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Is Love an Art? Erich Fromm / Peter Seelig

IS LOVE an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Or is love a pleasant sensation, which to experience is a matter of chance, something one “falls into’ 5 if one is lucky? This little book is based on the former premise, while undoubtedly the majority of people today believe in the latter. Not that … Continue reading

I exist : Jean Paul Sartre / Suzanne Shevchenko

It’s nothing: I am the Thing. Existence, liberated, detached, floods over me. I exist. I exist. Above all, not move, not move… Ah I could not prevent this movement of the shoulders… The thing which was waiting was on the alert, it has pounced on me, it flows thorugh me, I am filled with it. … Continue reading

Combat – Albert Camus

Le monde est ce qu’il est, c’est-à-dire peu de chose. C’est ce que chacun sait depuis hier grâce au formidable concert que la radio, les journaux et les agences d’information viennent de déclencher au sujet de la bombe atomique. On nous apprend, en effet, au milieu d’une foule de commentaires enthousiastes que n’importe quelle ville … Continue reading

Half Truths and One and a Half Truths: Selected Aphorisms of Karl Kraus / Inoue Yūichi

Language Let language be the divining rod that finds sources of thought. Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden. I have decided many a stylistic problem first by my head, then by heads or tails. When I don’t make any progress, it is because I have bumped into the wall of language. Then … Continue reading

The Phenomenology of Spirit – Hegel / M. C. Escher

Preface: On Scientific Knowledge In the case of a philosophical work it seems not only superfluous, but, in view of the nature of philosophy, even inappropriate and misleading to begin, as writers usually do in a preface, by explaining the end the author had in mind, the circumstances which gave rise to the work, and … Continue reading

The Adulterous Woman : Albert Camus / Pierre Boncompain

A HOUSEFLY had been circling for the last few minutes in the bus, though the windows were closed. An odd sight here, it had been silently flying back and forth on tired wings. Janine lost track of it, then saw it light on her husband’s motionless hand. The weather was cold. The fly shuddered with each … Continue reading

Michel Foucault —The Lost Interview

“Lost Interview” With Michel Foucault: Missing for 30 Years But Now Recovered Foucault discusses madness and his interest in psychology and psychopathology, repeating in brief the argument he made in Madness and Civilization, his 1961 work in which—through impressive feats of archival research and leaps of the imagination—Foucault attempted, as he wrote in his preface, “to … Continue reading

Madame Edwarda : Georges Bataille / René Magritte

I remembered my desire for scandal − or rather, that it would be necessary, at all costs, to be scandalous that night. I could hear laughter over the tumult of voices, reaching me through the lights and the smoke. But nothing mattered anymore. I took Madame Edwarda in my arms, and she smiled at me. … Continue reading

Photography as Adventure – Roland Barthes

I decided then to take as a guide for my new analysis the attraction I felt for certain photographs. For of this attraction, at least, I was certain. What to call it? Fascination? No, this photograph which I pick out and which I love has nothing in common with the shiny point which sways before … Continue reading

The Drive to love – Helen Fisher

The Drive to love: The neural Mechanism for Mate Selection Helen Fisher “Since the heaven and earth were created, you were made for me and I was made for you and I will not let you go,” declared Chang Po to his beloved Meilan(Yutang, 1954, p.73) The chinese still cry over this twelfth-century Chinese fable, … Continue reading

The path to bliss is bliss / Tantric Sex and the Inner Awakening

Juicy Buddhism: The Power of Sexual Yoga “Buddhahood is obtained from bliss, and apart from women there will not be bliss.” – Caṇḍamahāroṣaṇa Tantra Praise to Vajravilāsinī, goddess of eternal love! India, 800 CE: Two practitioners, students of the great master Śabara, entered a beautiful pleasure garden to begin their practice. The garden was filled … Continue reading

Franz Kafka’s Diaries – Osvaldo Licini

I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person. Franz Kafka; from a diary entry dated 23 March 1914 Franz Kafka’s Diaries, written in German language between 1910-1923, include casual observations, details … Continue reading

La Chute : Albert Camus – Autobiography

Camus’ relationship with his wife was falling apart due to his indiscretions with other women. Francine then tried to commit suicide which left Camus with a sense of guilt. From 1955 to 1956, Camus wrote for L’Express. In 1957 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted … Continue reading

Walter Benjamin : “The power of a text” from One-Way Street

“The power of a country road when one is walking along it is different from the power it has when one is flying over it by airplane. In the same way, the power of a text when it is read is different from the power it has when it is copied out. The airplane passenger … Continue reading

Waiting – Roland Barthes / Edward Hopper

Waiting attente / waiting Tumult of anxiety provoked by waiting for the loved being, subject to trivial delays (rendezvous, letters, telephone calls, returns) I. I am waiting for an arrival, a return, a promised sign. This can be futile, or immensely pathetic: in Erwantung (Waiting), a woman waits for her lover, at night, in the … Continue reading

Notebooks – Albert Camus / Philosophy

I spent a long time looking at faces, drinking in smiles. Am I happy or unhappy? It’s not a very important question. I live with such frenzied intensity. Things and people are waiting for me, and doubtless I am waiting for them and desiring them with all my strength and sadness. But, here, I earn … Continue reading

Plato’s Symposion: Discussions on Love

“…and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even … Continue reading

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