Yearly Archives: 2013

Vlad de întunecare

Korean fashion – with a romanian name: Vlad de întunecare.



Negrul aristocratic:

In about the fourth decade of the 16th century, the aristocracy of the southern Netherlands set their sights on the fashions of the Spanish court. These were largely dominated by dark colours, especially black. The fact that nobles dressed in black resulted in the small circles around them doing so as well, and the fashion then cascaded its way across the wider society in the Spanish realm and eventually beyond. The reasons for wearing black were diverse. Black was no doubt the fashion, but it was certainly also valued and worn because of its formal character. At the start of the 16th century, the Italian Baldassare Castiglione, in Il Cortegiano, in which he described the rules governing the lives of courtiers, wrote that it was preferable to appear at court sober and in black, because black commands respect, while at the same time underscoring the wearer’s sense of duty. This official character of the colour black also helps explain why so many subjects of the portraits of the day were painted in black apparel. A portrait was a formal object that indicated the social position of the client who commissioned the painting. This association of black with formality continued throughout the 17th century. In 1690, the Frenchman Antoine Furetière noted in his Dictionnaire universel that women dressed in black whenever they went on official visits, in contrast to when they were at home or in informal situations, when they wore coloured clothing.

[from the catalog of this exhibition]

Omnes vulnerant, postuma necat

His attention was drawn to the huge, empty house, its bare walls, the paintings on the ceiling that were falling into shreds, eaten by mildew. […] They passed other rooms, which were empty or contained the remains of broken furniture thrown in a corner. Naked, dusty light bulbs hung from the ceilings.

The only rooms that seemed to be in use were two interconnecting reception rooms. There was a sliding door between them with coats of arms etched into the glass. It was open, revealing more bare walls, their ancient wallpaper marked by long-gone pictures, and furniture, rusty nails, and fixtures for nonexistent lamps. Above this gloomy scene was a ceiling painted to resemble a vault of clouds with the sacrifice of Isaac in the center.

Beneath the trompe-l’œil sky, dusty French windows, some of the panes replaced with cardboard, led to the terrace and, beyond that, to the garden.

At one end of the vast room was an enormous fireplace with logs piled up in it. There were a pair of unmatched armchairs, a table and sideboard, an oil lamp, two big candlesticks, a violin in its case, and little else. But on the floor, lined up neatly on old, faded, threadbare rugs, as far away as possible from the windows and the leaden light coming through them, lay a great many books; five hundred or more, he estimated, maybe even a thousand. Many codices and incunabula among them. Wonderful old books bound in leather or parchment. Ancient tomes,with studs in the covers, folios, Elzevirs, their bindings decorated with goffering, bosses, rosettes, locks, their spines and front edges covered with gilding and calligraphy done by medieval monks in the scriptoria of their monasteries.


Vantul lui Ilie si pilotii kamikaze

In japoneza, termenul kamikaze – vantul cel sfant – vine de la un taifun care, in 1281, a distrus flota mongola.

Exista destule interpretari, mai mult mai mai putin romantice, cu privire la pilotii sinucigasi care urlau – evident, inainte de a decola – “Traiasca moartea!” and such amazing things. Paganismul tare si neinfricat in lupta cu molaii de crestini care, stim noi!, au transformat in legenda mandria luptatorului, a uariorului, a vichingului. Si ne uitam la poze cu Yukio Mishima, the last TRUE, of course, samurai. Care a pozat si ca Sf. Sebastian extrem de sexy, dar sa nu spuneti asta la nimeni. A fost Sfant doar part-time. Full-time samurai though.

Noi avem vreo doua feluri de vant in Biblie: vantul molcom si vantul naprasnic, Iata ce spune: “Inaintea Lui va fi vijelie naprasnica ce va despica muntii si va sfarama stancile, dar Domnul nu va fi în vijelie. Dupa vijelie va fi cutremur, dar Domnul nu va fi in cutremur. Dupa cutremur va fi foc, dar nici in foc nu va fi Domnul. Iar dupa foc va fi adiere de vant lin si acolo va fi Domnul”.

Tot citind aiurea si numai ce nu trebuie, iata ce mi-a fost dat sa descopar foarte recent referitor la vajnicii si paganii piloti kamikaze:

The pilot Ichijima Yasuo (1922-1945), was a devout Christian who belonged to the “Cherry Blossom Church”. […] The 23-year-old Hayashi Ichizo relied on his Christian faith as he embarked on his final mission. Kierkegaard’s theology was central to the anguished soliloquy in which he questioned the meaning of life and death. He carried Kierkegaard’s Sickness unto Death as well as the Bible onto his plane. Singing hymns and reading the Bible became his way of feeling close to his beloved and faraway mother, herself a devout Christian. He was not the only Christian pilot. On the night before his last flight, Kumai Tsuneo urged his comrades to sing hymns together. They chose hymn number 405, whose words ask God to give them strength “until they meet again.” Hagihara Kotaro, one of those who joined Kumai in the singing, survived.


James Watkins – The Woman in Black [2012]

…si se intrebau: Why doesn’t everyone just move out of the town?

Din cauza mormintelor. Mormintele ne tin pe loc… Chiar daca plecam, le caram cu noi. Nimic nu se schimba.

During afternoon tea there is a shift in the air,

A bone trembling chill that tells you she is there,

There are those who believe that the whole town is cursed,

That the house in the marsh is by far the worst.

What she wants is unknown but she always comes back,

The spectre of darkness,

The Woman in Black.


Una dintre cele mai bune drame politice pe care le-am vazut in ultima perioada – sau pe care am incercat sa le vad, dar, fiind atat de proaste, nu am reusit.

Din pacate serialul, a fost intrerupt dupa 2 sezoane. Avem destule idiotenii care sa ne tina – timp de 12 sezoane – de urat. De urmarit cu creionul in mana si butonul de repeat alaturi.

…si spunea:

“North Side, Lincoln Square: the Germans. Northwest, Division and Ashland: the Polonia triangle, as well as the Czechs and the Jews. The West Side: Chinatown. South Side: the Blacks. All the rest and in between: the Irish. These were tribes, and they hated each other. They fought, maimed, killed, rioted against each other. Cermak weaved a thread through the lot of them, and pulled them in, forming the first truly dominant political force this country had ever seen. He did it because he understood something basic about all people. They want to be led.”