Imperturbability is equanimity with an attitude. It’s a little like my sister Judy: if you want to stop her, you’ll have to remove all ability for her to continue.
Bugs Bunny is the furry personification of imperturbability. Elmer, Daffy and Yosemite Sam all lost their composure but Bugs never did.
- Joe Adamson, Bugs Bunny: Fifty Years and Only One Grey Hare (Henry Holt & Company, 1990).
- Extensive video collections are available
Edith Pearlman writes about the "predicaments - odd, wry, funny and painful - of being human." She tells them with a tone that says she is unperturbed by life's disasters, large or small.
- Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (Lookout Books, 2011).
- Edith Pearlman, How to Fall: Stories (Sarabande Books, 2005).
- Edith Pearlman, Love Among the Greats: Stories (Eastern Washington University Press, 2002).
- Edith Pearlman, Vaquita and Other Stories (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996).
- Nicole Krauss, The History of Love (W.W. Norton & Company, 2006), in which in the author explores how "shattered characters" find "exuberance in what is an essentially tragic novel".
Film and Stage
- Apollo 13, about a lunar mission threatened by equipment failure
- Kirikou and the Sorceress: an animated film, based on a West African legend, about an “indomitable little-boy hero” who begins life by demanding to be born
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Miles Davis, Gil Evans and other cool jazz artists::
- Miles Davis, “Birth of the Cool” album
- Miles Davis, “Sketches of Spain” album
- Miles Davis, “Miles Ahead” album, alternate version
- Miles Davis and Gil Evans, “The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings”
- Gerry Mulligan, “Night Lights” album
- “Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Volume 1” album
- Modern Jazz Quartet, “Django” album
- Blossom Dearie, “My Gentleman Friend” album
- Lennie Tristano, “The New Tristano” album
- Stan Getz, “West Coast Jazz” album
- “Cool jazz café” compilation
- Antonio Adolfo, “Finas Misturas” album
- Gonora Sounds, “Hard Times Never Kill”: joyful music from a blind Zimbabwean guitarist and his group, seen through the lens of the album title
- Raga Bhupali (Bhoopali), a Hindustani classical raga for late evening (performances by Amonkar, Sayeeduddin Dagar and Chaurasia)
Me imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,
Master of all or mistress of all, aplomb in the midst of irrational things,
Imbued as they, passive, receptive, silent as they,
Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes, less important than I thought,
Me toward the Mexican sea, or in the Mannahatta or the Tennessee, or far north or inland,
A river man, or a man of the woods or of any farm-life of these States or of the coast, or the lakes or Kanada,
Me wherever my life is lived, O to be self-balanced for contingencies,
To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.