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Monday, April 27, 2009

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Posted by on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:14 AM

The reading of this report in the The Times....

Perugia A hillside cottage where the British exchange student Meredith Kercher was murdered is to be returned to its owner next week so that it can be rented out again, a judge ruled.

Alda Tattanelli, the owner, said that she had no intention of selling the property, in Perugia, despite its association with the murder of Ms Kercher in November 2007. Amanda Knox, Ms Kercher's American flatmate, and Raffaele Sollecito, Ms Knox's former Italian boyfriend, are on trial for the killing.

...instigated the mental resurfacing of this famous painting.
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The association of the report and Breughel's "Icarus" has something to do with a passage in the famous poem by Auden, "Musee des Beaux Arts":


In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

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Not so much that it was "not an important failure," but something closer to the idea that the ploughman must go on. The seasons do not stop, seeds need to be planted, and families feed. Bunny Wailer, the last man standing of The Wailers (Tosh and Marley are dead—bullet and cancer, respectively, did the undoing), put it this way in a tune called "Burial": "Let the dead bury the dead; I'm a living man, I got things to do." Meredith is yet another victim of that will to immortality that Diotima of Mantinea defined over 2000 years ago as the essence of all forms of beauty.

 

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Typical Charles Mudede. Completely incomprehensible.
Posted by Seattle Mike on April 27, 2009 at 10:07 AM · Report this
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Shut up Charles, you cock.
Posted by :) on April 27, 2009 at 10:11 AM · Report this
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#1 and #2 didn't mention it in their posts, but they're humming "If I only had a brain..." as they type these little nuggets of wisdom for us.
Posted by jw on April 27, 2009 at 10:13 AM · Report this
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I hate when people ruin the classics with spoilers.

Charles, do you yell out the endings to movies you've already screened when you're seeing them with the general public? 'cuz seriously, the best part of this painting is finding Icarus. It's what makes this painting such a classic.
Posted by Baconcat on April 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM · Report this
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the ____ is related to the ______ which draws inspiration from _________ and ultimately represents ________.

Your mad lib is getting really fucking old.
Posted by UGH on April 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM · Report this
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"Meredith is yet another victim of that will to immortality that Diotima of Mantinea defined over 2000 years ago as the essence of all forms of beauty."

Charles, can you find inspiration in anything other than the untimely deaths of women and children?

Considering your recent #1-with-a-bullet hit on the "Most Commented," perhaps you might try finding inspiration in things other than the recently deceased.

I hear puppies and kittens are usually a reliable source of creativity.
Posted by Ackham on April 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM · Report this
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This would be the perfect location for a shrine to the dead foreign exchange students - which saint covers them?
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM · Report this
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For anyone who is interested in the facts behind the media spin, and who cares to learn more about the victim of this terrible murder - Meredith Kercher - there is an excellent discussion board

http://perugiamurderfile.freeforums.org/…

as well as an interesting blog

http://truejustice.org/ee/index.php

These online resources are not for profit. Anyone can read and/or participate and people from around the world do. They have followed this case since November 2007, and are in no way related to Amanda Knox. Nor are they her friends.
Posted by Harry Rag on April 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM · Report this
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Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus


According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
near

the edge of the sea
concerned
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

unsignificantly
off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

William Carlos Williams

Nuff said
Posted by badbob on April 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM · Report this
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eh i liked this one
Posted by not a troll on April 27, 2009 at 5:49 PM · Report this
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This made perfect sense to me; I thought it was lovely. The paintings and the poem were quite apropos of this Perugian tragedy.
Posted by SMK on April 27, 2009 at 5:49 PM · Report this
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For anyone who is interested in the facts behind the media spin, and who cares to learn more about the victim of this terrible murder - Meredith Kercher -AVOID THESE TWO SITES LIKE DEAD FISH ON A HOT DAY

http://perugiamurderfile.freeforums.org/

as well as a truly embarrassing blog

http://truejustice.org/ee/index.php

These online resources are not for profit, because the writing sucks. NOBODY WILL PAY FOR THEM.

Anyone can read and/or participate AS LONG AS THEY ARE CONVINCED THE SUSPECTS ARE GUILTY.

Try to say otherwise and we'll ban your sorry asses!! We are big and tough. We know nothing and we fear no one.

We have followed this case since November 2007, and are in no way related to Amanda Knox. Nor are they her friends. In fact we HATE HER GUTS.

But we are totally impartial. And skeptical. On the fence. Just stupid.

Please join us.
Posted by Give me a break on April 28, 2009 at 1:11 AM · Report this
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Nice post, Mr Mudede. I see it has attracted the usual philistines. I love it that you just ignore these yobs and plough on. They are drowning in a bitter sea composed of one part ignorance, three parts envy.



As for poor Give Me A Break, he/she seems to be suffering from some kind of hormonal imbalance. All worked up over a couple of sites devoted to the Meredith Kercher murder case? Calm down. Take a deep breath. Step away from the keyboard. Put down that twinkie. Go outside and smell the flowers.
Posted by Hiroshima Mon Amour on May 4, 2009 at 7:51 AM · Report this

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