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Goodbye Gore Vidal

July 31st, 2012

Gore Vidal died – he was 86. (LA Times)
Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer (Nytimes)

Early reactions of his passing from his homepage

  • Italo Calvino on Gore Vidal Imagining Vidal

    Gore Vidal on Italo Calvino

  • Gore Vidal at (via Waggish)


  • photo via

  • Gore, Vonnegut and Mailer here.

  • Paris Review interview – Gore Vidal

  • Documentary Gore Vidal (youtube)

  • Anais Nin and Gore
    (via)

  • On Gay Marriage

    Since heterosexual marriage is such a disaster, why on earth would anybody want to imitate it?”

    On Obama
    He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism. … He f***ed [health care] up. I don’t know how because the country wanted it. We’ll never see it happen” (via)

    Adieu Chris Marker

    July 30th, 2012

    Chris Marker ‘La Jetee’ director, dead at 91

    Marker’s creative use of sound, images and text in his poetic, political and philosophical documentaries made him one of the most inventive of film-makers.
    Marker’s interests lay in transitional societies – “life in the process of becoming history,” as he put it. How do various cultures perceive and sustain themselves and each other in the increasingly intermingled modern world?

    Chris Marker

  • He was born Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, most likely in Neuilly-sur-Seine, on the outskirts of Paris, although one source gives the place of birth as Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia – a legend that Marker did nothing to dispel. His pseudonym is said to have been taken from the Magic Marker pen.


    Apart from the Medvedkin documentaries, Marker made further films on directors. AK (1985), profiling the location shooting of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran on the slopes of Mount Fuji, included an interview with its 75-year-old director. This reverential impression of the Japanese master at work is revealing about Kurosawa’s methods and his relations with his crew. Marker also uses the subject for his own brand of poetic-philosophical celluloid essay on the Japanese and on the making of a film.

  • Korean women – Rare Books

    “A towering and seminal figure in the field of contemporary visual culture… Chris Marker was among the celebrated directors who formed the nucleus of the French New Wave.” During those years Marker also became an influential editor at Editions du Seuil in Paris, and personally secured “the publication by Seuil of William Klein’s raw, Dada-inspired photographs of New York” after Klein’s 1956 photobook had been turned down by American publishers. Marker, whose name is a pseudonym, also traveled extensively in the late 1950s and made a series of short films that “arose from visits to China, Siberia, Israel and Cuba, while a trip to North Korea resulted in this photo-text album entitled Coréennes”

  • Passenger photo by Chris Marker (see 21 images here)

    Passengers – wonderful photographies by Chris Marker

  • Chris Marker films from Strictly Film School

  • Tribute to Chris Marker’s Double Life via Rhizome

  • One day in the Life of Arsenevich (via 3quarksdaily via Richard Brody the NewYorker)

    Banksy Olympics 2012

    July 28th, 2012


    Posted by Sheep Ish on Banksy’s wall on FB.

    Happy birthday Banksy!

  • Banksy dead rat (

    Previous posts –
    happy rat year

    Banksy in Palestine

    Pina

    July 26th, 2012
  • 1aahnen-man-mike-woman-horizontal-chair_1000

  • Sarang is a Korean song.

  • Pina and Ronald Kay (her husband – photo via)

    Pina Bausch was born on 27 July 1940.

    See more from Pina Bausch Archive.

    Indian Bazaar

    July 16th, 2012

  • Radha Giving Butter-Milk to Krishna, illustration to Bihari’s Sat Saiya, Basohli, c. 1690

    See more Basoli paintings

    Shahzia Sikander Indian Miniture

    Avatar of Vishnu
    Buddha as the 9th Avatar of Vishnu

    F. Clementi

    The words English owes to India

    A – atoll, avatar
    B – bandana, bangle, bazaar, Blighty, bungalow
    C – cashmere, catamaran, char, cheroot, cheetah, chintz, chit, chokey, chutney, cot, cummerbund, curry
    D – dinghy, doolally, dungarees
    G – guru, gymkhana
    H – hullabaloo
    J – jodhpur, jungle, juggernaut, jute
    K – khaki, kedgeree
    L – loot
    N – nirvana
    P – pariah, pashmina, polo, pukka, pundit, purdah, pyjamas
    S – sari, shampoo, shawl, swastika
    T – teak, thug, toddy, typhoon
    V – veranda
    Y – yoga

    The Original Pundits

    These early 007′s were primarily gatherers of information for mapmakers, though each received a secret code name like NA, RN, PA, GK, GM, GNM, etc. They were given the honorary designation of Pundit, meaning scholarly or wise and were the model for Rudyard Kipling’s Kim.

    Ravi Shankar and George We are missing you (youtube)

    Ali Akbar Khan

    Radha’s dance (Film within the film, the dance from The River directed by Jean Renoir)

    Alfred Jarry Bike & Mercury Retrograde

    July 10th, 2012


    (via )

    Alfred Jarry Bike
    (via I wannabe Alfred Jarry )

  • Mercury turns Retrograde on July 14 2012

    Mercury in Retrograde
    By Sheryl Luna
    The day ended badly with a broken ankle,
    a jinxed printer, and a dead car. The dry yellow grass
    against the sunset saved me. Roosters

    pranced across a lawn of shit, proudly plumed
    in black feathers, bobbing before the gray goats.
    It was the first day I saw god in the quiet,

    and found a mustard seed was very small.
    There I had been for years cursing “why?”
    and all the gold in the sun fell upon me.

    There was a white mare in the midst
    of brown smog, majestic in the refinery
    clouds. Even the radio wouldn’t work!

    My mother limps and her hair falls out.
    The faithful drive white Chevy trucks
    or yellow Camrys, and I’m here golden

    on the smoking shock-less bus.
    I lost language in this want, each poem
    dust, Spanish fluttered

    Poem Hunter

    This talented bird built a nest inside the cactus plant.

  • Federer Wimbledon Express 2012

    July 8th, 2012

    At Wimbledon, Federer shows greatness once more. Swiss great Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon men’s singles title at the Wimbledon.

    With his victory, Federer regained the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic, allowing him to equal Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player.

    Federer & Murray

    Federer Train

  • Lol – Kate & Pippa Middleton were excited by Roger Federer win
    (Gif via )

    Andy Murray gets closer to affection at Wimbledon

    Mission to Mars

    July 7th, 2012

  • Nasa Imge mission to Mars

    Nasa scientists say crater, formed by an impact billions of years ago, is the largest yet encountered

    Tom Sachs (Space Talk – previous post)

  • The Soviets used to hold atomic weapons at Vogelsang — ready to strike at a moments notice. This crumbling fresco of Russian astronauts serves as a reminder of the former might of the USSR.

    A photographic journey through an abandoned Sovient Military Base.

    Remembering Ivan Karp

    July 3rd, 2012
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    Ivan Karp, who helped find and market Pop Art, center, flanked by the gallery owner Leo Castelli, and Andy Warhol, in 1966.

    Ivan Karp Pop art dealer dies at 86..(NY times obit)

    Thanks Ivan Karp (via Greg)

    Culture girl

    Ivan Karp, 86, the Most Uncommercial of Commercial Art Dealers

    Open Salon com

    Ivan Karp was one of those people in the NYC, Art World that you can never forget. Fast talking and quick witted, Ivan Karp was the champion of the unknown artist. Always keeping an open door policy, he would look at any and all art which would came his way, right then and there on the spot.

    Ward Schumaker & Ivan Karp

    Such a pleasant guy with such an eye
    and he had a twinkle in that eye that did not stop
    he will be much missed – Ward Schumaker via email

    Where Did the Name O. K. Harris Come From?