“Poetry is the bread of Children” by Henry Faulkner

Henry Faulkner

Henry Faulkner (1961)

Oh, and do you know the bread that poetry is?
The truth that is in a leaf;
that the tongue of God is in the bells of Sunday mornings.
and that Sunday is the smile of God.
That spring rains are full of sunny music.
The sun is the hair of God falling on the land.
Did you know that God was once creating children?
That He made a beautiful mistake
and called it honeysuckle…

Oh, and in the rivers that run down
under the Sundays of your sorrows
the dinner bells of happiness are drowned.
Somewhere children are hungry and in need of hope
and the winds of sorrow are crying along the corners
in their sorry tombstone-grey neighborhoods
the grass is only mocking, what might have been
but as tho’ they were eating some strange bread
The children of sorrow smile…
As tho’ smelling an apple’s strange sweet air.
They lift their heads and smile like morning
breaking through, because they now the taste
of the apples of goodness.

Oh, and children know, no matter how rich or how poor,
sad or happy, children know.
The taste of the bread of poetry.

~Henry Lawrence Faulkner (1924-1984)

Related article: Living in the Henry Faulkner House

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Yamato spirit in post-earthquake Japan.

I was and am forever affected by the ‘Yamato-damashii’! The spirit of the Japanese is like no other, civilized, compassionate and caring. They are always concerned about the ‘community’ first and then the ‘I’. They have deep character and ethical values as a nation. A common believe is that everything should interplay with harmony on all levels.

They are showing us how to act under the worse of conditions with dignity and humanity. They act and treat each other during these strenuous disastrous times with impeccable national character and proves that there is hope for the idea of humanity. (Article on how Tokyo voluntarily dimmed its lights)

The philosopher Sartre said: “One ought always to ask oneself what would happen if everyone did as one is doing.” The Japanese embodies this idea, acting as one for the better good of each citizen. Read how the Chinese admires Japan’s behavior.

We need to be reminded that during Hurricane Katrina, Japan was one of the first to respond helping us when we were in need and donated multimillion for our cause.

Please donate:

Only in Japan. Lining up for water during the aftermath of the quake (from REUTERS)

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Essays on the aesthetics of art.

This “Essay list to read” is still under construction:

  1. “The Allegorical Impulse: Toward a Theory of Postmodernism” by Craig Owens. (1980). PART 1 [pdf]
  2. “The Allegorical Impulse: Toward a Theory of Postmodernism.” Craig Owens. (1980).  PART 2 [pdf]
  3. “The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism”Craig Owens. (1983)[pdf]
  4. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by Walter Benjamin (1936) [pdf]
  5. “Sculpture in the expanded field” by Rosalind Krauss. (1979). [pdf]
  6. “Entropy and art. An essay on order and disorder” by R. Arnheim [pdf]
  7. “Modernity-—An Incomplete Project.” JURGEN HABERMAS[pdf]
  8. “The aesthetic Revolution and its outcomes” by Jacques Rancière (2002) [pdf]
  9. “Art and Space” by MARTIN HEIDEGGER Translated by CHARLES H. SEIBERT [pdf]
  10. “Horizons” by Higgins from ubuweb [pdf]
  11. “Aesthetics and Ethics: The State of the Art” by Jeffrey Dean (2002) [pdf]
  12. “Had They Really Forgotten God?” Minimalism as Immanent Transcendence
    Brian Winkenweder (1967) [pdf]
  13. Transfiguration of the common Place by Arthur C. Danto ()[pdf]
  14. The Serious Artist by Ezra Pound (1913) [doc]
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Readinglist II

List under construction.

Challenge continues: the next 115 books! I have no idea how I will be able to get to read all of this in my lifetime!

