"Thoughts"

 
 

The Journal of Paul Berenson

 

Paul has 71 volumes of his journal ,"Thoughts" that will be posted over the next several months
The books contain large passages from books that I read in addition to my original thoughts on them, art, music, politics, and more, in addition to day to day minutae of life.

Book 1:

March 5, 1975 - Nov. 4, 1975

ME to SB, Delacroix' Journal, Tibetan Book of the Dead

Book 2:

November 21, 1975 - February 23, 1976

Hello Dearest Ann Prebys (Jan. 1976)

Book 3:

February 24, 1976 - July 8, 1976

Vincent's color theory pp.58-70 (ESSENTIAL), Hitchhike SB-Bath, ME pp.126-139, 1st Chi. Art In., Ann

Book 4:

July 9, 1976 - January 5, 1977

Maine, Color Theory: Delacroix (mix)vs Rood (juxtapose colored light), "Legend of Iris," Dostoyevsky,

Book 5:

January 5, 1977 - June 24, 1977

Portland/Boston, Learning to paint at the MFA, Dostoyevsky, Eug. Delacroix' "Principle of Trees"

Book 6:

June 24, 1977 - September 2, 1977

MFA, Boston, Monet's in the basement, John Wooden Pyramid, Death of Elvis

Book 7:

September 3, 1977 - December 14, 1977

MFA, Vincent's Letters, Rheingold Print - Fantin Latour - Fogg 11/7, Jack Bruce at Paul's Mall

Book 8:

December 14, 1977 - February 20, 1978

Exceptional analyses MFA, C. Monet & M. Twain Writings,Richard the Buddhist Monk, Blizzard of '78

Book 9:

February 21, 1978 - April 5, 1978

Analyses of time in Boston, Frans Hals, Pic from Brothers K, Lord of the Rings

Book 10:

April 6, 1978- August 14, 1978

Finish at MFA, Boston to SB w/sketches, Wellseley Mus, Chi Art Inst., Lord of the Rings, Vegas 1st time

Book 11:

August 16, 1978 - January 29, 1979

Dostoyevsky, Figures TO PAINT, The Bible, Boldness & Selling Out, People's Temple, on God & the Simple Life

Book 12:

January 29, 1979 - October 8, 1979

Painting by DOING, Motion & broad strokes, Scottsbluff, NE, Lord of the Rings Pics, Dad & the Prawers

Book 13:

October 9, 1979 - June 20, 1980

QUITTING SMOKING!, on Motion, Simplicity, & Detail, Good Paintings, Improv & Reason, Lord of the Rings

Book 14:

June 24, 1980 - May 5, 1981

John Lennon Assassination, NYC via North Carolina, Met & MOMA Art Museums, Paintings & Books

Book 15:

May 5, 1981 - November 17, 1982

Met Museum: NYC, Marketing Pics, Hello Big Fluff, LOR Pics, Portland to SB Bus Trip, Ann leaving, on ART

Book 16:

November 25, 1982 - August 15, 1983

MFA Boston & Met NYC, Gauguin's Journal, Ann to SF, Human Relationships, Discovering Opera & Wagner

Book 17:

August 16, 1983 - September 2, 1983

On Painting Accessories, Perseverance, Learning Composition, Figure Paintings, Love for Ann

Book 18:

September 3, 1983 - November 1, 1983

Dodgers game, "Ring Resounding", 2 US Invasions, Chris I, on Composition & Detail, Wagner, Galleries

Book 19:

November 1, 1983 - January 10, 1984

On Copying, St. Lucia's Day Poem, On Wagner (Culshaw), Importance of Studies, Great Quotes

Book 20:

January 11, 1984 - March 20, 1984

Gauguin & Rubens Letters, Ann in SF, Chris I., Don Quixote, Euripides, Christ & Buddah, Adversity & Winning

Book 21:

March 21, 1984 - August 29, 1984

Beethoven Letters, Vincent van Gogh, Albert Speer, Euripides, Chicago Art Institute

Book 22:

August 30, 1984 - May 11, 1985

Schopenhauer, Dalai Lama @ UCSB (p.59-61), Chicago Art Inst., Norton Simon Mus.

Book 23:

May 13, 1985 - August 16, 1985

Schopenhauer

Book 24:

August 17, 1985 - November 3, 1985

Schopenhauer

Book 25:

November 4, 1985 - January 20, 1986

Schopenhauer

Book 26

January 21, 1986 - November 13, 1986

Schopenhauer, Cary Grant, Sinclair Lewis, on Composition, Adversity, Christ, Wagner, Tom Wolfe

Book 27:

November 13, 1986 - August 3, 1987

Wagner's Ring pics & commentary, Jimi Hendrix & Tim Leary, Norton Simon Mus., I Ching, Cary Grant

Book 28:

August 28, 1987 - December 14, 1988

Raymond Feith, JFK, Delacroix' wisdom, Perfectionists, OSF 1st time, on Ann, Islay St, 1st Operas, Loyalty

Book 29:

December 14, 1988 - June 1, 1989

"Kennedy" Sorensen, I Ching on Movement & Greatness and Justice, Gandalf, Fluff and Dalai Lama

Book 30:

June 2, 1989 - November 29, 1989

JFK "Strategy of Peace", Lassen/Cinder Cone, Mt. Shasta Sweat Lodge, Phillip Glass, Brecht/Weill

