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Eremitical [Apr. 11th, 2007|10:35 am]
Tony Grist
My friend is sad that I didn't go to a gig she recommended. But I don't go to gigs. I'm an eremite.

Sometimes this bothers me.

It bothers me what people might think. 

But not very much.

Being an eremite is about being able to resist public opinion.

I hate the world. I always have done. Even as a child I knew that the world was corrupt, hypocritical and stupid. I didn't want anything to do with it.

Which is why I became a priest.

And also why I left the priesthood

The other day Ailz had a dream about a gaunt old woman with long, long hair. "Did she look like this?" I asked.

The Magdalen in Penitence

"Yes, just like that," she said.  "How did you know?"

"Because it's one of my favourite works of art," I said.

And if she'd asked me why it was one of my favourite works of art I might have said, "Because that is what I look like on the inside."
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[User Picture]From: aellia
2007-04-11 11:00 am (UTC)
So beautiful.
What is her penitence for?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-11 11:13 am (UTC)
I suppose for being a "fallen" woman.

One version of the Mary Magdalen legend has her going off into the desert and becoming the first Christian anchorite.
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From: bodhibird
2007-04-11 11:04 am (UTC)
Mary Magdalene by... Donatello?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-11 11:14 am (UTC)
That's the one.

Isn't she gorgeous?
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-04-11 11:19 am (UTC)
I always find that sculpture of the Magdalene so incredibly...modern? I´m not sure if that´s the word I want. She is so wracked by her feelings...she is indeed gorgeous and human here.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-11 11:37 am (UTC)
It's a work of art that speaks to me directly. The fact that it was created over 500 years ago is neither here nor there.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2007-04-11 04:24 pm (UTC)
This has always been one of my favorite sculptures. She's real; not a pretty little doll but a suffering, living human woman.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-11 04:41 pm (UTC)
That's what I like about her too.

I think she's very, very beautiful.

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[User Picture]From: alice_g
2007-04-14 07:55 am (UTC)
Does that mean that I have 3 mums now!!!! Mum, stepmum ailz and dadmum?

How are ya fella, I'm off to skegness today for a picnic and chav watching. Should be a nice fun day. Gotta go get ready we were supposed t leave at 8 but we over slept. xx
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-04-14 08:20 am (UTC)
Erm.....

I'm not sure I'd put it quite like that :)

Have a nice day in Skeggie. I've never been there but I'm told it's very bracing.

XXX
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