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Pushing Pixels 5

I’m for hire! Got a business you need a poster or advertisement for? I charge from $100 to $150 USD for a poster sized arrangement of your five or six photographs and explanatory text. We can discuss printing options, in … Continue reading

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Just Like Honey by The Jesus and Mary Chain

1985. We’re in an echo chamber with a Scottish band called The Jesus and Mary Chain. Life is good. Or, we’re watching the melancholy ending to Lost in Translation, with two different people returning to their different lives. After they … Continue reading

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“Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

If life wasn’t built on lies there might not be much of a world at all. “Life must go on; I forget just why.” Millay. More of her here (internal link) By Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) Time … Continue reading

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How Many Lines Does it Take to Draw a Pretty Face?

Fewer than you think. Although they have to be the right lines. Picasso was famous for simple line drawings of animals. But drawing a human face is more complicated, correct? Ever tried? I have never gotten proportions right, a murderously … Continue reading

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1980’s Color Choices

Okay, let’s just mix all those electric color choices of the 80s into a bucket and then wash in something that looks like blue lava. Princess Ardala of the Draconian Empire. The only reason to watch the 1979/1980 Buck Rogers … Continue reading

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Simon the Cyrenian Speaks by Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen was a noted poet from New York. John Fredrick Nims relates, “As Christ was being led to the crucifixion, ‘they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.’” Cyrene was an … Continue reading

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Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

Amazing delivery of call and response between hope and hopelessness. Mix of trance, spiritual, and deep house. Only 17 words in the entire song. “Why does my heart feel so bad?” “Why does my soul feel so bad?” And “He’ll … Continue reading

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You Foolish Men by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

The brilliant and courageous Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (internal link) pioneers ground Elizabeth Barett Browning (internal link) would later cover in her own way. Dictionary.com says that ‘Thais’ was an “Athenian courtesan: mistress of Alexander the Great and Ptolemy … Continue reading

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Lord Walter’s Wife by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To quote Thackery, “unlawful passion, felt by a man for a woman.” True, but incomplete. More like a lecture by a woman. An admonishment to a man on his duplicitous behavior and judgment when a woman expresses passion towards him. … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Book versus Movie Script

A novel and its screenplay well demonstrate the skills of revising and editing. A book must be pared down to fit a film’s run length and to eliminate much of the scene setting in a novel done with words and … Continue reading

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