Book 31:

Dec. 5, 1989 - August 3, 1990

JFK "Profiles..." Andrew Johnson on the Union, I Ching, Grand Canyon, SF Opera "Ring", other Reviews

Book 32:

August 3, 1990 - November 24, 1990

Unity in painting, Fitzwilliam Collection, "Wounded Knee", Christ/Buddah, Vincent, Getty & NSM Museums

Book 33:

November 29, 1990 - July 24, 1991

Legion of Honor, B'Day Met "Parsifal", "Julius Caesar" w/ lightning, Getty, on Philosophy & True Art

Book 34:

July 25, 1991 - February 13, 1992

RIP BIG FLUFF, Astoria, OR, SF Opera, OSF, Originality in ART & Picasso, Will S. & Wagner, Vegas World

Book 36:

May 5, 1992 - October 23, 1992

Bill Clinton, Doonsbury on BC, on figures, Pacific NW Trip, lots of Reviews, Terry Brooks pics, Arts success

Book 37:

October 27, 1992 - July 12, 1993

President Bill Clinton, Figure Paintings (Terry Brooks, etc), Music Lecture, Comments on ART, Opera Reviews

Book 38:

July 13, 1993 - January 28, 1994

Ann's dedication, Somalia, on Great men, words of Th. Jefferson, Fluff & I, Frank Sturgis on JFK, Reviews

Book 39:

January 29, 1994 - January 1, 1995

Campaign '94, painting vs. music, Terry Brooks pics, Delacroix on Authorities, on copying & SEEING, reviews

Book 40:

January 1, 1995 - November 3, 1995

on Religion, self-teaching, remembering Fluff, O. J. Simpson trial, Monet & abstraction, Royal Ballet

Book 41:

November 3, 1995 - April 4, 1996

Midnite Mass & LSD 1968, Almost dying in 1969, My birth, on Art & life, Kirov Opera, "Swan Lake" SF Ballet

Book 42:

April 5, 1996 - August 14, 1996

Schopenhauer (5th reading), Art, Genius, & the Modern World, Clinton '96, Cousin Nancy, Funeral Music

Book 43:

August 15, 1996 - January 3, 1997

Many Reviews, 1st emails to Nancy, Campaign '96, becoming a painter @ 23, on local & military politics

Book 44:

January 4, 1997 - June 22, 1997

Armand Hammer Museum, on stylization, figure painting, Darcy Bussell & Royal Ballet, words of Vincent

Book 46:

September 29, 1997 - December 9, 1997

Beethoven's 6th, Renoir Portraits @ Chicago Art Inst, "Ring" pics, operas & plays, Delacroix, "The Catch" NU

Book 47:

Decimber 9, 1997 - August 9, 1998

Getting Online! Tom Osborne reitres & Husker title pics, SD Monet exhibit, 1st websites, Reviews

Book 48:

August 10, 1998-March 11, 1999

Clinton Impeachment, McGwire/Sosa, SF Ballet notes, on Skip Spence, No. Cal & Redwoods

Book 49:

March 15, 1999 - January 17, 2000

Skip Spence's life, death & influence, My family history, Lord of the Rings pics, Van Gogh's Van Gogh's

Book 50:

January 17, 2000 - January 21, 2001

Lord of the Rings pics, Skip Spence Story, Bush v. Gore, Mom, Ann, & me, travels & reviews, The Cream pic

Book 51:

January 21, 2001 - May 29, 2002

Dinosaur Nat'l Mon, "Julius Caesar" Utah, Phil Ochs, JFK, Death of Dad and more, on Paris & Delacroix

Book 52:

May 30, 2002 - November 10, 2002

Dad's death, Bath ME with Ann, Chicago w/Ann & Chris, Chi Art Inst, on Indians & Christ, MacBeth

Book 54:

October 5, 2003 - June 8, 2004

Pushkin Exhibit, Horrible the Cat, KLSX, Mariinsky Ballet, Monet's @ Bellagio, on Tina LeBlanc

Book 55:

June 12, 2004 - May 12, 2006

Vegas art @ Bellagio & Venetian, Red Sox, Brasilian Carnaval, on Eisenhower, Goodbye Beloved Ann

Book 58:

August 24, 2006 - September 13, 2006

Brasil Trip

Book 61:

April 6, 2007- June 26, 2007

Rembering Ann, No Cal trip, Ashland, Day at the Races, I Ching-Holding Together & Peace, Delacroix

Book 63:

December 25, 2007 - May 20, 2008

Hooter's Christmas, on Hillary's campaign, Christmas Mass on acid '68, hosting Clout! nationally

Book 64:

May 20, 2008 - August 29, 2008

Cubs @ Wrigley Field, Chi. Art Inst., Ann's Grave, Wisconsin & Lake Superior, Bria and painting

Book 65:

August 29, 2008 - May 31, 2009

Bria, on Catholicism & Religion, Bree W., NY Eve '08, "N & P Show", "Summer of '69" in Vegas

Book 70:

November 4, 2010 - June 19, 2011

Goodbye Barbara, Arizona Desert, NU to Big Ten, Little Richard, on Solitude & my own mind, Napa

 

 

Updated: October 27, 2011