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What I have said about perfumes also applies to music. A melody associated with a memory or a being will evoke that memory or being in your dream if the melody is played quietly while you sleep. A very intense light on our pupils, or a gradual pressure upon them by an appropriate pneumatic apparatus, will make you dream in colors. To achieve a painter's slumbers will, in fact, require a long period of training.

But in this world if one aspires to do something very well, or even merely well, the problem immediately becomes one not merely of sleeping but also and especially one of working very hard. You will therefore have to get up each morning very early in order to take advantage of the maximum of daylight, and for this reason you must at the outset plan the afternoon nap that will be indispensable to your efficient labors at the end of the day.

So don't be astonished if I tell you now that a half hour's sleep would even be much too much and that ten minutes would still be a good deal, and this for the simple reason that one minute would also appear to me excessive.

Know, therefore, that your afternoon sleep must last less than a minute, less than a quarter of a minute, since, as you will immediately realize, a mere second is infinitely too long. Your two hands must hang beyond the arms of the chair, to which your own must be soldered in a supineness of complete relaxation.

Your wrists must be held out in space and must have been previously lubricated with oil of aspic. In this posture, you must hold a heavy key which you will keep suspended, delicately pressed between the extremities of the thumb and forefinger of your left hand. Under the key you will previously have placed a plate upside down on the floor. Having made these preparations, you will have merely to let yourself be progressively invaded by a serene afternoon sleep, like the spiritual drop of anisette of your soul rising in the cube of sugar of your body.

The moment the key drops from your fingers, you may be sure that the noise of its fall on the upside down plate will awaken you, and you may be equally sure that this fugitive moment when you had barely lost consciousness and during which you cannot be assured of having really slept is totally sufficient, inasmuch as not a second more is needed for your whole physical and psychic being to be revivified by just the necessary amount of repose.

For it is exactly, and neither more nor less, what you needed before undertaking your virtuous afternoon labors. For it is well known that in order to shake off the sleep of a siesta, no matter how short it may be, it is necessary to have recourse to violent physical exertions. Thus it is that only those who do heavy labor can indulge in long siestas.

Those whose work is of the mind, on the other hand must only practice the slumber with a key, especially painters, extremely delicate workers, who must take care of their hands as though they were creatures apart, seeing to it that they too get their required sleep.

This is so true that I have personally carried the matter to extremes, as when 1 used to go for walks over the paths surrounding my house at Port Lligat, wearing my arm in a sling as though it were broken in order to rest it.

It's asleep! On this afternoon you will choose a softer armchair than usual without, however, too greatly relaxing your accustomed posture, for a too radical change from your routine might jeopardize your sleep. And on this afternoon you will eliminate both key and dish, for you are now about to learn my Secret Number 4. But beforehand it is very desirable that you should have eaten a meal composed as follows: To begin with, you will eat three dozen sea urchins, gathered on one of the last two days that precede the full moon, choosing only those whose star is coral red and discarding the yellow ones.

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The collaboration of the moon in such cases is necessary, for otherwise not only do you risk that the sea urchins will be more empty but above all that they do not possess to the same degree the sedative and narcotic virtues so special and so propitious to your approaching slumber. But in choosing the time you must make the gathering of the sea urchins coincide with the precise moment when the first tender new beans are picked, and this varies according to the years.

For this is exactly what you need—that is to say, that you should find yourself at the crucial moment, at the most propitious moment for beginning your painting in all security, but that you still should not touch it. You will contemplate it for a long, long time, without turning on any light, so that at length you will in truth almost no longer see it. It will become more and more dim until, when night has submerged you, you will completely have ceased to see it, or at most will only be vaguely aware of the space it occupies.

Continue still to look at it, without remorse, for another good fifteen minutes, for it is under these circumstances that your spirit will work best and most decisively, and do not worry about making the maid wait when she calls you and says that the soup is on the table, for after what you have eaten at noon, your long afternoon sleep and everything that you are in the midst of painting in the dark, without yet even suspecting it, you have already in a sense had your supper, and more.

