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Monday, September 15, 2008

Vonnegut's "essence of human wonder"

The Temptation of Saint Anthony ((CC) wikimedia)"The whole magical thing about our painting, Mrs. Berman, and this was old stuff in music, but it was brand new in painting: it was pure essence of human wonder, and wholly apart from food, from sex, from clothes, from houses, from drugs, from cars, from news, from money, from crime, from punishment, from games, from war, from peace--and surely apart from the universal human impulse among painters and plumbers alike toward inexplicable despair and self-destruction!"

Rabo Karabekian (Abstract Expressionist Painter)*
from Vonnegut's Bluebeard

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