I’m a lady now, by Hotzmic

Still from the video of "I'm a lady now"
Still from the video of “I’m a lady now” performed by Hotzmic

Rhythm Heaven Megamix, known in Europe and Australia as Rhythm Paradise Megamix, in Japan as Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus and in Korea as Rhythm World: The Best Plus, is a rhythm game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. It was released in Japan in June 2015, and between June and December 2016 in the rest of the world. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Moonlight magick: love and war

Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley (c1912) – from The Equinox, volume 1, issue 10 (1913)

In a previous post, I described a surrealistic walk that I made in 2015, starting with Ernest Dowson’s passion for absinthe, then meeting other poets, MoonCCat, Bertolt Brecht and Jim Morrison, and finally ending at Dowson’s great passion, little girls. Throughout this path I encountered the moon, which presides over the impermanence of all things.

Now I will relate my mysterious journey in the shadow of a fearful and scandalous magician: Aleister Crowley, whom the British journal John Bull called “the wickedest man in the world” and “a man we’d like to hang.” It is a secret world, which must be evoked in metaphorical language. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Gertrude Chataway, Lewis Carroll’s forgotten child-friend

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - Gertrude Chataway, lying on sofa
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – Gertrude Chataway, lying on sofa (c.1876) – Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Everyone knows about Lewis Carroll’s friendship with Alice Pleasance Liddell, who inspired the main character in his famous books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass; indeed, after a rowing boat travelling during which Carroll regaled Alice and her two sisters with a fantastic story of a girl named Alice who had fallen into a rabbit-hole, she asked him to write it down, and so came Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, the initial version of the first book. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

La Petite Cousine, par Clovis Hugues

Photographie post mortem
Photographie post mortem – provient de VK

Le poème suivant, écrit à l’âge de 20 ans, évoque un amour d’enfance, une cousine rencontrée pendant les vacances, dont le souvenir se réveille à la mort de celle-ci. Il rappelle les deux sonnets de Nicolas Boileau sur la mort d’une parente. Il parut dans le recueil Les Soirs de Bataille publié en 1883 par Alphonse Lemerre, puis dans d’autres collections. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Pedophilia, by The Slackers

Cover of the album Better Late Than Never by The Slackers
Cover of the album Better Late Than Never by The Slackers – from Discogs

The Slackers are an American ska band, formed in Manhattan in 1991. After making demo cassettes in 1992 and 1993, they released their first studio album Better Late Than Never in 1996; it was then remastered and re-released with three additional tracks in 2002. The album’s third track “Pedophilia” is a humorous piece making fun of the usual clichés: an old man peeps at a little girl, and her mother tells her to go outside. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

It Started with a Kiss, by Hot Chocolate

Cover of the single It Started with a Kiss by Hot Chocolate
Cover of the single It Started with a Kiss by Hot Chocolate – from Discogs

The British soul band Hot Chocolate was formed in 1968 by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson. It knew fame in the 1970s and 1980s, with at least one hit song every year on the UK Singles Chart from 1970 to 1980. The group was interrupted several times and its membership changed through the years. In particular Errol Brown, who was their lead singer, frontman and principal songwriter, left in 1986.

Their song “It Started with a Kiss” was released in 1982 as A side of a single, and was included as track 6 on their seventh studio album Mystery. It reached number 5 in the UK. In autumn 2004, it became voted by the UK public as one of the Top 20 love songs of all time. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

La Maison de l’enfance, Prologue, par Fernand Gregh

Fernand Gregh
Fernand Gregh – source : Le Parisien

Le poète et critique littéraire français Fernand Gregh, né le 14 octobre 1873 à Paris, fut condisciple de Marcel Proust au lycée Michelet ; jeune homme, il continua à côtoyer celui-ci. En 1892 il fonda avec d’autres écrivains une revue intitulée Le Banquet qui publia ses premiers vers, ainsi que ceux de Proust et les écrits d’autres jeunes auteurs. Il fonda en 1902 l’école humaniste qui avait l’intention de rendre à la poésie sa tradition romantique, suivant Hugo et Lamartine. Il s’opposait aux Parnassiens et souhaitait limiter l’influence du symbolisme. Il fut président de la Société des gens de lettres en 1949-1950, et élu à l’Académie française en 1953. Il mourut le 5 janvier 1960 à Paris. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Sicète, par Clovis Hugues

Clovis Hugues
Clovis Hugues (1882), portrait par l’atelier Nadar – Bibliothèque nationale de France, FT 4-NA-238, via Wikimedia Commons

Né à Ménerbes (dans le Luberon) le 3 novembre 1851, et mort à Paris le 11 juin 1907, Clovis Hubert Hugues est un poète, romancier et militant socialiste français. Il participa en 1871 à la Commune insurrectionnelle de Marseille initiée en solidarité avec la Commune de Paris, et de ce fait il passa 4 ans en prison. Il fut député de 1878 à 1906, d’abord radical-socialiste, ensuite sous la bannière du Parti ouvrier français. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…