From Abraxas Journal:
Rare copper alloy statuette of the god Serapis Amun Agathodaemon (Egypt late Hellenistic/early Roman period 1st century BC - 1st century AD)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Hispanic playwright dying of terminal cancer. My teacher read this to us today and there wasn’t a dry eye in the classroom. Please read this. If you don’t do anything else today, just read this. You need to.
Marquez, while in poor health, does not currently have terminal cancer, but was just released from the hospital to treat pneumonia.
This particular poem was written back in 2000 when Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. It was not actually written by him but by a ventriloquist named Johnny Welch who essentially threw his voice into the mouth of the ailing Marquez. The work springs up every now and again usually whenever Gabo goes to a hospital.
The Unholy Grail of Lost Films, Kenneth Angers Lucifer Rising with Jimmy Page Soundtrack - Dangerous Minds reports: “onight a lucky audience in downtown Los Angeles, seated in the opulent setting of the theatre at the Ace Hotel (once the original United Artists Theatre co-owned by Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford) will be treated to a number of Kenneth Anger rarities that have been recently rediscovered and restored by Anger’s producer/manager/collaborator filmmaker Brian Butler. Among them are alternate versions of The Magick Lantern Cycle films and the mind-blowing, but ill-fated collaboration between Anger and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, both famously devotees of Aleister Crowley’s philosophy of Thelema.”
I posted this everywhere else in my social networks but somehow forgot Tumblr. Whoops! Anyway, guys, if you’re in LA and free tonight …
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Why did the chicken cross the road?
It had been crossing so long it could not remember. As it stopped in the middle to look back, a car sped by, spinning it around. Disoriented, the chicken realized it could no longer tell which way it was going. It stands there still.
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“Who’s there?” Alois asked again, more insistently.
And so it went for years. It wasn’t until his deathbed Alois realized he was on the outside of the door.
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“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
“I don’t know,” Gregor told the faceless interrogator for the fiftieth time.
“We can’t help you if you won’t work with us. Perhaps another day in the machine will convince you to cooperate.”
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What’s the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?
Nothing after Albert’s inexplicable transformation. Every breath was agony.
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[To heckler] Hey, I don’t come down to where you work and expose the bureaucratic machine in which you’re embedded as the dehumanizing monolith it is.
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A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “Why the long face?”
“I was born into servitude, and when I die, my feet will be turned into glue,” replied the horse.
The bartender realized he would not be getting a tip.
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[Holding a rubber chicken] Behold this mockery of food.
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Yo momma’s so fat, that she hasn’t left the flat in three years. Her only solace is the figurine of the ballet dancer that she stares at day in day out. One day, you slip on a banana peel, destroying it.
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If the system has no place for you, and you’re forced to live on its fringes teetering between poverty and anarchy… you may be a redneck.
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[Wearing arrow through head] This arrow does not bring the release I so desperately crave.
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Take my wife, please. I can no longer support her and don’t wish to since we lost the child.
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What’s black and white and red all over?
The prisoners in the penal colony. The sun was especially brutal that day, and the warden had taken their roofs as punishment for an unnamed crime.
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A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. Am I right, ladies?
Copy in tempera by Wilkinson of relief of goddess Nekhbet
Relief is from the temple of Deir el-Bahri, better known as the temple of queen Hatsepsut.
New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Hatsepsut, 1473 – 1458 B.C.
The relief has been rendered beautifully in red, white, green and red colours.
Source: The Metropolitan Museum
Really stunning wing work there.
A phallic satyr, c.1530-1540
Peintures Murales et Pratiques Magiques Dans La Tribu Des Ouadhias, M. Devulder (1958)
Identification posters for bumblebees of the eastern and western United States. You can download printable pdf versions at the link.
Bringing this back since it’s spring.
Happy National Library Week!
Finland now offering Tom of Finland stamps!
Confident and proud homoeroticism
The autumn’s stamp series begins September 8 with Tom of Finland, who is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world. His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures.
During his career, Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 drawings. The two drawings on the stamp sheet were selected by graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the stamp, andSusanna Luoto, the Finnish representative of the foundation named after Tom of Finland operating in Los Angeles.
The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer. “The sheet portrays a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. There is never too much of that in this northern country,” says Timo Berry. The miniature sheet contains three 1st class self-adhesive stamps.
The artist behind Tom of Finland was Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), whose profile is extended in the exhibition Sealed with a Secret - Correspondence of Tom of Finland opening in the Postal Museum September 6. The exhibition will display the busy correspondence of Laaksonen from the early 1940s to his dying year, 1991. The exhibition will be displayed until March 29, 2015, in Museum Centre Vapriikki in the new Postal Museum to be opened in Tampere in September.
The tragedy is real, folks. Just because your parents were Mary Woronov and Jack Nance doesn’t mean you get to drink what you want, homes.
The power of Monkey is IRREPRESSIBLE!
Lady Satan, Golden Age comic book heroine.
"Perhaps I am the only person in the world today who is a master of the art of Black Magic. That is why I am called Lady Satan."
The Lovers card From the Afro-Brazilian Tarot by Giuseppe Palumbo