Author Archives: Urvater

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brandy

This is a post, rather than just a comment, because I have had a glass of brandy. It’s after midnight. I got back out of bed to write this. This happens. It’s that: a subject of discussion that might pre-occupy … Continue reading

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Another view …

The cave people are extremely educated, thoughtful, conversational. From the way they think and speak, they all seem to have doctorates in various subjects. As mentioned before, they tend to hold coffee cups, and sip coffee as they discuss major … Continue reading

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Theme

Here’s a good theme: it’s back to Judd Trout’s earlest note, about earlier human happiness. This seems dry. But it has blood and flesh and spirit in it. And universal importance. I think this has been mentioned or at least … Continue reading

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coherent train of thought and development

Pardon this, please. Not my role. But maybe we should refer specifically within our contributions to what entry/subject/point we are referring to. Otherwise, I, at least, am getting lost. Textual context is getting disjunctive, and you can’t tell what somebody’s … Continue reading

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WE NEED A PLOT

We need a plot.

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Simplify

I’m finding it a bit difficult to navigate the site, like, to see where to answer something, or find something.¬†The¬†framework is over-running content or something. Comments are beautfully and powerfully overflowing the banks of posts. But I’m sure it’ll work … Continue reading

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dani, indonesia

There’s lots of photography and literature around on primitive tribes that seem relatively unchanged from time immemorial. An aspect of these peoples that seems pretty ubiquitous is complex ritual. Appearance seems always altered by tattoos, body modification, elaborate headdress, scarification, … Continue reading

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Summa Ars Celare Artem

Summa ars (est) celare artem. Motto of the old The Arts Club in Montreal, whose members have included all the greatest names in the older history of Canadian art, including Group of Seven, et al. It is commonly translated in … Continue reading

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This is it. This is absolutely it.

OK. This has sort of been done before. But not nearly to its full potential. I haven’t read Jean Auel’s books. But I imagine she did some of this. There’s some in Sarum: The Novel of England, by Edward Rutherfurd. … Continue reading

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on the other hand

About the cultural zoo. There’s another side to it. We like to say, for instance, that “under the skin” black people and white people are the same. But: are you kidding? Black people and white people have totally different life … Continue reading

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careful!

We’ve gotta watch it. Without fail, we civilized people completely misunderstand PNLU (people not like us). I bet we’re doing it here, too. If we actually wandered into a Neanderthal camp and got to know folks, we’d probably find they’re … Continue reading

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precedence

In the New York, original, version of Hair, which I was privileged to see (dated one of the many understudies), the actors, in hair and loincloths, swang (swung?) onto the stage from balconies and climbed in over the backs of … Continue reading

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Contrast

We only perceive through contrast. We have suppressed danger, fear, violence, untreated injury, pain, death, even a sense of constant ignorance and wonder. So we wander lost in the formless absence of these vital life forces. Some modern activities — … Continue reading

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Basic

I did jungle survival training in the military once. Twelve weeks! A group of six. The prime realization from the experience? Peace. Long, tranquil days. Imagine an entire day doing nothing but putting your shirt in the water, waiting until … Continue reading

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