Category Archives: 20th Century


Mr. Brainwash

art is a great vehicle for a message to take a ride in,
and then get to you

a couple links here to some kickass documentaries featuring some awesome artists:

Ai Wei Wei, Activist, China Critic: 

Banksy, Graffiti Art, Exit Through The Gift Shop:


La Roux

a really cool band I’ve been listening to lately, based in the UK, I first noticed them when I saw the singer, Elly Jackson, on the front page of The Guardian a couple summers ago in association with an article about a music festival going on at the time, & as it turns out the other main member, Ben Langmaid, is musically linked to Rollo Armstrong of Faithless, who I also love, I finally got around to buying their self-titled album, La Roux, this spring, & since then I’ve been happy to learn they won a Grammy earlier at this year’s awards ceremony for Best Electronic/Dance Album

you can check them out here:

Olivia Wilde

actress, ACLU member, & co-executive director of Artists For Peace & Justice, noticed her while watching an episode of Real Time With Bill Maher

Ismael Jaffree

was born 65 years ago today, an agnostic, a lawyer, a father of 6 children

he was part of the Wallace v. Jaffree case which eventually reached the U.S.A. Supreme Court in 1985, and was ruled in his favor, helping keep religion out of public schools, he was awarded “Freethinker Of The Year” by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (also in 1985)


The “Old Dominion State” entered the union 220 years ago today, as the 10th state of the U.S.A.

Home of Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Tom Wolfe, & Ella Fitzgerald, its capital is Richmond & its motto is “Sic Semper Tyrannis”, the same phrase said to have been exclaimed by John Wilkes Booth right after he shot President Lincoln.

Joyce Carol Oates

was born 70 years ago today (in Lockport, New York, U.S.A.)

“Is there any mystery like who you finally turn out to be.”

“We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.”

“How can people still be superstitious, still believe in nonsense and astrology and grotesque demonic religions of every kind, every fundamentalist religion crowding us on all sides?”


by William Ernest Henley
(who passed away 105 years ago today)

Out of the night that covers me,
   Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
   For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell cluth of cirumstance
   I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
   My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
   Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
   Finds, and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
   How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
   I am the captain of my soul.

Barbara Smoker

was born 85 years ago today in London, England

she was president of the National Secular Society (in the UK) ( from 1971-1996

“The one function that most gods seem to have in common is to give human existence some ultimate purpose — and, while it is not possible to disprove an ultimate purpose, there does not seem to be any evidence for it. That is not to say, of course, that there is no purpose in life at all: we all make our own purposes as we go through life. And life does not lose its value simply because it is not going to last forever.” — taken from “Why I Am An Atheist”, a script recorded in June 1985 (& broadcast on BBC World Service four times that year)

for more info on her:


If an eagle be imprisoned
on the back of a coin,
and the coin be tossed
into the sky,
the coin will spin,
the coin will flutter,
but the eagle will never fly.

— Henry Dumas

something I’ve pondered several times

Walter A.G. Gropius

born 125 years ago today, founder of the Bauhaus in Germany

Hans Henrik Jæger

“Båten som fyltes og sank under meg er flytt opp igjen, den ligger og gynger på bølgene med kjølen i været der oppe til luvart, og det er en mulighet for at vind og sjø vil driven den nedover mot meg så jeg kan få fatt i den og bringe den på rett kjøl igjen og stige ombord og øse den lens og legge ut på ny. Men kanskje snur vinden seg igjen og driver båten fæn i vold.”

Keith Haring

born 50 years ago today, in Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I have a lot of respect for this woman

George W. Bush

a quote from the 43rd President of the U.S.A. spoken in Washington D.C. 5 years ago today:

“You’re free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it’ll take time to restore chaos and order – order out of chaos. But we will.”  (April 13, 2003)

Vashti Cromwell McCollum

passed away 1 year ago

Church & State: Keep Them Separate

John Galsworthy

it’s been 140 years since he was born

“Love has no age, no limit; and no death.”

“If you do not think about your future, you cannot have one.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

it’s been 140 years since Frank Lloyd Wright was born, here’s to him

“A free America, democratic in the sense that our forefathers intended it to be, means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call a democracy is only an expedient to enslave men to the machine and make him like it.”

“Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.”