Und plötzlich zum ersten Mal sah ich drei Schwedinnen. Daß das ein Heuhaufen war, belehrte mich der Katalog. Erkennen konnte ich ihn nicht. Dieses Nichterkennen war mir peinlich. Ich fand auch, daß der Maler kein Recht hat, so undeutlich zu malen. Ich empfand dumpf, daß die Schwedin in diesem Bild fehlt. Und merkte mit Erstaunen und Verwirrung, daß das Bild nicht nur packt, sondern sich unverwischbar in das Gedächtnis einprägt und immer ganz unerwartet bis zur letzten Einzelheit vor den Augen schwebt, weil sie ohne die französischen Retuschen, Parfüme und Toilettekünste arbeiten. Das alles war mir unklar, und ich konnte die einfachen Konsequenzen dieses Erlebnisses nicht ziehen. Was mir aber vollkommen klar war — das war die ungeahnte, früher mir verborgene Kraft der Palette, die über alle meine Träume hinausging, nicht mit Puder und Rotstift, sondern von Gymnastik, mit ganz famosen Beinen und Aprikosenteint. Die Malerei bekam eine märchenhafte Kraft und Pracht. Unbewußt war aber auch der Gegenstand als unvermeidliches Element des Bildes diskreditiert, denn egal ob im Heuhaufen oder auf den Almwiesen: gelobt sei, was scharf macht.
Kandinsky : 3 Schwedinnen in Murnau [ungebar]
33. Mr B has taken the last picture of Mrs D (for Dead).
34. Mrs D is always dead when Mr B takes her death picture, a second later.
35. Mrs D existed only in her last image and her last words, which arrive, of course, from Pitman's Commonsense Arithmetic some hours later … so shut off the recorder … expose the negative.
36. Mrs D's word and image never existed.
The Death of Mrs D in The Third Mind, by W.S.Burroughs and Brion Gysin
I do seem to remember at least two occasions on which he claimed success [of his methods] … The first was in the Beat Hotel still, and William decided to “take care” of an old lady who sold newspapers in a kiosk, and she was of absolutely incredible malevolence, and the only kiosk around there at that time that sold the Herald-Tribune, so that William found that he was having to deal with her every day, and every day she would find some new way to aggravate him, some slight new improvement on her malevolent insolence and her disagreeable lack of … collaboration with William in the buying of his newspaper …
So, one day the little old lady burnt up inside her kiosk. And we came out to find that there was just the pile of ashes on the ground. William was … slightly conscience-stricken, but nevertheless rather satisfied with the result as it proved the efficacity of his methods, but a little taken aback, he didn't necessarily mean the old lady to burn up inside there …
Here to Go: Planet R-101. Brion Gysin interviewed by Terry Wilson [abridged]
“All the while, the obstruction of justice continues with a show trial in U.K. Last week Assange was back in Westminster Magistrates Court, where the Judge Vanessa Baraitser had denied his legal team's request for a trial extension a month earlier. This time, Judge Baraitser once again dismissed concerns brought by Gareth Peirce, representing Assange, about her client not being able to adequately prepare for his ‘very challenging case’ as the computer he had been given was not suitable.”
“The worst moment was one of a number of ‘worst’ moments. I have sat in many courtrooms and seen judges abuse their positions, This judge, Vanessa Baraitser—actually she isn't a judge at all; she's a magistrate—shocked all of us who were there.”
“Because of this surveillance, including ‘unlawful copying of their telephones and computers’ as well as ‘hooded men breaking into offices,’ Assange's lawyers needed more time to prepare his defense, Summers argued. But Baraitser refused the request, and ordered Assange back in court for a second management hearing on Dec. 19.”
“Assange has been imprisoned throughout the period of ‘these proceedings’ and has certainly not absconded. The government and media have an interest in conflating ‘these proceedings’ with the previous risible allegations from Sweden and the subsequent conviction for bail violation, but we need to untangle this malicious conflation. We have to make plain that Assange is now held for publishing and only for publishing. That a judge should conflate them is disgusting. Vanessa Baraitser is a disgrace.”