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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The inferno that won't die / 2017: a conflation / Hardy: Thoughts from Sophocles / Mosul 2017

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DSC06050 | by noppadol.maitreechit

DSC06050 {Chumphon, Thailand]: photo by noppadol maitreechit, 11 December 2017

DSC06050 | by noppadol.maitreechit

DSC06050 {Chumphon, Thailand]: photo by noppadol maitreechit, 11 December 2017

DSC06050 | by noppadol.maitreechit

DSC06050 {Chumphon, Thailand]: photo by noppadol maitreechit, 11 December 2017

20170721-jacekszust | by Jacek Szust

20170721-jacekszust: photo by Jacek Szust, 21 July 2017

Darkness | by Andrii Mur

Darkness | Talinn, Estonia 2017: photo by Andril Mur, 19 November 2017

Darkness | by Andrii Mur

Darkness | Talinn, Estonia 2017: photo by Andril Mur, 19 November 2017

Darkness | by Andrii Mur

Darkness | Talinn, Estonia 2017: photo by Andril Mur, 19 November 2017

Elche, Spain | by Miguel M.A.S.

Elche, Spain: photo by Miguel M.A.S., circa 2017

jacek_szust_homeland | by Jacek Szust

jacek_szust_homeland: photo by Jacek Szust, 28 July 2017

Ingoldmells | by Andy Feltham...

Ingoldmells [Skegness]: photo by Andy Feltham, 27 November 2017

Ingoldmells | by Andy Feltham...

Ingoldmells [Skegness]: photo by Andy Feltham, 27 November 2017

Ingoldmells | by Andy Feltham...

Ingoldmells [Skegness]: photo by Andy Feltham, 27 November 2017

Untitled | by Martín Molinero

Untitled: photo by Martín Molinero, 9 December 2017

Sonntagsspaziergang im Schnee | by rdie

Sonntagsspaziergang im Schnee | Kreuzweg Starrkirch-Wil [Switzerland]: photo by rdie, 10 December 2017

Sonntagsspaziergang im Schnee | by rdie

Sonntagsspaziergang im Schnee | Kreuzweg Starrkirch-Wil [Switzerland]: photo by rdie, 10 December 2017

Sonntagsspaziergang im Schnee | by rdie

Sonntagsspaziergang im Schnee | Kreuzweg Starrkirch-Wil [Switzerland]: photo by rdie, 10 December 2017

Thomas Hardy: Thoughts from Sophocles
        (Oed. Col. 1200 1250)

Who would here sojourn for an outstretched spell
Has senseless promptings, to the thinking gaze,
Since pain comes nigh and nigher with lengthening days,
And nothing shows that joy will ever upwell.

Death is the remedy that cures at call
The doubtful jousts of black and white assays.
What are song, laughter, what the footed maze,
Beside the good of knowing no birth at all?

Gaunt age is as some blank upstanding beak
Chafed by the billows of a northern shore
And facing friendless cold calamity
That strikes upon its features worn and weak
Where sunshine bird and bloom frequent no more,
And cowls of cloud wrap the stars' radiancy.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928): Thoughts from Sophocles [after Oedipus at Colonus 1211-48], in Evelyn Hardy: Some Unpublished Poems by Thomas Hardy, The London Magazine, 3/1 (January 1956)
 
Untitled | by Thanos Anthopoulos

Untitled: photo by Thanos Anthopoulos 8 June 2015
 
Untitled | by ilan burla

Untitled: photo by Ilan Burla, 28 September 2017

nap | by Paul Swee

nap | Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur: photo by Paul Swee, 10 August 2017

nap | by Paul Swee

nap | Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur: photo by Paul Swee, 10 August 2017

nap | by Paul Swee

nap | Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur: photo by Paul Swee, 10 August 2017

Somerset, KY | by _Bruno_Ribeiro_

Somerset, KY: photo by Bruno Ribeiro, 6 December 2017

Lipstick Refresh candid | by DonStevie

Lipstick Refresh candid | London, England [Field Day festival, Hackney]: photo by DonStevie, August 2016

Lipstick Refresh candid | by DonStevie

Lipstick Refresh candid | London, England [Field Day festival, Hackney]: photo by DonStevie, August 2016

Lipstick Refresh candid | by DonStevie

Lipstick Refresh candid | London, England [Field Day festival, Hackney]: photo by DonStevie, August 2016

Louisville | by Joey Harrison

Louisville: photo by Joey Harrison, July 2017

Thompson’s Corner Saloon - Cordelia, CA | by Rex Mandel

Thompson's Corner Saloon - Cordelia, CA| Cordelia is an unincorporated part of Solano County about 42 miles (68 kilometers) from San Francisco. Hey Donald Trump, if you're not involved in your businesses, how come you're talking with your accountant about how the tax legislation affects you? You fucking phony!: photo by Rex Mandel, 25 February 2017