Title Author Date
Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime Kant, Immanuel 2004
Monster/Beauty: Building the Body of Love Frueh, Joanna 2000
Man in the Landscape: A Historic View of the Esthetics of Nature Shepard, Paul 2002
Making Sense Thom, Paul 2000
John Dewey and the Lessons of Art Jackson, Mr. Philip W. 2000
Japanese Aesthetics and Culture: A Reader (Suny Series in Asian Studies Development) Hume, Nancy G. 1995
Inner Vision: An Exploration of Art and the Brain Zeki, Semir 2000
In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture Burgin, Victor 1996
In Praise of Shadows Tanizaki, Junichiro 1977
Handbook of Inaesthetics (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) Badiou, Alain 2004
Gilles Deleuze: Vitalism and Multiplicity (Modern European Thinkers) Marks, John 1998
From Shakespeare to Existentialism Kaufmann, Walter A. 1980
Essays In Existentialism Sartre, Jean-Paul 2000
Emotion and the Arts Hjort, Mette 1997
Creators on Creating (New Consciousness Reader) Barron, Frank 1997
Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts: A Guide for Humanists Hogan, Patrick Colm 2003
But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory Freeland, Cynthia 2002
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace O’donohue, John 2005
Atomism and Its Critics: From Democritus to Newton Pyle, Andrew 1995
Art In Its Time: Theories and Practices of Modern Aesthetics Mattick, Paul 2003
Art and Imagination: A Study in the Philosophy of Mind Scruton, Roger 1982
Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art Volume I Hegel, G. W. F. 1998
Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology (Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984, Vol. 2) Foucault, Michel 1999
Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts) Levinson, Jerrold 2001
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (Oxford World’s Classics) Burke, Edmund 1998
A Philosophy of Mass Art Carroll, Noël 1998
What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand Torres, Louis 2000
Wonder, the Rainbow, and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences Fisher, Philip 2003
Waste-Site Stories: The Recycling of Memory Neville, Brian 2002
Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power (Modern German Culture and Literature) Koepnick, Lutz 1999
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers Koren, Leonard 2008
Uncontrollable Beauty: Toward a New Aesthetics Beckley, Bill 2001
Truth and Method (Continuum Impacts) Gadamer, Hans-Georg 2004
Theory and Philosophy of Art: Style, Artist, and Society (Selected Papers/Meyer Schapiro, 4) Schapiro, Meyer 1998
Theories of Art Today Carroll, Noel 2000
The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty Cole, K. C. 1999
The Theory of Beauty in the Classical Aesthetics of Japan Izutsu, T. 2011
The Roots of Romanticism Berlin, Isaiah 2001
The Principles of Art (Galaxy Books) Collingwood, Robin George 1958
The Origin of Perspective Damisch, Hubert 1995
On Beauty and Being Just. Scarry, Elaine 2001
On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry Gass, William H. 1991
Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature Oates, David 2003
Pleasure and Change: The Aesthetics of Canon (Berkeley Tanner Lectures) Kermode, Sir Frank 2006
Physics and Whitehead: Quantum, Process, and Experience (Suny Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought) Eastman, Timothy E. 2009
Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey Gumbrecht, Hans 2003
Recreative Minds: Imagination in Philosophy and Psychology Currie, Gregory 2003
Six Names of Beauty Sartwell, Crispin 2006
Sticky Sublime Beckley, Bill 2001
Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts; or, Practical Aesthetics (Texts & Documents) Semper, Gottfried 2004
Sustaining Loss: Art and Mournful Life Horowitz, Gregg 2002
The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art (The Paul Carus Lectures Series 21) Danto, Arthur C. 2003
Taste and the Household: The Domestic Aesthetic and Moral Reasoning McCracken, Janet 2001
The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics (Blackwell Philosophy Guides) Kivy, Peter 2004
The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner Nietzsche, Friedrich 1967
The Claim of Reason: Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality, and Tragedy Cavell, Stanley 1999
The Continental Aesthetics Reader Cazeaux, Clive 2000
The Invention of Dionysus Porter, James 2000
The Ideology of the Aesthetic Eagleton, Terry 1991
The German Aesthetic Tradition Hammermeister, Kai 2002
The Future of Art: An Aesthetic of the New and the Sublime (Suny Series in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art) Goldsmith, Marcella Tarozzi 1999
The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art Buskirk, Martha 2005
The Evidential Power of Beauty: Science and Theology Meet Dubay, Thomas 1999
The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration Hirsch, Edward 2003
Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture Saatchi Gallery 2003
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Reading List I

