The Infernal Vision of Sibylle Ruppert



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Quite recently I was researching H.R Giger’s illustrations for De Sade’s Justine when I stumbled across the work of the German artist Sibylle Ruppert. I immediately wondered how I had never heard of her before as I take some pride in being well versed in Surrealistic/Fantastic/Dark Art and here was an exceptional example of the genre, that furthermore took its cues from the masters of transgressive literature: De Sade (of course), Lautreamont and Bataille, all of whom I have written about.

One can only wonder at the vagaries of recognition. Although she did have some influential admirers, namely Alain Robbe-Grillet, Henri Michaux and especially Giger, who owned a large collection of her work (the only major retrospective to date was at the H.R Giger Musuem), the critical and commercial success that other Fantastic artists of the period enjoyed eluded her. Instead she worked quietly away at producing…

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Interview with Author Luciana Cavallaro!




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Please help me welcome author Luciana Cavallaro to Segment of Interview an Author. 

Thank you again, Janice, for the generous opportunity to be interviewed and for being on your blog.
It’s my pleasure, Luciana. The stage is all yours.
  1. Please tell us something about yourself.

Hi, my name is Luciana Cavallaro, and I am a first-generation Australian Italian. My parents migrated to Australian when they were both children in the 1950’s with their mothers. My grandfathers had immigrated years earlier to establish a home base in Western Australia.

I grew up in a country town, approximately one and half hours drive south of our capital city, Perth. I was the first in my family to go to university and studied to become a High School teacher. I live and teach full-time in Perth.

jjspina: I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. I have…

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Married to a Genius


How hard it is to master it 🙂🤟❤

A Russian Affair

The married lives of Anna Dostoevskaya and Sophia Tolstoya

The ladies Dostoevskaya and Tolstaya were most probably too young and inexperienced to judge correctly what they were in for at the moment they said “yes” to to their husbands. Both Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were already successful and celebrated writers, and in spite of the considerable age differences, all parties involved were in love. Both ladies kept diaries during their marriages, so that we have a clear picture of what they had to endure from their husbands.

Anna Snitkina

Anna Snitkina was twenty years old when she started work as a stenographer for the forty four year old Dostoevsky. He had made a deal with a publisher on terrible conditions and with an impossible deadline in order to pay off his gambling debts. A friend had suggested that he should hire a stenographer, so that the writing would proceed faster. With…

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de3b9c9e1f87c0460478fca90228ba58[1] Yva Else Ernestine Neulander-Simon, known simply by her professional pseudonym, Yva, was a pioneering female photographer of the Weimar Republic. She set up her first studio in 1925 and briefly collaborated with the experimental photographer Heinz Hajek-Halke (see Dreams of Desire 54 (Written on the Body)before a copyright dispute led them to part ways. Initially focused on nude, portrait and fashion photography, Yva was one of the first photographers to fully realise the commercial application of the field to advertising. Her Berlin atelier was one of the most successful of its days and employed 10 assistants by the time Hitler came to power.

Yva and her husband Alfred Simon, who managed the financial affair of the studio, were bothJewishand considered for some time whether to emigrate from Germany, especially when she was forced to ‘Aryanize’ the business in 1936 (a law had come into effect that forbade Jews from…

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Chambre Close



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Chambre Close is the collaboration between the writer Serge Bramly and the photographer Bettina Rheims. The elegant and cultured tone of the confessions of Mister X, an amateur photographer and voyeur who lures models back to shabby hotel rooms to engage in acts of ‘visual adultery’ is contrasted against the clinical detachment and raw intimacy of Rheims colour images.

Rheims is justly renowned for her studies of female nudes. As she herself notes, “I love flesh. I am a photographer of the skin.”

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Acid Cats



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Although Louis Wain’s psychedelic and abstract cat designs that he created during the last fifteen years of his life, while confined in a  psychiatric institution, show many of the hallmarks that characterise Art Brut, namely elaborate detailing, obsessive symmetry and the horror vacui (fear of empty space); he was formally trained and was for a number of years one of the foremost commercial artists of Edwardian England, illustrating over a hundred books and releasing a highly successful annual of cats for over a decade.

Cats were Wain’s main subject throughout his career, from the naturalistic early studies through the large-eyed anthropomorphic cats strolling around on two legs playing golf and smoking cigars at the height of his success, to the brilliant ceramic Futurist cats before the final period of hallucinated decorative splendour.

The affectation and centrality that cats held for Wain was born out of a…

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I might repeat myself but as I know not be so famous enough,  mention it again: I am not religious, but I pray when I get in an unwilling or feeling some uneasy situation. But pray to what? a good question; I just pray to a great ghost, the whole, sometimes call my brother, who was all in my life with me…anyway, it seems that Dr, Jung was also in this meaning. an interesting issue  



As if nothing, in his most controversial book-at least of those published in life-C. G. Jung leaves a footnote:

Prayer, for example, reinforces the potential of the unconscious, thus explaining the sometimes unexpected power of prayer.

