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King Tut behaving like a cat with a rat.

What if you started with stick rats and cats?

Topic of the Week:

Hypotheticals? What if . . .

Saturday, September 20, 2003: What if we're dealing with cats and rats? You know, like apples and oranges. Can young King Tut learn not to bring me the present of a nice fat rat! Eek! Or is it in his genes, that violence? Tut brought me a rat this week, as a present, I suppose, and leapt right over my brief case with rat clamped securely in his teeth. Rat looked dead. And my screech sent Tut on past the kitchen.

Nature or nurture? or culture? Arnold still marvels at the time a neighbor's dog trotted in to find herself chased by King Tut, who learned only halfway around the yard, as dog herself finally remembered, that it's dogs who chase cats, not the other way around.

I threatened him with a dog house over the dead rat, but I'll bet he didn't believe me. He came back later to sleep with us, and snuggle and kiss us and play hide and seek. I love him still, yet we don't want him to kill, not even the rats who live in the hills with everything else wild. He has the silkiest ears, and he snuggles up and puts his face next to yours. And he kills rats. And then brings them home to us.

Interrationships are about letting the Other be an Other. Listening to the aesthetic process of the Other. I'm thinking of Janis Jopin. Cleopatra and the closet. Tut and the rat. Racer and coming to play hide and seek. Can I allow the Other his genes? nurture? culture?

Sunday, September 21, 2003. The Power of Stick Figures:

New York Times version of the world in drawing by Randall Enos.
© New York Times. Drawing by Randall Enos.

New York Times version of the world in drawing by Randall Enos.
© New York Times. Drawing by Randall Enos.

OK. Let's hear it for stick figures. Katie, was it you who bemoaned that you could do no more than stick figures? Well, behold what Randall Enos has done with stick figures for the New York Times Week in Review, on Sunday, September 21, 2003. They called it Golden Rules. I think I might have called it California Vision. Notice the stick figures walking across the street in the smaller version. But he puts a blurry line in front of them as shadows. See what a little discipline can teach you? Find all the shadows in Randall Enos' Golden Rules. Now, can you add shadows to your stick figures?

I like the sun glasses on top of the building, and that our vision goes all the way to Iraq. And see the Hummer on the hill, just before the palm tree with the tunnel cut through it. Nothing like mixing metaphors, hmm? The Sequoias and the Palm Trees. Aah, in California, they're all the same, one giant hyper-reality. And I love the Chateau In and Out on the sign in front of the three palm trees below the castle. Now is that a reference to drive thrus or to our stability or to the Magic Castle? And of course the Sunset Strip runs right into the Mississippi. I haven't figured out what the stick figures in Florida are doing. Probably tossing chads around on the beach, hmm?

Clearly, Fox News is taking most of the blame for our media. See the Fox truck with its tall antenna, right next to the Follywood sign. Speak to me not of the lowliness of stick figures. Speak to me of the power of images to communicate. jeanne

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Research Projects in Progress:

Sunday, September 21, 2003. Research and Conferences: Visual Essay Project Proposal: Fall 2003 This project is open to both UWP and CSUDH students. If you're interested, please let jeanne or Susan know as soon as possible. E-mail will do. This is the initial proposal, and I want all of you to be able to share in the planning. No particular visual skill is required. We will use photos, video, collage, drawings, paintings, sculptures of whatever is at hand. And we will work in groups so that no one has to do it all. But the groups will be amorphous; you may come and go as life happens; and you may turn in your own work separately if that proves best. Join the fun!

A Range of Sources on Global Events

Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor

Indymedia - Mother Jones - BBC News - New Profile
Progressive Sociologists Network

Mother Jones, left perspective, added this week by request from one of our students. jeanne

Using Academic Language Effectively:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

Dictionary of Critical Sociology
Maintained by Robert E. Mazur, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Sociology.

Words of Art: Front Page
Wonderful Fine Arts dictionary at Okanagan University College in Canada.
Will cover many of the terms social theory shares with literary theory.

