June 7th, 2006

Chris Keeley

utterly mind-blowing image-bank of the fantastic and supernatural in art and fiction

utterly mind-blowing image-bank of the fantastic and supernatural in art and fiction

http://fantastic.library.cornell.edu/

Fantastic gallery of the fantastic

Cornell University Library created this utterly mind-blowing image-bank of the fantastic and supernatural in art and fiction. The material, several hundred images from the Library's Rare and Manuscript Collections, is themed by such delightful categories as Angels & Demons, Danse Macabre, Weird Science, Possession & Insanity, and Fantastic Space. Absolutely marvelous. (Seen here, an illustration by M.L. Breton from the 1863 text "Dictionnaire Infernal." Apparently this is "a destructive demon....which, according to some, is the ancient serpent that seduced Eve.") From the site description:
 Dbgfx 500 F012-004In the context of western literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, The Fantastic involves dread, fear and anxiety in the face of phenomena that escape rational explanation, or that reveal the notion of reality to be no more than a construct. A fantastic experience can therefore be likened to the breaking or shattering of a frame. While the literary fantastic is limited to the last 200 years, the Fantastic in art can be construed more broadly. This elasticity allowed us to choose images from works spanning a period from medieval manuscripts and printed incunabulae, to the early twentieth century.
Link (via The Seven Deadly Sinners)
Chris Keeley

RU Sirius interviews author of new Timothy Leary biography

Tim was completely non-violent. He never would have used that gun! 

http://mondoglobo.net/

RU Sirius interviews author of new Timothy Leary biography

I haven't read the new biography of Timothy Leary, and I'm not sure I want to, because from what I've heard about it, author Robert Greenfield takes every opportunity to make Leary look bad.

On the RU Sirius Show this week, R.U. plays brain tennis with Greenfield about his very negative biography.

RU Sirius: “… so now they have two guns. Tim picks up the gun and he folds it up into a newspaper and he hands it back to the Sheriff. The plan is off. So he goes off to talk to Joanna, and his explanation is, ‘we couldn’t have pulled it off. If we shot these two guys, then we’d have to shoot two other guys.” And this is Joanna’s explanation. And you just leave that hanging as sort of the final…

Robert Greenfield: But that’s not my take. He…

RU: It still sits in the book as the judgment of Leary’s character that he would have shot these two people. That’s what she says, that he would have had no qualms about shooting them.

Greenfield: That’s what she says. But you have to separate the narrator. You have to look at the quality of the story that’s told in terms of the person who is telling you the story. Listen…

RU: …Yeah but Joanna is a major source here…

Greenfield: Sooner or later you’re gonna have to let me say something. The point of that story is that Tim was completely non-violent. He never would have used that gun!

RU: That doesn’t come across.

Greenfield: Well, I’m sorry.

Link
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COOP

THE 666 ALL RED CARTOONISTS GO TO HELL SPECIAL COOP INTERVIEW EDITION OF ARF LOVERS

http://arflovers.com/



 

THE 666 ALL RED CARTOONISTS GO TO HELL SPECIAL COOP INTERVIEW EDITION OF ARF LOVERS!

Coop is, you'll excuse the expression, a hot artist. I dig his art the most, to say the least. Coop designs everything from Hot Wheels to Hotties and I'm excited to present on 6-6-6 the following interview... Around the same time, MAD had begun reprinting the old MAD comics as inserts in the magazine, and another piece of the puzzle fell into place, as I discovered EC. The EC guys, particularly Wally Wood, Jack Davis, and Jack Kamen are also big influences on how I try to do stuff. I love those Wally Wood girls!

Love & Rockets got me back into comics after a brief detour into rock & roll and girls. Los Bros Hernandez made me see comics in a different context, as something cool and punk rock, and Xaime's early work on band flyers and punk 45s encouraged me to try the same thing with local Oklahoma bands like future legends The Flaming Lips.

Last but certainly not least, Robt. Williams' efforts to place cartooning and lowbrow culture in a high art context were hugely influential and truly groundbreaking, and his success certainly paved the way for me, as well as a bunch of other like-minded art hooligans.


Coop playing cards produced by my good fiend, Dave Scroggy at Dark Horse.

3) That's a long time ago! So, what were you up to in Japan?

I did a custom two-car set for Hot Wheels, as a Japan collectors' exclusive. I was the guest of honor at the collectors' convention where the set was introduced. You can see the car set, and lots of Japan photos, on my blog, Positive Ape Index.

