Love in the Time of Gabriel García Márquez – March 6, 1927– 17 April 2014

April 17th, 2014
  • Gabriel García Márquez – March 6, 1927– 17 April 2014 (His life in pictures)

  • Gabo at Modernword homepage

    Paris Review

    I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of a journalist. What I didn’t like about journalism before were the working conditions. Besides, I had to condition my thoughts and ideas to the interests of the newspaper. Now, after having worked as a novelist, and having achieved financial independence as a novelist, I can really choose the themes that interest me and correspond to my ideas. In any case, I always very much enjoy the chance of doing a great piece of journalism.

  • His controversial friendship with Castro

  • Gabo with Carlos Fuentes
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  • Photograph: Balcells Archive

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    After one hundread years of solitutude, (87 Facts about Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

    he became friends with many famous and powerful people, including, controversially, Fidel Castro.
    “Ours is an intellectual friendship. It may not be widely known that Fidel is a very cultured man. When we’re together, we talk a great deal about literature.”

    The Gold Bird Variations – Some Images by Fung Lin Hall

    April 13th, 2014
  • The Fact that Socrates wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Jesus wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Buddha wrote Nothing.

    Vanishing Point page 128. David Markson

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    Above images by Fung Lin Hall

  • A Feminist Actress, Famous Stranger – Her Name is Delphine Seyrig

    April 10th, 2014
  • Marguerite Duras and Delphine Seyrig (photo above).

    Marguerite Duras once called her a ‘famous stranger’ with regards to her relatively little fame among large audiences.

    In the 70′s she proposed a deal to Marguerite Duras: she offered her to star in 12 of her movies every year just on the condition that she would have been given a few days off every month. The contract was never sealed, as Duras couldn’t apparently come out with 12 scripts a year .

  • Lots of photos here..Delphine is fucking amazing (Chained and Perfumed )

  • Both Fonda and Delphine were critical of Joseph Losey’s script when they acted together in “The Doll’s House”.

    Jane Fonda in Delphine’s film (Youtube)

    Be Pretty and shut up (vimeo) directed by Delphine Seyrig.

  • Cool, auburn-haired French actress, born in Lebanon. Spent part of her early childhood in New York, where her archaeologist father was cultural attaché. Acted on the Parisian stage from 1952-55. Returned to New York to attend classes at the Actor’s Studio. Appeared on stage in Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People”. On the strength of her performance, she was cast in the lead of Last Year at Marienbad (1961) by director Alain Resnais. Subsequently acted in films by major European film makers, including Joseph Losey, Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.
    She considered herself a feminist who was additionally socialist as opposed to her friend Jane Fonda, whom she called a socialist who was additionally feminist.

    She used to ride a motor-scooter.

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    Jeanne Dielman -23-quai-du-commerce-1080-bruxelles

    Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades.

    She first met Chantal Akerman at a French film festival. She was supposed to show some slides of her friend Jane Fonda during the Vietnam war at 10 p.m while Akerman had to introduce her film Hôtel Monterey (1972) at 8 p.m. Delphine asked the director if they could switch the time of the screenings, because she thought it was really important for people to see Fonda’s work. Akerman agreed on the condition that the actress would have appeared in her next movie. She did.

    Delphine talking to Akerman (youtube)

    Delphine made two films with Alain Resnais.

  • She was a great admirer of Gérard Philipe: she stated that watching his performances played a crucial role in inspiring her to become an actress.

    She was one of Samuel Beckett’s favourite actresses and starred in several of his plays, sometimes under his direction.

  • Agnes Martin and Delphine Seyrig.. see photo of them here..(Delphine was in Pull up the Daisy with Ginsberg and Kerouac.)

  • François Rabelais, the Renaissance humanist

    April 9th, 2014
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    Nature abhors a vacuum.
    Half the world does not know how the other half lives. – Francois Rabelais
    Read more here.

  • François Rabelais, writer, doctor, humanist

    Rabelais’ use of his native tongue was astoundingly original, lively, and creative. He introduced dozens of Greek, Latin, and Italian loan-words and direct translations of Greek and Latin compound words and idioms into French. He also used many dialectal forms and invented new words and metaphors, some of which have become part of the standard language and are still used today. Rabelais is arguably one of the authors who has enriched the French language in the most significant way.
    His works are also known for being filled with sexual double-entendres, dirty jokes and bawdy songs that may shock even modern readers.

    And one more Rabelais on (youtube) with Medieval/Renaissance music

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    In his novel Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne quotes extensively from Rabelais.

    Alfred Jarry performed from memory, hymns of Rabelais at Symbolist Rachilde’s Tuesday salons, and worked for years on an unfinished translation of Gargantua and Pantagruel.

    Anatole France lectured on him in Argentina. John Cowper Powys, D. B. Wyndham-Lewis, and Lucien Febvre (one of the founders of the French historical school Annales) wrote books about him. Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher and critic, derived his celebrated concept of the carnivalesque and grotesque body from the world of Rabelais.