Today's Word: From the Word.A.Day Site

Social Theory across Disciplines:

Peace and Social Justice

Advanced Theory:

    Tuesday, September 23, 2003. Perceived Destruction of Iraqi Infrastructure: Open Investment Policy Looks Like 'World Occupation' to Iraq Merchants By Mark Fineman. Los Angeles Times, Tuesday, September 23, 2003. At p. A 1. Backup. Lecture to follow. jeanne

    Monday, Setpember 22, 2003. Religion and the Cultural Wars: The Holocaust, the Recall, the Jews and Hollywood As the political scene becomes increasingly dichotomized as "good" and "bad" as well as by nominal parties, we find ourselves caught once again in the meaning of religion in American life. This file is just an early one in a series. jeanne

    Monday, Setpember 22, 2003. Visual Essay Resource: Richard Cohen Films Cohen is a documentary film maker in Venice, California. His work appears to be along lines similar to ours. Perhaps the department will order some of his films for us, and perhaps he will join us to talk about our visual essays project. jeanne

  • Saturday, September 20, 2003. The Social Reportage of Photography: Headlong into the contradictions, By Leah Ollman; Los Angeles Times; September 19, 2003; pg. E.23.This review of a photography exhibit at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, by Shelby Lee Adams: Appalachian Lives. Leah Ollman offers a good discussion of the role of the photographer as social observer in using photography for social reportage.

  • Sunday, September 21, 2003. The Artist's Responsibility to the Public: What is the public artist's responsibility to his/her audience? PS 1 Forum for Moderated Discussion. PS 1 is a division of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

    • Look at Clark's comment on June 28, 2001:

      " The audience should focus not so much on being regaled or amused but rather on being educated. The arts are not simply about pleasing aesthetics; they are about complex human expression, about ideas and beliefs which have shaped our civilization."

      Note that the discussion is moving in the direction of there being both an artist and an audience role. Can you relate that to answerability and interdependence?

  • Sunday, September 21, 2003: Art Not Beautiful: The Artist Paints Rape and Murder What responsibility does the artist have before the terrible? the terrifying? the evil? I'll put up notes on Anselm Kiefer, Patrick Graham, Kirchner, etc>

    These remain because lectures are still going up from when I was sick last week. jeanne

  • Friday, September 12, 2003: Taxes and Safety Nets: The Tax-Cut Con By Paul Krugman. The New York Times Magazine, September 14, 2003. Backup.

  • Sunday, September 14, 2003. Baudrillard: Short Baudrillard piece on the hyperreal Backup

  • Sunday, September 14, 2003. Baudrillard:
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Cyberspace: Ups and Downs of the Dead Sociologists' Society By Larry Ridener, who conceived amd still maintains the Dead Sociologists Society.

  • Sunday, September 14, 2003. Baudrillard: domabuse01.htm
    Backup of NCFM-LA's Lawsuit Against Shelters is Valid Response to County's Refusal to Help Abused Men

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Commentaries on Issues

Susan and I are still trying to figure out how best to integrate UWP and CSUDH comments. For now, the issues are separating them, and Susan and I are uploading separately. Suggestions welcome. jeanne

Lived Experience:

Emancipatory Narratives

    Monday, September 22, 2003. Violating Our Normative Expectations Normative Expectations and their Violation. This is a wonderful story about a social worker who didn't get angry when her expectations were violated. The children were much nicer than she had been led to expect, and she and her boss were delighted. Makes you wonder how much of the myth of callous uncaring bored kids is real, doesn't it? jeanne

    These remain because lectures are still going up from when I was sick last week. jeanne

  • Thursday, September 19, 2003: Offering Our Kids Sugar Water, for a Price: The Snapple Deal: How Sweet It Is By Marian Burros. Backup.
    "If anything, we should have cold water in our schools," Dr. Liquori said. "Water is a right; New York City is supposed to have the best water and we're asking them to pay $1 for it?"

  • Friday, September 13, 2003: : Lectures and Commentaries on what to do when you don't understand.

Kids, Etc.: Stuff to Share with Others

  • Update for Young People I'll catch up with these when our Fall class stuff is done. jeanne
  • Update on Health
  • Update for Seniors

    These remain because lectures are still going up from when I was sick last week. jeanne

    Friday, September 19, 2003. The Biggest Guinea Pig:
    Carin L. Cain/Science via Associated Press
    Distinctly Big, if Extinct: The 1,500-Pound Rodent By James Gorman, New York Times, Friday, September 19, 2003. Backup.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2003. Hands: Mano Lapiz.


