Gilbert & George – Scapegoating Pictures for London. White Cube, Bermondsey. Ten out of ten.
‘Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth’
Oscar Wilde (1891)
Cause, Principle, and One eternal
From whom being, life, and movement are suspended,
And which extends itself in length, breadth, and depth,
To whatever is in Heaven, on Earth, and Hell;
With sense, with reason, with mind, I discern,
That there is no act, measure, nor calculation, which can comprehend
That force, that vastness and that number,
Which exceeds whatever is inferior, middle, and highest;
Blind error, avaricious time, adverse fortune,
Deaf envy, vile madness, jealous iniquity,
Crude heart, perverse spirit, insane audacity,
Will not be sufficient to obscure the air for me,
Will not place the veil before my eyes,
Will never bring it about that I shall not
Contemplate my beautiful Sun.
— Giordano Bruno
"Of Love" (dedicatory poem) as translated in The Infinite in Giordano Bruno : With a Translation of His Dialogue, Concerning the Cause, Principle, and One (1978) by Sidney Thomas Greenburg, p. 89
"I am nothing but words,
just a shape
of dreams or night."
— Euripides, Herakles, translated by Anne Carson in Grief Lessons (NYRB Classics, 2006)
"The bourgeoisie loves so-called “positive” types and novels with happy endings since they lull one into thinking that it is fine to simultaneously acquire capital and maintain one’s innocence, to be a beast and still be happy."
— Anton Chekhov, in a letter to A.S. Suvorin. (April 13, 1895)