मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Friedrich Nietzsche: “Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.”

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Friday, April 27, 2018

तरली तर चेटकीण, बुडली तर स्त्री-हक्क कार्यकर्ती! ....Make It New

Ezra Pound: "Make It New."

André Gide: “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
 courtesy: Wikipedia

(Illustration from an 18th century chapbook reproduced in Chap-books of the eighteenth century by John Ashton (1834))

वरील चित्र इ स १८००च्या आधीचे आहे.इथे एका स्त्रीला शिक्षा दिली जातीय. त्यात जे मशीन आहे त्याला ककींग किंवा डकिंग स्टूल म्हणायचे.

का शिक्षा दिली जातीय? तर जास्त वाद घातल्याबद्दल. "Punishing a woman accused of excessive arguing in the ducking stool."

विकिपीडिया सांगते:

“In medieval times until the early 18th century, ducking was a way used to establish whether a suspect was a witch. The ducking stools were first used for this purpose but ducking was later inflicted without the chair. In this instance the victim's right thumb was bound to her left big toe. A rope was attached to her waist and the "witch" was thrown into a river or deep pond. If the "witch" floated it was deemed that she was in league with the devil, rejecting the "baptismal water". If the "witch" sank she was deemed innocent.”

आता या सगळ्या पार्श्वभूमीवर खालील मार्च २०१८मधले चित्र पहा :

Artist: Peter Kuper, The New Yorker, March 2018

एक चांगला कार्टूनिस्ट एका जुन्या चित्रात नव्याने प्राण कसा भरू शकतो याचे हे उदाहरण आहे. भारतातील अशाच एका प्रयत्नासाठी- स्व. सुधीर तेलंग यांनी केलेल्या-  ही "Sudhir Tailang Is Making Shankar New"

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