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Die Winterreise [5]

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M'learned wag

Close shaves

Solar Impulse

Fidei defensor

Suspending disbelief

Die schöne Müllerin [4]

The month 11

Shaken, stirred and rusted


Language Lab

Tumbril for two

Engaging God

Enlightenment redux

Jigsaw grammar

Antisocial media

Highbrow cat-stroking

Myth Thwitzerland

Rousseau's NBFF

Mars speaks


Microsoft. How do I hate thee?

All Souls' Day

All Saints' Day

How to lose money

The month 10

Carbon dioxide

Transitioning to November

Fanatics: the good and the bad

The bad old days

Rousseau! Back in your box!

Troubling the living stream

Wittgenstein’s disease

Who are you calling a snob?

Red Burgundy

Nietzsche's birthday

Rousseau in Nature

Business Girls

Data despair

EU referendum: No thank you!

Rousseau staggers on

How to end an extremely long poem

Atlas Shrugged: 'Whatever'

Democracy and delegation


Jeannot in church

The good old days

The month 09

Bye bye, democracy. Hello, general will.

Tests of faith, the lunatic's friend

Schubert, you idiot!


You swine!

Greenwich Dump Time

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Quote and image of the month 10.2015

Quote of the month

The American modernist poet Ezra Pound was born 130 years ago on 30 October 1885 and died 43 years ago on 1 November 1972.

Manet painted the bar at La Cigale or at Les Folies in that year

she did her hair in small ringlets, a la 1880 it might have been,

red, and the dress she wore Drecol or Lanvin

a great goddess, Aeneas knew her forthwith

by paint immortal as no other age is immortal

la France dixneuvieme

Degas Manet Guys unforgettable

Ezra Pound (1885-1972), The Cantos of Ezra Pound, Faber & Faber, London, 1975; 'The Pisan Cantos', Canto 74, p. 435 (ND: p. 455)

NOTES — red: the colour of the hair of Pound's mistress, Olga Rudge; Aeneas: in the Aeneid, recognized his mother Aphrodite at first glance.
Suzon, the girl behind the bar, Olga and Aphrodite all blended into one.

Image of the month

Un bar aux Folies Bergère

Édouard Manet (1832-1883), Un bar aux Folies Bergère, 1882.