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Alchemical Art of the Late Renaissance Period: The Ripley Scroll, 1570 (Beinecke Version)

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March 26, 2019

The scroll is known as the Ripley Scroll, it was created around the year 1570, and the text is an English translation of the Visio Mystica, an alchemical text attributed to Arnold of Villanova.  There are online references to several different versions, from an original that is to date unknown, of this scroll — this version, with its particularly richly colored and detailed artwork, seems to be generally known as the Beinecke version, after the library that houses it. 

Pamela Colman Smith: Life and Work (exhibition)

Reviving a Forgotten Artist of the Occult This article from Hyperallergic, by Sharmistha Ray, gives an overview of the exhibition Pamela Colman Smith: Life and Work, currently on display at Pratt Institute Libraries in Brooklyn (through April 11, 2019).  Smith was a student at Pratt Institute from 1893-7. A few outtakes: Installed across the library’s foyers… Read More ›

Poetry Set to Music: “The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks,” by Patricia Lockwood

The text: The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks, by Patricia Lockwood [Source: Poetry (December 2013)] Music for mezzo-soprano and computer: Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano; Jason Charney, music/recording; Poem by Patricia Lockwood

Flamenco: Tomatito Performs “Pa la Pimpi” Live

The amazing flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres (Tomatito) is joined here by his daughter, Mari Ángeles Fernández Torres, on vocals.

Piano Jazz: Vijay Iyer Trio Live in Studio, Playing Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”

Recorded at KPLU Studios, February 2011.  An awesome live performance of the jazz trio’s interpretation of Michael Jackson’s 1983 single, “Human Nature.”

Track of the Day: Poetry by Wisława Szymborska, “The Silence of Plants”

This is one of my (many) favorite poems by the Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996.  I found this great reading of the poem out there on SoundCloud a while back.  

Track of the Day: Poetry by W. B. Yeats, “Who Goes With Fergus?”

A little while back I wrote a post on the Fleet Foxes Maida Vale session recording of “The Shrine / An Argument“.  I was thinking back on the little Yeats reference in the song, and that early Romantic and Irish folklore-inspired era of his poetry, so I thought I’d follow it up with this track… Read More ›

Narcissus

Quote of the Day: On the Fear of Narcissism

In this way, Morton argues, our need to get a more immediate, superficial sharing, and to feel good about ourselves as a result, protects us from recognizing our deeper and more threatening sharing, a more terrifying similarity: we’ve done things more like the murderer than we can bear. It’s not a crass relativism, Morton’s idea;… Read More ›

Field of tulips

Track of the Day: Sylvia Plath reads “Tulips”

Sylvia Plath reads her poem “Tulips,” in a rare BBC recording.

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