disparate elements

Daily Monster 226: Shug Monkey

Region of origin: Cambridgeshire, England

A creature combining elements of disparate folklore such as the Black Dogs and undiscovered primates, the Shug Monkey is a spectral creature claimed to be roaming the hillsides and roads of Cambridgeshire. The Shug Monkey is a canine-like form but with ape- or monkey-like features and is said to alternate between walking on two legs or all-fours. It seems to appear and disappear as it pleases and afterwards witnesses describe their encounters as menacing but the Shug Monkey doesn’t seem to br particularly out to harm or hinder people.

Lin-Manuel Miranda: An American Original by J.J. Abrams (Time):

Lin-Manuel Miranda conceived, wrote and stars in this breakthrough masterpiece, cementing his place as one of the most miraculous creative minds of our time. Like Alexander Hamilton, Miranda is a powerful reminder that greatness comes from unlikely places. His Puerto Rican parents’ collection of Broadway-musical records was as strong an influence during his New York City upbringing as the hip-hop he would come to love. There is no recipe for genius, but one can see the disparate elements that Miranda has miraculously seized and synthesized, embraced and celebrated, to create something profoundly moving and wholly original. He has redefined the musical and made us see anew the origins of the remarkable experiment called democracy.

Knowing the man, experiencing his exuberance and dazzle up close, is as delightful as the show itself. His wit would be intimidating if not for his natural and infectious charm. Somehow he is as generous, collaborative and lovable as he is innovative and brilliant. He and his wife of five years Vanessa Nadal (a scientist and lawyer—yes, scientist and lawyer) have a 1-year-old son. In other words, this young man is still in his first act. It’s thrilling to consider how lucky we are to be in his audience, anticipating his next concoction, with his Hamilton’s promise echoing in our heads: “And there’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait … Just you wait.”


Paul Delvaux - Le Miroir [1936] by Gandalf
Via Flickr:
In this painting Delvaux presents an encounter of disparate elements, juxtaposed in such a way as to create a world of mystery and ambiguity, much in the spirit of the principle dogma of the Surrealist group. Here, Delvaux depicts at once an interior and an exterior setting – the principal protagonist, seen from the back, is depicted seated in a room, bare apart from the mirror, which offers a view onto a tree-lined street. Similarly, the artist creates an ambiguity in the relationship between the two figures: whilst the title suggests that the two seated women are mirror images of each other, one of them is depicted in an elaborate dress and the other one in the nude, both with their hands clasped on their laps. The atmosphere of stillness and mystery and the interior/exterior ambiguity reflect the influence of the metaphysical paintings by Giorgio de Chirico. Much in the manner favoured by his fellow countryman René Magritte, Delvaux here depicts a picture within a picture, playing with the viewer’s perception, and shifting between the worlds of real and imaginary. 

[Sotheby’s, London - Oil on canvas, 110 x 136 cm]

Ann Hamilton is known for poetic, immersive environments that engage the senses through the use of language and mundane materials, usually arranged in large quantities. “palimpsest” 1989, an installation made in collaboration with Kathryn Clark, focuses on the formation and loss of memory, and its title refers to a writing document on which text has been written over, although the original is still visible. Inspired by an elderly man who placed note card reminders to himself on his walls at home, the room is covered with thousands of pieces of newsprint—bearing excerpts from published and private memoirs, which have been copied by hand. The floor consists of similar texts embedded in beeswaxtablets. The vitrine in the center features snails eating cabbage heads—a reference to the brain’s deterioration. Together, these disparate elements offer an eloquent meditation on history, memory, transience, and loss.

ENFP Potential Weaknesses

While ENFPs are gifted extroverts and can quickly intuit how seemingly disparate elements are connected, they also have difficulty in completing what they start. This is due to their tendency to drift toward new and exciting ideas. New projects invigorate them. The beginning of personal relationships excite them. Unfortunately, ENFPs entertain new ideas and possibilities to the point that they become easily bored with the status quo. When constrained to monotonous activities, they might feel stifled. While their ample charisma attracts others and their intuition can often be invaluable, they’re not without their shortcomings. ENFPs must learn to rein themselves in lest they leave waves of unfinished work in their wake.

Any central government, setting out to rule a nation, will inevitably be formed of disparate elements, conservative in its essence, and nothing more than a hindrance to the revolution. It will merely hobble the Communes which are ready to march forward, without being able to inspire the backward Communes with a revolutionary urge. The same will happen in the heart of an insurgent Commune. Either the communal government will do no more than sanction what has already been done, and it will then be a useless and potentially dangerous mechanism; or it will attempt to act with prudence and regulate what should be elaborated freely by the people themselves if it is to be viable; it will apply theories where society should be elaborating new forms of communal life with the creative force that rises up in the social organism when it breaks its chains and sees new and broad horizons opening out before it. Men who hold power will hinder that impulse, without producing anything on their own of which they might be capable if they remained in the heart of the people, working beside them in elaborating a new organization instead of closing themselves up in offices and exhausting their energies in idle debate. That will be a hindrance and a peril; powerless to do good but formidable in its possibilities of evil; thus, it has no reason to exist.
—  Kropotkin