Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

everything zen


Japanese gardens are a living work of art in which the plants and trees are ever changing with the seasons. As they grow and mature, they are constantly sculpted to maintain and enhance the overall experience; hence, a Japanese garden is never the same and never really finished. The underlying structure of a Japanese garden is determined by the architecture; that is, the framework of enduring elements such as buildings, verandas and terraces, paths, tsukiyama (artificial hills), and stone compositions. Over time, it is only as good as the careful maintenance that it receives by those skilled in the art of training and pruning. Part of the art is to keep the garden almost still, like a painting.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

when you see red


Red Sky at Night poem

Red sky at night,
Sailor's delight;
Red sky at morning,
Sailor's warning.

Friday, June 25, 2010

food for thought


equals

thought for food








incase you are new to this, click on the highlighted words above for your next meal.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

incase


i don't make it out alive

you know where i was










Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

his majesty



the bastard - no one could be this good - oh yes - mr. sorolla...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

how does this guy make you feel?

the dumb waiter writer


Harold Pinter
Born 10 October 1930 in East London. He is married to Lady Antonia Fraser.
Playwright
THE ROOM (1957); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1957); THE DUMB WAITER (1957); A SLIGHT ACHE (1958); THE HOTHOUSE (1958); THE CARETAKER (1959); SKETCHES: The Black and White; Trouble in the Works (1959); Last to Go; Request Stop; Special Offer (1960); That's Your Trouble; That's All; Interview(1964); A NIGHT OUT (1959); NIGHT SCHOOL (1960); THE DWARFS (1960); THE COLLECTION (1961); THE LOVER (1962); TEA PARTY (1964); THE HOMECOMING (1964); THE BASEMENT (1966); LANDSCAPE (1967); SILENCE (1968); SKETCH Night (1969); OLD TIMES (1970); MONOLOGUE (1972); NO MAN'S LAND (1974); BETRAYAL (1978); FAMILY VOICES (1980); and with VICTORIA STATION and A KIND OF ALASKA under the title OTHER PLACES (1982); SKETCH Precisely (1983); ONE FOR THE ROAD (1984); MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1988); THE NEW WORLD ORDER (1991); PARTY TIME (1991); MOONLIGHT (1993); ASHES TO ASHES (1996); CELEBRATION (1999); SKETCH Press Conference (2002); SKETCH Apart From That (2006).
Screenwriter
THE CARETAKER (1962); THE PUMPKIN EATER (1963); THE SERVANT (1963); THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (1965); ACCIDENT (1966); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1967); THE GO-BETWEEN (1969); THE HOMECOMING (1969); LANGRISHE GO DOWN (1970) adapted for TV 1978; A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU (1972) not filmed; THE LAST TYCOON(1974); THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN (1980); BETRAYAL (1981); VICTORY (1982) not filmed; TURTLE DIARY (1984); THE HANDMAID'S TALE (1987); REUNION (1988); THE HEAT OF THE DAY (1988); THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS (1989); THE TRIAL (1989); THE DREAMING CHILD (1997) not filmed; THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR (2000) not filmed; SLEUTH (2007)
Radio
VOICES (2005).
Director
Plays
THE COLLECTION (with Peter Hall) (1962); THE LOVER and THE DWARFS (1963); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1964); Robert Shaw's THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH London (1967) and New York (1968); James Joyce's EXILES (1970); Simon Gray 's BUTLEY (1971); John Hopkin's NEXT OF KIN (1974); Simon Gray 's OTHERWISE ENGAGED London (1975) and New York (1977); William Archibald's THE INNOCENTS New York (1976); Noel Coward's BLITHE SPIRIT (1976); Simon Gray 's THE REAR COLUMN (1978); Simon Gray 's CLOSE OF PLAY (1979); THE HOTHOUSE (1980); Simon Gray 's QUARTERMAINE'S TERMS (1981); Robert East's INCIDENT AT TULSE HILL (1981); Jean Giraudoux's THE TROJAN WAR WILL NOT TAKE PLACE (1983); Simon Gray 's THE COMMON PURSUIT (1984); ONE FOR THE ROAD (1984); Tennessee Williams' SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1985); Donald Freed's CIRCE AND BRAVO (1986); Jane Stanton Hitchcock's VANILLA (1990); PARTY TIME and MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1991); THE NEW WORLD ORDER (1991); David Mamet's OLEANNA (1993); LANDSCAPE (1994); Ronald Harwood 's TAKING SIDES (1995); Reginald Rose's TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1996); ASHES TO ASHES 1996; Simon Gray 's LIFE SUPPORT 1997; ASHES TO ASHES in Italy (1997); ASHES TO ASHES in France (1998); Simon Gray 's THE LATE MIDDLE CLASSES (1999); CELEBRATION and THE ROOM (2000); NO MAN'S LAND (2001); Simon Gray 's THE OLD MASTERS (2004)