Therefore your evening meal may be, must be and will be, after these fifteen minutes of delightful waiting, of the most frugal kind. In other words, I advise you on this evening to eat nothing but a light bean soup, into which you may dip a couple of crabs, and as a second dish neither more nor less than the head of a sea perch cooked in fennel.

You will finish with its two eyes and you will take, in addition, one from the head which your wife is eating, and which she will relinquish with a loving and understanding smile. Once you have regaled yourself by sucking the superfine gelatines of these three eyes you will keep their three ultra-hard kernels in your mouth. Listen carefully, now, for I am about to initiate you to Secret Number 5. As soon as you are lying peacefully in your bed you will take these eyes out again.

This ball will seem to exert a hypnotic effect on you, and it is very desirable that on that night you should go to sleep while looking at it. But at the same time that you are staring at these two balls which have become one, it is furthermore necessary that, holding the third sea perch eye—the one which your wife has smilingly yielded to you—between the crossed forefinger and middle-finger of your right hand, you should gently caress it.

You will then have the striking and unbelievable sensation of having contact with two sea perch eyes, and not merely with the one which is really between your fingers. Let me repeat, then, so that you do not fall into error: Nothing, I assure you, could be better calculated to make your night's sleep start off on the right, good and wise path!

Sleep peacefully, then! For your day has been well filled. And while you were grating chocolate to flavor your beans, or cutting open your sea urchins, while you were doing things which seemed to bear no relation to the picture which is so dear to your heart, in reality of truth, secretly, silently, without anyone in the world being able to suspect it and without suspecting it yourself, in the course of this day and this night which is to follow, during which time you have not even grazed with your fingertips the intact canvas—which is often, indeed always, too quickly and irreparably soiled—the labor of your love which for nine months you have borne in the belly of your brain and without yet having experienced the slightest pain will already have been conceived!

Quite the contrary. And in spite of the fact that as a result of all the rest and sleep of the day before you will feel exceptionally wide-awake it will be absolutely necessary for you to go on sleeping some more, but this time in a more difficult manner, since you will have to sleep while waking, while being as wide-awake as possible.

And this is Secret Number 6.

For the moment to paint has at last sounded! For inside the head of such beings one may be almost certain beforehand that absolutely nothing happens. This truth is like a temple.

I am told that Manuel de Falla, shortly before his death, made an astonishing political declaration, one of the few to cross his lips: These two precepts of Raphael—to paint while thinking of something else and at the same time to paint according to a certain idea—precepts which give the impression of having been uttered casually, on the contrary establish the exact dosage of distraction and of automatism which must go into the execution of a successful pictorial work.

Two precepts, divergent because they radiate imperialism, but which follow a single path, ample and royal, on the firm ground of which all the pictorial cavalcades of the future can sweep without constraint in the august space of triumphs.

For months the painting, integrated subconsciously into the daily life of the painter, takes shape in his spirit. The day arrives when he feels an itching to begin his work, when it is already stirring within him. This is the propitious moment for the intervention of Dalinian magic. Every enforced inactivity, before the impatience to act, becomes accumulated into creative force which, so to speak, is purified, directed.

The essences separate into their hierarchies, and sleep, oriented in the direction of the realization of desire, ferments, sparkles, miraculously resolves itself and selects. This choice of the sea-perch eyes is all the more happy as their superlatively white surface is the most sensorially evocative of that of your own canvas, having moreover the virtue of roundness which, symbolically means unequivocally the perfection of your future painting which you must, given its real plurality, make one and indivisible.

That is to say, you guide yourself hypnotically toward the concentrated objective of synthesis by which no dream, however awkward and sluggish it may be, given the creative state in which you find yourself, can fail to profit. But you still have in your right hand the contrary of that very painting which you saw as one, but which you feel as two, being one. This symbolizes in your spirit the constant plurality of your technical and manual problems, but you will not be disturbed because you will at all times be conscious of the fact that this is illusory and that your canvas is one and indivisible and round, hence complete, enclosed within itself and perfect as a circle.

