Rilke’s “Requiem For a Friend”

Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend" as translated from the German by Stephen Mitchell Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) wrote "Requiem For a Friend" as a tribute to his good friend, the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907), who suddenly died eighteen days after giving birth to her first child. Rilke wrote it over two haunted nights … Continue reading Rilke’s “Requiem For a Friend”

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METROPOLIS: Gillette’s Utopian City Proposal

Before perfecting his invention of the safety razor and founding what became a major American industrial and sales enterprise, King Camp Gillette (1855-1932) authored several books and pamphlets calling for radical changes in the country's economic and social system. The first of these polemical tracts, The Human Drift, called for the establishment of an ideal … Continue reading METROPOLIS: Gillette’s Utopian City Proposal

Beardsley and his Work – Aubrey Beardsley tv Documentary from 1982

  Aubrey Beardsley was a phenomenon, as his contemporaries recognised. Between 1893 and 1898 (when he died from tuberculosis aged just 25) he developed into one of the world's most exciting graphic artists, and turned out hundreds of black and white drawings, which retain their power to fascinate, to amuse and to shock. In this … Continue reading Beardsley and his Work – Aubrey Beardsley tv Documentary from 1982

French Symbolist painter, mystic and philosopher Maurice Chabas (1862-1947) By Dr. Myriam de Palma

"French Symbolist painter Maurice Chabas came from a family of painters, including brother Paul Chabas. Maurice Chabas was born on September 26th 1862, in Nantes, in a cultured and scholarly family. The eldest boy, according to the customs of the time, Chabas took over the family business as an adult despite the fact that he … Continue reading French Symbolist painter, mystic and philosopher Maurice Chabas (1862-1947) By Dr. Myriam de Palma

Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

There is a popular quote from Marcus Aurelius: "Remember that all is but opinion" being continuously shared online, usually in attempt to claim that there are no such things as facts, but when taken in the context in which he wrote he wrote it, we can see that clearly, he was writing about the power … Continue reading Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

I thought I'd share a link where you can download pdf files of 7 works by Titus Burckhardt. (or you can read them online, as above) Titus Burckhardt at Archive.org As an example, here's the Table of Contents for his work "Alchemy - Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul." At the link there … Continue reading Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

Poetry, Music, Duende: Federico Garcia Lorca

(I've taken the liberty of adding photos and videos ~ArsArteEtLabore) Excerpt from: Desolation Row - Colm Tóibín In his late teens, Federico García Lorca’s main interest was music and song. He was steeped not only in the Andalusian folk tradition but also in the European art song. He loved the work of Schubert and Beethoven.Lorca’s … Continue reading Poetry, Music, Duende: Federico Garcia Lorca