“Life In Squares”

“Life In Squares” is one British Show I am dreaming about coming to the States. Counting the days, months, and year(s).
A friend from England has given Life In Squares, a three part series, RAVE Reviews.

Myself being an anglophile, I am addicted to Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell [Virginia’s Sister], and the many who belonged to the Bloomsbury Group. They were England’s Algonquin Roundtable [often referred to as the Vicious Circle], with Dorothy Parker as its most famous member, and during their time they were the prime of writing and critical thinking. The same is very true of the Bloomsbury Group. As Woody Allen liked to say, “I’d never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.” Well, I would love to be a member of any club who had Virginia Woolf and/or Dorothy Parker as a member.

Virginia Woolf is one of the most fascinating persons and writers. She was born two years after my grandmother, the one I knew as a child. I thought that was quite wild to think they grew up in the same time period. She would have known her when she was alive. Not personally, but through her presence in the world.

“The Bloomsbury Group was an influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, the best known members of which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. This loose collective of friends and relatives lived, worked or studied together near Bloomsbury, London, during the first half of the 20th century. According to a certain statement, “although its members denied being a group in any formal sense, they were united by an abiding belief in the importance of the arts.” Their works and outlook deeply influenced literature, aesthetics, criticism, and economics as well as modern attitudes towards feminism, pacifism, and sexuality.” [help from Wikipedia]

E.M. Forster wrote some of the most brilliant of books, several turned into films. Passage to India, A Room With A View, Howard’s End, and Maurice. All brilliant. If you find a chance to view any of these films or read Forster’s books, you will not be disappointed.

“Life In Squares” BBC Two – Trailer

A three part BBC Two drama about the lives and loves of the extraordinary Bloomsbury Group.


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Young stars filmed the new BBC Two drama about the lives and loves of the extraordinary Bloomsbury Group.

Life In Squares, an intimate and emotional drama about the revolutionary Bloomsbury Group – a collection of friends and lovers who had an extraordinary and enduring influence on 20th century culture.

Life In Squares dramatizes the close and often fraught relationship between sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, and Vanessa’s sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant as they, and their group of like-minded friends, navigate their way through love, sex and artistic life through the first half of the 20th century…

Starting in 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria, the drama tells the story of the young friends as they attempt to escape the shackles of Victorian England and embrace lives dedicated to creative and sexual freedom. The group, which coalesces around sisters Vanessa (Fox) and Virginia (Leonard), aspire to build a world of their own design, pursuing their passions and desires without constraint: a distinctive lifestyle in which they legendarily ‘lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles’.

The drama unpicks the complex and entangled relationships between the sisters and their Bloomsbury contemporaries Duncan Grant, Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell and Maynard Keynes, and the turbulent legacy they unwittingly enacted on generations to come, in particular Vanessa and Duncan’s daughter Angelica.

The story of their early years is told alongside the later lives of Vanessa and Virginia (Best and McCormack), settled into marriage, motherhood and in Virginia’s case enjoying huge public acclaim, but struggling to reconcile themselves to the heartache of loss, betrayal and mental anguish.

Dubbed 20th century leaders of artistic and sexual freedom, the drama follows these inspirational women and their artistic peers as they face timeless dilemmas about romance, family, work and sex.

“Life In Squares gets under the skin of the Bloomsbury Group to lay bare the very human and emotional story of a group of people determined to find their own path in life. Locked in a perpetual struggle to reconcile their heads with their hearts, they loved and worked with great passion and forged lives that still resonate today.

“At heart, Life In Squares is about family – about the families we try to escape, the ones we end up creating and the different kinds of damage love can do…

“I Am One of the Searchers”

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“I Am One of the Searchers”

By James Kavanaugh

Post by Jennifer Kiley

Posted on Sunday 15th June 2014

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sun rays into forest“I Am One of the Searchers”  There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know. Unless it be to share our laughter.

sunrise in the mountainsWe searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide.Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, not prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to have to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

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For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers,

for lonely men and women

who dare to ask from life everything

good and beautiful. It is for those who

are too gentle to live among wolves.

— James Kavanaugh

[There Are Men Too Gentle To Live Among Wolves]

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“The Guy Who Painted This Was A Loser” – A Short Film

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The Guy Who Painted This Was A Loser”
A Short Film

Post Created by Jennifer Kiley
Post on Friday 13th June 2014

Friday the 13th was not a good day
for the Knights Templar but otherwise

the 13th & Friday are fine together.

the video essay on creativity find out who they are calling the loser you will be surprised but then with talent & genius mixed it is a volatile combination anything can change the course of creativity it needs nurturing & care time & more time to grow before it is ready to be gently plucked from the air & revealed to the world

here, i give you “the guy who painted this was a loser

The Guy Who Painted This Was A Loser

Part one of the series: A Video Essay on Creativity

Part Two was posted a short time ago under the title “The Missing Chapter”

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“The Missing Chapter” – A Short Film

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The Missing Chapter” – A Short Film
A Video Essay about Creativity
Post Created by Jennifer Kiley
Created on 12th April 2014
Posted on Friday 6th June 2014

this missing chapter in the story of success
reveals the secret to doing meaningful work
but in the modern world – full of distraction
do we have what it takes to do great things?

here, i give to you “the missing chapter”

The Long Game Part Two: The Missing Chapters

All of history’s greatest figures achieved success in almost exactly the same way. But rather than celebrating this part of the creative process we ignore it.

Creativity needs time to grow inside the artist & the artist needs to develop the ability to express what comes to fruition.

The second in a two-part series about creativity. The first part will be posted in the very near future.

David Lynch on Consciousness Creativity and the Brain

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David Lynch on Consciousness Creativity and the Brain
Created Post on 26th January 2014
Posted On Thursday 1st May

David Lynch on Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain

David Lynch: It might seem nonsensical to hear an artist of the grotesque like Lynch speak rapturously about voyaging into his own consciousness, let alone in his fractured all-American, askew-Jimmy-Stewart manner, but he does meditate for a practical reason: it gives him ideas. Only by meditating, he says, can he dive down and catch the “big fish” he uses as ingredients in his inimitable film, music, and visual art. You can hear more of his thoughts on meditation, consciousness, and creativity in his nine-minute speech above.

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