• AND THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH WILL OVERSHADOW YOU
  • MARIAS/TRANSPORTATION
  • MARY-GO-ROUND______ Flight-into-Egypt position
  • BUTTERFLY FENCE
  • SPEAK, BUTTERFLY!
  • PIETÀ, PIETÀ
  • Aber lassen wir Herrn Nietzsche: was geht es uns an, dass Herr Nietzsche wieder gesund wurde?…

    But let us leave Herr Nietzsche: what does it matter to people that Herr Nietzsche has got well again ?… 

    Friedrich Nietzsche: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (1882)

    We are part of a mystery, a splendid mystery within which we must attempt to orient ourselves if we are to have a sense of our own nature.

    Marilynne Robinson in The World Split Open: Great Authors on How and Why We Write (2014)

    […] each individual is the center of a personal vortex; and the aggressive variety and enormity of the adventures which swirl about and confront him are unified only by his personal identity….Maya Deren

    […] Like both [Cindy, VJP] Sherman and Claude Cahun, Deren felt the need to place herself within the epic structures of human experience […]. Her use of herself as subject, therefore, is hardly simple self-expression: it is, rather, an attempt at self-transcendence, an endeavor to replace the isolated individual within the context of the larger collective consciousness.

    Shelley Rice in Inverted Odysseys (1999)

    When I state myself, as the Representative of the Verse — it does not mean — me — but a supposed person.

    Emily Dickinson in a letter (1862) to Thomas Wentworth Higginson

    If someone else is observing me, then naturally I ought to observe myself as well; if no one is observing me, then I must observe myself all the more closely.

    Franz Kafka

    AN ATTEMPT AT SELF-TRANSCENDENCE
  • In Kafka’s handwriting, the letter K plunged downward with a showy swoop the writer detested: “I find Ks ugly, almost repugnant, and yet I keep writing them; they must be very characteristic of myself.” Choosing the name K., Kafka obligated himself to trace hundreds of times in front of his own eyes a mark that vexed him and in which he recognized some part of himself. If he had narrated The Castle in the first person, as he started out doing, the story would have been less profoundly immersed in his physiology, in zones liberated from the empire of the will.

    quote from Roberto Calasso’s K.

     

    M is for MoNOgRaM - - - - M is for Mary