Flex Mentallo

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  1. Tales from the Island of Serendip updated thread navigation for the new site (please bookmark)!

    Serendipity

    Serendipity - Paddyfield School - The Story of Mohan - Sometimes

     

    Sting

    School bully!

     

    El Puente

    Muralist Joe Matunis - El Puente de Williamsburg - Return to Paddyfield School - Lucina

     

    Bells from the Deep

    Werner Herzog - Juliane Koepcke - The lost city of Kitezh - Sadko - St Clemente

    Virgil Finlay - Reed Crandall - Graham Ingles - Berni Wrightson - Al Williamson

    Flex studies for larger paintings

     

    pcalhoun & jimjum

    Clark Ashton Smith - Pat's poems - Jimbo's excellent paintings

    The Life of Father Hess - Kasauli Art Camp -  Sketches of Bonhooghly - The Death of Mohan Ghosh - Rabindranath Tagore

    DavidMerryweather art collection

     

    Black Marigolds

    In Search of Lost Time - Georges Seurat - Roger Fry - The Trojan Horse - Ananda Coomaraswamy - The Great Stupa at Sanchi - Ajanta caves - Black Marigolds

     

    Detective Stories

    Johannes Vermeer 1632–1675: A Detective Story - camera obscura - Han Van Meegeren - The Theft of the Mona Lisa - Donato's Captain America and other works - Rainer Maria Rilke - Cornell Woolrich - Cat's space themed paintings - Netsuke - Hart Crane - Cat's 'Creation' - Boba's illustrations - Caravaggio's Nativity - Las Meninas - John Singer Sargent - Flex large painting - Thomas Nashe - Tom O' Bedlam - Georges de La Tour - Flex exhibition - Joseph Wright of Derby - John Martin

     

    The Bosnian Conflict

    Andrei Tarkovsky - Welcome to Sarajevo - Margaret Moth - Yasna's cat - Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo - Miss Sarajevo - the Serious Road Trip - War Child - the Help album - The Ruin

     

    pcalhoun writer and collector

    Autobiographical notes - Jade tiki - Ubbo-Sathla by Clark Ashton Smith - Robert Q Sale - Tekkai Sennin - Bakemono - Zuni fetish - Yooshi's ghosts - Kuniyoshi

     

    Steven Assael

    Paintings - drawings

     

    Photos of Nirmal's Village

    When Shabana was 11 - Mohammed Yunus - Grameen bank - mosaics of Ravenna, Venice & Florence - Duccio's Maesta - when Tuku was a child - We cry to Thee, O Conqueror of love - Grunewald - Michael Leunig - The Metamorphosis of the Gkmloooms - We shall rise

     

    Steven Assael's Bride Paintings

    Bride paintings with details - Spirits of the dead keep watch

     

    Kolkata

    Flex photo essay - Lucina's gold medal

     

    The Hero's Journey

    The Courts of Chaos - 'The Heroes' by Charles Kingsley - Medusa - Archetypes - Chris Vogler - Galaxy Quest - the Trickster - Prometheus

     

    In the Beginning

    Altamira - Shanidar - flower burial

     

    Interlude

    Mir para - Lija and her baby - Lullaby - Her name is Zoa - My relationship with Bonhooghly

     

    Before They Pass

    Threnody - Jimmy Nelson - The Lost Steps - Witness - Jean Baptiste Debret - Johann Moritz Rugendas - Sebastião Salgado - Serra Pelada

     

    Sting and the Rainforest Foundation

    Sting in the tail - Raoni’s message - Rolling Stone - World in Action - 30 Most Generous Celebrities list Before they pass away - Yanomami - Christina Haverkamp - The Haximu Massacre - pcalhoun on rip-off charities - Love Story - Darkness in El Dorado - Kenneth Good & Yarima - The Good Project

     

    Lost Cities

    Mridula & I - Bitter fruit - El Dorado - The Lost City of Z - Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett - Garden Cities of the Xingu - Caral

     

    Interlude

    I want she don't go back to that hell

     

    Heaven's River

    Nazca - Maria Reiche “the lady of the desert” - Secrets of the Inca - Wari tomb - the end of all things - Machu Picchu - the Sacred Valley - The condor at Pisac - Ollantaytambo - the "eye of the llama" - The Viracochan image - the pyramid of dawn - Momia Juanita

     

    Alternative Histories

    Jericho - Çatalhöyük - The Great Mother - Tierra del Fuego - Lilith

     

    Flood

    Cataclysm - Epic of Gilgamesh - Genesis - mythological diffusion - "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan" by John L. Stephens - Hamlet's Mill - the Sampo - the Phoenicians - the Paraiba Stone - Fusang - Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies - Zheng He - The Bosnian Pyramids - Maya - Xibalba

     

    Sunk

    Atlantis - Guanahacabibes - Mysterious grid - Bimini Road - Yonaguni - Mu - James Churchward - Out of the Aeons - Lemuria - Kumari Kandam - Ice Age Civilization - Graham Hancock - Lost Continents - Zealandia

     

    The Human Condition

    E. J. Michael Witzel - Laurasian mythology - humanity's emergence - The Isle of the Dead - What Dreams May Come

     

    Was God an Astronaut?