Title Author Date
Artists, Critics, Context: Readings in and Around American Art since 1945 Fabozzi, Paul F. 2001
Zen in the Art of Painting Brinker, Helmut 1988
The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art Rothko, Mark 2006
Art and Meta-Art. ADRIAN, Pic 1990
Robert Frost: The Ethics of Ambiguity Timmerman, John H. 2002
Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America Burns, Sarah 1999
A Painter of Darkness: Leon Golub and His Times Marzorati, Gerald 1992
The Dialectic of Decadence: Between Advance and Decline in Art (Asthetics Today) Kuspit, Donald 2000
Discussions in Contemporary Culture Foster, Hal 1998
The Artist’s Voice: Talks With Seventeen Modern Artists Kuh, Katherine 2000
They Speak by Silences Carthusian, A 2006
Overcoming the Problematics of Art: The Writings of Yves Klein Klein, Yves 2007
And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos Berger, John 1992
Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students Elkins, James 2001
Figuring It Out Renfrew, Colin 2003
Discourses on Art: New edition (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in Britis) Reynolds, Sir Joshua 1997
Writing and Difference (Routledge Classics) Derrida, Jacques 2001
The Postmodern Arts: An Introductory Reader (Critical Readers in Theory and Practice) Wheale, Nigel 1995
Mastering Layout: On the Art of Eye Appeal Stevens, Mike 1986
The Castle of Crossed Destinies Calvino, Italo 1979
Dialogues on Art Roditi, Edouard 1980
Art as Language: Access to Emotions and Cognitive Skills through Drawings Silver, Rawley 2001
To Destroy Painting Marin, Louis 1995
Visual Thinking: Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Printing Arnheim, Rudolf 2004
Joseph Brodsky: Conversations (Literary Conversations Series) Brodsky, Joseph 2003
The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays (Nonpareil Book, 78) Davenport, Guy 1997
To Begin Where I Am: Selected Essays Milosz, Czeslaw 2002
Solitude: A Return to the Self Storr, Anthony 2005
Dialogues With Marcel Duchamp (Da Capo Paperback) Cabanne, Pierre 1987
Man’s Search for Himself May, Rollo 2009
New Seeds of Contemplation Merton, Thomas 2007
Aesthetics: Key Concepts in Philosophy Herwitz, Daniel 2008
Life Is Real Only Then, When I Am (Compass) Gurdjieff, G. I. 1999
The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art Danto, Arthur C. 1983
Grammars of Creation Steiner, Mr. George 2002
Introduction to Existentialism (Midway Reprint) Grene, Marjorie 1984
Permanent Red: Essays in Seeing Berger, John 1960
Picture This: How Pictures Work Bang, Molly 2000
Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology Bateson, Gregory 2000
How To Imagine: A Narrative On Art And Agriculture Baruchello, Gianfranco and Martin, Henry 1983
BENEATH THE WHEEL Hesse, Herman 1981
Soren Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling and The Sickness Unto Death Lowrie, Translator Walter 1970
Rodin. A Biography Grunfeld, V Frederic 1987
The Blog: Bad Time for Poetry (Artists and Writers Series) Celaya, Enrique Martinez 2010
Enrique Martinez Celaya: Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010 Celaya, Enrique Martinez 2010
Philosophy of Natural Science Hempel, Carl G. 1966
Pragmatism (Works of William James) James, William 1975
Kant’s Critiques: The Critique of Pure Reason, The Critique of Practical Reason, The Critique of Judgement Kant, Immanuel 2008
Modern Man in Search of a Soul (Harvest Book) Jung, C.G. 1955
Strangers to Ourselves Kristeva, Julia 1994
Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought (Centennial Book) Jay, Martin 1994
George Santayana- The Sense of Beauty Being the Outlines of Aesthetic Theory Santayana, George 2009
Beyond Recognition: Representation, Power, and Culture Owens, Craig 1994
Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia Deleuze, Gilles 1987
Minimal Art: The Critical Perspective Colpitt, Frances 2000
Entropy and Art: An Essay on Disorder and Order, 40th Anniversary Edition Arnheim, Rudolf 2010
Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Art Young, Julian 1994
Clement Greenberg, Late Writings Greenberg, Clement 2007
Modern Painting and the Northern Romantic Tradition: Friedrich to Rothko Rosenblum, Robert 1978
