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“I find it hard to believe that human beings are the crowning achievement of life on earth. Something better than us has to come along”*…


Data From: Reader, John. (1986). The Rise of life. London: Roxby Prehistory Press. – Lutgens, Frederick K. (2006). Essentials of geology. Pearson Education. Inc.

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From Columbian designers Carlos Ramos, Zamira Saab, William León, The History of Life As We Know It.

* Doug Coupland


As we put things into perspective, we might recall that it was on this date in 1922, after a 10-year hiatus, that the muse of the Duino Elegies returned to Rainer Maria Rilke, who completed his hugely-influential cycle of poems in a week.  

Rilke had completed the first two elegies and drafts of the next two in 1912, while staying at the Duino Castle as a guest of Princess Marie von Thurn und Taxis.  But his experience as a conscript in World War I threw him into a deep depression.  News of the death of a close friend of his daughter’s shocked him out of his funk.  On February 2, 1922, Rilke set to work on his Sonnets to Orpheus (in which he frequently refers to his daughters departed friend).  On February 9 he began working on the The Elegies as well; then having finished the remaining eight, completed the Sonnets by February 23.  Rilke’s February fecundity has come to be known as his “creative hurricane.”

A sketch of Rilke by Leonid Pasternak (father of novelist and poet Boris Pasternak)



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February 9, 2014 at 1:01 am

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