‘Whether you have a boy or girl, it is still a blossom’

Whether you have a boy or girl, it is still a blossom

More Chinese Propaganda Posters, this time from the large collection at the University of Westiminster (thanks to Jeff Wasserstrom for making me aware of the collection).

The collection spans the period between the late 1960s and the late 1980s. John Gittings,  then Senior Lecturer of the Chinese Section, began the collection in 1979 as the China Visual Arts Project for  research and teaching purposes.  Over the years it grew, with the contributions of other colleagues, students and friends who studied and travelled in China.There are over 500 images in the collection, which is organised thematically.

Hold High the Revolutionary Banner of Proleterian Criticism

Mao addressing troops of the fourth red army at Gutian, Dec 1929

Unite to win still greater victories- April, 1975

Chairman Mao is the saviour of the world's revolution, 1968

'Man Must Conquer Nature'- Miner with "Tangshan" on his vest, with doctors, soldiers and peasants carrying spades, bringing aid to the July 1976 Tangshan earthquake

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How David Lynch sells a handbag

This is David Lynch’s film for the Lady Dior Handbag. It was written, directed, shot, and edited by David Lynch,and stars Marion Cotillard and Gong Tao. I will now make 5 announcements.

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS IS A LONG COMMERCIAL, RATHER THAN A SHORT FILM, AND SHOULD BE VIEWED ACCORDINGLY. I.E. WITH SOME DEGREE OF LENIENCY GIVEN THE CONSTRAINTS THAT THIS INVOLVES.

SECOND: I STILL FOUND IT WORTHWHILE.

THIRD: I”M FAIRLY SURE LYNCH ONLY DID THIS FOR THE MONEY. BUT EVEN SAINTS HAVE TO EAT/BUY NEW WHITE SHIRTS/OPEN NEW CENTRES FOR TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION.

FOURTH: APOLOGIES FOR IT BEING TWO CLIPS, NOT ONE.

FIFTH: GOOD LUCK.

W.S. Merwin interview

There’s a half hour interview with W.S. Merwin, U.S. Poet Laureate, at the Kenyon Review.

Here’s a poem of his:

Thanks
Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
smiling by the windows looking out
in our directions 

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

“Let’s extensively raise goats in all families!”

Some propaganda posters from North Korea, more of which can be found here.

"Let's drive the US imperialists out and reunite the fatherland!"

"Let's extensively raise goats in all families!"

"Do not forget the US imperialist wolves!"

"Though the dog barks, the procession moves on!"

"The US is truly an Axis of Evil."

"Wicked Man."

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