the frisco kid photograph (picture of a gone america)

Photo by Walter Chappell, March 15, 1971 –  The San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 17, 1973

En exergue:

We were all in it, right there in the heart of beatsville that Sunday morning in March 1971, to pose between the beat navel of the world, Vesuvio, and Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Book Shop – more than a hundred cats and chicks showing up at this ungodly hour to have their picture took for the cover of Jerry Kamstra’s The Frisco Kid, a novel of North Beach bohemia in the fifties and sixties.
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Indeed, America was seething with Vietnam turmoil, yet here among us peace and harmony reigned as we strolled up Columbus, then along Broadway, to drift into Enrico’s Coffee House and Bistro, where a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon would be served entirely free of charge. That fine Sunday in the spring of 1971 all was indeed well with the best and beatest of all worlds.

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(excerpt from History Of The Frisco Kid Photograph courtesy of my friend Pete Edler © 2006)

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Tuesday January 17, 2017


 

the short “summer” of consumerism ( agenda19892010, the best of )

  • In the so called Advanced Industrial Society, mainly in the second post-war in western countries, happened that with the affluent society the consumerism became a a way of life. But the meaning was propaganda. This outdated car now out of the garage whom I took a picture is the message that the glorious days of consumerism were defintely over. It was 2006. The crisis was ongoing and the photograph was a subjective point of view about something vintage choise by the man driving this car.
  • Do I have to apologize with myself. Sometime the “eye” of the camera is really a point of view about the Economics. I remember the old movies by Jean-Luc Godard about the Eastern Countries, the video clips of a poor Economics opposite to the Western welfare. Socialism beaten by Capitalism was the message. But what happens today? I see old cars and bicycles, supermarket unadorned aisles, lack of medical care. It the Capitalism a sort of Socialism.
  • Of course it is true but with a little difference, Capitalism as winner over the Socialism shows the dark side of Humanity, the hate against the poverty of the Others. The ferocity of Evolutionism and Biopolitics bypasses the Idealism and people is in worst condition because Economics is still a value of exchange in both Socialism and Capitalism. But (and it is a big but) people in Capitalism considers each other as enemies hence it brings a lot of worthless pains , a lot of psycological pain un-necessary.

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(rinaldo rasa)

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Sunday January 15 2017


 

companions

 

Rinaldo Rasa ,

companions ( compagni , compagnons, compañeros )

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pencil on paper / digitalised by the author /

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commentary

oh friends walking on the sidewalk thus we are now remembering old times withoud soundtracks or ideals we walking along the road of the memories like figures whitish painted filmed within a dark cave as a winter sunset

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Saturday January 14 2017


 

liu bolin ” the invisible man ” (agenda19892010 the best of)

LIU BOLIN,

15 photographs of the invisible man (2009)


warning : these photographs are © strictly reserved to the aficionados of “experienceofthinking”, please do not divulgate outside of the blog. please do not re-blog etc. (the sequence of pictures is very important, every single pictures is linked to the previuos one or the next.) thank you. rinaldo rasa (the blogger)

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for these photographs i thank my friend mike watt, the bassist of the minutemen
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Friday January 13 2017


 

slawomir mrozek ” young werther musical group ” (readings of agenda19892010)

illustration by marian malina, cellografia, 1959

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The director of the Philharmonic orchestra received us in a very kind way. ‘What can I do for you?’, he said.
‘We are asking 50,000 money’
‘It is possible, but you must telling me the reason. Can I ask you a reason?’
‘As down payment.’ I told.
‘Of course it is a good practice. But a down payment for what?’
‘About our performance at the Philharmonic orchestra.’
‘Yes. It’s a good point. However we see each other for the first time. Isn’t it? What type of deal have we signed?’
‘We haven’t yet signed a deal, but we can sign a deal right now.’
‘Undoubtedly. Can you tell me your musical proposal? Are you a group?’
‘Not yet but we will be a group.’
‘Can you tell me something about your repertoire?’
‘I will tell you the repertoire when we learn how to perform the music.’
‘You mean learning to play a musical instrument?’
‘Yes. A certain musical instrument.’
‘So you are telling me you do not know a musical instrument?’
This Director of the Philharmonic was very a silly hence he made me nervous.
‘At the time, you are not a musical group. Isn’t it?’
‘What do you mean? We are young. We are the future.’
‘Allright, the future is yours. I understand but I propose you to learn a musical instrument then come back to the Philharmonic for a job.’
He didn’t give us a down payment. The Director was a fascist hence we came out from the office. Along the aisle we see a poster showing that this week will be perform music composed by an unknown dude named Mozart.

