In the presence of life,


still your facial muscles and enter the state of what Wordsworth calls wise passiveness. Then the part of your self that up to then has failed to receive experience will take on and become color, gesture, and the beautiful dead fabric of the unnatural.



The print (with color and contrast restored in Photoshop) is by Kogyo Terasaki (1866-1919), at

The poem by Wordsworth is “Expostulation and Reply.”

“It’s time,” she thinks, “to sing our back-to-school song”

1984 cover

as follows:

I don’t seem to be able to upload the subtitles as part of the video, but this ensemble is North Korea’s Moranbong Band and the song it’s singing is titled, in the Korean jussive mood, “Let’s study.” Here’s a PDF of the subtitle file.

North Korean Moranbong Band 배우자 – Let’s study (English Translation) [VDownloader]