Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for September 3rd, 2018

A Poet on Wall Street

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The terrible, cold, cruel part [of New York] is Wall Street. Rivers of gold flow there from all over the earth, and death comes with it. There, as nowhere else, you feel a total absence of the spirit: herds of men who cannot count past three, herds more who cannot get past six, scorn for pure science and demoniacal respect for the present. And the terrible thing is that the crowd that fills this street believes that the world will always be the same, and that it is their duty to keep that huge machine running, day and night, forever…I was lucky enough to see with my own eyes the recent stock-market crash, where they lost several billion dollars, a rabble of dead money that went sliding off into the sea. Never as then, amid suicides, hysteria, and groups of fainting people, have I felt the sensation of real death, death without hope, death that is nothing but rottenness, for the spectacle was terrifying but devoid of greatness. And I, who come from a country where, as the great father Unamuno said, “at night the earth climbs to the sky,” I felt something like a divine urge to bombard that whole canyon of shadow, where ambulances collected suicides whose hands were full of rings.

Federico García Lorca, Poet in New York

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September 3, 2018 at 9:00 am

Quote of the Day

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The total schizophrenia of male culture…has taught us all to believe that authentic feeling must be restricted to the therapist’s office or to the bedroom. To express feeling is to be “womanly,” and if we want to change the values of this culture, we must educate the entire society to appreciate rather than denigrate “womanliness” in art and in life. In order for this to be accomplished, men’s damage must be exposed, faced, altered. Men must be helped to feel again, and the point of greatest disjuncture in male personalities is pivoted upon their sense of “difference” from and “superiority” to women…It is not enough for us to learn to identify with men; we have done that all our lives. Men have to learn to identify with us.

Judy Chicago, Through the Flower

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September 3, 2018 at 7:30 am

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