|the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.|
|I want a trouble-maker for a lover,|
Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame,
Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate,
Who burns like fire on the rushing sea.
From Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
|Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.|
--W. H. Auden
|Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face|
Do You Realize - we're floating in space
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
|The best things in life are not things.|
They are rodents, cousins of rats, yet we feel no revulsion as they hop toward us to ask for a cracker or crust of bread. They are cute enough to be pets, though we rarely domesticate them. They are the cutest animals that hunters regularly kill for food. They add that extra touch of life to a city park or a suburban backyard that completes a beautiful tableau. Their presence evokes a sense of serenity in sharing the bounty of our world.
The word “squirrel” means "shadow tail" in Greek.
Squirrels in general are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
Squirrels can eat their own body weight (approximately 1.5 pounds) every week.
Despite having a walnut–sized brain, squirrels frequently outsmart humans trying to protect their bird seed.
As we celebrate the January 15th birthday of America’s greatest non–violent civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, we should also honor his mentor and role model, Mohandas Gandhi, who died on January 30th, 1948. Both of these Princes of Peace were taken from the world too soon by assassin’s bullets, the truth of their message of universal love and unity being too much to bear by the purveyors of ancient hatreds and eternal divisions.
Gandhi’s career in pursuing social justice began as a London–schooled Indian attorney seeking justice for Indian immigrant workers in South Africa. It was there that he first employed non–violent civil disobedience as a tactic in the struggle for civil rights. Upon returning to India, he assumed a leadership position in the movements for easing poverty, women’s rights and, most importantly, independence from the British Empire and self–rule. He was imprisoned many times and engaged in many long protest fasts in his years of non–violently battling for Indian freedom from Britain.
Whereas Gandhi had envisioned an India based on religious pluralism, the retreating British backed the newly empowered Hindu and Muslim nationalists seeking to “purify” their own turfs. India was partitioned into Hindu–majority India and a new country, Muslim–majority Pakistan. As displaced Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and other groups made their desperate journeys to their new “homelands,” religious violence broke out, including massacres of innocent men, women and children. Gandhi skipped the big “independence celebration” in the capitol, rushing instead to the violence–torn areas. He immediately began a series of “fasts unto death” as a plea to stop the fighting and promote religious harmony. Several months into this last selfless sacrifice, a Hindu nationalist assassinated him.
What Gandhi and his exemplary follower, Martin Luther King, gave to us is something even more important than a tested blueprint for non–violent civil disobedience as a viable form of protest and social change. They left us the shining examples of their very lives. Because of their lifetimes of struggle and the sacrifice of their lives, when John Lennon, another martyr to universal peace, sang, “You may say I’m a dreamer,” no one with any familiarity with the achievements of Gandhi and King could ever again dismiss the power of peaceful non–violent protest, and the “dreamers” who practice it, as a very real means for transforming our world.
Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year.
Alice has been quite busy during that time. She’s had her story adapted into several movies, TV shows, ballets, plays, operas, and theme park attractions. Her trip to Wonderland is quite well known around the world. What is less well known is Lewis Carroll’s (whose real name was Charles Dodgson) inspiration for the story.
Many of the characters in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were based on real life people and places Carroll encountered during his life. Alice is inspired by a 10–year–old little girl named Alice Liddell. Carroll met Alice while tutoring at Oxford University. She was the dean’s daughter and one of the first to hear his fantastical story on a rowboat ride in 1862. She later begged Carroll to write it down. The date the fictional Alice’s adventure takes place is May 4th, which also happened to be Alice Liddell’s birthday. The dean himself, Henry Liddell inspired the character of the White Rabbit: He had a habit of always running late to church services due to the lengthy route he had to take from the Deanery to the Cathedral.
Alice’s sisters Lorina and Edith are thought to have inspired the character of Lory and Eaglet in the second chapter, ‘Pool of Tears,’ where it is written: “There was a Duck, and a Dodo, a Lory and an Eaglet.” The duck was Canon Duckworth, a friend also accompanying the on the boat trip and Carroll himself was the Dodo as he often stuttered, causing him to pronounce his name as ‘Do–do–Dodgson.’
Our elusive friend the Cheshire Cat is said to be inspired by cheese! “Grinning like a Cheshire Cat” was a popular phrase during Carroll’s day perhaps because cheesemakers in Cheshire county (England) molded Cheshire cheeses with a cat’s grinning face. Another possible explanation is that he was inspired by the three grinning animals in the Liddell’s family arms.
The phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ has a ring of truth to it. During Carroll’s time hatters did indeed go mad due to the prolonged mercury exposure they faced while “felting,” which sometime lead to mercury poisoning and is known as mad hatter disease. People with the disease find it hard to socialize, with some of the syndrome’s symptoms listed as tremors, pathological shyness, irritability, personality changes, and memory loss. However, Carroll’s Mad Hatter is based on an eccentric British furniture dealer named Theophilus Carter who used to stand in the doorway of his shop in Oxford wearing a top hat.
The Queen of Hearts. She is thought to be inspired by Alice’s governess Miss Prickett who was nicknamed ‘Pricks.’ That would seem quite appropriate for a character so obsessed with thorny red roses, would it not? As for her need to chop off heads, that could very well be inspired by the dining hall in Christ Church, Oxford. In the hall there is a High Table where the senior members of the college would have dined, and when sitting at the Table one would see the portrait of Henry VIII staring down at you. Who is better known for his love of seeing heads roll than Henry VIII?
Published in 174 languages around the world, Carroll created the “nonsensical” literary genre when he introduced children to Wonderland. Many children have grown up and fallen in love with Alice’s tale, possibly even setting a daily goal of believing “as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” But no where can you find the love of Alice displayed more proudly than within the cosplay community. Grab a cup of tea and follow a few curious deviants down the rabbit hole as they portray their favorite Wonderland characters.
P.S. Learn more about the real identity of Lewis Carroll.
We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad… You must be or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Why, if a fish came to me, and told me he was going a journey, I should say, ‘With what porpoise?”
Curiouser and curiouser!”
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea tray in the sky.”
Who are you?”
Off with his head!”
Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”
With his iconic fedora, brown leather jacket and bullwhip, this rugged explorer has been sparking increases in enrollment for Archeology departments across the country since his cinematic debut in 1981. Created from the first collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones has not only become one of the most entertaining film franchises of all time, but helped redefine the entire adventure genre. Indy’s wild success has also created a huge misconception about what true archeology is — as this Anthropology major discovered during her college years as she excavated on a dig while listening to the Indiana Jones theme music anthem.
Indy was inspired not by noted archeologists at prestigious institutions, but by the whip–cracking adventurers featured in the pulp magazines and the 1930s and 40s adventure movie serials that Lucas and Spielberg enjoyed as children. Those stories were in turn inspired by real–life explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. Let’s take a few moments to sort out the myths from the reality of exactly what constitutes authentic “archeology” by correcting the misconceptions created in the Indiana Jones movies.
Let’s start with the adventurer's outfit. While fedora hats may be popular among some archaeologists and professors, Indy’s costume was directly inspired by Charlton Heston's Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas (1954). Another thing to note is that while some archeological research happens on site in South American jungles or Egyptian tombs, the majority of the “digging” is conducted in libraries and labs. Even when on site, archaeological excavations are a painstakingly detailed process that involves cataloging and mapping objects and locations to answer questions about the culture of people who lived long before us. Archeology is about uncovering a people’s unknown narrative — not going on a treasure hunt. It is very unlikely you will ever see any archaeologist storm into a temple to grab an artifact as Indy does at the beginning of Raiders in the iconic boulder scene.
Set in 1935, making it a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, this film opens in Shanghai at the Obi–Wan night club with Dr. Jones bargaining with a Chinese gangster to obtain an ancient diamond. The difference here between Hollywood’s famous relic hunter and a real archaeologist is that archaeologists are looking for knowledge more than treasure, and they aren’t pirates or grave robbers looking for valuable objects that can be sold to museums or to black market antiquities dealers. The objects archaeologists prize aren’t shiny and “valuable.” They are stone tools, ceramic fragments or bones — all of which provide information about a people’s history and culture.
All of the previous movies show European or American men (Indy and Belloq) as the main agents of archaeological research, which can lead audiences to believe it is a male–dominated field. Indy also usually works alone or in this case with his father, and when he does have a team they are only there as diggers and provide little more value. They even run away fearful of the legends told about the dig site, as in the first Raiders film. Real archaeological research is conducted by teams with members (both male and female) of myriad ethnicities, with various skills and areas of expertise. Each person brings a different understanding to the table and all work hand in glove to piece the past together to tell a little–known people’s story.
In The Last Crusade a woman is finally introduced as an archaeologist, the Austrian Dr. Elsa Schneider. And while she does spend time in a library, it’s to smash into the catacombs with Indy, rather than to do any actual reading. Serving primarily as a femme fatale love interest for both Dr. Joneses (turning out to be a greedy villain), she does little to advance the future of women in the field.
