My Inspiration for July 2021

31 Jul

These sunny July days I very much enjoyed listening to my old favourite songs by Pearl Jam but also discovered some stuff by Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains; especially the hauntingly beautiful live version of “Love, Hate, Love”. I am mildly obsessed with cactuses, both in paintings and in desert scenery, prairie dresses, 1970s Sarah Kay illustrations, vibrant, childlike, colorful paintings by Fauvists, Gauguin’s Tahiti-phase paintings, flower paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe… I got my hands on quite a few fascinating books this month (finally!), amongst them are the recently published and thought-provoking book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” by Abigal Shrier, Uncommon by Owen Hatherley; a book about the band Pulp, their aesthetic, lyrics and place as perpetual outsiders on the music scene, As I crossed a Bridge of Dreams; a wonderful novel written by a court lady in the 11th century Japan, The Bilingual Lover by Juan Marsé; both comical and sad at the same time, The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa; a novel which explores the lives of Paul Gauguin and his grandmother Flora Tristan; they both had in common the urge for freedom, and they both tried to break the chains of civilisations, each in their own way. I am also more than half-way through Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom” which is very interesting and especially so in the age we are living in, here are two quotes I enjoyed:

“We are proud that we are not subject to any external authority, that we are free to express our thoughts and feelings, and we take it for granted that this freedom almost automatically guarantees our individuality. The right to express our thoughts, however, means something only if we are able to have thoughts of our own; freedom from external authority is a lasting gain only if the inner psychological conditions are such that we are able to establish our own individuality.”

“Freedom is not less endangered if attacked in the name of anti-Fascism than in that of outright Fascism. This truth has been so forcefully formulated by John Dewey that I express the thought in his words: “The serious threat to our democracy,” he says, “is not the existence of foreign totalitarian states. It is the existence within our own personal attitudes and within our own institutions of conditions which have given a victory to external authority, discipline, uniformity and dependence upon The Leader in foreign countries. The battlefield is also accordingly here—within ourselves and our institutions.”

“The days are long and weigh on me. I am suffocating.”
(Albert Camus, from a letter featured in “A Life Worth Living”, c. 1940)

Sasha Kichigina photographed by Ina Lekiewicz for For Love & Lemons Spring 2020

Instagram: elise.buch

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Model Ingrid Boulting photographed at Lacock Abbey, “Summer at Source”, by Norman Parkinson for Vogue UK, July 1970

Red Avadat, Red Munia or strawberry finch, picture found here.

Moret-sur-Loing, France (by J.P. Renais)

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A Cactus Garden in California⁣, c. 1902⁣, Source: Beinecke Digital Collections⁣

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Dan Kozan, from Creative Black Book: Photography (1985)

Cuba, picture found here.

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Miss Moda 2020 in Elle Mexico December 2019 by Dennis Tejero

Towers with Faces at the Bayon Temple, Angkor wat complex, Cambodia. Picture found here.

Red and White Campion Meadow & Wild Campion Meadow
by Alan MacKenzie

5 Responses to “My Inspiration for July 2021”

  1. So Sweetly She Sings 31st Jul 2021 at 10:34 pm #

    These vivid pictures and paintings you have collected this month are very inspiring to me as well! I especially loved the Nineteen Years Later one and the Horoscope drawing. Also, I had just read an article for the book “Irreversible Damage” before seeing this post and I’m definitely going to read it now.

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    • Byron's Muse 31st Jul 2021 at 10:59 pm #

      Thank you! I live for the aesthetic. I am so glad to hear that, it is a great book, full of very sad and emotional testimonies of the parents, and the author has a lot of sympathy for the troubled girls who, instead of dealing with their mental problems, become fixated on changing their gender.

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  2. Ewa Spoczynska 1st Aug 2021 at 12:58 am #

    I enjoyed your July inspirations. Thank you…keep going 🙂

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  3. Gea Austen 2nd Aug 2021 at 1:07 pm #

    Love this… especially the mention of Escape from Freedom ,, had a major influence on my life at one time,, who is the good looking man with short hair ? ahh and the sewing patterns ..such a long/short time ago ! xxx

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    • Byron's Muse 2nd Aug 2021 at 2:24 pm #

      The Art of Loving had a huge influence on me, and now Escape from Freedom does too. I love how Fromm conveys complex, wise ideas in a way that is easy to understand. Ahh that cutie is Richey Edwards from Manic Street Preachers, so handsome indeed ❤

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