September 06, 2012

take like careful drugs

Clausewitz on War.
Mapplethorpe Tantric Work
The Letters of General Robert E. Lee
Blake Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Van Gogh letters to his brother Theo.
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Gauguin writing from an Island - Noa Noa
George Jackson Prison Letters.
George Jackson Blood in my eye.
George Jackson letters to Angela Davis.
Crazy Horse Mari Sandoz

the ancient celts carefully distinguished the poet, who was originally a priest and judge and whose person was sacrosanct, from the gleeman. when two armies engaged in battle, the poets of both sides would withdraw together to a hill and there judiciously discuss the fighting. The gleeman, on the other hand was a joculator or entertainer.

Rothko feb. 2nd 1948- There has been an organized attack on "unintelligible" art simultaneously in the NY Times, Art News, Telegram, etc. That in itself does not trouble me. What is amusing is the artists, who being attacked and planning reprisals, are as fearful of their vested interests and of offending somebody or other, as if they were merchants or peddlers. I think the attack is the greatest signal honor which we have received here in ten years. To be intelligible to them is dishonorable and suspect.