I know that this is the first time in the history of humanity that artistic creation has been dealt with in this fashion, but this is not a reason that can prevent me from writing this treatise which, no matter what I do, is condemned beforehand to be the most original in the twentieth century. Nevertheless, in former times magic has often dealt with concrete recipes. But mine is incomparably superior, thanks to Sigmund Freud and to the advances that have been made in the young morphological sciences, and especially thanks to Dali who, besides being unique, knows things which no one knows today, which were not known in the Middle Ages either, though that was an age when men felt their way in the dark amid dazzling treasures of intuition and superstition.

Men have attempted to interpret dreams, and even to guide them, but never yet have men attempted to use sleep to guide and to control artistic creation which is to be executed in a waking state. Rather than discuss my recipes, which are not to be found written in any book in the world, it would be wiser to test them, and this is what I do. For these recipes are not the product of surrealist fantasies. They are very elementary and simple recipes at the disposal of any apprentice painter.

As for me, let me tell you that I sleep very soundly on the fact that posterity will some day accord much more importance to my three white, round sea perch eyes than to the egg of Columbus himself. And not only because each one of the former is worth three of the latter. Just consider this: Columbus's egg is a myth, whereas my three little balls are a discovery. He who laughs last laughs best!

The painter is above all one who likes this and who does not like that. His eye lives only by sympathies and antipathies, by continual affinities, relations and choices. The painter is one who, among the limitlessness of colorations, limits himself to only a few of them with fanatical constancy.

Painter, you will therefore surely be obliged at the very beginning of your work to decide: You must choose a small part of it and nevertheless, in this small part, you will have to make felt all the antipathies of the entire universe. Begin, then, by knowing that according to the Dalinian aesthetic, the tulip is a horrid thing next to celluloid, that sardines, if they go beyond a certain size, become a banality, that the crayfish is the most admirable architecture that exists, and that the form which best goes with it is that of the onion, and that if this form is done in silver and placed next to the crayfish the effect will be excellent, for nothing is more sympathetic than silver and crayfish.

Know also that the orange combined with lettuce is a moral monstrosity and that this monstrosity becomes even greater at the approach of a storm. I tell you all this in order to help you to discover for yourself and in order that you may begin to find your own way and to choose amid the cosmic complexity of the world which surrounds you.

But in this connection listen for a moment to J. For certain ones of these join and embrace one another sympathetically, while others on the contrary have an aversion and an antipathy to one another without our being able to assign the true reason for this sympathy or this antipathy. Empedocles, struck by the marvels which he saw before his eyes, affirms that all things were brought into being through struggle and concord, and were dissipated in the same manner.

He adds that these two contraries were the seed or the source of all things, that they were to be found in the elements by means of discordant and concordant qualities, as we have expounded above. For example, I will mention man and the serpent, who hate each other with an irreconcilable hatred: The saliva of a young man likewise has great power, for it will kill scorpions.

The crocodile of the Nile and the panther are most cruel animals and most dangerous to man, for the former, attracting him by feigned tears, devours him on the spot, and the other causes him a mortal fright.

The Indian rat is pernicious to the crocodile, for nature has given it to the latter as its enemy, so that when this violent animal relaxes in the sun it creates a trap for itself by which it dies. It gnaws its entrails and finally emerges through the belly of the dead creature.

However, this animal has no fondness for the spider, and often fighting with the aspic, it dies. The glance of the wolf is also very harmful to man. If the wolf sees the man first, the latter loses his voice, so that even if he wishes to cry out he no longer can, for he is suddenly deprived of the power of speech.

But if the wolf feels itself to be observed it becomes silent, its cruelty is diminished and it loses much of its strength. If the wolf bites a horse it is a fact that it will become wonderfully light and fit for running. But if by its fall it comes up against the trace of the wolf it will be all terrorstruck and its legs will become all numb, so Pamphilius assures us.