Films
BUTLEY (1974)

Television
Simon Gray's THE REAR COLUMN (1980); THE HOTHOUSE (1982); MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1988); PARTY TIME (1992); LANDSCAPE (1995); ASHES TO ASHES Italy (1998).
Actor
Theatre
Toured Ireland with Anew McMaster repertory company (1951-52) Donald Wolfit Company, King's Theatre, Hammersmith (1953-54) Rep at Chesterfield, Whitby, Huddersfield, Colchester, Bournemouth, Torquay, Birmingham, Palmers Green, Worthing, Richmond (1953-59) THE CARETAKER - Mick Duchess Theatre (1960) THE HOMECOMING - Lenny Watford Theatre (1969) OLD TIMES - Deeley Los Angeles (1985) NO MAN'S LAND - Hirst Almeida & Comedy Theatre (1992-3) THE HOTHOUSE - Roote Chichester Festival Theatre, Comedy Theatre (1995) LOOK EUROPE! - Tramp, Almeida Theatre (1997) THE COLLECTION - Harry, Gate Theatre, Dublin (1997) & Donmar Warehouse (1998), ONE FOR THE ROAD - Nicolas, New Ambassadors Theatre, London (2001) & Lincoln Center Festival, New York, USA (2001), SKETCH Press Conference, Royal National Theatre (2002)
Film
THE SERVANT - Society Man (1964) ACCIDENT - Bell (1967) THE RISE AND RISE OF MICHAEL RIMMER - Steven Hench (1970) TURTLE DIARY - Man in Bookshop (1985) MOJO - Sam Ross (1997) MANSFIELD PARK - Sir Thomas (1998) THE TAILOR OF PANAMA - Uncle Benny (2000)
Television
A NIGHT OUT - Seeley (1960) HUIS CLOS by Jean Paul Sartre - Garcia (1965) THE BASEMENT - Stott (1967) ROGUE MALE by Clive Donner - Lawyer (1976) LANGRISHE, GO DOWN - Shannon (1978) THE BIRTHDAY PARTY - Goldberg (1987) BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore - John Smith (1997) CATASTROPHE by Samuel Beckett - Director (2000) WIT by Margaret Edson - Father (2000)
Radio
PLAYERS - Narrated by Harold Pinter with Edward de Souza FOCUS ON FOOTBALL POOLS and FOCUS ON LIBRARIES (1951) HENRY VIII - Abergevenny (1951) MR PUNCH PASSES - Narrator (1951) A NIGHT OUT - Seeley (1960) THE EXAMINATION - Reading (1962) TEA PARTY - Reading (1964) MONOLOGUE - Man (1975) ROUGH FOR RADIO by Samuel Beckett - Man (1976) BETRAYAL - Robert (1990) THE PROUST SCREENPLAY - The voice of the Screenplay (1995) I HAD TO GO SICK by Julian McLaren Ross - Reading (1998) MOONLIGHT - Andy (2000) A SLIGHT ACHE - Edward (2000)
Awards
CBE, 1966; Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg) 1970; European Prize for Literature (Vienna) 1973; Pirandello Prize (Palermo) 1980; Chilean Order of Merit, 1992; The David Cohen British Literature Prize 1995; Honorary fellow of Queen Mary College, London; Laurence Olivier Special Award 1996; Molire d'Honneur, Paris in recognition of his life's work, 1997; Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence 1997; BAFTA Fellowship 1997; Companion of Literature, RSL 1998; The Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts 2000; Brianza Poetry Prize, Italy 2000; South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, 2001; S.T. Dupont Golden Pen Award 2001 for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature; 'Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema', Italy, 2001; World Leaders Award, Toronto, Canada, 2001; Hermann Kesten Medallion for outstanding commitment on behalf of persecuted and imprisoned writers, awarded by German P.E.N., Berlin, Germany, 2001; Companion of Honour for services to Literature, 2002; Diploma “ad Honorem”, Teatro Filodrammatici, Milan , Italy 2004; Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 50th Anniversary - Special Award, 2004; Wilfred Owen Poetry Prize, 2005; Frank Kafka Prize, 2005; Nobel Prize for Literature, 2005; European Theatre Prize, 2006; Serbian Foundation Prize, 2006; St George Plaque of the City of Kragujevac, 2006; Legion d'Honneur, 2007

