My Inspiration for July 2020

31 Jul

I felt super inspired this July and I read some amazing books; Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (I watched the film years ago, of course, but now I wanted to read the book too), The Secret History by Donna Tartt which really amazed me, Sex, Art and American Culture; a collection of essays by Camille Paglia which I enjoyed immensely because Paglia is brilliant, original, straightforward, she always penetrates to the core of things and always says what she means and isn’t afraid of being disliked, and those are some qualities I admire, and so consequently her writing is the same. She won’t sugarcoat anything for you, she writes it as it is. And lastly, I read Torn Apart: Life of Ian Curtis by Mick Meddles and Lindsey Reade which gave a fascinating insight into the life of the band and life of Ian, it was poignant and sad, but in a catharsis way. I had already read Deborah Curtis’s Touching From the Distance, but I feel that her vision was somewhat clouded by jealousies and bitterness, so Torn Apart seemed more sincere and more objective. Then I had to watch Control (2007) again and listen to Joy Division, hearing every lyric and sound in a fresh and exciting way. Also, it being the month of Reinaldo Arenas’s birthday, my thought drifted to him as well and here is something he said that I liked: “Mine is not an obedient writing. I think that literature as any art has to be irreverent.”

“Edmund was your friend. I too am very sorry that he is dead. But I think you are grieving yourselves sick over this, and not only does that not help him, it hurts you. And besides, is death really so terrible a thing? It seems terrible to you, because you are young, but who is to say he is not better off now than you are? Or – if death is a journey to another place – that you will not see him again? …. It does not do to be frightened of things about which you know nothing,’ he said. ‘You are like children. Afraid of the dark.” (The Secret History)

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Tea & Cats Dress from annyamarttinen

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John Corbet, The Tower

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Girl with a pink aureola, by John Corbet

By: Joe Pickard | josephowen

8 Responses to “My Inspiration for July 2020”

  1. alan 1st Aug 2020 at 10:26 pm #

    You have certainly been a busy bee recently drawing pollen from an amazing array of sources for the benefit of all of us who enjoy honey!. I have not been nearly so productive though I have managed to complete a seond look at the history of the word “romantic” and at the moment am immeresed in a fascinating analysis of Wordsworth’s wonderful poem “there Was A boy” which should be out in the next day or two.Keep going strong! alan

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    • Byron's Muse 1st Aug 2021 at 12:16 pm #

      What a lovely comment! I cannot believe I haven’t read it sooner. It ended up in my bin and I never saw it up until now, horrible, I don’t know how that happened. 😦

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      • alan 9th Aug 2021 at 2:39 pm #

        Many thanks for this. It is so easy to miss comments so do not worry. I still keep an admiring eye on your blogs. I have just had a break from posting for several weeks and it amazes me how you keep going regularly once a week or twice posting. It shows your dedication and enthusiasm. It is a real achievement. Take care.

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        • Byron's Muse 9th Aug 2021 at 8:51 pm #

          Thank you so much for these kinds words! I am truly delighted that my efforts are appreciated. It’s nice to take a break and one should write as often as one wants, but I personally feel that writing is like playing an instrument, if you don’t practice it regularly, the skill gets rusty.


  2. Upside-down Land 3rd Aug 2020 at 9:56 pm #

    Camille Paglia has shined her light of rooted reason for many decades now. I still recall the thrill of finding her writing. She’s that rare bird: an independent academic.

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    • Byron's Muse 4th Aug 2020 at 9:46 am #

      She’s one of the rare people that I could listen to for hours and hours and still wish to hear more, her mind is incredible… She’s my hero!

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    • William Byron 8th Aug 2020 at 9:57 am #

      I concur; I adore Paglia and spent June reading her stuff along with Rilke and Fran Lebowitz- time well spent. I also think Sandra Dee has a unique and genuine timelessness (as well as perfect eyebrows). I once read a biography of her and Bobby Darin on a train and Darin himself was very interesting; born with a weak heart, he overheard the doctor telling his family he wouldn’t live to 25 which provoked his relentless and prolific life. I had only known the lounge ‘Mack the Knife’ stuff which didn’t interest me but discovered his other compelling periods which did. Anyway, I remember being struct by the fact that Sandra Dee’s real name was- if I remember correctly- Alexandra Zuck which seemed to me, in that moment, to be the name of a Roald Dahl character or something.

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      • Byron's Muse 8th Aug 2020 at 5:39 pm #

        I love Rilke too! That was very interesting, what you said about Bobby Darin, I didn’t know that. I’d like to read a biography on them one time.


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