Vanishing Point – David Markson + Eero Saarinen’s Chair

Finished reading “Vanishing Point” by David Markson.

Ice Tea Ice tea Photo 2000

“The Universe was created on October 26, 4004 B.C. At 9.00 A.M.
Announced Archbishop Ussher, in 1645.”

“Tolstoy to Chekhov:
You know I can’t stand Shakespeare’s plays, but yours are worse”

“Tolstoy had an illegitimate son he never acknowledged.
Karl Marx had an illegitimate son he never acknowledged.
Henrik Ibsen had an illegitimate son he never acknowledged.”
(From Vanishing Point by David Markson)

Speaking of father and son, today (Aug 20) is a birthday of
Eero Saarinen the Finnish architect who built St Louis’ arch and
Dulles airport. He and his father were both born on the same date,
August 20 just like John Lennon and his son. (they are Libra – October boys).
Saarinen’s design are all over the world in office, in homes and at the airports.
Look at his chairs.

This chair is not designed by Eero Saarinen.
Isola Chair Chair3 from Calligaris

Paid $10.00 for this Italian chair at garage sale. (click the link to see the actual price of this chair at retail. Mine has black seat and the sample does not).

Saw” the Son” by Dardenne brothers from Belgium.
Another minimal and affecting depiction of family tragedy.
You spent most of the time looking at the back of the
character’s head as the camera follows him around.

“Karl Marx learned Russian mainly to read Pushkin.
Joyce learned Norwegian to read Ibsen.” (from Vanishing Point)

I learned English to read the screenplay of “Rebel Without a Cause”.

“James Baldwin borrowed money from Marlon Brando with which
to finish his first novel” (another instance of Marlon did this
and Marlon did that picked up from Vanishing Point.)
Now I lost the page for the next piece of information,
Stanley Kunitz delivered eulogy at Mark Rothko’s funeral according to David Markson.