Thompson’s Corner Saloon - Cordelia, CA | by Rex Mandel

Thompson's Corner Saloon - Cordelia, CA| Cordelia is an unincorporated part of Solano County about 42 miles (68 kilometers) from San Francisco. Hey Donald Trump, if you're not involved in your businesses, how come you're talking with your accountant about how the tax legislation affects you? You fucking phony!: photo by Rex Mandel, 25 February 2017

Thompson’s Corner Saloon - Cordelia, CA | by Rex Mandel

Thompson's Corner Saloon - Cordelia, CA| Cordelia is an unincorporated part of Solano County about 42 miles (68 kilometers) from San Francisco. Hey Donald Trump, if you're not involved in your businesses, how come you're talking with your accountant about how the tax legislation affects you? You fucking phony!: photo by Rex Mandel, 25 February 2017

In the morning you feel one way; in the afternoon, it can seem as if years have passed. It’s just astounding how it all just keeps moving on | Pema Chodron | by myrnaphotography
  
In the morning you fell one way; in the afternoon, it can seem as if years have passed. It’s just astounding how it all just keeps moving on | Pema Chodron [NYC]: photo by Myrnaphotography, 24 November 2016

Untitled | by diadà

Untitled: photo by diadà, 1 May 2008

Untitled | by - STUART PATON -

Untitled: photo by Stuart Paton, 25 November 2017

Untitled | by - STUART PATON -

Untitled: photo by Stuart Paton, 25 November 2017

Untitled | by - STUART PATON -

Untitled: photo by Stuart Paton, 25 November 2017

Untitled | by Dominic Bugatto
   
Untitled [Queen St. W., Toronto]: photo by Dominic Bugatto, 5 December 2017

Louisville, KY | by _Bruno_Ribeiro_

Louisville, KY: photo by Bruno Ribeiro, 29 September 2017

The Angel Dog | by Tom Akaradech

The Angel Dog: photo by Tom Akaradech, 9 December 2017

The Angel Dog | by Tom Akaradech

The Angel Dog: photo by Tom Akaradech, 9 December 2017

The Angel Dog | by Tom Akaradech

The Angel Dog: photo by Tom Akaradech, 9 December 2017

back23 | by a stage/diurnal illness

back23 [world dog show, Leipzig]: photo by Hannes Herbst, 12 December 2017

back23 | by a stage/diurnal illness

back23 [world dog show, Leipzig]: photo by Hannes Herbst, 12 December 2017

back23 | by a stage/diurnal illness

back23 [world dog show, Leipzig]: photo by Hannes Herbst, 12 December 2017

100_2838 | by Francesco Luppolo

100_2838: photo by Francesco Luppolo, 6 December 2017

100_2838 | by Francesco Luppolo

Untitled | by patrickjoust

Untitled [Park Circle, Baltimore]: photo by Patrick, April 2017

Le Roy, MI  2017 | by Don Hudson

Le Roy, MI 2017: photo by Don Hudson, 4 December 2017

Somerset, KY | by _Bruno_Ribeiro_

Somerset, KY: photo by Bruno Ribeiro, 21 December 2017

Wiesendamm | by epha

Wiesendamm | Berlin Spandau: photo by epha, 12 June 2016

Wiesendamm | by epha

Wiesendamm | Berlin Spandau: photo by epha, 12 June 2016

Wiesendamm | by epha

Wiesendamm | Berlin Spandau: photo by epha, 12 June 2016

Untitled | by Marco Antonecchia

Untitled: photo by Marco, 12 December 2017

Untitled | by Marco Antonecchia

Untitled: photo by Marco, 12 December 2017

Untitled | by Marco Antonecchia

Untitled: photo by Marco, 12 December 2017

* | by Sakulchai Sikitikul

* TAIPEI TAIWAN: photo by Sakulchai Sikitikul, 18 November 2017

* | by Sakulchai Sikitikul

* TAIPEI TAIWAN: photo by Sakulchai Sikitikul, 18 November 2017

* | by Sakulchai Sikitikul

* TAIPEI TAIWAN: photo by Sakulchai Sikitikul, 18 November 2017

DSCF1895-2 | by typograph030

DSCF1895-2 | Storkower_Strasse, PrenzlauerBerg, Berlin: photo by Michael Roggeman, 14 November 2017