Honorary degrees from the Universities of Reading 1970; Birmingham 1971; Glasgow 1974; East Anglia 1974; Stirling 1979; Brown (Rhode Island) 1982; Hull 1986; Sussex 1990; East London 1994; Sofia (Bulgaria) 1995; Bristol 1998; Goldmiths, University of London 1999; University of Aristotle, Thessaloniki 2000; University of Florence, Italy, 2001; University of Turin, Italy, 2002 and National University of Ireland, Dublin 2004; University of Leeds 2007.



the above as well as more can be found at:


Saturday, June 12, 2010

for a certain someone


your bullshit
has made you lots of money

the truth
has made me nothing


you have the money

i have the truth

Friday, June 11, 2010

vanessa bell






Biography

The elder sister of Virginia Woolf, the daughter of the prominent Victorian writer Sir Leslie Stephen, Vanessa Bell was a well-known painter and designer of the early twentith century. She was a central figure of a group of writers and artists known as the Bloomsbury. When she was seventeen, Vanessa began to take drawing classes. She entered the painting school of Royal Academy Schools in 1901.

In 1907, she married Clive Bell, a poet and an art critic who was also a member of the Bloomsbury group. Vanessa first had a love affair with the artist and critic Roger Fry, and later fell in love forever with the talented artist Duncan Grant. Both of these men were also prominent members of the Bloomsbury circle and had a substantial influence on Vanessa's attitude and on her art. Vanessa had three children, Julian and Quentin Bell, and Angeliclia, the daughter by Duncan.


Vanessa was very disappointed and discouraged in her early career as an artist, during which she exhibited several of her paintings at the New English Art Club and other venues. In addition to the income that she earned from the sale of few paintings, she provided illustrations to many books written by Virgina Woolf and decorated furniture and artifacts for the Omega market. She reached the height of her career a several years after Roger Fry's First Post-Impressionist Exhibition in 1910, during which she became influenced by French artists like Cezzane and Matisse. Vanessa often painted together with Grant. Therefore, several of their paintings contain the same theme.

In addition to her artistic talent, Vanessa was a good writer, who frequently wrote letters to her sister and other members of Bloomsbury. Even Virginia once wrote to Vanessa saying, "You have a touch in letter writing that is beyond me.


Although she was still married to Clive Bell, Vanessa lived separately with Duncan and her children at a farmhouse called Charelston. She lived happily there until her death in 1961 due to a heart failure.



Iceland Poppies, 1909




Bibliography

Caws, Mary Ann. Women of Bloomsbury. London: Routledge, 1990

Spalding, Frances. Vanessa Bell. London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985

Naylor, Gillian., Ed. Bloomsbury: The Artists, Authors and Designers By Themselves. Great Britian: Octopus Group/Amazon, 1990

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

this shit is cool

you know it and i know it



there's more where that came from:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

my friend oscar just might...



i worked with oscar.

he was the director guy and i was the graphics dude. oscar is extraordinarily intelligent and gifted in the area of insight.

my friend oscar just might dig this...





btw - i know you know i know wikipedia is in the know. well maybe...




Sunday, June 6, 2010

peel sessions


John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter and journalist. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967, until his death in 2004. He was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style. He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock, reggae andpunk records on British radio, and he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres including alternative rock, indie rock, pop, hardcore punk, grindcore, death metal,British hip hop and dance music.