But also the flesh of sheep that have felt the teeth of a wolf becomes more tender and tasty. The tail and the head of a wolf hung in a sheepfold will cause the creatures to be consumed with regret and melancholy, so that they will leave off grazing in their pasture and implore aid and succor by their pitiful bleating.

The dog is the enemy of the wolf and the friend of man. And the latter is also held in affection by the horse. But the horse has as enemies the griffon and the bear. But it is frightened by the mere crowing of the cock, especially if it be white, and the rooster's comb also inspires it with terror.

The monkey has a horror of the turtle; when it sees one it flees, uttering savage cries. It is also in continual struggle against the dragon. It despises that great and heavy mass, but it fears the kite. When an elephant is carried away by fury and cruelty, if it should perceive a sheep it immediately becomes gentle and its impetuosity ceases. By this ruse did the Romans put to flight the elephants of Pyrrhus, the king of the Epirotes, and won a dazzling victory over him. The linnet detests the donkey and fights with it in a strange manner.

Thus they never stray far from the kestrel, in whom they have full confidence. The rook and the owl are perpetually at war; they spy on each other's nests and eat the little ones which they find in them.

The owl operates at night, but the rook works by day and has more strength than its enemy. The weasel is the enemy of the crow, and the kite cannot endure the presence of the crow. The strength of the kite resides above all in its claws, which are very hard. When the donkey sleeps in its stable the wasp enters its nostrils and, when it awakens, prevents it from eating. The heron makes war on the eagle, the lark on the fox.

Against the eagle a night-flying hawk named cibidus wages furious warfare; bent upon extermination, they kill one another. There is also in the ocean a small worm, similar to the scorpion, large as a spider, which with its stinger penetrates under the fins of a fish named thinnis and presses them in such a fashion that, overcome with pain and rage, it jumps on board the ships which sail in its vicinity.

And this is also worthy of note: Nor can the vine endure the laurel, because by its order it affects its quality adversely. The hellebore and the hemlock are, as is known, dangerous to man.

Yet it is to be noted that quail eat the one and starlings the other. Which is why this animal is dedicated to Bacchus, even as is the ferula. If the scorpion crawls at the base of the aconite it is overcome with terror and promptly becomes numb. There is an herb named cerastis, the virtue of which is such that if you rub its grain between your hands the scorpion will do you no harm, but you may on the contrary crush it at your leisure.

Cats will not touch birds which have grains of wild rue under their wings. The weasel which wishes to do battle with a serpent also fortifies itself by arming itself with this plant. The lion if it brushes against the branches or the leaves of the holly oak at once becomes very fearful. If the wolf touches an onion it loses its strength, which is the reason why foxes habitually cover and line their holes with them.

The leaves of the plane tree repel bats, hence storks fill their nests with them, in order to preserve themselves from their attacks. In the gracious lustre of the dog's teeth herb The lark builds its home and its repose assures.

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If I have said that the serpent is the enemy of man, I shall note on the contrary that the lizard loves and cherishes him and that it rejoices in his sight. And indeed what animal is more friendly to man than the dog, who caresses him even to licking his saliva? And among aquatic animals, what is more friendly than the dolphin: The fox lives on good terms with the serpent.

Peacocks are fond of doves. Blackbirds, thrushes and parrots quickly fall enamoured of turtledoves. Ovid speaks of this in the following verses: And the green bird sighs with love For the night-black turtledove. There is the same familiarity and the same mutual aid among fish who live in schools.

There is for example a real friendship between the whale and a small fish of the size of a gudgeon, which it freely allows to swim before it to serve as its guide, and this little creature it will follow as the one to which it owes the safety of its life.

And when the one rests, the other rests, and when the one resumes its course the other does likewise and is entirely subservient to it. For, married in wedlock, as it were, the vines send out their tendrils, climb daintily and embrace the branches of these trees, to the point where they can no longer detach themselves, which is not the case for other trees. Palm trees cherish one another with a vehement love.

