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I Think Being Dead Must Be Loud

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I think dead must be loud because whenever in life I’m unable to get some peace and quiet, I feel like I’m half-dead.

I think that when you die you enter a place of unceasing noise. That’s how you know you are dead–You’re unable to have a coherent thought without disruption.

Being dead is like a state of being when you feel, for a moment at least, that you’d might as well be dead. Or when you feel  your mind is dead because you can’t think.

Above is a painting of a Viking funeral by Frank Bernard Dicksee. The name of the painting is Funeral of a Viking. It is from 1893.

Here is how this painting is described at the web home of the Manchester Art Gallery

A Viking killed in battle is laid out in his boat which has been ceremonially set ablaze and is being pushed out to sea with the tide. Fire and water will combine to release the spirit, allowing the heroic warrior to enter Valhalla,the god Odin’s glorious Hall of the Slain.

The vantage point that Dicksee has selected invites the viewer to feel they are part of the crowd gathered in the gloom for this ancient ceremony.

Maybe being dead is more quiet if you’re pushed out to sea. But as the sea is not immune to people coming around and polluting and befouling it, I’m not so certain that death at sea is any less loud than anywhere else.

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Painting Of Sappho & Texas Progressive Alliance Weekly Round-Up

Above is the painting Sappho which was completed by Charles Mengin in 1877. It is hanging in the Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester, England. The Manchester Art Gallery is publically owned. I’m sure many of my Texas Progressive Alliance blogger friends would support the idea of public ownership of an art gallery.  

The current definitive translation of Sappho’s poetry is If Not, Winter–Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson. Sappho lived on the Island of Lesbos 2600 years ago. Here is a link to a 1925 translation of Sappho’s poetry.

The Texas Progressive Alliance is a group of Texas bloggers, connected yet autonomous, who blog on Texas politics and other subjects. Each week a round-up is offered of best posts from the previous seven days. Here is this week’s collection—  

Check out The Truth About Texas Republicans, a new blogger-powered website designed to expose the real truth about GOP Texas legislators. The opening posts look at the stuff state representatives Dwayne Bohac, Betty Brown, John Davis, Bill Zedler and State Sen. Mike Jackson don’t want you to see.

refinish69 was happy to introduce a real progressive Democrat to the readers of Doing My Part For The Left a few weeks ago, but has to wonder how to describe Michael Skelly: Democrat or Republican Lite?

Vince at Capitol Annex takes a look at the Texas State Teacher’s Association lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency for giving public funds to private institutions.

Irony Alert: Mary McDaniels, Manager – Pipeline Safety, Texas Railroad Commission, lied on camera about the Atmos Energy gas pipeline couplings. She spoke in Fort Worth about pipeline safety, inspections, and regulations for Chesapeake Energy’s Barnett Shale pipeline, says TXsharon at Bluedaze.

Julie Pippert at MOMocrats asked: “Offshore drilling — whose issue is it anyway? The people’s? Or the politician’s?”

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August 14, 2008 Posted by | Art, Blogging, Books, Poetry, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment