Art has to be forgotten, beauty must be realized. -- Mondriaan

I had to create an equivalent for what I was looking at - not copying it. -- Georgia O'Keeffe

Real originality is precisely what is commonly called personality. Just as everyone possesses his own, characteristic handwriting, every artist has its own distinctive manner. It is not necessarily an obstrusive feature, and it is certainly a mistake to see in the obviously different an immediate proof of real originality. -- Anna Mahler

Aber es gehört ja zur Dynamik aller großen Kreativität, auch nach ihrer Genese: immer greifen die Kunstwerke, auch die der Erkenntnis, so nach dem Alles-in-Einem wie das Kind nach den Sternen. -- Hans Wollschläger Von Sternen und Schnuppen

14 mei 1972

Luisterend, dus los van de gedrukte letter, besefte ik opeens hoe belangrijk het beeld is en hoe ondergeschikt de taal: de taal dient het beeld. Dat behoedt voor verstarring en abstractie. Het beeld is natuurlijk alleen met het juiste woord te treffen, dat wel.

Wat is een gedicht toch een raadselachtig iets: het is taal, het is beeld en het zegt iets wat noch met de taalvorm, noch met het beeld helemaal samenvalt. Omdat het ook een inzicht, een gevoel, een besef is. -- C. O. Jellema Een web van dromen

All art is a kind of confident uncertainty.

-- Idris Parry

origin of the "flowerville" name: james joyce -- ulysses:

Could Bloom of 7 Eccles street foresee Bloom of Flowerville?

In loose allwool garments with Harris tweed cap, price 8/6, and useful garden boots with elastic gussets and wateringcan, planting aligned young firtrees, syringing, pruning, staking, sowing hayseed, trundling a weedladen wheelbarrow without excessive fatigue at sunset amid the scent of newmown hay, ameliorating the soil, multiplying wisdom, achieving longevity.
What syllabus of intellectual pursuits was simultaneously possible?
Snapshot photography, comparative study of religions, folklore relative to various amatory and superstitious practices, contemplation of the celestial constellations.
What lighter recreations?
Outdoor: garden and fieldwork, cycling on level macadamised causeways ascents of moderately high hills, natation in secluded fresh water and unmolested river boating in secure wherry or light curricle with kedge anchor on reaches free from weirs and rapids (period of estivation), vespertinal perambulation or equestrian circumprocession with inspection of sterile landscape and contrastingly agreeable cottagers' fires of smoking peat turves (period of hibernation). Indoor: discussion in tepid security of unsolved historical and criminal problems: lecture of unexpurgated exotic erotic masterpieces: house carpentry with toolbox containing hammer, awl nails, screws, tintacks, gimlet, tweezers, bullnose plane and turnscrew. Might he become a gentleman farmer of field produce and live stock?
Not impossibly, with 1 or 2 stripper cows, 1 pike of upland hay and requisite farming implements, e.g., an end-to-end churn, a turnip pulper etc.
What would be his civic functions and social status among the county families and landed gentry?
Arranged successively in ascending powers of hierarchical order, that of gardener, groundsman, cultivator, breeder, and at the zenith of his career, resident magistrate or justice of the peace with a family crest and coat of arms and appropriate classical motto (Semper paratus), duly recorded in the court directory (Bloom, Leopold P., M. P., P. C., K. P., L. L. D. (honoris causa), Bloomville, Dundrum) and mentioned in court and fashionable intelligence (Mr and Mrs Leopold Bloom have left Kingstown for England).
What course of action did he outline for himself in such capacity?
A course that lay between undue clemency and excessive rigour: the dispensation in a heterogeneous society of arbitrary classes, incessantly rearranged in terms of greater and lesser social inequality, of unbiassed homogeneous indisputable justice, tempered with mitigants of the widest possible latitude but exactable to the uttermost farthing with confiscation of estate, real and personal, to the crown. Loyal to the highest constituted power in the land, actuated by an innate love of rectitude his aims would be the strict maintenance of public order, the repression of many abuses though not of all simultaneously (every measure of reform or retrenchment being a preliminary solution to be contained by fluxion in the final solution), the upholding of the letter of the law (common, statute and law merchant) against all traversers in covin and trespassers acting in contravention of bylaws and regulations, all resuscitators (by trespass and petty larceny of kindlings) of venville rights, obsolete by desuetude, all orotund instigators of international persecution, all perpetuators of international animosities, all menial molestors of domestic conviviality, all recalcitrant violators of domestic connubiality.