They languish for one another and are so titillated by amorous desire that they bow their tufted heads toward one another and interlace their fronds in a sweet and loving attachment.

And if, being planted next to one another, they are joined by a cord, they will embrace with mutual caresses and revel in the sweet gifts of Venus, and joyously will lift the foliage of their graceful crowns.

The planters have a remedy for this amorous madness, which we shall relate further on, a remedy by the aid of which this extravagant love is extinguished, and the tree henceforth is rendered fruitful. Leontius also speaks of the ardent desire which these trees exhibit and bases himself on what the ancients had said on the subject. Carnal desire, he says, is so great and so lively in the palm tree that the female will relinquish her amorous desire only when the beloved male has consoled her.

If her love-yearning is not assuaged, she dies—a fact well known to the agricultural expert. Accordingly, having provided himself with the remedy which is required in order that he may know and recognize the one to which she desires to be joined in marriage, he goes and seeks out all the male palms which surround the languishing female palm, and having touched one, he puts his hand to the passionate loving palm, and so he does with one after another.

And when he feels that his hands are grazed as by a kiss, he thereby recognizes that the palm announces that her desire is assuaged, and she waves her sweet and gracious crown. Then the prudent husbandman goes and plucks flowers from the trunk of the male and therewith crowns the head of the lady-love who, thus laden with her lover's gift, bears fruit and, rejoicing in this pledge of love, becomes fecund.

The fruit will not ripen on the female palm if the husband's pollen is not sprinkled on her. Hence no other tree is planted near the olive tree, except the myrtle. It is, in fact, the enemy of the fig tree and even of all other trees. The myrtle also likes to be near the pomegranate tree, for if they are planted next to each other they become more fertile and abundant. If the pomegranate is grafted on the myrtle it bears more heavily. So Didymus assures us. There are also several other trees which become sterile if a post is not driven into the ground near them or if the male tree is not right close to them.

The shoot of the wild olive tree counteracts sterility in the domestic olive tree. Where the squill is planted all other plants do exceptionally well, just as all kinds of vegetable herbs are favored in their growth if rocket is planted close to them.

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Cucumbers have as great an attraction for water as they have an aversion for oil. The rue is never so handsome as under the shade of the fig tree, or even grafted into the latter's bark. For the eye of the painter is a battle field, and at the same time an idyllic prairie. Certain images, in fact, shock the eye while others caress it, some nourish it and others denutrify it, and so on. Consequently, if you wish to make your eye vibrate happily, remembering that your eye will be ceaselessly engaged in choosing, in struggling for holy unity, which is your holy unity, you must creat it with very special care.

And there is this difference, that while the vocal chords are viscera which are blind, deaf and without memory, the eye is the persistence of retinal memory in person! Indeed there is no grosser error than that of believing that when you cease to look at a chair, this chair disappears.

No, and again, no! Know, on the contrary, that at least until the end of your days there will remain permanently in the depth of your retina a place to sit down! You can accordingly without any fear of going wrong, adopt as your own this Dalinian maxim: For a long time after their incarceration, in the most unexpected circumstances and places, they often see the bars of their prison window appear before their eyes, sometimes fixed but more often as if in flight, now standing out dark against a light background and again—more frequently—appearing as negatives, even against very light backgrounds, like the sky, for instance, on which I often observed the bars of my prison in Gerona, appearing in a blue tonality even more luminous than the sky itself.

These apparitions, which lasted about three months after my liberation, made me give a good deal of thought to the persistence of retinal impressions, leading me almost immediately to a practical conclusion which my intuition had already, since my earliest childhood, unconsciously put into practice. You must therefore know, young painter, that the Seventh Secret of your art resides in the sympathies and antipathies of your retina, in the manner in which you daily nourish it.

As a result, as in the case of all mosaics, your fancy, choosing paranoically, will be able to make the lighted images of your fancy appear and disappear, especially when you shut your eyes, and it is at this moment that the retinal mosaic which I advise you to form in your eye will appear exactly like the prison bars, but more lastingly.