The Essential Gombrich: Selected Writings on Art and Culture Gombrich, E. H.; Woodfield, Richard; Gombrich, Ernst Hans Josef 1996
Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre (Meridian) Kaufmann, Walter 1975
What Do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images Mitchell, W. J. T. 2006
The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture, and Literature (Princeton Paperbacks, 128) Gasset, Jose Ortega y 1968
What Is Art? Tolstoy, Leo 2010
The Germans and Their Art: A Troublesome Relationship Belting, Hans 1998
The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts, 20th Anniversary Edition Arnheim, Rudolf 2009
Culture and Value Wittgenstein, Ludwig 1984
Painting as an Art Wollheim, Richard 1990
The Shape of Content (C.E.Norton Lectures) Shahn, Ben 1992
Less Than One: Selected Essays Brodsky, Joseph 1987
The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture Foster, Hal 2002
Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation (Art Criticism and Theory) Wallis, Brian 1992
The Art Spirit Henri, Robert 1984
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Bayles, David 2001
Concerning the Spiritual in Art Kandinsky, Wassily 1977
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell (P.S.) Huxley, Aldous 2009
Art as Experience Dewey, John 2005
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (Vintage) Hyde, Lewis 2007
Genius Decision: The Extraordinary and the Postmodern Condition, second, revised and expanded edition Ottmann, Klaus 2011
The View From The Studio Door: How Artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World Orland, Ted 2006
Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go McNiff, Shaun 1998
Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light (P.S.) Shlain, Leonard 2007
The Principles of Uncertainty Kalman, Maira 2009
Inside the Painter’s Studio Fig, Joe 2009
The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing Elkins, James 1997
The Shape of a Pocket Berger, John 2003
The Hidden Sense: Synesthesia in Art and Science (Leonardo Books) Campen, Cretien van 2010
From Head to Hand: Art and the Manual Strauss, David Levi 2010
The Craftsman Sennett, Prof. Richard 2009
Learning Mind: Experience into Art Jacob, Mary Jane 2010
Aesop’s Mirror Huggins, Maryalice 2010
Helmholtz: From Enlightenment to Neuroscience Meulders, Michel 2010
Ideas that Matter: The Concepts that Shape the 21st Century Grayling, A. C. 2010
How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness English, Darby 2010
Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art González, Jennifer A. 2011
Deleuze and Contemporary Art (Deleuze Connections) Zepke, Stephen 2010
Neuroarthistory: From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki Onians, John 2008
The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution Dutton, Denis 2008
This Is Not a Pipe Foucault, Michel 2008
Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space O’Doherty, Brian 2000
Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin Weschler, Lawrence 1982
Art Power Groys, Boris 2008
The Invisible Masterpiece Belting, Hans 2001
Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling Mitchell, Andrew 2010
The Invisible Dragon: Essays on Beauty, Revised and Expanded Hickey, Dave 2009
Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman’s Words: Writings and Interviews (Writing Art) Nauman, Bruce 2005
The Sublime Object of Ideology (Second Edition) (The Essential Zizek) Zizek, Slavoj 2009
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Benjamin, Walter 2010
The Invention of Art: A Cultural History Shiner, Larry 2003
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography Barthes, Roland 2010
Rodin on Art and Artists (Fine Art Series) Rodin, Auguste 1983
Politics of Aesthetics Rancire, Jacques 2006
How to Do Things with Art (Documents) Hantelmann, Dorothea von 2010
History in Transit: Experience, Identity, Critical Theory Lacapra, Dominick 2004
The Emancipated Spectator Rancière, Jacques 2009

I have started a second list which continues the reading list.

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