La Pianiste

Hello God!

Thank You for the sky where stars twinkle all the time of our being. We are under Viennese sky again. I love bright and pulsing light of Elfriede Jelinek‘s Star Genius.

She is genius in her fragility beauty and intellect.

I think Elfriede Jelinek is the only woman who is gifted to open with pianist’s sensitivity complicated puzzled and mystique universe of Woman. To emphasize a fragility and beauty of woman let me accompany this post by nice paintings of the pianist (La Pianiste in French). She does not afraid to tell the truth about the banal and domestic horror of everyday life where woman can live and just how pathetic and awful we can be. Her “Women as lovers” is picturesque, I recommend to read the novel. Perhaps because “Very few women wait for Mr. Right. Most women take the first and worst Mr. Wrong,” Elfriede Jelinek explains in “The Piano Teacher”.

Her intellect is confirmed by The Nobel Prize in Literature 2004 “for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society’s clichés and their subjugating power”.

Jelinek studied music intensively from an early age. She graduated from the Vienna Conservatory and studied theater and art history at the University of Vienna. In a 2004 interview Jelinek explained, “My training in music and composition then led me to a kind of musical language process in which, for example, the sound of the words I play with has to expose their true meaning against their will so to speak.”

Francis Day “The Piano Lesson” (1895)

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“I have a feeling that you despise your body and that you only value art, you only value your argent needs, but eating and sleeping aren’t enough. You believe that your appearance is your enemy, and the only friend you have is music. Why look just in the mirror, look at your reflection, you’ll never find a better friend that yourself,” Elfriede advises in “The Piano Teacher”.

Pianist by John Michael Carter

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I am listening miraculous music in her language: “When discussing Bach’s six Brandenburg concertos, the artistically aware person usually states, among other things, that when these masterpieces were composed, the stars were dancing in heavens. God and his dwelling place are always involved whenever these people talk about Bach.”

By the way “The Piano Teacher” was made into a feature film in 2001. This movie is unforgettable.

At the piano by Frederick Childe Hassam

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“The world would be a lot better off if it paid more attention to its philosophers and artists than to its own tiny egotistic spirit, which lacks an overview. People should place their belief in Beethoven and Socrates”, Elfriede writes in “Wonderful, Wonderful Times”

Marguerite Gachet At The Piano by Vincent Van Gogh (1890)

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Thank you very much for our walking under Viennese sky. Our hearts are beating in unison because from now, from this very moment, we place our belief in Beethoven and Socrates to make our world better.

Funny Mr.F

Hello God!

Thank You for my dreams I see every night. I love to laugh in my dreams. Last night I saw wonderful and happy dream. I had met on the sofa, oh la la, with enigmatic Mr. F. We were laughing aloud until I had awoken and opened my eyes. Funny Mr. F. makes my happy today. Ha-ha-ha, it seems the dream have predicted that I am going to read the article “Playfulness and Humor in the Psychoanalytic Relationship”.

“In 2001, Time Magazine referred to Mr.F. as one of the most important thinkers of the last century. And in 2006 Newsweek article called him “history’s most debunked doctor” I am surprised by so ambivalent approach. Could you guess who is funny Mr. F.?

My previous posts were about Vienna and you know to think and write about this legendary city is impossible without light of its intellectual stars. The brightest from them is “father of psychoanalysis“, everybody guesses, Sigmund Freud.

“Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love,” Sigmund writes about his brain child.

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The aim of psychoanalysis therapy is to release repressed emotions and experiences, i.e. make the unconscious conscious. He believes that nothing you do occurs by chance; every action and thought is motivated by your unconscious at some level.

Freud slip is defined as a written or spoken mistake that brings insight to one’s unconscious desires, idea, and drive.

I have seen this wonderful design of chairs in Austria. What is your “free association” about the photo below? I associate the picture with a place of meeting of fishes from different seas like important diplomatic mission or group therapy as in “Finding Nemo” cartoon.

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Sigmund Freud developed the use of “Talk Therapy”.

In psychoanalysis, the patient typically comes four times a week, lies on a couch, and attempts to communicate as openly and freely as possible, saying whatever comes to mind.