Thus you realize that what I am advising, good inquisitor that I am, is that you should surround yourself with a prison for your eye.

For nothing is more harmful to it than the freedom to see everything, to attempt to embrace everything, to want to admire everything all at once. But the prison which I advise for your eye must be mobile, transparent, and its flying bars aerial an tiny. The ideal prison for the delicate eye of the painter is therefore vegetation, and the best of all vegetations is that of olive trees, and consequently also that of myrtles, since at the moment of planting the former around your house you have already learned that olives and myrtles sigh for one another and grow best together, in one another's arms.

It is the olive tree, with the counterpoint of the myrtle, which by the constant, subdivided and tiny glittering and quivering of their leaves will surround your eye with that silvery mosaic so nourishing in trembling reminiscences for your retina that, whether your eyes are open or closed, all that you see will appear to you more silvered, minute, ample, gracious, smiling and euphoric—just as though, on the Mediterranean and brilliant lake of your retina, there were blowing at every moment that same light air which overturns, in silvery gusts, the leaves of the olive trees, of those olive trees which you will have become so accustomed to seeing that you already carry them planted in your retina and which, no matter where you go or what you paint, will never leave you for the whole rest of your life.

On the other hand, nothing in the world can be more harmful to the education of your young eye of sixteen—this is the moment when you must already have decided your vocation as a painter—than the frequent sight of colors that are too vivid or too absolute. Your eye must become educated in nuances. This is why you must avoid planting flowers around your painter's house and shun, as you would the pest, the confused juxtaposition of their strident and brutal colors, molesting not only your eye but, it seems to me, capable even of piercing the tympanum of your very ear.

Live, therefore, amid silvery graynesses, in order that the true colors of your soul may never descend to being some day compared to those— ephemeral and untranscendental—of flowers and eliminate these from your surroundings, or at least those of loud coloration, like the geranium, for example, which you must especially avoid and for a thousand other reasons.

Furthermore you must also avoid green lawns and all vegetation in which the green of the chlorophyll utters its desperate biological shrieks for oxygen! For there is nothing worse for the painter's retina than the loud and grinding Veronese of the parrot of the exotic and orgiastic dogdays of vegetation. They are the veritable and treacherous enemy of his eye.

I want oranges! Avoid, therefore, radically, even in the vicinity of your house, the presence of those snotty brats which are the violent greens.

Once they have entered your retina you will no longer be able to silence them, they will not leave you alone for one second while you are at your work, for which it is very necessary to have that august calm which alone an eye exclusively nourished on olive-hued tapestries with threads of silver silk of airy light can procure you. And this is the Eighth Secret, from which you have just learned a little of why and how to give your retina a little of its daily bread—may it be blessed.

All this will help you to begin to understand also that the phenomenon of painting is consubstantially linked to geography, to geology, to botany, etc. Here redolent truffles grow—there not.

In a given piece of land a certain rare wine or a certain unique sea urchin, while half a mile away the wine has no exceptional quality and the sea urchins are hardly edible.

This Mediterranean slope swarms with tempting subjects for the painter, while on the other coast, facing the Atlantic, not even a half of one has ever been able to grow. This is a law so rigorously inevitable that never, alas! That England, which has had sublime writers, has never given birth to a single great painter is known and recognized by all the world—in this world in which one cannot have everything. I am speaking of painters of the first order, that is to say, a Velasquez, a Raphael or a Vermeer.

But other much more impenetrable mysteries make the work of painters even more exceptionally precious. For the works of these painters are never equally successful.

All painters know this by bitter experience, but you will never be able to explain it. At a given moment you achieve, without hardly being aware of it, a miraculous masterpiece; at another moment, to all appearances similar, another painting executed with a thousand times more effort and knowledge brings you only greater shame at each fresh sitting and you can barely muster the courage to finish it. Why did that turn out so well, and today, with the same procedure and with a thousand times more experience, I bungle it?

Why, with this same medium and this same brush and this same subject, does the same thing which yesterday turned out divine today turn out unspeakable?

