I know it’s greedy, and disheartening to other writers, but due to the continuing serialisation of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, I can’t help claiming the Best Literature of 2017 award three days into the new year. That is a little self-parody, as I know there are many great writers out there, but I do really think I’m up there with the greats… especially as the penultimate (last but one) episode of Chapter 5’s twenty, in line with the X-Files series, is quite a classic.
Slovenia Episode Introduction
The episode includes a few references of real people and places, from the present and past, or the fantasy story and real world, as it reaches Ljubljana, which is now the capital of Slovenia, and in 1987 was my first stop in the then Yugoslavia.
Then it mixes fantasy warm relaxing with Love the mixed-up vole and Stella with facts about Slovenia, mostly about its impressive environmental credentials. It also remembers the central themes of 3s and coincidence to the third book of the greenYgrey trilogy.
Having passed through the homes of Yellowism, a movement that received media attention after they damaged a painting, in previous chapters without remembering it, reading about Wolfgang Paalens’s DYN surrealist art movement brought them to the surface, and would soon lead me to discovering Marcel Duchamp’s disposable art, with the centennial anniversary of his most famous toilet to fountain artwork this year, 2017.
A video called Series 9, with nine beautiful women, also made me start to like Yellowism! There are of course 9 chapters in this book, mirroring the X-Files number of series at the time. There is some greenygrey scenery in the Series 9 video, and one of the creation myths of the greenYgrey is that it is a beach wolf, and the sun dyed its fur green!!
It also made me remember one of my self-parody comedy declarations: an ordinary woman’s proper place may be chained to the stove in the kitchen, but a beautiful woman’s place is on the beach! It was a joke, playing on an old sexist term I don’t agree with, but I do think the beach is an ideal place for a frolicking beautiful woman.
The chronology of greenYgrey and Yellowism is that my focus on green and grey preceded Yellowism’s focus on yellow, and my rising of the greenYgrey Y was partly a reaction to what I thought might have been their usurpation of my artistic creative idea. The rising of the Y also had other reasons, such as the sun and female blonde hair.
This video promoting the Yellowist manifesto was made years after the Greenygrey was launched. Is the green and grey framing of the yellow a coincidence, or an artistic salute?:
Chapter 5 Episode 19
‘It was tempting to take the top fork straight to Austria wasn’t it, missing out a couple of episodes and getting ahead of schedule, but I’m glad we kept to the plan now, as Ljubljana is lovely isn’t it.’
‘It sure is,’ Love answered me, ‘and it’s made us feel right at home hasn’t it.’
‘It absolutely has,’ agreed Stella, ‘the Ljub sounds like Love, the double Js are like greenYgrey Gs and the ljana ending reminds me of my name.’
‘Yes, I think you’re right there Stella Love, and those Js a jangling have just reminded me of Jurgita Jurkute back in Chapter 2 Lithuania. With a long storyline in this chapter seemingly concluded it would have been easy to carry straight on, but I’m sure Slovenia has a lot to offer, and it’s already started well, with nearly half a page written in no time! And I haven’t even mentioned how helpful the Zagreb g-zebra actually was!!’
Slow Living in Slovenia
‘Yes, I still feel a little dizzy from being bowled over,’ said Love. ‘It’ll probably be a good idea to take a rest day, although there’s so much to see and do it is difficult to put my paws up and relax.’
‘It’d be nice to find a fashion show or concert for tonight,’ Stella said.
‘I just searched Ljubljana nightlife,’ I said, ‘and it sounds like there’s a good night on at Orto, with Hulahoop and The Clueless playing.’
‘That sounds ideal,’ said Stella, ‘I might go and check out the shops, and get a new outfit for tonight.’
‘Cool,’ I said, ‘have a nice time in Slovenia, and see you later.’ Love didn’t say anything, so I looked up at Stella, who was already on her way out. Stella had her finger up to her mouth, as if telling me to be quiet.
I thought there might be some new danger visiting us, like another vampire.