Peel's Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular 'Peel sessions', which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC's studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to bands that later would achieve great fame (These 'sessions' are similar to 'Live Lounge' sessions recorded today for the station). Another popular feature of his shows was the annual Festive Fifty countdown of his listeners' favourite records of the year. Peel appeared frequently on British television as one of the presenters of Top of the Pops in the 1980s, and he provided voice-over commentary for a number of BBC programmes. He became popular with the audience of BBC Radio 4 for his Home Truths programme which ran from the 1990s, featuring unusual stories from listeners' domestic lives.




for instance:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFb8RZhCX4Y




above article from wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Peel

Saturday, June 5, 2010

moleskine man




scribbles of chapter 2 coming to a blog near you...




Friday, June 4, 2010

chapter two

and chapter three of

"the tale of john williamston"

are on the paper...

just got to do some stuff tonight and will type them up real soon. i promise.

i know you can't wait. : )

so in the mean time. how are you doing? absolutely fine? good.


i remain,

tom


video

Thursday, June 3, 2010

THE TALE OF JOHN WILLIAMSTON - CHAPTER TWO

TOMORROW

click below here

ArtistJames Wyeth
TitlePortrait of Orca Bates
Date1989
Media / MaterialsOil on panel
Measurement 50" x 40"





farnsworth museum


heard about this via WATTS FINE ART


give them a call. they can handle all


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fine art

needs

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

one of six chapters


CHAPTER ONE


words crossed the top of the pocket note book page.

"tonight i will write the beginning of a story for you."


and so begins the tale of john williamston, a character created on the spot. no forethought. no scientific study. no days and nights mulling. just a simple name to start. john williamston. a study about a random morning in the year of 1925.

the sun was out which of course was not the norm that month of december. december had never known such sunshine. minnesota had a reputation for the icy cold. minnesota had a way of putting the so-called tough in their places, a junk yard guard dog to appear soft enough to get momentary praise from a strange passerby.

john williamston was frail. in 1925 john was twelve years of age. he was a lonely child who kept his room in top condition. john liked to keep a certain order, a type of order only an expert model airplane maker could understand. john wasn't an expert with the exception of maybe being himself.

john was born to parents of a failed farm. a farm which stood on the other side of the atlantic, a once plentiful place which made hard work, the work of laboring hands, lead oneself to a life of necessary purpose.

on the sixth floor, alley side, the simple flat hovered as if to collapse with next rainfall or minor car accident in the tight alley below.

john found a bag of seed one morning under a mattress in the corner flat on the eighth floor abandoned by an elderly woman who spoke to herself incessantly. she was thin. unlit cigarettes dangled from her thin lips. when she recited poems from an old book john would see her discolored and intensely rotten teeth the two front of which were broken and jagged. at night john would lie on his cot and peer out a window into to the sky above where the steam rose, the grounds of the alley below, dripping water from the sink in the corner and listen to the old woman's ravings echo. the words most of which he knew not a single meaning of. sometimes she spoke in what he imagined to be french. john loved the old woman's voice and knew how she was feeling. he wondered what her cats were doing as she spoke aloud and threw hard objects around the room.

starting well over a year ago john often woke during the night. upon waking he would step out the window and descend to the alley street below. in his night-shirt and barefooted john would take to the street front and "window shop" as he'd heard it was called on the corner of burgundy street. his favorite stop was a hardware shop. in the window behind small signs he could spy on a collection of mechanical wind-up toys of an antiquated type. near these mechanized gadgets was a cradle stuffed with plastic or wooden headed, haunted hallowed eyed, frayed hair, joined finger and toe, hard and cold, detached dolls. the dolls sent chills up his spine. john would only glance at them and then turn around to look behind himself the act of which he would always fight not to do but like all involuntary bodily acts could not help. it's just like blinking or breathing he thought to himself. dolls like those in the heap would always give him a sense, an eerie sensation that something or someone was standing right in back of him.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

man on his green period


http://www.johnhoux.com/


just when i thought the world was going to hell in a hand-basket i came across this bloke and his femme-fatale friend rachel fannan at a small cafe in los angeles sometime ago.

now i only dream in green.

buy his stuff if you think you have a soul...