Monday, 18 February 2008
Sneak Preview of New Book Cover - and another curious thing!
My publisher has just been in contact with regard to the cover of my next book. I find it yet another example of synchronicity that they have, quite by chance, suggested a rather obscure painting by the great Italian surrealist Giorgio Di Chirico (see image opposite - the painting is called Portrait of Guillaume Apollinaire as a Premonition). Now look at the photo of me taken on the Greek island of Tilos three years ago (on the right if you are unsure). See a synchronistic - and really weird - similarity? Imagine my photo suffused with a greenish light and me with a rather unflattering 'cow-lick' quiff. Then add a little chiaroscuro shading to the left of my profile and what do you have?! Uncanny isn't it. Can be added to the Philip K Dick Anarch Peak strangeness.
Those of you who are avid readers of this blog will know full well my fascination with this great painter. Indeed his name has come up on at least twice before.That his inspiration has a direct relationship to ITLAD, CTF and the Daemon-Eidolon Dyad can be seen from this description of an academic paper published on his work a few years ago:
"It has been suggested that the great Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), who developed the unique style of 'metaphysical art', suffered from migraine and used some of his morbid manifestations as a source of inspiration for his paintings. Yet, whereas many of the symptoms that de Chirico described are rare in migraine, they are frequently encountered in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Here we rediscuss de Chirico's symptoms critically and suggest that, if his symptoms were of neurological origin, they rather relate to temporal lobe epilepsy than migraine."
The evidence for ITLAD just gets greater and greater. Indeed, in the words of the great but little known late 1980's band Timbuck3 - "The Future's So Great I Gotta Wear Shades"!!!!