DSCF1895-2 | by typograph030

DSCF1895-2 | Storkower_Strasse, PrenzlauerBerg, Berlin: photo by Michael Roggeman, 14 November 2017

DSCF1895-2 | by typograph030

DSCF1895-2 | Storkower_Strasse, PrenzlauerBerg, Berlin: photo by Michael Roggeman, 14 November 2017

Untitled | by Instagram:rangefinderx

Untitled: photo by rangefinderx, 21 April 2016

Untitled | by Instagram:rangefinderx

Untitled: photo by rangefinderx, 21 April 2016

Untitled | by Instagram:rangefinderx

Untitled: photo by rangefinderx, 21 April 2016

Untitled | by Yuro73

Untitled: photo by Yuro De Iullis, 1 May 2017

Untitled | by Yuro73

Untitled: photo by Yuro De Iullis, 1 May 2017

Untitled | by Yuro73 
Untitled: photo by Yuro De Iullis, 1 May 2017

The inferno that won't die


#USA Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze: Photo @Robyn_Beck #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFP, 12 December 2017


#USA Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze: Photo @Robyn_Beck #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFP, 12 December 2017


#USA Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze: Photo @Robyn_Beck #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFP, 12 December 2017


#USA Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze: Photo @Robyn_Beck #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFP, 12 December 2017


#USA Fire in southern California threatening another city #AFP Photo Mark Ralston: image via AFP Photo Department @AFP, 11 December 2017


 #USA Fire in southern California threatening another city #AFP Photo Mark Ralston: image via AFP Photo Department @AFP, 11 December 2017


Surreal scene on the beach in Carpinteria, California #ThomasFire Photo: @eye4light: image via Getty Images News @GettyImagesNews, 12 December 2017 


Surreal scene on the beach in Carpinteria, California #ThomasFire Photo: @eye4light: image via Getty Images News @GettyImagesNews, 12 December 2017 

  
Surreal scene on the beach in Carpinteria, California #ThomasFire Photo: @eye4light: image via Getty Images News @GettyImagesNews, 12 December 2017 


 #ThomasFire - With flames burning behind it, a Christmas Tree stands as a lone sentinel in the front yard of an evacuated home in Carpinteria.: image via SBCFireInfo @EliasonMike, 11 December 2017

 
 #ThomasFire we made a trip at 10,500 feet along the eastern side looking at the 230,500 acres that burned. Couldn’t get to Montecito due to safety of flight issues. But saw so much destruction. Looking like alien landscapes. @CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk: image via stu mundel @Stu_Mundel, 11 December 2017

 
 #ThomasFire we made a trip at 10,500 feet along the eastern side looking at the 230,500 acres that burned. Couldn’t get to Montecito due to safety of flight issues. But saw so much destruction. Looking like alien landscapes. @CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk: image via stu mundel @Stu_Mundel, 11 December 2017



 #ThomasFire we made a trip at 10,500 feet along the eastern side looking at the 230,500 acres that burned. Couldn’t get to Montecito due to safety of flight issues. But saw so much destruction. Looking like alien landscapes. @CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk: image via stu mundel @Stu_Mundel, 11 December 2017
 
   
I stared at this scene for a minute too long last night. #thomasfire: image via Marcus Yam #yamphoto, 11 December 2017
 

People stand on a roof to watch a wildfire in Santa Barbara County, California Photo Patrick T Fallon: image via Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures, 12 December 2017 

As the Thomas fire burns, Santa Barbara County alerts go bilingual

 The Thomas Fire make its way down the ridges threatening homes in the mountains above Montecito on Dec. 11, 2017.: Photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, 1 December 2017

As the Thomas fire burns, Santa Barbara County alerts go bilingual

 The Thomas Fire make its way down the ridges threatening homes in the mountains above Montecito on Dec. 11, 2017.: Photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, 1 December 2017



Why is the Thomas fire in Ventura so hard to contain?: image via Laura J. Nelson @laura_nelson, 12 December 2017



A great, heart-felt, story-telling image by @MelMelconPhoto documenting the continuing  #thomasfire, now in Montecito. #latimes: image via Jay L. Clendenin, 12 December 2017
 

The inferno that won't die: How the #ThomasFire became a monster.: image via Marcus Yam @yamphoto, 12 December 2017

5 comments:

TC said...

Bob Dylan: Positively 4th Street (live Nashville 1994)

Bob Dylan: Positively 4th Street (live King's Dock Liverpool 12 July 2001)

Hanford Woods said...

Tom
Nice to see the Hardy poem. Recently read Christopher Ricks' book Beckett's Dying Words, among others he uses Hardy and Sophocles nicely to help out in the case for never being born. But then had we never been born, we would have missed out on Kevin de Bruyne and we should surely never have foregone that.
Alas, Fulham
hanford

TC said...

