Contemplate and Share
Contemplate and Share
By The Quail Bell Crew
Elegy in Long Form
By A.D. Carr
..But writing has not yet helped me to see what it means.
-Joan Didion, “The White Album”
When it became clear that there was no path to victory, I collapsed in tears.
Looking Back, Looking Forward
By Kaylin Kaupish
January 20, 2017
On this day, I find myself looking back. To the last time I watched an Inauguration. I remember I was in chemistry class and my teacher turned the lights off. She brought the large projection screen down and fiddled with the remote. A student had to get up and help her put it on the right setting. The room was so dark and I was smiling in it. I felt safe in it. Cocooned in warmth. I wrapped my sweater around me and leaned forward on my desk.
RIP Wayne Barrett
You can’t talk about Wayne Barrett without talking about Trump. You could talk about Koch and Barrett, Giuliani and Barrett, or anyone Wayne wrote about, but Trump is the notable one. Wayne Barrett himself said, “And so, you know, I’m in a sickbed a lot, but [Trump] gets me up out of it.”
It’s Inauguration Day, So Let’s Get Active
A nation is defined not by its government but by its people. It is inevitable that there will be periods of our lives that our beliefs will stand in stark contrast to those in power. In those times it is important to stand strong and fight for the continuation of the ideals that you believe define our country with diligence and resolve.
I hope I am not naïve in my belief that many of the issues we face in the coming years – a failing healthcare system, a rapidly declining middle class, an unlivable minimum wage – are truly bipartisan. Washington is now calling for a unification of our country, but passive compliance will not give healthcare to an uninsured mother with cancer or food in the bellies of the working class being buried under debt. We do need to unify, but our unification must come through the resonance of our voices demanding a brighter future. A country whose government suppresses the voices of the people is a country that has compromised its integrity and has strayed from its mission to serve and protect its citizens.
From the Mind of Claudio Parentela
Editor's Note: We have recently published several works by Italian artist Claudio Parentela. Born in 1962, Parentela is a multi-talented and completely self-taught illustrator, painter, photographer, cartoonist and collagist. We were curious about the man who creates pieces so perfectly suited to the words and stories we publish here at Quail Bell, so we asked him to provide a short statement about his approach to art. Below is an edited version of what he provided.
"I pursue my art and my art follows me. Together, we mix in infinite and never finished ways. Now, more than ever.
I like the unfinished, the incomplete. It makes you think. It arouses dismay and it leaves you in doubt and that process gives you joy. I love contrasts, the knots of the soul. I like to melt them and to knot them and then dissolve them again and again.
For 15 years, I painted only in black and white with rivers of black Indian ink. I love black Indian ink. I love the many shades between white and black. They are like the shades of the soul. Now I have developed a love for colors mere shades from one another: gray, purple, deep blue.
I love to photograph my emotions and your emotions—the strong, the lewd, the tender, the sweet, the haunting, and, yes, the most twisted of emotions. I love to photograph my installations and my collages. I combine and muddle them in the lens, mixing them into a thousand new and unknown ways. I love to experiment with everything I have on hand, with everything that happens to me, everything that I see, everything that I listen to, everything that I feel that I feel. Photography is my old, long-time, never-ending love. It gives me endless opportunities to express myself and to expand my research, opening doors that I did not know even existed. Those doors materialize in the lens at a precise moment and lead me somewhere new.
In my works, there are traces of Sai Baba, Aurobindo, my beloved Tarots, Shirley Horn, Patty Waters, Nina Simone, Diamanda Galas, Sarah Vaughan, Throbbing Gristle, Peter Green, Miles Davis, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Walter van Beirendonck, Robert Crumb, Bruce LaBruce, Harmony Korine, Genesis P-Orridge, Vaginal Davis, and others.
I like to dirty my photos with others media—with everything really—to color them, to lighten them, to darken them, to light them. Then I turn them into something else that is not photography, that is not collage. I don't know what it is and I do not want to know."
See samples of Claudio's art for Quail Bell Magazine at these links:
The Official Quail Bell Black Lives Matter Video
By The Quail Bell Crew
And That Can Break You
Mystery Meat is a sound collage podcast based in Charlotte, Asheville, and New Orleans. Each episode is made up of audio submitted by listeners. Anything within your rights to submit is welcome. From that they create monthly collages meant to challenge, delight, and encourage the audience to listen to their environment in new ways. Mystery Meat is, by its nature and relationship to its audience, a chance operated podcast and a conversation between the listener and the editor. They also manage a mail art campaign, create sound design for theatre and film, and create installations and events which explore the act of listening. Find out more or contact them through mysterymeatpodcast.com.
Anti-Abortion Group Wants 'Day of Tears' Commemoration
By Dai Já Norman
Capital News Service
RICHMOND – An anti-abortion organization called Day of Tears is urging the Virginia General Assembly to pass a resolution declaring a day of mourning to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
Advocates for Rape Survivors Applaud Grant
By Tyler Woodall
Capital News Service
*Editor's Note: This is great news for Virginia, and we hope that it will someday be advocated on a national scale. Want to help out or need to talk to someone? Contact RAINN or another trusted nonprofit or local organization.
General Mark R. Herring
RICHMOND – Organizations that help rape survivors see benefits from Virginia receiving a $2 million federal grant to improve the commonwealth’s handling of sexual assaults.
They say the money will help the state train sexual assault investigators, test rape evidence kits and provide services to rape survivors.