is due to many reasons:
- Nowadays you hear music everywhere. I am simply too fucking tired to sit down and give anything an honest listening.
- People I know tend to identify too fucking much with the media they consume. From clothing, to movies, to books, to music, tv, to sport, it seems what most folks cobble their lives from. They take any kinda serious criticism too damn personally.
- 98% of the recommendations are just a waste of my time.
Brad doesn’t take himself or his music too damn seriously or at least my opinion of it. Which is good. But his tastes are often way off my chart.
As I have said before of his taste:
The music you listen to sounds like a buncha old niggers hollerin over guitars made from screen doors recorded on an empty tin cans of beans.
To put it colorfully.
Newsom gets labeled “folk” which usually I run away from as fast as possible stabbing my ears out. But she definitely doesn’t not fit into the genre as such. No matter whatever ever adjective they want to hyphenate with folk (freak-folk).
After an uneventful day and quiet night I put her Ys album.
Her vocals of course will be compared to Bjork for better and worse, but what is immediately striking are her lyrics. They stand front and center. Unlike a lot of pop music where the lyrics are absolutely the worse part of the shit record companies put out, her lyrics are brilliant.
The complex rhyme structure (not going to get into the technical details) creates complex rhythmic and metrical shifts with her beautiful harp playing. The simplcity and sophistication she gets outta two hands and one voice is remarkable.
A lazy listen to the images she uses paint her immediately into some post-folk, pastoral, flower-child shit box, but a careful listening you can hear subtle and intelligent ironies and surprising twists in sounds, cadence, and cliched expectations.
Highly recommended. Perfect for a stormy night.
The above is the first part of her song Emily. She has no problem abandoning the verse-chorus-verse structure of pop music and breaking the 10 minute length barrier. I’ll post the second part in the next post.
Would’ve upload the track, but copyright law is nebulous on the internet, so I will let youtube deal with it.