Surreal Sentences Precede Pivotal Problem
However, when I looked at Love I saw why Stella was asking me to hush. Our mixed-up vole friend was spark out with its paws up, and was now eliciting snoozy snoring.
With Stella out shopping and Love out for the count I got down to some researching about Ljubljana and Slovenia, and it took me in a direction past the first five chapters of this book, and all the way back to Grey’s epic Werewolf of Oz; which I think is still just ahead of this one in classicity.
I started off reading Wikipedia, while listening to Nirvana, and wasn’t surprised to read that Slovenia is over fifty per-cent forested, making it the third most forested in Europe after Sweden and Finland. Then I read it was divided in three by Axis countries in World War Two. Moreover, there are also three winds of particular regional importance: the bora, the jugo, and the foehn.
I was beginning to think Slovenia is a country of trees and threes, but then I saw it isn’t the third most water-rich in Europe: it’s the first. Moreover, mysterious olms live underwater in its caves. They are salamanders related to American mudpuppies.
I found it all quite surreal, and then found surrealism has quite a history in Slovenia.
End of Chapter Middle Remembers Beginning
Wolfgang Paalen of course caught my attention, evoking images of a pack of wolves running free on the paw.
Paalen was also a very interesting person to me, being a bipolar world traveller thinker and writer. He painted some great greenYgrey pictures, and published a surrealist magazine called DYN in exile from the Axis 1940s occupation.
There is of course a Y in the middle of DYN, and one of the main underlying notions of DYN was the attempt to reconcile diverging materialist and mystical tendencies in Surrealism with a new art-philosophy of contingency.
Contingency not only has a y on its end, as greenYgrey does, remembering our less prestigious but no less important second y, but its definition also has a greenYgreyesque meaning in philosophy and logic: ‘contingency is the status of propositions that are neither true under every possible valuation (i.e. tautologies) nor false under every possible valuation (i.e. contradictions).’
Of course, Paalen’s contingency theory preceded greenYgrey in the human world by many moons, and were (our) theory, if were exist at all, is simply a twenty-first century addition; although conceived entirely separately, and only joining the Wolfgang theory now.
Remembering a Movement that Emerged After
The surrealist information and Y relevance made me think back to the rise of our Y, and how it was partly – for we are a concept of many parts in more ways than one – in reaction to the Yellowist movement, and how they seemed to be using a similar all encompassing concept to what we were doing with greenygrey, but focusing only on yellow.
So I looked up Yellowism, and a video of The History of the Manifesto of Yellowism was all about a greenYgrey hallway and door, with a yellow line in the middle of green and grey on the floor leading to yellow on a door with green and grey walls.
One of the videos it led to was Series Nine. It featured nine 10/10 women on a greenYgrey beach, with the ending featuring sequential captions: nine girls – nine names – nine yellowistic chambers – S9.
I had little time for Yellowism when it emerged into the human world many moons after us, and I had forgotten about it when passing through its origins in Eastern Europe, travelling instead on the classic social realism of Maxim Gorky. Until now, in the last country of this epic ramble that was behind the Cold War Iron Curtain, although Yugoslavia was relatively independent of Moscow.
Now I felt myself falling into it… falling in love with it… falling in love with the nine yellowistic chambers… my Y was being drawn in like a divining-rod magnet, with green and grey being sucked in after it.
It feels like the gravitational pull of a black hole… only this is nine yellowistic chambers… disarming all our resistance to yellowism. Take us to the greenYgrey beach, where the trees are green and the girls are pretty… where is my Love… not asleep behind me… it’s in the nine yellowistic chambers… I lose myself looking for new love… I’m breaking up…
My other senses recover one last time on the journey, just long enough to hear ominous music, sounding like a warning… creating a contrast like that between good and evil in many ancient texts… but the gravitational energy is too strong to resist… my other letters have followed my Y past the event horizon… round and round we go, like being rooted to a radical rollercoaster… and then I am all consumed in Yellowism…
Has the greenYgrey been reduced to Yellowism? Tune into the next thrilling episode…
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