4) How did you approach your Art Young portrait for Arf Museum? Arf Muse

http:// positiveapeindex.blogspot.com/

Chris Keeley

REZA/WEBISTAN

REZA/WEBISTAN

Photograph / REZA/WEBISTAN

I’m nine years and seven months old. I’m at home playing peekaboo in my room with my little brother, Jean. It’s Saturday evening and the sun has fallen behind the hills. There’s silence outside our bungalow, but from time to time the evening wind carries a shout to us. Our parents have kept us indoors since yesterday.

MY PARENTS’ BEDROOM
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Apartheid-era shanties in Mitchell's Plain attract land speculators

Looking for URBAN AMBIENCE (tarpaper shantytown just down the road)? Check out 21 Jonkerhoek St., a two-story HANDYMAN'S SPECIAL (cracked, boarded-over windows) with LOW-MAINT YARD (painted concrete). And it's IMMED AVAIL (if left vacant, squatters will take over).

A Shack Gets a Fancy South Africa Price
Ellen Elmendorp for The New York Times

An upmarket agency recently found a buyer for this tin-roofed fixer-upper near Cape Town for $21,000.

The New York Times

Apartheid-era shanties in Mitchell's Plain attract land speculators. 

Shacks in South Africa Can Garner Fancy Prices

Looking for URBAN AMBIENCE (tarpaper shantytown just down the road)? Check out 21 Jonkerhoek St., a two-story HANDYMAN'S SPECIAL (cracked, boarded-over windows) with LOW-MAINT YARD (painted concrete). And it's IMMED AVAIL (if left vacant, squatters will take over).

MITCHELL'S PLAIN, South Africa, June 2 — Whoops: too late. 21 Jonkerhoek was just snapped up for 140,000 rand, or about $21,000. "Ten or 15 people were interested in buying it," said Glenn Renquest, the agent. "Even when the deal was done, people still called in."

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Man's Men: Portraits by Man Ray

Man Ray did many portraits of his friends and other respected artists of his own accord.

http://www.zabriskiegallery.com/manray2006/press.htm

Man Ray
The Transvestite Barbette, Paris, 1926 (print early 1950s) Gelatin silver print
11-3/8 x 8-3/8 inches
MR44873

© 2006 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Man's Men: Portraits by Man Ray

May 2 - June 30, 2006 at Zabriskie Gallery in New York, NY. "...Whatever social laurel was conferred upon the sitter, Man Ray certainly used his camera to build relationships and secure his station in the constellation of movers-and-shakers in Paris. Though many portraits of celebrities and socialites were commissioned, as was that of James Joyce (shortly before the publication of Ulysses), Man Ray did many portraits of his friends and other respected artists of his own accord. Picasso had invited Man Ray to simply photograph his work, but an extra plate left over after the session gave Ray the opportunity create a powerful portrait."

Chris Keeley

No similar prohibition exists for payments to a lawmaker's family members, but the pay must be a rea

No similar prohibition exists for payments to a lawmaker's family members, but the pay must be a reasonable wage for real work and not be meant to influence a lawmaker's votes. Nothing in pending House and Senate lobbying reform legislation addresses the issue of such lobbyist payments to lawmaker's families.

Retirement Account of DeLay's Wife Traced
With Disclosure, Family's Known Benefits From Ties With Lobbyist Exceed $490,000

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 7, 2006; A04

 

A registered lobbyist opened a retirement account in the late 1990s for the wife of then-House Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and contributed thousands of dollars to it while also paying her a salary to work for him from her home in Texas, according to sources, documents and DeLay's attorney, Richard Cullen.

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Billy Preston, 59, Soul Musician, Is Dead; Renowned Keyboardist and Collaborator

Billy Preston was a splashy gospel-rooted keyboardist whose career included No. 1 solo hits and work with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Billy Preston, 59, Soul Musician, Is Dead; Renowned Keyboardist and Collaborator

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Billy Preston performing "Georgia on My Mind" at a post-Grammy party in 2005. He was a guest musician on Ray Charles' final album.

Billy Preston, 59, Soul Musician, Is Dead; Renowned Keyboardist and Collaborator

Billy Preston, the splashy gospel-rooted keyboardist whose career included No. 1 solo hits and work with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died yesterday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 59.

He died after having been in a coma since November, his manager, Joyce Moore, told The Associated Press. He had voluntarily entered a drug rehabilitation clinic in Malibu, Calif., and suffered pericarditis there, leading to respiratory failure that left him in a coma.

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Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush.

How the Press Rolled Over for Bush: Media Critic Eric Boehlert Takes on the Corporate Media

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/07/1420203

We speak with journalist Eric Boehlert about his new book, "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush." In it he argues that the mainstream media essentially gave up its role as defenders of the public interest and instead succumbed to pressure from the Bush White House and the conservative right. [includes rush transcript]

 


We take a look at media coverage of the war, the Bush administration and other issues that have or should have made headlines during the last six years.