Hanf,

Wonderful to have the permafrost broken by words of deep wisdom from one so long abus'd... by the cottagers I mean... while conceding that KDB is no doubt the most brilliant technical player on earth, there are these salient issues for me: large blond/pink person in citeh blue, what's the world coming to, and moreover, what's with this sudden outbreak of... may we call it manners? ... a decadent development... take the money out of it and let the lads have their aggro in the tunnel, say I from the Seven Crippled Sleepers Den, hard by the Death Impact Expressway...

In truth my present shameful state calls out from beneath my former state, which it seems I never was able to appreciate while in it and having at least a sketchy imitation of basic capacities like being able to walk move feel see etc, across the echoing krazykat deserts and buttes and canyons of Time, to Master TH, to guide me through the lameness and kvetching, the ills and the ails and the terminal lack of the sort of genius that allowed him to write great poems on into his eighties while complaining about it in the lucid, true way for which we love him, bleak old coot that he was.

The long winter night here has now been underway for hours and has hours to go still and the flu riddled inamorata is snuffling away in the dark under a mast of cats in the next room, allowing me the contemplative space in which to decide to not succumb quite yet, and upon the dawning, post in this space the #1 dead man walking poem by our favourite dyspeptic zombie guide to anciency, in your honour, naturally, insh'allah.

Tom Palmer said...

Hey Tom—I was jolted and soon enough awed by the “A Conflation”. I read “Cat Person” last week and was taken by yet surprised this week by the story’s viral legs and then felt like an insider when I read this post (happens a lot). The New Yorker strung together fiction by McGuane and Coetzee this past month that I thought was strikingly good, and then I enjoyed, oddly it’s true, the curveball by Roupenian. I was shocked, shocked I tell you, by what you did with Roupenian’s piece. The tone among the cut-ups was, well, convertible. I don’t know how you see that stuff – both ends of the cultural equation, the war and the reckoning. I immediately thought (wrongly) Abdul-Ahad’s The Guardian pieces were cut from the New Yorker’s good “Dark Victory in Raqqa” by L. Mogelson. Anyway, I’m in awe, as mentioned, by “Beyond the Pale”. And to elbow in on the above comments, I’m shaking my head, still and favorably, about Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah’s at-speed run and strike in the Merseyside Derby. It was among the best I’ve seen this year. Old school desire and skill in traffic, if not pressure, from Big Sam’s version of the wall. No complaints about Rooney’s strike from the spot from this easy chair. Nor de Bruyne’s brilliance.

TC said...

Tom,

I was shocked, shocked I tell you that anybody actually stopped to attempt to unpick the conflation.

That nyawkah story read to me like a B minus effort that jumped out of the tank of a JC college writing class into virality w/passing Go, though of course that's explained by The Hook. I mean, I get that this viralist is at Harvard, not a JC. Well, JC "fiction" might at least have, like, maybe two characters, not just the one we're meant to care about plus the punching bag cipher w/ the hairy belly...

Now if a male had writ the thang and chosen to home in on the disgust evinced by repulsive gross female corpulence (as vs tother way round) (admittedly an impossible proposition, amid the current staggering social delirium)...

TBH I thought the story was weak, obvious, a compilation of diluted clichés and unexamined social attitudes.

But what happens when you attempt to mash-up a mash-up?

Mosul = world historical tragedy. #MeToo = uncut muricanski banality. Laid upon one another = Katzenjammer 2017.

"As the story began to go viral, a series of narratives began to emerge around it: It was a good story. No, it was a bad story, and people who thought it was good had not read enough short stories. No, it actually was good, and people who thought it was not good were sexist. Margot’s internal monologue about Robert’s body constituted fat shaming. No, she was simply a good old-fashioned unlikable narrator. Robert was the villain. No, Robert was the hero. Wait, was 'Cat Person' fiction, or a nonfiction personal essay?

"Much of the discomfort and controversy swirls around the character of Margot and all that she represents: a white, college-educated, straight, relatively thin young woman. She’s both a figure of enormous privilege and a figure who is disempowered, and most of the discourse about the story has focused on trying to figure out exactly where she stands."

Really, I didn't care even the teeniest tiniest bit where Margot stood. I just wanted the author -- just as I'm always dumb enough to be wanting the present -- to have a bit of mercy.

Ah, but here in these You Nighted Staids we are proud to say we have neither Mersey nor mercy.

Liverpool v Everton 10 December 2017

(Highlights fit to float in a seasonal glass swirling-snowflake paperweight... do they still have those?)