Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome

Rainer Maria Rilke To Lou Andreas-Salome I held myself too open, I forgot that outside not just things exist and animals fully at ease in themselves, whose eyes reach from their lives' roundedness no differently than portraits do from frames; forgot that I with all I did incessantly crammed looks into myself; looks, opinion, curiosity. … Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome

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Harmonices Mundi (Harmony of the World) by Johannes Kepler, 1619

"Nature, which is never not lavish of herself, after a lying-in of two thousand years, has finally brought you forth in these last generations, the first true images of the universe. By means of your concords of various voices, and through your ears, she has whispered to the human mind, the favorite daughter of God … Continue reading Harmonices Mundi (Harmony of the World) by Johannes Kepler, 1619

Max Ernst – La femme 100 tetes

"Max Ernst's collage book "La femme 100 têtes", originally published in 1929. directed by Eric Duvivier The book consisted of a surrealist picture per page, with a little legend. But the story depended on the ability of the reader to interpret the collages, and was not relying that much on the legends. The book was … Continue reading Max Ernst – La femme 100 tetes

The Beatus of Facundus, or Beatus of Liebana

Towards the end of the eighth century Beatus, a monk in the monastery of San Martin de Turieno, near present day Santander, compiled a Commentary on the Book of Revelation, or Apocalypse, from the writings dedicated to the topic by such patristic authors as Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose and Irenaeus. Recognition of Beatus of Liébana has … Continue reading The Beatus of Facundus, or Beatus of Liebana

Kitab al-Bulhan, or the Book of Wonders

(flick through the readable version above) Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, is an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late 14th century A.D. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410). The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as … Continue reading Kitab al-Bulhan, or the Book of Wonders

Humming away in the background – Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

"I know of no such story" I told him at last "You mean you've never heard of it?" "That's right" Ishmael nodded. "That's because there's no need to hear of it. There's no need to name or discuss it. Every one of you knows it by heart by the time you're six or seven. Black … Continue reading Humming away in the background – Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Vision de l’Enfer

Simon Marmion - Vision de l’Enfer, from Les Visions du chevalier Tondal manuscript. 1475