Journalist Eric Boehlert argues in his new book, "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush" that the mainstream media essentially gave up its role as defenders of the public interest and instead succumbed to pressure from the Bush White House and the conservative right. Bohelert writes that the reasons for this were many including a "consolidated media landscape in which owners were increasingly -- almost exclusively -- multinational corporations; the same corporations anxious to win approval from the Republican -controlled federal government to allow for even further ownership consolidation. The press timidity was also fueled by the Republicans" tight grip on Congress...and the mainstream media's natural tendency to revere Beltway power...The timidity was also driven by Beltway careerism; by media insiders who understood that despite the cliché about the liberal media, advancement to senior positions was actually made doubly difficult for anyone with a reputation for being too far left, or too caustic toward Republicans."

Boehlert argues that the administration used a variety of tactics to undermine and control the press including curbing access, bullying reporters, hyping terror alerts, paying off pundits and producing fake newsreels or VNRs.

 

  • Eric Boehlert, journalist and contributing editor to Rolling Stone Magazine. He is a former senior writer for Salon and author of the new book, "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush."
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Uri Avnery on "Meeting Hamas"-6-3-06

Uri Avnery
3.6.06

           Meeting Hamas

SHEIKH MUHAMMAD Hassan Abu-Tir has something every politician craves:
instant recognizability. His long beard dyed bright orange with henna is
very conspicuous indeed. Actually it is a religious symbol: the prophet,
for whom he is named, used to dye his beard the same way.

The red-bearded Sheikh is better known in Israel than any other senior
Hamas leader. In the most popular satirical show on Israeli TV, "A
Wonderful Land", he is already impersonated by a famous humorist, who
succeeds in imitating his style and body language, with his intelligent
smile, and brought him into our living rooms. For many Israelis, this
impersonation has almost turned him into a likable figure, even if he
himself does not like it at all. (Something similar has happened to
Yasser Arafat, too. A marionette representing him in a very popular TV
show portrayed him as a likable, mildly humorous figure, very different
from the demonic image that the official Israeli propaganda endeavored
to establish.)

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Uri Avnery on "Eiland Plan"--6/10/06

Uri Avnery
10.6.06
           Oh, What A Wonderful Plan!

NINE MONTHS before he invaded Lebanon, Ariel Sharon let me in on his
grand design for solving all the problems of this region. It was
mind-boggling. He did not ask me to keep it secret, just not to
attribute it to him directly. I published it accordingly.

Sharon, then the freshly appointed Minister of Defense, was not
satisfied with modest steps for improving the situation in the country
between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. He wanted to change
the face of the entire region, over four countries. The main points: To
expel the Syrians from Lebanon; to establish there a Maronite-Christian
dictator (Bashir Gemayel); to transfer the Palestinians from Lebanon to
Syria, and from there to Jordan; to encourage a Palestinian revolution
in Jordan to overthrow King Hussein and turn Jordan into a Palestinian
state under Yasser Arafat; to negotiate with the Palestinian government
in Amman about the future of the West Bank. One possibility: to create a
situation there that would allow Israel to establish settlements all
over the West Bank and the Palestinians there to vote for the parliament
in Amman.

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Tom Friedman on American Diversity--NYTimes 6/7/06

Needless to say, the author is not one of my favorite columnists. (For
one thing he relentlessly promotes his book, which has already sold
zillions of copies, by sneaking references to "the world is flat" into
his columns.) But I'm circulating this piece for two reasons: (1) he
makes a good point; and (2) by sheer chance we attended the same
graduation ceremony that he did and that he writes about. He was seated
one row and several seats away from us in an enormous arena. Along with
our daughter and her husband, we were attending the graduation from
Montgomery Blair High School of our grand-daughter Katherine Frank, a
few names away on the alphabetical list in the program of graduating
seniors from the name of Natalie Friedman, the author's daughter. I
regret the author's bashing of Muslims in a gratuitous paragraph. He
might have restrained himself, for along with the myriad names of
obvious Hispanic, African, Indian, and East Asian ethnicity, there were
a few Arabic/Muslim names besides the one with which he begins his list
in this column. He could have started that list with the first two names
on the program list: Samr Abdelaziz and Benjamin Abdelrahman, for
example. But never mind, his point is well taken. End comment.

June 7, 2006
Op-Ed Columnist


 A Well of Smiths and Xias

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/thomaslfriedman/index.html?inline=nyt-per>

Muhammad Waqar, Avi Wolfman-Arent, Yiran Xia, Victoria Sandoval,
Jacqueline Orellana-Flores, Elizabeth Packer, Ramona Singh, Anuja Shah,
Mayra Ramos, Emily-Kate Hannapel, Natasha Perez, Samir Paul, Ekta
Taneja, Linden Vongsathorn, Michael Tsai, Nardos Teklebrahan, Matiwos
Wondwosen ...