The prayer -or prayer or prayer-, Jung tells us, makes us enter into a relationship and dynamic tension with the unconscious. This is very important, but it is necessary to explain it. Jung considers that the unconscious is the source of instincts, images and even not only individual but also collective purposes, it is “the spiritual treasure of humanity”, a great ocean in which the whole history of humanity and possibly the cosmos is recorded. A fund that also seems to have an intention or purpose, which is to unify the psyche, integrate the opposites, make the human being complete, something that is equivalent to what in the Christian tradition is called theosis – the divinization of man – and in the Hinduism is the realization of the Atman. Jung, however, does not affirm that man becomes a god through the manifestation of his unconscious, but that the unconscious in his becoming conscious produces images similar to those that have been generated in the great religions and that this process is accompanied by a numinous effect, or of a sensation of finding meaning in life.

Carl Jung

Throughout his, work Jung argues that the unconscious is something like a divine monster, wonderful and terrible that responds to our attention and interest. Praying is a way of paying attention to this fund of mysterious energy and intelligence that is part of us – the biggest part of who we are, “the majority partner” -. The same can happen, for example, when we really make an effort to remember our dreams: something is shaken in the deep and begins to symbolize (the unconscious communicates through symbols or images that communicate something ineffable and transcendent). To pray is in a certain way to pray to ourselves, but in ourselves, there is an unknown and autonomous force, which can impose itself on our will and give meaning to our life. A force at once chthonic, celestial, titanic and demonic. The human being only finds true meaning when he feels part of something bigger than his ego.

In a letter to a patient, Jung wrote: “I have thought a lot about the prayer, it – the prayer – is very necessary, since it makes the transcendent in what we think and conjecture become an immediate reality and places us in the duality of the ego and the dark Other “. The unconscious is, at least while it has not become conscious, the transcendent, a transcendent aspect of existence, at once intimate and elusive. This dialogue opens us to the possibility of experiencing that we are not merely an ego; There is something else, an Other. In the dialogue with the unconscious, which is the dialogue with the transcendent, says Jung, the door is opened to “a whole sphere of knowledge and experience through which all the functions, all the ideas, manage to enter to the side of our ordinary conscience. ” How to open the vault of the treasures of the world of archetypes. Thus, praying can be a way of practising what Jung called the active imagination or the transcendent function, which is a way to open the way to the content that springs from the unconscious and its deep source of archetypes. In a certain way, prayer is to the religious awakening life what dreams are to the psychic life, a space in which the inner life can be revealed, what lies hidden in our psyche and that can produce a numinous experience, a meeting with the radical otherness that Rudolf Otto talks about.

“The unconscious wants to flow towards the consciousness to reach the light,” says Jung in Response to Job; “God wants to become a man, but not at all.” There is a strong tension here, something that hinders the repetition of the eternal myth that, in some way, is always occurring in the background: the incarnation of the Logos, the light that illuminates the darkness, which must finally be understood.

How the Heart Works As A Second Brain!


By SearchingTheMeaningOfLife With thanks



The word ” heart ” in English is an anagram of the word “earth”. So it came up with the phrase ” your home is where your heart is. “

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The human heart is the organ that produces the strongest electromagnetic field than any other organ in the human body. The electromagnetic field of your heart has a radius that extends several meters away from the body. In addition, the energy field changes according to your feelings. Something you also need to know is that every organ and cell in your body can create an energy field around it.

Because the heart produces the strongest electromagnetic field, the information stored in it affects every organ and cell in your body. This may be because the heart is the first organ that begins to work on an embryo. In addition to creating the strongest electromagnetic field in the body, the heart has its own intelligence, for which some neurocardiologists refer to it as a cardiovascular or as the Fifth Brain.

According to neurocardiologists, the heart does not consist only of muscle cells, but also of neurons. Researchers from the HeartMath Institute have conducted experiments to prove that the role of the heart is not limited to pumping blood. There is a belief that it also has intelligence, which seems to play an important role in the way we perceive reality.

Here is an excerpt from the Staradigm book that talks about the deepest functions of the heart:

“The heart is one of the most important organs of the human body because it is one of the main intermediaries connecting us and the universe. Conventional science has taught us that the main role of the heart is to pump the blood and promote it to all body tissues. This definition of the heart is not very accurate. In addition to pumping blood, the heart has its own intelligence.

According to neurocardiologists, 60 to 65% of cardiac cells are neuronal cells, not muscle cells. This discovery has prompted them to conduct experiments that have shown that the heart works similar to the brain and in some areas is superior to it. This may be the reason why the heart is the first organ that starts working after capture. Approximately 20 days after conception, the heart begins to function, but the brain only works after about 90 days. This information tells us that the brain is of secondary importance to the heart. “

The Heart, the Brain, and the Emotions

The brain and the heart sometimes work against each other. We are constantly trying to determine whether we will put more emphasis on our thoughts or feelings. People of logic would say that mind is the key to avoiding all our problems since the mind thinks with interest and calculates the chances that will keep us safe or have less risk.

