Kalliope Muse speaks to me

Emigrée from GR
Death in Venice - Michael Henry Heim, Thomas Mann, Michael Cunningham


This is Beauty.

Male human Beauty but it transcends the particular.

Contemplating Beauty brings Happiness.

We seek this Happiness, this complete Harmony with one’s Life.

Perfect Harmony is Divine.

Beauty is the Path.

How to find the Path, how to reach the final goal?

And in seeking, we Desire.

Is Art the Artifice that creates the Divine?

Goodness, Virtue, Health, Order, Perfection, Restraint, Discipline. All are required.

Talent has to be wedded to Dignity. Only then is it Moral.

But also Freedom is needed. Freedom from the thinking mind. Freedom in open and infinite spaces.

Simplicity and the Sea.

But there is Time, and Chronos easily brings decay. Or Destiny strikes.

For Salvation the only thing we have to defend us is Art.

And as the sun and its light drag us to the Senses they can also intoxicate us.

And yet, Art — Writing -- cannot reproduce sensuous Beauty, but they will praise it.

How to avoid the lurking Danger?

They are too close to Emotions. Mirrors of Love.

This is Eros, the Divine.


The Senses are the Forbidden Fruit.

Overripe strawberries, already dragging us, with them, into irreversible decay.


The Abyss.


Currently reading

The Aspern Papers (Dover Thrift Editions)
Henry James
No es lo mismo ostentoso que ostentório: la azarosa vida de las palabras
José Antonio Pascual Rodríguez
Dernier Des Camondo
Pierre Assouline
A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs (A la recherche du temps perdu, #2)
Marcel Proust, Pierre-Louis Rey
Music in the 17th and 18th Centuries, Oxford History of Western Music Vol. 2
Richard Taruskin
Thaïs (Dodo Press)
Anatole France
Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time
Eric Karpeles
The Poetics of Space
Maria Jolas, John R. Stilgoe, Gaston Bachelard, Étienne Gilson
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Siena, Florence, and Padua: Art, Society, and Religion 1280-1400, Volume 1: Interpretive Essays
Diana Norman