    Hilaire Belloc was a great admirer of Rabelais. He praised him as “at the summit” of authors of fantastic books.[14] He also wrote a short story entitled “On the Return of the Dead” in which Rabelais descended from heaven to earth in 1902 to give a lecture in praise of wine at the London School of Economics, but was instead arrested.

    Mikhail Bakhtin wrote Rabelais and His World, praising the author for understanding and unbridled embrace of the carnival grotesque. In the book he analyzes Rabelais’s use of the carnival grotesque throughout his writings and laments the death of the purely communal spirit and regenerating laughter of the carnival in modern culture.

    George Orwell was not an admirer of Rabelais. Writing in 1940, he called him “an exceptionally perverse, morbid writer, a case for psychoanalysis”.

    Milan Kundera, in a 2007 article in The New Yorker, wrote: “(Rabelais) is, along with Cervantes, the founder of an entire art, the art of the novel.” (page 31). He speaks in the highest terms of Rabelais, calling him “the best”, along with Flaubert.

    Rabelais was a major reference point for a few main characters (Boozing wayward monks, University Professors, and Assistants) in Robertson Davies’s novel The Rebel Angels, part of the The Cornish Trilogy. One of the main characters in the novel, Maria Theotoky, writes her PhD on the works of Rabelais, while a murder plot unfolds around a scholarly unscathed manuscript. Rabelais was also mentioned in Davies’s books The Lyre of Orpheus, and Tempest-Tost.[citation needed]

    Rabelais is highlighted as a pivotal figure in Kenzaburō Ōe’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994

    R.I.P Peter Mattheissen – Author and Naturalist

    April 5th, 2014
  • Peter Matheisson

    Peter Mattheissen dead at 86 (NYtimes)

    Homegoing (NYtimes- Magazine )

    Paris Review Interview

  • In the early 1950s, he shared a sojourn in Paris with fellow literary expatriates and helped found The Paris Review, a magazine devoted largely to new fiction and poetry. His childhood friend George Plimpton became its editor.

    Photo journal (See more photos)

  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014)

    April 5th, 2014

  • One of Anja’s final photos.
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  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus October 12, 1965, Germany – Died: April 4, 2014
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    (BBC in pictures)

    CBC Canada news

    Spero, Woodman and Carruth

    April 3rd, 2014

  • (Nancy Spero at her studio)

    More Nancy Spero here.

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    Francesca Woodman
    April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981

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    Lucille Clifton and Hayden Carruth

    He did read the prominent poets Ben Johnson, William Yeats, and Ezra Pound, but added that “the real question is not by whom I was influenced, but how.” To Miller, Carruth’s early grounding in traditional poetic forms prepared him to “improvise” later on, much like the way jazz musicians often study classical music early in their training: “The discipline must precede the rejection of discipline.”

  • At Seventy-Five: Rereading An Old Book

    My prayers have been answered, if they were prayers. I live.
    I’m alive, and even in rather good health, I believe.
    If I’d quit smoking I might live to be a hundred.
    Truly this is astonishing, after the poverty and pain,
    The suffering. Who would have thought that petty
    Endurance could achieve so much?
    And prayers –
    Were they prayers? Always I was adamant
    In my irreligion, and had good reason to be.
    Yet prayer is not, I see in old age now,
    A matter of doctrine or discipline, but rather
    A movement of the natural human mind
    Bereft of its place among the animals, the other
    Animals. I prayed. Then on paper I wrote
    Some of the words I said, which are these poems.

    Anonymous Submission
    Hayden Carruth

    Four Films about Women – The Love’s Torment

    March 30th, 2014
  • Augstine

    The 19th-century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot is best remembered as a teacher of William James and Sigmund Freud, and also for the haunting, fascinating photographs he collected of patients in various states of symptomatic mental distress. Like other important figures in the history of medicine, he is a complicated figure in retrospect, at once a charlatan and a pioneer, a monster and a modernizer.

    Augustine trailer here.

    Alice Winocour (Her previous film ‘Home” with Isabelle Huppert is excellent. )

    Vincent Lindon – previous film

  • Mia Hansen Love (Interview)

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  • Goodbye First love is her second film.
    A very impressive debut film by Mia Hansen Love (Father of My Children)

  • Assayas and Mia Hansen Love (husband and wife filmmakers)

  • Adore Trailer

    Adore wiki

    Interview with Anne Fountaine – director of Adore

    AF: This is such an original love story! I had never heard of a fusional foursome. What’s really special here is that the tension doesn’t come from rivalry, jealousy, or any negative feeling – it’s built on love. Each of those four characters is simply in love with the other one. I know some people might find it hard to believe, but Doris Lessing, whom I had the privilege to meet before the shoot, told me her novella was based on a true story - which made it even more impressive and inspiring to me.

  • Grandmothers by Doris Lessing

  • See Brazil Rio, and the architecture ..

    Bruno Barreto filmography - includes Carried Away (he was married to Amy Irving)..Four days in Septrember.. (Alan Arkin, great film)..

    Elizabeth Bishop.