I went to a high school graduation Monday and a United Nations meeting
broke out.

The commencement was my daughter Natalie's, the high school was
Montgomery Blair in Silver Spring, Md. There were some 700 kids
receiving their diplomas, and as I sat there for two hours listening to
each one's name pronounced, I became both fascinated and touched by the
stunning diversity — race, religion, ethnicity — of the graduating
class. I knew my daughter's school was diverse, but I had no idea it was
this diverse.

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a comment THOMAS FRIEDMAN made in April 1988 in an interview with the Israeli press.

Thomas Friedman on "Petropolitics", Iraq, Israel-Palestine and the "Excuse Makers"

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/07/1420208

Three-time Pulitzer prize winner Thomas Friedman turns from print to the screen with the television news special "Addicted To Oil: Thomas Friedman Reporting." The program focuses on the politics of the US reliance on oil. We talk to Friedman about "petropolitics", as well as his views on Iraq, Israel-Palestine, and the people he calls the "Excuse Makers." [includes rush transcript]


We speak with Thomas Friedman, the Foreign Affairs columnist for the New York Times. A three-time Pulitzer prize winner, Thomas Friedman is one of this country's most-widely read political commentators. His books include the award-winning "From Beirut to Jerusalem" and "The Lexus and the Olive Tree." His latest book is "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century." Later this month, he will host "Addicted To Oil: Thomas Friedman Reporting", a television special on the politics of this country's reliance on oil, or what he calls "petropolitics." "Addicted To Oil" airs on the Discovery Channel on June 24.
  • Thomas Friedman. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist. His latest book is "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century." His television news special, "Addicted To Oil: Thomas Friedman Reporting", airs on the Discovery Channel on June 24.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the film, Thomas Friedman?

THOMAS FRIEDMAN: Thanks for having me. The basic thrust of the film is that this is not your parents' energy crisis. Now we’re in a totally new world, for four basic reasons. The first is that we're in a War on Terrorism today in which we're funding both sides in the war with our energy purchases. We fund the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps with our tax dollars, we fund Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, the regimes that support them, and the charities that support them indirectly, with our energy purchases. So we're funding both sides in the War on Terrorism, and that’s flat out nuts.

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Princeton panel talk June 2, 2006

Subject:        Princeton panel talk June 2, 2006
Date:   Wed, 7 Jun 2006 12:03:22 EDT
From:   Ray    Close

*
*This is the text of the 10-minute introductory outline that I gave at a
Alumni-Faculty Forum panel discussion held at Princeton Reunions,
Friday, June 2, 2006.
Comment:  In reading it over today, I recognize again how very
simplistic a severely abbreviated  summary of this kind must appear to
any knowledgeable critic. The panelists were strictly enjoined to think
imaginatively and to make bold predictions, but because of the need for
brevity, every point I have made obviously demands further elaboration
and deeper analysis.  My purpose was to flash before the audience an
alarming picture of the enormous variety and complexity of problems that
we face in the Middle East, emphasizing the often overlooked reality
that the Iraq situation is only one of several present and potential
crises in the area that could "turn south" at any moment.
Judging from the dismay expressed by many afterwards, I guess I achieved
some success in doing that!
Ray*

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Billy Preston, in 1972.

Billy Preston, in 1972.

Billy Preston Dies at 59
And Billy Preston, the prolific keyboardist known as the “Fifth Beatle”, died Tuesday at the age of 59. Preston played on several number one hits for the Beatles and Rolling Stones, and had three number one pop singles of his own. He played at what turned out to be the Beatles’ last concert, the famous rooftop performance in 1969.

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Billy Preston, in 1972.
Chris Keeley

collection of Slovenian stamps

Posta Slovenije

collection of Slovenian stamps

An unexpected discovery through The Glory of Carniola was a very impressive and rather charming collection of Slovenian stamps produced between 1991 and the present, housed online by Posta Slovenije. Each stamp is annotated with information on the artist and background on the image’s subject matter. I find this resource all the more remarkable in light of the fact that usps.gov besides not sporting a similar online gallery of US stamps of the past decade is inaccessible and buggy most of the time.
"The Golden Bird", Jelka Reichman. Stamp issued 24/03/2003. "Boletus", Bernarda Zajec. Stamp issued 06/06/1996.


"Pustovi", Milena Gregorcic. Stamp issued 20/01/2000. "Primula carniolica", Grega Kosak. Stamp issued 20/05/1994.

Another feature unearthed via The Glory of Carniola is a photographic collection of Balkan Portraits from 1906-1910 by Fritz Wentzel.