Weekend Words: Multiple

Master of the Castello Nativity, “Saints Justus and Clement Multiplying the Grain of Volterra” (c. 1450), tempera and gold on panel, 22 x 47 cm, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (image via Web Gallery of Art)

Good news for budget-minded art lovers: this week, Hyperallergic’s Jillian Steinhauer covered the opening of McNally Jackson’s Picture Room on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, a new shop “devoted to prints, editions, posters, and art and artists’ books.”

Unlike buying an artwork from an exhibition, the items on display may be brought home at the time of purchase, and since the inventory is “mainly prints and multiples,” Steinhauer writes, the work “lends itself to a casual retail browsing experience rather than the formal focus of a white-walled gallery.” Better yet, prices for some of those multiples can start as low as 50 cents.

“The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorce, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch.”

—Anthony Burgess

“And I will harden Pharoah’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.”

Exodus 7:3

“We are no longer in a state of growth; we are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence. The boil is growing out of control, recklessly at cross purposes with itself, its impacts multiplying as the causes disintegrate.”

—Jean Baudrillard

“A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.”

—George H. Mead

“In an extensive reading of recent books by psychologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and inspirationalists, I have discovered that they all suffer from one or more of these expression-complexes: italicizing, capitalizing, exclamation-pointing, multiple-interrogating, and itemizing. These are all forms of what the psychos themselves would call, if they faced their condition frankly, Rhetorical-Over-Compensation.”

—James Thurber

“Nothing for You is untoward.
Inside You would also be tall,
more tall, more beautiful.
Come toward me from the wall, I want to be with You.

“So I screamed to You,
who hears as the wind, and changes
multiply, invariably,
changes in the mind.”

—Robert Creeley, from “The Door”

“To the eyes of a god, mankind must appear as a species of bacteria which multiply and become progressively virulent whenever they find themselves in a congenial culture, and whose activity diminishes until they disappear completely as soon as proper measures are taken to sterilize them.”

—Aleister Crowley

“If government knew how, I should like to see it check, not multiply, the population. When it reaches its true law of action, every man that is born will be hailed as essential.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Why so desolate?
And why multiply
in phantasmagoria about fishes,
what disgusts you? Could
not all personal upheaval in
the name of freedom, be tabood?

“Is it Nineveh
and are you Jonah

“in the sweltering east wind of your wishes?
I, myself have stood
there by the aquarium, looking
at the Statue of Liberty.”

—Marianne Moore, “Is Your Town Niveveh?”

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