    Shigeru Ban – Architect of Emergency Shlter wins Pritzker

    March 25th, 2014
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    Humanitarian activities (design boom)

    Shigeru Ban (NY times) wins Pritzker

    The Guardian on Shigeru Ban

  • David Shapiro

    My student Shigeru Ban wins the Pritzker for his work in temporary structures. Look up his curtain house blowing in wind. And for his tubes of cardboard. I loved a poem he wrote that was about being confused at 20 by going from Japan to New York all the time. His embrace of victims of the storms. Proud of his clear architecture.Another example of the greatness of John Hejduk’s conception of the social contract which is, after all, architecture. The fantasies at Cooper became the poetry within disaster. Cardboard !

    Shigeru Ban.Paper tube emergency shelter .Time lapse video

  • Agnes Martin – Early Years with Delphine Seyrig

    March 22nd, 2014
  • See her bedroom here.

    Young Agnes Martin agnesm1

  • On the roof top
    Agnes Martin (at right, on the rooftop of the
    Coenties Slip building where she lived in New York.
    Jack youngerman (sitting), Ellsworth Kelly (standing), Robert Indiana (kneeling),Delphine Seyrig, 1957.
    Photograph by Hans Namuth. (via Martin bio page )

    Ms. Martin and Mr. Indiana related to the history of the locale in a particularly intimate way. Both were deeply interested in the American experience as something immediate and poetic, and they embedded the waterfront in their work. In their lofts they found actual relics of the old seafaring days: nautical equipment, shipbuilding materials, iron wheels, charts and ledgers.

    Where City History Was Made, a 50′s Group Made Art History

    In this film Agnes Martin described her friendship with Jack Youngerman and Delphine Seyrig, 1957.
    and their son who grew up to be bi-lingual shuttling between France and USA.

  • Wisdom of Agnes Martin

    As a fledgling art dealer in 1963, Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher met painter Agnes Martin at a party at Jack Youngerman’s loft on Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. “We clicked immediately,” Glimcher recalls.

    One of the more curious chapters in Martin’s 92-year life concerns her brief career as a filmmaker. In 1976, she made a movie called Gabriel, about a ten-year-old boy’s impressions of the natural world around him. “Every rock, pebble and plant struggling for survival . . . is recorded,” Glimcher writes in the book. Martin was so pleased with the outcome that she planned another film “about the seduction of the princess of China by Genghis Khan,” he says. She went to Japan and hired Kabuki actors and brought them to New Mexico, where she hired Native Americans to play the Mongols. “Filming went on for a time before the project became uncontrollable in its scale,” Glimcher remembers. She gave it up and returned to painting.

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    Found this early untitled painting by Agnes Martin from MoMa Collection.
    (Water Color and Ink)
    See more from MoMa..

  • Young artist feels the weight of history from the last two images.
    Agnes Martin time to goagtimetogo2
    Agnes Martin Both Sides of the Room, From the series “Other People’s Art by Gabriela Vainsencher

    Betty Goodwin – Her images of Solitude and Mourning

    March 19th, 2014

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    Betty Goodwin

    Born in Montreal, Betty Goodwin (March 19, 1923 – 2008) is regarded as one of Canada’s premier contemporary artists. Concerned with the fragility and ephemeral quality of life, Goodwin created haunting and mysterious images of solitude and mourning.

    Largely self-taught, Goodwin turned to painting in the late 1940s. In 1968, she enrolled in a printmaking course with Yves Gaucher at Sir George Williams (now Concordia University). It was there where she began working with found objects and clothing articles in her prints, which brought her much international attention.

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    Her wiki

    Born in Montreal the only child of Romanian immigrants Betty loved to paint and draw as a child, and was much encouraged by her mother to pursue art.

  • Bye Bill Knot – A Language Composed of Kisses & Leaves

    March 13th, 2014
  • Bill Knott -1940 – 2014

    that Bill passed away yesterday from complications with surgery. The inventive, subversive, and immensely influential poet was 74.

    Knott, who was an orphan, spent a year in an institution for the mentally ill in Elgin, Illinois, when he was 15; he worked with his uncle at a farm in Michigan, spent two years in the army, and wrote his first book while working as a hospital orderly. He taught for many years at Emerson College in Boston.

    Death by Bill Knott

    Going to sleep, I cross my hands on my chest.
    They will place my hands like this.
    It will look as though I am flying into myself.

  • Knotty Knotty Boy (Richard Hell on Bill Knott)


    In this time and place, where “Bread and Circuses” has
    become “Bread and Atrocities,” to say “I love you” is
    like saying the latest propaganda phrase… ‘defoliation’… ‘low yield blast’.
    If bombing children is preserving peace, then
    my fucking you is a war-crime.

  • Michael Andre

    I thought at first that someone was repeating the old joke about Saint Geraud.
    Knott faked his suicide years ago, and then had his work ascribed to “Saint Geraud.”

  • Bill Knot Art blog

    Interview I

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  • Interview Harriett (He was reading Patricia Highsmith)

    What language will be safe
    When we lie awake all night
    Saying palm words, no fingertip words
    This wound searching us for a voice
    Will become a fountain with rooms to let
    Or a language composed of kisses and leaves