Saturday, December 02, 2006


Bless Wyndham Lewis for inventing the blast.
Bless St Derek Jarman, patron saint of the cinema of small but significant gestures.
Bless the vulpine.
Bless J.G. Ballard for following his obsessions to the end of the road.
Bless Terence Davies for a cinema that aspires to the condition of music.
Bless the lupine.
Bless English humour, bless Arthur Askey, Tommy Trinder, Reg Varney.
Bless Ted Milton for his sly poetry and abandoned sax.
Bless Peter Greenaway for his deadpan humour and unashamed erudition.
Bless the sceptic.
Bless William Blake for seeing the angels.
Bless Humphrey Jennings - a rare bird of a double feather, English polymath, English Surrealist.
Bless Denton Welch for discovering the world by staring in the mirror.
Bless the porcine.
Bless the truly romantic.
Bless our Albion.
Bless B.S. Johnson, the prole art threat.
Bless my endless stream of bile.

Blast the mugwumps at Channel 4 for stealing my work.
Blast Thatcher and Blair, may they rot in Hell.
Blast all politicians everywhere, from all directions of the political compass.
Blast all priests and gurus.
Blast all censors.
Blast the humourless.
Blast Ken Livingstone, a liar, a dog, a conservative pretending to the status of the radical.
Blast the cynic.
Blast the lumpen bourgeoisie.
Blast Nicholas Serota and the stranglehold his dead hand exerts.
Blast the exploiters of the lowest common denominator.
Blast the purveyors of fake sentimentality.
Blast the merchants of kitsch.


Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Really well written Anthony. It's effortless for you.

Can I do some blessblasts? Oooh.

Bless lemon fool.
Blast dry toast.

Enjoyed this very much. And loved your Joyce film as well. It's really cool.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Bless Genet.
Bless kind people who make your day.

Bless bagels.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

Bless St. Anthony.
Bless Dr. Anthony and Annie.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

i echo the bit about thatcher and blair.

and molly is right about how easy you make this seem.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Cannnot fault your choices, mate

11:16 PM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

'cinema that aspires to the condition of music' - yes I'd agree with that. His films are so poignant and yet, it is something subtle like music, not in your face. It is just something natural and fluid.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Thanks for your blessings, Molly. Didn't see those last visit. Most kind. Bless you are yours similarly.

Dry toast ok with beans. Anything lemon is fine in our house. Genet yes. Kind people yes. Blair et al - pillory, rotten fruit.

Let's see:
Bless Scott Walker
Bless Chris Marker
Bless Patrick Keiller
Bless Leigh Bowry
Bless experimentation
Bless WIRE magazine
Bless Derek Bailey
Bless curry, especially a hot one
Bless cranberry juice
Bless Kitaj
Bless Terry Atkinson
Bless The Three Johns, and bless them for putting murmurists in their top myspace friends
Bless Paula Rego
Bless Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
Bless Albert Camus
Bless fetishism
Bless Dostoyevsky
Bless Wainwright's drawings
Bless Constable's clouds
Bless Roeg
Bless John Cage
Bless Rauschenberg
Bless Johns
Bless Fluxus
Bless Naked City
Bless Naked by Mike Leigh
Bless Jarman
Bless Ken Russell
Bless Dada
Bless Surrealism
Bless Bill Hicks
Bless Chris Morris
Bless Gilbert & George
Bless Modernism
Bless Paul McCarthy
Bless Jaco Pastorius
Bless Prog
Bless Punk
Bless Symbolism
Bless Charles Harrison, art historian, member of Art & Language, and tutor at the OU
Bless Schwitters
Bless Komar & Melamid
Bless Dr. James Aulich
Bless Dr. Norman Gibson
Bless Dr. Mike Singleton
Bless Jim Morley m.phil
Bless Radiophonic Workshop
Bless early Vic & Bob

1:02 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Yes, next time I'll allow myself a wider remit - this one was an all English affair - hence the absence of my binary star system, Joyce and Burroughs.

I just remembered to bless dear old Humphrey Jennings.

Quite a heavyweight list there, Doc. ... with quite a few of my own obsessions.

1:29 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

I wouldn't put my beans on anything but dry toast.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

I do like the way the beans melt the margerine, myself. Here at Cafe Abdab, we flavour our beans with chilli, soy sauce, and oregano. Fantastic.

Good to have crossover re. lists, Anthony. Of course, one's bless list could on and on. Tons of stuff springs to mind. I just feel lucky to be aware and able to appreciate all the great things people have done - in art and its environs. To be interested in the world is crucial. I can get soppy thinking of, say, Fluxus.

Great to share that feeling.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Billy said...

Anything that aspires to the condition of music is good in my book.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Billy said...

Oh and mango pickle goes with my beans on toast.

3:32 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Beans with chilli, soy sauce, oregano, mango pickle ... there are some very exotic tastes around these parts.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Stephen Rowntree said...

This is fun, fun indeed; here goes:

Bless: Hopscotch and Cortazar
Bless: Hawkes, John dearly departed
Bless: Black-Cat gum
Bless: That lousy Indian chewing tobacco made from shredded coconut and shoeblack
Bless: Kinch
Bless: Coke-bottle eye-glasses and wax paper
Bless: "Bless This Blast That"
Bless: Doctor Martin, Joe and Iggy
Bless: Juan Goytisolo
Bless: Count Julian


4:12 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Bless Kinch indeed ...
Hopscotch ,what a fine novel.

Oh God, I remember that baccy .... I suppose they no longer make it.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Stephen Rowntree said...

'fraid not, in Canada they'd considered it contraband (hmm, a Central American Punk group) smuggled by row-boat across the St.Lawrence from NY State to Cornwall Island.

But we do have memories, fond and coconutty as they are.

(I still make that horrible sucking sound some 35 years later, trying to jimmie-free that one last strand of baccy).

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Gutter said...

Bless knobs, switches and dials.

Blast mouses, touch-sensitive pads and QWERTY keyboards.

Nothing good ever came of dry toast.

7:00 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Yes, knobs and valves, and blinking lights ... that's the sort of technology I can appreciate.

7:31 PM  
Blogger lucien de la peste said...

Bless Simon Cowell for proving that dense objects can fall upwards.

4:33 PM  

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