Deleted scene from the critically acclaimed film, Gravity.
oh my god, you tried
— 1.1.14 - Entry #1 (via cascadingletters)
May I be at peace
May I radiate love
May I be kind to all sentient beings
May you radiate with well being
May we be one
— Elizabeth Taylor (via quotes-shape-us)
C.S. Lewis accurately disembowels the liberal theological position of Jesus as simply nothing more than a good man and a moral teacher. This position is best exemplified by Thomas Jefferson with the cut and paste job he did of the gospels referred to as The Jefferson Bible.
Jefferson referred to his efforts as “culling diamonds from the dung heap” and he eliminated all miracle stories, the virgin birth and the resurrection leaving only what he saw as Jesus moral teachings. This as was the Jesus of the Deists and later religious liberals of the 18th and 19th centuries who viewed Jesus as a mere mortal, spiritually realized, but not the literal divine son of god.
In his collection of radio talks titled “Mere Christianity” Lewis has this to say,
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
However, here is where I part with great apologist of the 20th Century. Despite his towering intellect, Lewis never completed a syllogism, to steal a joke from the late Christopher Hitchens. The problem is that religious experience cannot be derived entirely from reason. I will stop short at calling the formulation of religion based on reason vs. revelation a failed project. I rather see it as incomplete as needs be. Reason can only take us so far. Revelation, although not in the evangelical sense, is needed as well.
My Jesus is a madman, albeit the good kind. He is the perennial outsider who goes deep into the desert and catches the god madness. He then reappears from time to time on the boundaries of society. He challenges social structures and morality. He tears down temples and points out hypocrisy and leads his followers on Quixotic journeys that often result in hardship, excommunication and death.
This Jesus is not the messiah of the Jewish religion. No, not at all and, in fact, a careful reading of Mark suggests this. Jesus as messiah was an invention of the first Jewish Christians (where the term Judeo-Christian comes from) that justified their position to a growing hostility against their small cult. The gospel of Matthew, written for a community of Judeo-Christians – is largely polemical and paints Jewish religion and her authorities in an unflattering and unfair two dimensional light.
The Jesus I have encountered is a divine madman who has come to the abyss of being and lived to tell others what he experienced. He soon becomes frustrated because he can only communicate in parables that even his own chosen inner circle don’t understand. Jesus is the true outsider. Therefore it is not surprising that it is only the odd outsider who often gets what the madman from the desert is saying, the Roman Centurion, The Greek Woman and the Samaritan. Jesus knew this of course; when he commented that a prophet is never welcome among his people
— Henry David Thoreau (via heartsofclearestglass)
Play at home special present - Siouxsie & the banshee
Play at home special present - Siouxsie & the banshees.
This is great. Really something awsome strange madness from the early 80’s.
Robert Smith plays in it as well (as we all know, he was a banshees member for 2 periods in the old days).
Looks like Alice in wonderland has returned.
Play at home is part of a channel 4 series.
Aired: September 1984
Minutes : Play at home 33 minutes Nocturne 17 minutes
Total video time 50 minutes
Quality : 9
Play at Home — Alice in Wonderland themed TV Special
Songs they played :
05:10 Weather cade (Siouxsie)
12:20 A blues in drag (The Glove)
28:07 Circle (Siouxsie)
33:22 Eve White/Eve Black (From Nocturne)
34:35 Voodoo Dolly (From Nocturne)
45:00 Helter Skelter (From Nocturne)
Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Play at Home” on Channel 4 (1984, video, entire show, 50 minutes)
If you like the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees, 1983/1984 was an absolute golden period.
Robert Smith was playing guitar with the Banshees (one of several stints), appearing on Nocturne (the Banshees live from the Royal Albert Hall — a stunning gig released on double vinyl and VHS!) and on the studio LP Hyaena; Robert Smith and Steve Severin had formed the Glove with Jeanette Landray (then girlfriend of Severin’s band mate Budgie) and Siouxsie and Budgie had formed the Creatures.
1984 was also a golden era for live music TV with the Tube, the Old Grey Whistle Test and, briefly “Play at Home” — a series of documentaries about leading rock bands made by themselves… what could go wrong?
So the Banshees do their own unique (and surreal) version of Alice in Wonderland, with a full supporting cast, and intercut with music from the Banshees, the Glove and the Creatures. Siouxie’s dis-embodied blood-red lips narrate the story, and chews all available furniture. Green screen tech must have been cheap — the whole show is littered with really bad backgrounds (but I think they new that).
And, yep, that is Budgie in the top photo!
This was a great watch and it came up the other day on Youtube — the entire 50 minute show. It is also available on the DVD re-release of Nocturne.
The Play At Home series offered four musical acts:
New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, Virginia Astley and of course Siouxsie and the Banshees, during the period that Robert Smith of The Cure was in the band—an hour of TV to do pretty much whatever they wanted. When they saw what the Banshees cooked up, I’m sure the execs were both thrilled and nervous (What happened to Channel 4 over the years???).
The Banshees’ Play At Home episode was finally released as a DVD extra on the reissue of the 1983 Nocturne concert film in 2006. Note inclusion of music from side-projects The Creatures and The Glove. Longtime Banshees producer Mike Hedges makes an appearance as the Queen of Hearts and Annie Hogan, once Marc Almond’s musical collaborator, can be seen as the Doormouse.
According to Slicing Up Eyeballs, Banshees bassist Steven Severin is preparing a 20 disc mega-box set including all eleven Siouxsie & the Banhsees albums and DVDs of vintage live performances. Twenty discs! Can’t wait.s
Denis Johnson (via room-546)
The desert is literally and figuratively the ground zero of being. All distractions, but the most primal – shelter, food, water – are removed and you are forced inward for long periods of time. The extremes of heat and cold, and the bright searing white light of the sun followed by the cosmic lights of the universe at night clarify the mind, eventually distilling your thoughts down to the one. This is the nil point where personal existence meets ultimate reality. It is here that madness sets in if it hasn’t already overtaken you. Your eyes open wide; your vision extends beyond the boundaries of personal consciousness. For a brief moment you see farther.
The Power Of The Witch (1971)
An extremely rare documentary about Witchcraft aired once in the UK in 1971. Featuring contributions from Eleanor Bone, Cecil Williamson, Alex & Maxine Sanders, Doreen Valiente et al. Very much of its time and with some very rare footage, also includes reference to the famously unsolved murder of Charles Walton on Meon Hill.