The heart, on the other hand, pushes us to choose according to what we feel is best for our inner level associated with our intuition. Working with just one of these two, just the mind or just the heart, can sometimes lead you to trouble. The mind may be afraid to seek happiness outside its comfort zone, and the heart sometimes urges decisions that are unknown and dangerous. By using both in balance you can clarify many things.

” Follow Your Heart ” is a common phrase that is constantly being heard, but it is not easy to apply. Following your heart means letting your deep feelings lead you, without there being any reasonable or obvious reasoning in the decisions you make. Our heart guides us with a sense of intuition, but we must be able, receptive, and trustworthy in it to realize its will and then act accordingly with full faith in the result. Our feelings are what help us to understand the world beyond reason and as such are the keys to understanding the spiritual aspects of ourselves.

The Intelligence of the Heart

Some researchers and neurocardiologists support the theory that the heart may function as a second brain, revealing that there may be a different form of intelligence. There are many physiology studies in progress that examine the interface of the heart and brain, and the sensations and feelings we attribute to the heart. Love and certain emotional states felt at the heart level, produce different physiological responses.

Heartbeats have been found to be affected by inner condition and emotions, as with heart rhythm disorder when experiencing anxiety or negative emotions. On the contrary, when we feel positive, the heart rhythms are more stable.

The nervous system of the heart contains about 40,000 neurons or sensory neurites. One of their roles is to monitor the heart’s hormones, neurochemicals, heart rate, and pressure information. Information on the behaviour of these chemicals is sent to the brain. The heart and the brain constantly communicate through the gastrointestinal nervous system and the body’s electromagnetic field. Through this dynamic communication process, it is that the consciousness of the heart can change the way the brain processes the information. This process can also affect how energy flows into the body.

These findings show that the heart works with the brain and the body, including the tonsil, to process emotions and incorporate emotional memories. Amygdala is the part of the brain that helps us make decisions about the information we receive and processes them based on our past experiences. This shows a connection between emotions and the physiology of the brain and body.

Other mental moods and anxiety also affect our body and our general health. Recent scientific research has found that anger, anxiety and other negative feelings can significantly increase the risk of heart disease. Therefore, stressful situations and high levels of anxiety adversely affect the heart as an organ.

The connection of the brain and the heart, as a self-contained emotional centre, is an issue that many researchers have paid attention to. It has been shown that the emotions we experience mentally, are also manifested in the body and can affect the heart rate and pulses. The best way to maintain a healthy heart is not only to make a healthy diet, but also to incorporate into our program meditation techniques for balancing the energy of the heart and the brain.

Why Does the Heart Hold Keys to World Peace?

Our heart helps us to understand our world through emotions. This allows us to understand reality as a totality of the universe, giving it universal features. The heart as a biological electromagnetic field generator allows us to understand one another at an emotional level but also beyond that, giving us a sense of connection with all the things that surround us. This emotional connection is what brings each of us together.

When we learn to think with the heart, it will be easier for us to understand others and live in harmony with them. For these reasons, the heart holds the key that unites mankind to achieve world peace.

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Uneasy City



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Every nerve ending in her body told the Ingénue that she had to get the hell out of dodge. Time. To. Leave. Right quick in fact right now if not sooner like yesterday preferably. The vague anxiety that was the hallmark of life in Uneasy City had deepened into nothing less than sharply defined dread and terror. Terror and dread.
The clocks, never the fastest in Uneasy City, had slowed down to a crawl during the blistering summer of the Fourth Decadency. Although resistant to change the City couldn’t deny that something wicked was coming this way, the very air was charged with potent change. In the streets the horse’s hooves would shatter and grind down the already splintered bones and skulls that lined the cobblestones. Several virulent viruses had taken hold of the panicking populace, but even with the rampant mortality overcrowding was severe…

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Matchmaking Pigs in Atonement, Tennessee


Matchmaker matchmaker make me a match, find me a fine, catch me a catch…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

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Deme and Honeybell, the otherworldly glowing pigs of Atonement, Tennessee had so much fun visiting with you recently that they talked me into letting them have the spotlight again today.  Yes, it’s another snort story.

If you’ve been following me for awhile, please forgive me for another rerun.  The past couple of work-months have been so “over the top” that I’m surprised I’ve managed to post at all.  I ran this as a Valentines story last year, but it doesn’t have to be about that.

Last week you met a much younger Marge Tipton.  She is a minor character in the “Atonement” books.  I enjoyed giving her extra life here on the blog.  She owns the local diner and she’s suitably quirky for the town.

It’s fewer than 2,500 words.  I hope this snort story leaves you with a…

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