Botticelli and Dante

MarginaliaJimmy RiordanComment
I have a book of Botticelli's drawings for Dante's Inferno, elaborating the text, descriptions of earth, divine, and passages, similar in many ways to the aspects of the Jammes' text pursuing narratives describing a path about spirituality, life and death, and a cyclical nature to action; thought and effect.
this is a depiction of hell- with layers describing different levels- but hell here is a cold place, icy in fact, the descriptions are incredible.
this one is also beautiful, the dark wood, perhaps particularly interesting to the thought form of the woods and beasts
more images can be found at:


-Marisa Favretto

Enjoy the Wilderness!

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To get you started : [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFWzPiGHd_Y]

an inspirational music video about hare!

The blog about the hare story w/ st.francis: http://theleveret.blogspot.com/2008/10/st-francis-and-hare.html Arctic Hare general info: http://www.alexandgregory.com/hares.html http://www.spebb.k12.nf.ca/wildlife/share.html A hare marking teritory with smell: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68259253@N00/526214709/ hare smell: http://nature.ca/ukaliq/021des/010_chr03_e.cfm

there are way more blurbs of hares sense of smell , all in short paragraphs. -take care -kayla

A Hare is Not a Hare

MarginaliaJimmy RiordanComment
this is a excerpt from last part of book, Siddharta, by Herman Hesse-
"Slower, he walked along in his thoughts and asked himself: “But what is this, what you have sought to learn from teachings and from teachers, and what they, who have taught you much, were still unable to teach you?” And he found: “It was the self, the purpose and essence of which I sought to learn. It was the self, I wanted to free myself from, which I sought to overcome. But I was not able to overcome it, could only deceive it, could only flee from it, only hide from it. Truly, no thing in this world has kept my thoughts thus busy, as this my very own self, this mystery of me being alive, of me being one and being separated and isolated from all others, of me being Siddhartha! And there is no thing in this world I know less about than about me, about Siddhartha!”
Which is similar in narrative to last part of Jammes' book- the hare facing his own death, and the very reality of death in relation to the philisophical and spiritual inquiry that only life and the body allow.
I have used hare and rabbit imagery a lot in my own practice- in a very specific manner- to both veil and narrate personal tales, of sexuality, cycles, and death, and social inquiries of implicate meaning and order.
There is a big difference in working and in understanding; between illustrating an idea and being the idea.
A hare is not a hare.
It is only at a hare's death that one may look closely at its fur, whiskers, nostrils, and glazing eyes.
Otherwise it exists only in moment/distance/mind's eye
in track
in trace
or movement
A hare is everything that is not hare.
A hare is hare-ness.
Where does hare start and end?
I am sure you know this site
breathless-nick cave
breathless-cat power (bad tribute video)
"History is best remembered when condensed into myth."
- Arthur Danto
viva allegory!

-marisa favretto

Rabbit Fighter

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heard this just a couple days ago, and thought of the project.


"Rabbit Fighter" by T. Rex. From the album The Slider, 1972

Shady politician in my bed
Tying bolts of lightening to his head  

Call me Rabbit Fighter you know its true
'Cos babe I'll Rabbit fight all over you  

Tramp King of the city, he's my friend  

Moondog's just a prophet to the end
Call me Rabbit Fighter you know it's true
'Cos babe I'll Rabbit fight all over you... Hey!  

I saw a dude unscrewed and badly burned

'Cos he'd gotten what he'd earned
Call me Rabbit Fighter you know its true
'Cos babe I'll Rabbit fight all over you  

Call me Rabbit Fighter
Jo Jo don't you know

-Samuel T. Adam

The Lotus Feet of Francis- Anna Raupp

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There is an idea that by attaching yourself to the lotus feet of a saint or to God, you can be ferried across this worldly experience. The saint's vibration is so holy, that even by touching the dust from their feet, you can be blessed or your destiny can be rewritten. There are three feet featured here. The white statue with long toes is a version of Saint Francis outside of the Main Basilica in Santa Fe. The darker statue I encountered when I trekked up to Taos New Mexico. It was a part of a small village where the main church was made out of adobe and was built by a Franciscan Friar in the seventeen hundreds. The gold shoes I bought at a thrift store in Espanola called Saint Francis de Paws. They gave all of their proceeds to the local animal shelter. These shoes I bought specially to attend a Sikh Gurdwara in Espanola.




From the Perspective of Hare

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The Keep There is a lot of description in Le Roman Du Lievre about the sounds and textures of place from an angle that is often quite threatening and heightened (from the perspective of Hare) which is something I focus on in my work. Particular drawings like 'The Short Cut' or 'At the Field' or 'The Keep' seem to relate.

-Simon Woolham