    MANO. Dibujo a Lápiz. AUTOR: Ricardo Moreno Reyes.

    I was startled to find this drawing on La Loca Aventura de Escribir just after I received Tania Barriga's e-mail about Esperanza and yesterday's announcement from the International Visual Sociology Association about their competition for a photograph on hands. Yes, hands do tell us a lot, don't they?

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2003. Holy Places: Soeurs Sang by Clara Gutsche

    Clara Gutsche, Convent Series, at Mount Saint Vincent's University of Fine Arts in Canada, has done a beautiful photograph of cloistered nuns that recalls classical paintings. To see the image scroll to the bottom of the file and link on the thumbnail of the cloistered nuns. Perhaps because I lived in such a convent as a very young child, the photograph draws me to a kind of peace that permeates such holy places. And now Clara Gutsche photographs this convent as a way of life that is disappearing. There is some good in that. There was much wrong in such sequestered holy places. But there is much wrong elsewhere, also. I regret that we are losing the strong sense of the spiritual as we erase the misery of the past, and I hope that we will find new ways to bring the spiritual in some form back into our lives. This photograph touched me very deeply. jeanne Backup

  • Friday, September 12, 2003. Monsters of the Deep: Deep Under the Sea, Boiling Founts of Life Itself By William J. Broad. New York Times Science Section. Science Times. Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Wonderful pictures and fascinating story of life deep under the ocean.

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Art Shenanigans

Esperanza, Oil on Canvas, by Betsabé Basáñez. 1999. MÉXICO
Esperanza.
Óleo Sobre Tela.
AUTORA: Betsabé Basáñez. 1999. MÉXICO.
"It is absolutely beautiful; it is titled "ESPERANZA", Spanish for HOPE. She used colors that represent life. Take a look at it, Tania Barriga." I agree, Tania. It's beautiful. I had just come donwstairs to put up some Indonesian art, when I got your e-mail. We really are becoming global, aren't we? love and peace, jeanne.


This Is Not A Pipe Wrench
48 " x 96 " acrylic on canvas by Robert Peluce. Backup

The allusion is to Magritte's Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe.

Mask By Robert Peulce at Glass Gallery Fine Art. One of my favorites. Fine classical art work with an incredible sense of humor. I would have called this one Dick Tracy. Backup jeanne

Shirin Neshat, présentée au Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, du 29 septembre 2001 au 13 janvier 2002. Shirin Neshat, présentée au Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, du 29 septembre 2001 au 13 janvier 2002.

The original photo is at Shirin Neshat. I altered the two above to make you more aware of the two faces I saw when I came upon the photo on this site about an Iranian artist, Shirin Neshat. I first saw the face of a hag peering out, and knew that could not be the image as meant. So I stared and stared and finally saw the profile. The profile fits much more reasonably into the scene shot. I found nothing on the exhibitiion site to explain the pouring of the water. But it seems ritualistic. Once having seen the hag, I had trouble to focus on the profile. A typical reaction to multiple perspectives in vision. So I added a third version in which I thickened the profile line. I don't know about you, but I can still see the hag.

We encounter this situation when videos are played in court as evidence, with each of us so sure we can't be deceived by what we see. Knowledge accrues only when we leave ourselves open to other perspectives.

  • Shirin Neshat

    Shirin Neshat, présentée au Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, du 29 septembre 2001 au 13 janvier 2002.

  • Shirin Neshat Includes photos. Good article.

    Visit Shirin Neshat's sites, and read what she is trying to convey about freedom for women in the Arab world she once knew.

  • While playing in my search for more of Shirin Neshat's work, I found two Basquiat's at the Hotel de Caumont in Avignon: Basquiat in the Collection Lambert Link on the fourth image of museum spaces for the Basquiats.

Academic Discourse

  • Monday, September 8, 2003: Consistency:Sample Checkin for Consistency By Tanya Newton, CSUDH.