 

‘Who is Mozart?’ asked one of the group.
‘I’m sure he is an old musician. I bet!’, I replyed to him.
From that time our group ended the days of art and we begun make bombs. Our first target was the Philharmonic because the fight for Justice takes precedence.

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(slawomir mrozek, das leben für anfänger, text curated by rinaldo rasa)

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Thursday January 12 2017


 

henry and henri

A peculiar evergreen overhung our fire, which at first glance looked like a pitch pine (P. rigida), with leaves little more than an inch long, spruce-like, but we found it to be the Pinus Banksiana, — “Banks’s, or Labrador Pine”, also called Scrub Pine, Gray Pine, &c., a new tree to us. These must have been good specimens, for several were 30 or 35 feet high, which is 2 or 3 times the height commonly assigned them. Michaux says that it grows further north than any of our pines, but he did not find it any where more than 10 feet high.

(henry david thoreau, the maine woods, 1857)

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Je ne connais pas le caractère du chêne. Mais le caractère qu’il montre, je le connais, et celui que montrent le hêtre et le tremble et l’orme et tous ses compères des forêts d’Europe. Je connais, je le vois et je ne l’aime pas. Surtout pas celui du hêtre dont j’avais des forêts pleines à quarante minutes de chez moi, et que je vomissais de tout le refus de mon enfance. Grand coffre produisant pour peu de temps une nuée de petites feuilles, qui tombent bientôt et il reste un grand réticent. Avec ça, pas mort, quoiqu’il en l’air, cet avare. Adulte-né, il trouve qu’il met ceux cents ans à mourir.

Quand il y a beaucoup de vent, on perçoit, venant de son haut, un petit murmure qui ne veut rien dire, sur ce grand plier dur.

Tout autre est le caractère que montre l’arbre tropical.

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les dessins d’henri michaux sont extraits de arbres des tropiques, 1942

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Wednesday January 11 2017


 

zoon politikon ( he said and he said a philosophical dialogue )

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Rinaldo Rasa ,

zoòn politikón

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acrylic on paper / digitalised by the author /

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commentary

‘I saw this small animal’, he said.
‘What?’, he said.
‘It was midnight and I see him’, he said.
‘You mean an animal in your kitchen?’, he said.
‘O. Yes he was looking at me’, he said.
‘Really?’, he said.
‘Yes. He checked me.’, he said.
‘Do you mean every midnight?’, he said.
‘Sometimes. Non every night’, he said.
‘And he talks?’, he said.
‘No. He stands up here and look at me’, he said.
‘I am almost convinced’, he said.
‘And I believe this’, he said.
‘Allright’, he said.
‘Terrific’, he said.

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Tuesday January 10 2017


 

” karl marx and the fema ” , rinaldo rasa agenda19892010 readings of newspaper

In the drama Götz von Berlichingen, Goethe describes a sitting of “Fema” . Fema is a secret sect active in Germany during Seventeenth century. Among the insurgents against the dictatorships or rebels against the authority (e.g. Beati Paoli in Italy) the Fema was well known. The cultural heritage of Fema had reached the Nineteenth century when Karl Marx interpreted the sect as a revolutionary metaphor.

‘In revenge for mischief done by the dominant class during the Medieval age in Germany there was the secret court named “the court of Fema”. If you can see a red cross on a wall of a house everybody knows that the homeowner was condamned by the Fema. Today the whole houses in Europe are signed with the misterious red cross. The History is the Judge and the Proletariat is the executor .’

Karl Marx, 1856

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reading march 4 1989

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Monday January 9 2017


 

virginia woolf ” form, endurance and permanence” , rinaldo rasa agenda19892010 readings

What is that happens between the hour of midnight and dawn, the little shock, the queer uneasy moment, as of eyes half open to the light, after which sleep is never so sound again? It is experience, perhaps — repeated shocks, each unfelt at the time, suddenly loosening the fabric? Breaking something away? Only this image suggests collapse and disintegration, whereas the process I have in mind is just the opposite. It is not destructive whatever may be, one might say that it was rather of a creative character.

Something definitely happens. The garden, the butterflies, the morning sounds, trees, apples, human voices have emerged, stated themselves. As with a rod of light, order has been imposed upon tumult; form upon chaos. Perhaps it would be simpler to say that one wakes, after Heaven knows what internal process, with a sense of mastery. Familiar people approach all sharply outlined in morning light.

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virginia woolf, “reading” (1919)

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reading thursday december 7 1995

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Sunday January 8 2017