    Eric Von Daniken - Chariots of the Gods - The Morning of the Magicians - At the Mountains of Madness - Carl Sagan

     

    Steven Assael

    Druso

     

    U.F.O

    Kenneth Arnold - flying saucers - Roswell Incident - Maury Island - "men in black" - Project Sign - Project Blue Book - "foo-fighters"Alien abduction - the size of the universe - Multiple universes - Stephen Hawking - Fermi's paradox - the Drake equation - The Silence - N-rays - innate releasing mechanism - Carl Jung - The Roper Report - The abduction - The Dark Side of the Moon - gamma-ray bursts - Ordovician extinction - Invader - Budd Hopkins - the abduction of Linda Cortile - John Mack - Aliens in America

     

    The Search

    My red book - Carl Jung's Red Book - Charles Steffen - Ernst Haeckel - Jeffrey J. Kripal

     

    Lost Horizons

    You are as the yellow leaf - The Snow Leopard - Lost Horizon - Shambala - Hollow Earth - the Thule Society - The Way of the White Clouds - António Andrade - Tsaparang - Mount Kailash - Bhagavad Gita - The Upanishads - Navratri

     

    Interlude

    Update from Lucina

     

    Festival 

    Durga Puja - Ramlila - the hijras - City of Light

    Further update from Lucina - Calcutta Botanical Gardens - Indian ComicCon

    Puri beach - Juggernaut - Temple of the Sun - Kajuraho - Reprise - pcalhoun 'Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus'

     

    Interlude

    Lucina's Conference - Market Day - More Photo of Village Life - Ongoing Correspondence - Ganges 'Beauty Spot' -Eid

     

    A Christmas Carol

    The sheer exuberance of Bengali village life in a hundred photographs

     

    Labyrinths

    Pan's Labyrinth - Symbolic Pilgrimages - Chartres - The Mystic Rose - A Pilgrim's Progress - The Labyrinth of Buda Castle

    King Minos - 'Da-pu-ri-to-jo Po-ti-ni-ja' - the first European civilization - the palace at Knossos - bull dance

    Thera - Tsunami - Akrotiri

    Mycenaean ascendancy - Pasiphaë - the Minotaur - Theseus and Ariadne - the integration of the shadow - Betrayal - Right of Passage

     

    The Holy Grail

    The Da Vinci Code - the Ark of the Covenant - Knights Templar - the grail in literature and television - Perceval, le Conte du Graal - Joseph of Arimathea - King Arthur - the grail in movies - Excalibur

    Imitatio Christi - Heresy - King of the World - Crusade - "God will know His own" - Simon de Montfort - The Inquisition - "Not a bird sang for a generation" - the Wasteland

    Sin, redemption, pain, and healing - Bayreuth - Hans-Jürgen Syberberg - Healing the Wound - Wings

     

    Cloudlets Bright Career

    Remembering Mridula - Her death and funeral - Keats' poem - Tagore poem

    Mary Elizabeth Frye - A family grieves

    Lucina's work on crop studies - Meeting a politician - Lucina's new apartment

    Tuku and Mono - 'I have murdered my wife' - On a dead child by Robert Seymour Bridges

     

    Tectonic Plates

    Kevin Bubriski's photos of Nepal - The Earthquake - Everest's worst disaster - 'It's just a matter of time'

    Family without Geography - Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou - My second visit - Family drama - My birthday

    My Village - A Neighbour's Wedding

     

    Elegy

    A trip to the Bay of Bengal - 'The Wanderer' by Eugene Field - Some ruminations on Serendip - Lucina's trip to South Korea - 10th World Bamboo Congress

     

    Joseph Farquharson 

    A little known Victorian painter - Valerie's letter from V for Vendetta

     

    hic sunt dracones

    Dinosaurs in comic books - Bones from the Earth - Paelo Art past and present - Mass Extinction Events - The Burgess Shale - Snowball Earth - Dinotopia - On the disappearance of snails - The Coelacanth, Living Fossil - Imaginary 'dinosaurs' - the real reason dinosaurs became extinct (according to Mr Bedrock) - Wonderful Life - Dinosaur Heresies - On dinosaur intelligence - the Anthropocene Era - Anosognosia - Teilhard De Chardin - Julian Jaynes - Wittgenstein - 'Acension' by Pat Calhoun - William Stout

     

    Light/Shadow/Phoenix/Mirror

    Lucina and Purnabha get married - The golden spice - Who offered this maiden? - Bride Feast - When I first met this skinny kid - 'An Epithalamion' by John Donne - Honeymoon in Darjeeling - The Captain Nirmal Sen Gupta Memorial Institute

