A Canosan Askos depicting Medusa flanked by two Tritonesses
Late 4th ~ Early 3rd Century B.C.
"Where to start?
Everything cracks and shakes.
The air trembles with similes.
No one word’s better than another;
the earth moans with metaphors,
and the shays hitched to shimmering flocks
of birds all heaving together
fly apart, racing
against the day’s favorites."
Osip Mandelstam, from “He Who Finds a Horseshoe,” trans. Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin, Selected Poems (Atheneum, 1974)
Nicolás Dupont pelikan, 2013, oil on canvas, 40 × 50 cm
"Government deficits, the money supply, and GDP are abstractions that obscure the issues of power and distribution of wealth that are the consequence of a given political system. These abstractions make no sense as ends in themselves. A public deficit just means that a sovereign has spent money into the economy that it hasn’t taxed back. It doesn’t say whether that money was spent on bombs or schools or pure graft. A country can have a high GDP because a small subset of the population sells tons of luxury goods and financial instruments to each other while everyone else starves. Ultimately, what matters is the quality and distribution of resources. Those at the very tip of our economic pyramid understand that fiat money is unlimited, but most everyone below believes it to be scarce. We live under austerity and debt. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The idea that we don’t have the “money” to supply essential public goods to everyone is a pernicious myth that can only be maintained so long as we remain ignorant of how money actually functions. But this myth is merely justification for power structures that are ultimately backed by guns and the vastly unequal distribution of our finite planet’s resources. Knowledge is no substitute for political power. It is merely somewhere to start."
Colin Evans levitating during a séance, 1938
"Donald and Pluto" (1936)