• Art,  Religion

    Sleeping Beauty, Kiev

    From Kiev: A Ukrainian-Canadian artist is presenting an interactive art projectcalled “Sleeping Beauty,” in which five attractive young women take turns sleeping under dim lights in Kiev’s top gallery, each under a pledge to marry the visitor who wakes her with a kiss. Any unmarried museum-goer can kiss the woman in the hope of making Beauty fall in love and awaken. There was an awkward man from a provincial Ukrainian town, who knelt down before one Sleeping Beauty and wept because she didn’t wake up from his kiss. It seems there is a religious metaphor in here.

  • Film

    Flesh and the Devil

    Flesh and the Devil is an exercise in framing Garbo. An effort to make you feel the closeness of her body, in a way that could make a man tremble. The movie is about a woman, created so beautifully and with such passion, that you would give up friendship, happiness, you life, your soul, just to be with her. She is the personification of sin. Or maybe just a sort of desperateness you get when you know that God is not real, and every moment not spent with her is lost forever. A celebration of paganism, and of women with curly hair and smoldering eyes. Louise Brooks said this about…

  • Art

    The Gates of Hell (Instagram)

    I’ve recently discovered that Stanford University has one of the Gates of Hell. Fantastic! The Rodin collection in the connected Cantor Museum has a large selection of Rodin’s smaller works, and gives a really good idea of how Rodin worked, and what he was trying to get at. The Rodin museum in Paris by comparison has more of his monumental work, and is considerably less technical and more autobiographical. Fun Fact: Pennsylvania is home to one of three original casts of Rodin’s Gates of Hell and is allegedly home to the actual Gates of Hell.

  • Myth,  Religion

    The Revival of Thomas Browne

    From the New York Times: He was the kind of Christian thinker, after all, who could wonder whether Lazarus would have a legal right to reclaim his possessions from his heirs after he re-emerged from the grave. He could write with great verve about why most cultures buried their dead lying down, but some had the bodies standing erect; about the macabre practice of inhaling a dying person’s last breath; and about the even more disturbing one of drinking a loved one’s ashes (a custom revived and adapted by Keith Richards, who claimed to have snorted some of his father’s remains.) As an amateur scientist and product of the early Enlightenment, Browne…