I love this joke:

Neurotics build castles in the sky.

Psychotics live in them.

Psychiatrists collect the rent.

Freud Sofa is below.

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“The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?'” Freud puzzled.

Prada, Prada knows the answer, dear funny Mr. F.

Thank you for your smile and happy mold (oh, Freud slip, I mean “mood”) :-)! I keep my happy mold (mood) because of you.

Fox and Lion

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Thank You for a wonderful time we are spending our lives in. We live in fantastic time when we have a possibility to learn Renaissance, to walk in Florence and to share our impressions worldwide immediately. We are lucky to live now.

“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves,” Machiavelli wrote in “The Prince”.  “It’s a handbook for gangsters.” Francis Bacon said about Machiavelli’s “The Prince”.

The Lion’s side of Machiavelli is well known. But what about fox’s side?

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Fifteenth-century Florence was an exciting place to be. Renaissance is blooming and beauty is the ruler. Nicollo Machiavelli is a student of human nature, “a witty man and a very ordinary husband and father who enjoyed love affairs and filles de joie,” Miles Unger writes in “Machiavelli: A biography”.

O,la,la it seems we see a fox’s side in him!

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Everyone knows Niccolo Machiavelli’s status as a great politician, but few are also aware that he was a first-rate playwright and satirist.

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His play Mandragola (probably written around 1519) is one of the outstanding comedies of the Italian Renaissance stage.

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The plot centers around a wealthy doctor of law, Nicia, and his beautiful wife Lucrezia. Callimaco, a young man, hears about Lucrezia’s beauty, and decides that he wants to become her lover. He learns of the couple’s inability to produce a child, so (with the help of his servant Ligurio), he disguises himself as a doctor and informs Nicia that he can produce a potion from the mandrake plant that, if taken by Lucrezia, will enable her to conceive. However, as Callimaco warns Nicia, the first man to have sexual intercourse with her will die from the effects of the potion. Luckily, Callimaco knows a man who will consent to have sex with her and bear the punishment of death. Nicia consents, and (along with Frate Timoteo) persuades Lucrezia to do the same. Callimaco disguises himself yet again, and is able to have his way with her.

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The play is a brilliant comedy. It is also amazing to learn that it was performed successfully in 1520 before Pope Leo X in Rome.  The fact that the play celebrated sex and seduction, and totally ridiculed the clergy as frauds, bothered him not at all.  In fact, the Pope liked it so much that he asked Cardinal Giulio de Medici to award Machiavelli a commission as a writer.

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For a good summer night I would like to recommend the movie “La mandragola” (1965) by Albertto Lattuada. The film quite deservedly was Oscar nominated for Costume Design but also deserved a nod for its excellent cinematography. You will enjoy it, I promise!

Thank you for living your moment with me now.

River of Joy

Hello God!

Thank You for the river of joy which our life is. Every moment of my life I swim and am immersed in the flow of this river.

I would like to share with you a magic waves of joy and invite you for a walking along a beautiful mountain river somewhere in Italy. We are going to listen the sounds of nature and I tell you about my favorite movie of month.

It is “Samsara” movie. The movie is undoubtedly a masterpiece by Pan Nalin. There would be hardly 100 dialogues in this film spread over 2 hour 20 minutes but every word from the movie is great wisdom.

Everything you contact is a place to practice the Way

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“I want you to tell me what will happen to that stick? -It will drown! -Suppose it doesn’t. -It will get stuck in the rocks! -Suppose it doesn’t get stuck. – It will stay in the water and rot! -No. It will get stuck in the whirlpool … or it can go down with a waterfall and crash!  -Suppose even that doesn’t happen. What then? Do you give up?

The answer is simple. The stick will reach the sea!

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The water in the river is crystal clear.

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… you will be able to tell me what’s more important: Satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one?

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Thank you for sharing with me this moment of happiness. I do hope I inspire you to watch the movie. It worth to spend 2 hours of life.

How can one prevent a drop of water from ever drying up? By throwing it into the sea…

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