     

    Out of the Dark

    The starfish - 'Fearless', the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandev - Child Trafficking - Anoyara Khatun - The Dowry System - Rajabazaar - Roshni - Let there be Light - 'The Garden of the Prophet' by Kahlil Ghibran - 'Time Enough for Love' by Robert Heinlein - Roshni's new room - Roshni's Web Site is launched - The story of Luke - Independence Day - Progress report - Mission and Vision - http://www.roshniumeedki.org/index.php - Women's Football Team - the Nightingale of India - The Hijab - Women Taxi Drivers - TV station 24hgt - Make Love Not Scars

     

    Reporting from Kolkata

    Richard Henry Dana - Demonetisation - Wearing a hijab - Arshi and Nikat - Gayatri Mantra

     

    The Story so far

    A brief retelling of the whole story of my times in India for those who don't want to wade through the last 200 pages!

     

    A detailed report on my visit to Roshni, November, 2016

    First visit to Roshni's new base - Phil and Rita - Soccer Practice - Children's Day - 'Hijab', a poem - Food Festival - A walk around Rajabazaar - Proposal for a Women's Refuge - Craft fair - Pat Painting - Rajabazaar at night - Nikat and Zeenat - Arshi's family - Sealdah Station - Siliguri to Darjeeling - First sight of Kangchenjunga - Darjeeling - Sittong - Prayer to Durga - Mahishasura - Tribal groups - The Lepcha - Shelpu Bazaar - Namthing Pokari - Buddhist temple - Aahal - KFC - The Luke Holland Memorial Scholarships - Excursion to Nicco Park - The Fisher King - Dinky won an award - Roshni Scholars

     

    Tsundoko

    My library -  The Natural History of Birds - The Birds of America - John Gould - Edward Lear's Parrots - Sharpe's Birds of Paradise - The Huli Tribe

     

    Photographers

    Riefenstahl's Africa - James C. Faris - Peoples of The Omo Valley - George Rodger - Joey Lawrence

     

    Shogun

    An English navigator in Japan - The Battle of Sekigahara - Miyamoto Musashi - The Tokugawa Shogunate - The Boshin War  - The Last Samurai - Great Edo period printmakers - Japonisme - Photographs of Japanese Customs and Manners  - Ogawa Kazumasa - One of the most expensive books ever produced - Japan, Described and Illustrated by the Japanese - Hawksmoor -   Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem - Netsuke -  the Japanese invented a form of comic book -  Utamaro and Hiroshige -  Basho

     

    Orientalism

    Eqypt, Nubia and The Holy Land by David Roberts - Jean-Léon Gérôme - John Frederick Lewis

     

    Chamelion

    Veruschka - Blow-Up - Valkyrie - Vogue - Trans-Figurations -to dissolve the self into the world - Liu Bolin - Hiding in the City

     

    Objectifying The Other

    Before They Pass Away - Nixiwaka Yawanawá

     

    More on Roshni's Progress

    Sana Tehsin - A sports tournament - Ashrina Zurain - Kaniz Fatima - Seige - 'Now we are very famous.' - 'tell me, where was God?' -  'Now we will rape you.' -  Republic Day - Book Fair in Kolkata -  'I learned if you believe your own self we win all fight' -  Saniya Saba - Siddiqa Warsi -  to Bombay -  Holi, Festival of Colors - Roshni's annual report - Return to Roshni - The future is in their hands

     

    Back to India

    Purnabha and Lucina's Convocation - Dooars - Sonali - Barriers are broken - Into the Jungle - Here the tea pickers live - Dreaming Food - Conscience - Stations - 'The creature is regenerating itself.” - Mirror - at Bubaneshwar Station - “Sleep is the most innocent creature.” - What torture lurks within a single thought - Araku - the Tribal Museum - “You cannot teach democracy to the tribal people, you have to learn democratic ways from them. They are the most democratic people on earth” - Kuni Sikaka - Asara - Anantagiri - Trafficking tribal women and girls - Rajini was 15 years old - Gross national happiness - Bhutan -  Gangkhar Puensum -  the cave complex at Udayagiri - Puri -  Visakhapatnam

     

    Drawing from History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania

    Fortunino Matania - The War to End All Wars - Sergeant York - Wilfred Owen - Seigfried Sassoon - Classical Themes - Pirates of Venus - When Worlds Collide - covers Matania did for Panther Books

     

     

     

     


  2. 8 hours ago, sacentaur said:

    Enjoyed the portfolio of Africa pics, Michael.

    Still researching Japanese wood block prints while perusing Stevenson’s Yoshi toshi book (it sure is something, limited edition of 3000). I really appreciate that the book reproduces the prints in their full oban size.

    My pleasure Steve. You may recall that I shared another book on Yooshi here a few years ago. link

     

     

    It seems copies are readily available on Abebooks and Amazon. Not quite full size, but getting there - about 14" tall.

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