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xxv. beneath abstraction
Originally uploaded by sparrowsfall.
There is a mystery,
Beneath abstraction,
Silent, depthless,
Alone, unchanging,
Ubiquitous and liquid,
The mother of nature.
It has no name, but I call it "the Way";
It has no limit, but I call it "limitless".

Being limitless, it flows away forever;
Flowing away forever, it returns to my self:
The Way is limitless,
So nature is limitless,
So the world is limitless,
And so I am limitless.

For I am abstracted from the world,
The world from nature,
Nature from the Way,
And the Way from what is beneath abstraction.
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i still love the snow. but my mother broke her arm on the ice, so she's a little tired of it.
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xxiv: indulgence
Originally uploaded by sparrowsfall.
Straighten yourself and you will not stand steady;
Display yourself and you will not be clearly seen;
Justify yourself and you will not be respected;
Promote yourself and you will not be believed;
Pride yourself and you will not endure.

These behaviours are wasteful, indulgent,
And so they attract disfavour;
Harmony avoids them.
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the first sparrow's fall of 1998. prince had come to town around this time, and michael was in the news for his usual weirdness, so the two of them got me thinking. toss in the dillard's scandal (black customers treated with more than usual obnoxiousness) and i had a story. also, of course, i had to 'play' a little, and get away from christopher's tale of woe . . . but who am i kidding. when did i stick with it for more than one comic at a time? i feared perceptions of self-indulgence, but i also feared looking like a petty ass.

i hadn't read many--well, i hadn't read scarcely any independent comics at the time, and few others amongst the regular kind either. i had no idea what petty asses comics writers and artists could be. i would have been a piker.

it is peculiar to think: i was not a comics reader at the time. i don't read vast quantities of them now, either. my technique, style, goals, perceptions, desires . . . everything i knew about comics at the time was almost entirely informed by the contents of my skull. i guess it shows.

the view out the window isn't bad at all, and except for the usual vagueness, the panelling, as well as the wash, is acceptable.

a little joke . . . Zapp chips area louisisna brand available at the broadway cafe . . . zapf chancery is a font . . . so to amuse myself, we have zapf chips. ha ha! yes, a very little joke.

this is number 45. three more to go, and the collection that i eventually called No Other Fish In The Sea is complete!
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baby shoes
Originally uploaded by sparrowsfall.
from robeez.

and--no. not yet.
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descartes made a lot of errors--omit cheap french joke here--but one of them was assuming that he thought. why, skinner spent his whole life proving, or 'proving', the flaw in descartes' thinking. but ambrose bierce beat him to the punch by seventy years . . . "i think that i think, therefore i think that i am."

anyway, we dip back into the 'relationship' between christopher and Hope, but as usual are too cowardly to show it. we just have to talk about it, yap yap yap. it would have been twenty times as powerful if we had actually drawn that. but we didn't. instead, we spent time drawing that jacked up second slanty page, and no, i have no idea what i was doing.

still, nips gets in about twenty good points.

that billboard? it was up for a while on 39th street. in many ways, it is the exact philosophical idea for sparrow's fall in seven short words. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without thy Father's will.

so those that fall, fall because they are made to fall.

that is what i thought, for the longest time.

i think i lightened the color copy settings a great deal to create this master. i was evidently still of mixed feelings about how it was turning out, or maybe i was in a big hurry that morning.
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