The team is currently back to the drawing board working on the newest Indiana Jones movie, which will be a reboot for the entire series. The current buzz on the wire is that the fedora may be passing hands from Harrison Ford to Chris Pratt. Deviant Rahzzah has given us a little taste of what the newest Dr. Jones could look like. What do you think?
Dr. Jones may not have been a real archaeologist, but his films have certainly inspired many audience members to learn more about the field and a few brave souls to actually pursue it. The impact these movies have had across both education and entertainment make Indiana Jones a hero to fans, moviegoers, and yes, even professors of archeology.
Now, cue the Raiders March. Grab your fedora and dive into the jungles of our DeviantArtists’ imaginations to raid a treasure trove of Indiana Jones fan art.
He no nuts, he’s crazy!”
Dr. Jones. Again we see that there is nothing you can possess that I cannot take away.”
Yeah? I’ll tell you what. Until I get back my five thousand dollars, you’re gonna get more than you bargained for. I’m your goddamn partner!”
Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”
Don’t call me Junior!”
Germany has declared war on the Jones boys”
We named the dog ‘Indiana’… I’ve got a lot of fond memories of that dog.”
You’re gonna get killed chasing after your damn fortune and glory!”
The midnight hour has always been more than an hour of the day. It is symbolically the inversion of the noon hour’s illuminating sunlight revealing all there is that should be seen and known. Midnight means a cover of darkness to hide certain problematic situations. It is a time for the compromised to meet in desperate rendezvous to pass dire secrets, while the good people dream in the deep sleep of the pure of heart. Midnight means locked doors, hushed voices, and a longing for the light of dawn. Here is a collection of the wonders and frights you may encounter should you dare venture out in the Witching Hour…
“Witching Hour (noun) 1. the witching hour, the hour at which witches are supposed to appear, usually midnight.”
Thus twice before, and jump at this dead hour, With martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.”
Tis the witching hour of night, Or bed is the moon and bright, And the stars they glisten, glisten, Seeming with bright eyes to listen For what listen they?”
The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown–up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.”
“Midnight is the witching hour — if you believe that kind of thing, and most people won’t admit it if they do. Midnight is the time when a door opens from our world into the next, and we are visited by dark spirits of the shadowlands. The incubus, the succubus, the old hag. Visitors are known by many names, but each story bears the same marks. The demons come after midnight in the first three hours of the new day, when we are alone and vulnerable, deep asleep and helpless, when we cannot move. They lay on us, press on us, suffocate us, take from us what is most precious: our lives, our love, our sanity — our sleep. If you believe in that kind of thing.”
Frozen was Disney’s tremendously successful third attempt at adapting the grimm Hans Christian Anderson tale 'The Snow Queen.' As early as 1943, Walt Disney saw the potential in this the longest and most highly acclaimed of Andersen’s stories, but it took 70 years and a couple of modifications for the film to finally become a dream come true.
First published in 1845, the villainous Snow Queen was described in the story as: “…a woman, dressed in garments of white gauze, which looked like millions of starry snow–flakes linked together. She was fair and beautiful, but made of ice—shining and glittering ice. Still she was alive and her eyes sparkled like bright stars, but there was neither peace nor rest in their glance”
In order to make the story work on screen Disney had to turn the Snow Queen from villain to flawed heroine and in doing so introduced it’s first dual Princess narrative featuring sisters Elsa and Anna.
Disney always includes a few artistic treats in their animated films and this one is no different. The names of the characters—Hans, Kristoff, Anna, and Sven—are a tribute to the original author, when placed together it sounds like Hans Christian Anderson. During Anna’s song ‘For the first time in Forever’ she swings and poses in front of a painting in the palace gallery based on 18th-century oil painting ‘The Happy Accidents of the Swing’ by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. It seems to be a popular painting among the Disney animators as it has show up in concept art of films like 'Tangled.'
Frozen’s popularity is a tribute to the essential and timeless themes of Anderson’s story—love, family, and finding one’s inner strength. The award winning film has not only melted audiences’ hearts across the world and become the highest–grossing animated movie of all time, it has also inspired a multitude of cosplayers to “let it go” and transform into their favorite Frozen characters.
Ready the reindeer and prepare to sled full speed ahead through a chillingly beautiful cosplay collection!
Some people are worth melting for”
Let the storm rage on! The cold never bothered me anyway”
Do you want to build a snowman?”
But — but — Oh, come on! It’s a palace made of ice! Ice is my life!”
Current Residence: A Peaceful State|
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Favourite photographer: Sebastio Salgado. Richard Mapplethorpe. Walker Evans. Weegee.
Favourite style of art: Post-impressionist. Abstract-expressionist. The New Digital Vanguard. Contemporary fantasy.
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