This enigma is not an altogether hopeless one. Once you have read this book, you will be in possession of certain rules of the natural magic of craftsmanship. For in certain happy cases you have followed these rules very closely, or even gone beyond them, and in other circumstances on the contrary, and also without knowing it, you have violated them, stubbornly contradicted them and trampled them underfoot.

I beg you, therefore, to consider the most extrapictorial events of your secret and ultraintimate life, and especially those most secretly linked to your love-life—and there we are!

It is precisely those imponderables of your libido which are the greatest hypocrites, responsible for the good and the bad fortune of your work.

But the book is definitely worth reading, if only to learn that even geniuses can believe in a Catholic god, or any god for that matter, which is something I doubt I will ever understand. There are desperate times that call for desperate measures and I too have sought comfort in a belief that would get me through my days. I have professed from time to time my own faith in God, been born-again a time or two, but in reality the stuff just doesn't take for me long-term.

Yes, my ass has been on fire and the hope of redemption has been satisfying. But the truth is I don't believe a word of it. Yes I believe I live in a remarkable world and nature is itself glorious and quite spiritual in many ways for me.

This amazing nature is the power greater than myself that I must believe in, not some anthropomorphic version of a deity. But I will confess to you that Jesus did visit my bedside many years ago once when I was very ill with the disease of alcoholism. I was desperate and prayed daily for relief of my pain of living without my daily beer.

For almost five years I suffered without taking a drink, and a good half of that time I prayed to a god I did not understand, tithed to churches that insisted on taking my money because the bible said to, and attended regular AA meetings where the message was continually to get off my pity pot, keep it simple stupid, and quit complicating a steel ball.

I prayed to accept the things I could not change, to change the things I could, and somehow learn to know the difference. I became engaged in my life again and slowly but surely left the Lord and his hungry pocketbook by the wayside. I realized that the Jesus I witnessed at my bedside was only my mind giving me what I needed at the time. Everybody has to have something to believe in, especially when the chips are down. The atomic bomb had to have been a devastating reality. But I was surprised, totally, and never saw his reconversion coming at all.

After this operation becoming three times more religious than before. In an interview with the same Mike Wallace, Wigand became the first major tobacco insider to reveal that the cigarette companies were consciously trying to get us hooked on nicotine.

View all 7 comments. Jan 28, Chloe Thurlow rated it it was amazing. When reading this book one must take into account that Dali was a genius. It is an accompaniment to his work and thus surreal not formulaic. He reveals all his passions, fetishes and obsessions - and he worked on them constantly throughout his life.

In the summer every year while staying at his summer retreat in Cadaques, he sent Picasso a postcard with the same message: In July neither women nor snails. What does it mean? What does it matter. Read this book. Feb 28, Katie rated it it was ok. This book is the polar opposite of a quick read Much like his art work, it is a bit overwhelming. Nov 10, Jon athan Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of shoes - and ships - and sealing-wax - Of cabbages - and kings -".

Just the sort of book you would think he would write. Mar 15, James Hartley rated it liked it. This is a fascinating book with brilliant illustrations as youd expect but its not a great read.

Its a one-off, like the man himself, and while it swirls and dances and leads you all over the place, it shines but also obstuficates at will, making sense and willingly not, giving you brilliant insights and throwing you miles off course.

Useful, now, as a historical artefact and interesting, illuminating companion to Dalis work, its also overlong, verbose and frequently boring.

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My favourite printable story was about Dali meeting Picasso: I brought a small painting, carefully packed, which was called The Girl of Figueras. He looked at it for at least 15 minutes and made no comment whatsoever. After which we went up to the next story, where for 2 hours Picasso showed me quantities of paintings. He kept going back and forth, dragging out great canvasses which he placed on the easel. Then he went to fetch others among an infinity of canvasses stacked in rows against the wall.

I could see that he was going to enormous trouble. At each new canvass he cast me a glance filled with a vivacity and an intelligence so violent it made me tremble. I left without in turn having made the slightest comment. This book changed my life and the way I used to perceive the inner lives of visual artists.

