It all retains its revelatory aliveness today.
In it she takes contemporary images, of Marilyn, Elvis, Kennedy, Christine Keeler, the endlessly proliferated newsworthy images, and demands a new objectivity, an aliveness, of both image and viewer.
When Maurizio Pollini plays in some nondescript suit, his body-aliveness is no less present for us.
In his copy of “The Wings of the Dove,” Auchincloss left a record of his novelist’s aliveness to the lesson of the master:
“He was important for me because he gave me a sense of the enormous potential for motion, for aliveness, in illustrations,” Sendak recalls.
Most of the actions shown in these pictures have the same underlying principle: the deployment of opposing forces, which produces an exciting tension, an aliveness.
And she finds no momentum in sharing, in benevolence, in charity, no interaction with another person ever brought her a bolt of pure aliveness like entering the water on a still morning with the world empty in every direction to the sky.
Listening year by year, you notice the recurring patterns: those germinal ditties, alternately innocent and sinister; the evocation of space through the positioning of spare figures over drones or ostinatos (evident as early as the String Quartet in F, from 1928); the scampering aliveness of the rhythms.
And it’s those sideways jolts – a retiree who takes LSD to ease his aching neck, a man who dies in his attic “surrounded by the jars of his jar collection”, the time Dave Green flew to Hawaii by accident – that give The End of Vandalism the vivid come-aliveness that distinguishes it from the other quietly spoken realist rural novels for which it could easily be mistaken.
And drugs were not just handmaiden or enabler but part and parcel of the same impossible quest, which you could say was the search for the mythical point of most vivid existence, the El Dorado of aliveness, which I did not believe in but which tantalized me nonetheless, a point of mastering the moment in some perfect way, seeing all the power inside you rise up and coincide with itself, suspending life’s give-and-take until you are only taking, claiming every last thing you’ve ever needed or wanted—love, fear, kinship, respect—and experiencing it all at the very instant that every appetite within you is satisfied.
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And drugs were not just handmaiden or enabler but part and parcel of the same impossible quest which you could say was the search for the mythical point of most vivid existence the El Dorado of aliveness which I did not believe in but which tantalized me nonetheless a point of mastering the moment in some perfect way seeing all the power inside you rise up and coincide with itself suspending lifes give-and-take until you are only taking claiming every last thing youve ever needed or wanted—love fear kinship respect—and experiencing it all at the very instant that every appetite within you is satisfied