BDS on Wagner

May 16, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | HISTORY, MUSIC, POLITICS, Ulalume, WAGNER |
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Forget the picket at Max Brenner’s, the Jewish chocolatiers!  There’s a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement against the playing of Wagner‘s works in Israel.  We learn from an interesting piece in ‘The Australian’ of 13 May 2017, by Vic Alhadeff, the chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, that there is a longstanding unofficial ban, despite recent attempts to overcome it by such luminaries as Daniel Barenboim. Mr Alhadeff refers, as part of his case, to the repulsive pamphlet, “Jewry in Music” which is certainly strident and virulent, but might more properly be seen as a reflection of Wagner’s…

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Versus Rodin

May 13, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Ulalume |
The three shades at the Gates of Hell

The three shades at the Gates of Hell

(Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, May 2017) TVC recommends Jardin du Musée Rodin, Paris, for a pretty, fin de siècle, laid-out array of the world of Auguste Rodin (12 Nov. 1840 – 17 Nov. 1917):his home, his garden, and works, plus those of his muse and colleague, Camille Claudel.             This selection of his works, freighted with care and shown in Adelaide, juxtaposed with contemporary sculptural pieces, is intriguing and at times, a little depressing. Though the Greeks still claim the last word in the plastic arts, some of these new and even newer works were satisfying, amusing…

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Where We Are Now

April 24, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Australian Politics, LIFE, POLITICS, Ulalume |
Kylemorrison74: "the earth will be a wasteland of lava and charred rock, and covered with vortex' that are an eternity of pain and agony. in a nutshell hell will ascend and there is no safe place to hide except in religion"

Kylemorrison74: "the earth will be a wasteland of lava and charred rock, and covered with vortex' that are an eternity of pain and agony. in a nutshell hell will ascend and there is no safe place to hide except in religion"

The South Australian Circle of Hell, 2017 Our littoral is a burning shore – lit by a million candles. The water burns. The air burns. The wind is uncomfortably warm. The rain is as blood. Drones hover. Wind turbines whine uselessly. Our power-grid hangs on a fraying thread, all insulation melted away. Water bursts through the earth on the hour, coursing water, vermin and ordure into homes and shops. Infrastructure crumbles. Bridges fall. Black dust swirls and eddies about once pristine sands. Our old folks are bound, gagged, doused with turpentine and they scream with pain. We await the wintry day when the crippled and…

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Try to Forget…

April 20, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | HISTORY, POLITICS, Ulalume |
Ein Urlaubstag des Kanzlers in seinem Hause auf dem Obersalzberg bei Berchtesgaden.
Auch in der Urlaubszeit arbeitet der Kanzler, neben ihm sitzend Ministerpräsident Göring.
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Ein Urlaubstag des Kanzlers in seinem Hause auf dem Obersalzberg bei Berchtesgaden. Auch in der Urlaubszeit arbeitet der Kanzler, neben ihm sitzend Ministerpräsident Göring. 490-38

Adolf Hitler (born 20 April, 1889 – died 30 April 1945) This garrulous monk of ravenous bent, Of whom the Duce said “Non mi piace“, Who in every message sent Sold fear at length and very archly And much that he meant. While promising Germany greatness again His goons torched the Reichstag, thus warming-up A war-ready State that was greedy for gain, Enlivened by monstering Röhm and Krupp, Tagging a part of the people as bane. He chewed upon hunks of shriveling maps, He bit and swallowed, he gulped and blew, While better men showed convulsive flaps, Appeasing while his confidence grew, Setting and priming…

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Six Types of Ennui

April 12, 2017 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Fiction, Ulalume |
"Moral Ambiguity" by Ian Sane

"Moral Ambiguity" by Ian Sane

“Dear The Varnished Culture, As requested, we enclose a transcript from our media monitoring service of the interview promoting Scumworld’s exciting new series. Invoice to follow. Thank you for your request. Yours sincerely, Ian Churl,  Vice President (Marketing) Scumworld Digital services” WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL 2017 From ‘Marla Knob Today’ with host, Marla Knob MK: I’m talking to Toby Carving, start of the new television series debuting on Scumworld over this Easter weekend, Six Types of Ennui. Toby, welcome. TC: Thank you. MK: Congratulations on the series. TC: Thank you. MK: Tell me, how did the intriguing title come about? TC: I…

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