It flows like a painting, it's packed with surreal images and symbols that only Dali could relate to.

It's number one on my list of favorite books. However, I do understand why some people might not enjoy it so much, it's not for everyone. Feb 17, Irma Sincera rated it liked it. The style is very interesting and I would really like to see how he managed to write hos novel, seeing that he knows how to write.

Ocjena 1,5. Ovo pola samo zbog stila. Aug 07, David Madden rated it it was amazing. Like his painted images, Dali's style is bizarre in complex ways. His life is very like his paintings. In his book, he provides sketches that illustrate events and his perspectives on the episodes of his life, along with photographs. He has a brilliant analytical mind and a style to do it justice.

He is truly myriad-minded. He was a friend of the avant garde director Bunuel and of the tragic poet Lorca. Page by page, he fills the reader's head full of images and ideas. His book makes the reader Like his painted images, Dali's style is bizarre in complex ways. Jan 12, Martin Bueno rated it it was amazing. Its what you want when you set out to read about a human its a self writ bio I couldn't believe it when i was reading he cuts himself on a small glass shot bottle he thinks that one of his hairs is at the bottom but it turns out to be a tiny crack he breaks a another kids violin and runs away as fast as he can anyway it was the best bio i've read ever He taps into the greater Cggggg he finishes his project and sses his examination sb.

Jan 20, Motaz Soliman rated it liked it.

View 2 comments. Jan 07, BurgendyA rated it it was amazing. This book was very unique, brilliant and beautiful as his paintings. Dali's bio leads to his childhood thru his age This interesting and bizzare tale of how his captivated surrealism thru his art. So I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting into the artistic minds of the masters.

Jul 22, Kenya Wright rated it really liked it. I learned more than I wanted to know in some ways and was utterly fascinated in other ways! It was good, but great for the odd. Sep 21, Michael D. At my second read, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. And yes, second read means I didn't quite make in through on the first go. Also, I believe the translator should be given his share of kudos in deciphering what many agree is pretty much a labryinth of words and phrases, but most importantly - fanciful albeit earnest embellishments.

I was desperate and prayed daily for relief of my pain of living without my daily beer. For almost five years I suffered without taking a drink, and a good half of that time I prayed to a god I did not understand, tithed to churches that insisted on taking my money because the bible said to, and attended regular AA meetings where the message was continually to get off my pity pot, keep it simple stupid, and quit complicating a steel ball.

I prayed to accept the things I could not change, to change the things I could, and somehow learn to know the difference. I became engaged in my life again and slowly but surely left the Lord and his hungry pocketbook by the wayside.

I realized that the Jesus I witnessed at my bedside was only my mind giving me what I needed at the time. Everybody has to have something to believe in, especially when the chips are down. The atomic bomb had to have been a devastating reality. But I was surprised, totally, and never saw his reconversion coming at all. After this operation becoming three times more religious than before. In an interview with the same Mike Wallace, Wigand became the first major tobacco insider to reveal that the cigarette companies were consciously trying to get us hooked on nicotine.Google Scholar Wach, K.

As far as autobiographies go, every part of it comes across as utterly sincere and from the heart.. And that it took the resistance of much larger numbers to end the indefensible practice.

Against the pentagonal aperture formed by what is known as Aristotle's lantern, place the concave face of a crystal lens which may be secured in place with a little wax.

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Such brutal surprises are very effective in tearing from your eyes the bandage which your affection for your work often contrives to weave in the course of the long sessions which you have spent at your work, even though you have strived conscientiously to render the beautiful rather than to try to persuade yourself charitably that this is what you were really doing. I learned more than I wanted to know in some ways and was utterly fascinated in other ways!

What was Dali trying to overcompensate for? Great Britain: Sinclair-Stevenson. After which we went up to the next story, where for 2 hours Picasso showed me quantities of paintings.

All this is nothing compared to the patina of a beautiful painting!

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