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April is the Cruelest Month – End it with a Stand Up Comedy

April 27th, 2013
  • See portraits of Miranda July

  • Previously…

    Wiliam Lamson and Miranda July

    The Hallway and Low Tech

  • Act Natural This Moment Miranda

  • Sedaris says he was “completely, mysteriously shaken up” by July’s story when he first read it.

  • Anthony Trollope – The Way We Live Now

    April 24th, 2013


    See full film The Way We Live Now – starring Cillian Murphy and Shirley Henderson.
    (Cillian Murphy played the Irish Revolutionary in the Wind that Shakes the Barley via previous post )

    The Way We Live Now is a satirical novel by Anthony Trollope.

    The Way We Live Now was Trollope’s longest novel, and is particularly rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s

    Anthony Trollope (born on April 24, 1815)

    W. H. Auden wrote of Trollope as follows: “Of all novelists in any country, Trollope best understands the role of money. Compared with him, even Balzac is too romantic.” Contemporaries of Trollope praised his understanding of the quotidian world of institutions, official life, and daily business; he is one of the few novelists who find the office a creative environment.


    (Trollope doll)

  • When the Money gets too big Trollpe’s London..

  • Who is Kate Field Kate Field

    Trollope worked at post office but unlike Faulkner who neglected his job and lost letters, Trollope was creative and devised a traveling post so he could write novels on the train.
    2 Aging Trollope had a crush on young American Feminist Kate Field.

    Island Etude – A Deaf Biker Cycling around Taiwan

    April 22nd, 2013
  • Biking

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    Island Etude

    Travelling is always the best way to encounter true stories. Ming-Hsang, a deaf, decided to cycle around Taiwan before graduating from the college. This film, lasting for 100 minutes, documents his trip which lasted 7 days and 6 nights. He camped at the beach of Tai-Ma-Li on the first evening, playing guitar. Although he has hearing problems, he is still very much interested in sounds. The next morning, he followed Tai-11 highway. He met a group of people filming MV at the east coastline. They also film him. The third day, he was on the Su-Hua highway, a highway notoriously difficult to conquer for cyclists. He met a Lithuanian girl at Han-Ben railway station. She missed the train to Hua-Lien. He helped her to get on her train by communication with her by pens and papers. Written by Yuwei Lin

    Gray – Neutrality and Balance

    April 19th, 2013
  • Earliest known photo of the boston marathon - 1904

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  • Dan Chelotti’s Haiku a day..

    Some samples..

    TUESDAY, APRIL 2.

    Pushkin in a dream:
    Air conditioner repair?
    You do not need this
    – – –
    MONDAY, APRIL 1.

    Standing in Boston
    Smoking outside the bookfair
    I long for Boston

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    (photos by Fung Lin Hall)

    Adam Gopnik – Lost and Found (New Yorker)

    Foto of Michael Andre & Allen Ginsberg – Canada takes over NY School

    April 14th, 2013

    Allen Ginsberg and Michael Andre photo by Anne Turyn 1982

    Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg competed for the attention of the young. They hated each other. (Michael Andre tweeted)

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    Andy Warhol holding Unmuzzled Ox.

    At one time Andy Warhol seemed the pinnacle of mysterious fame and glamour — beyond comprehension. He certainly seemed that way to me — and I published interviews with him in three different magazines. But when Andy died ten years later, it turned out he was secretly a practicing Roman Catholic. I was surprised. So were people like Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. I was raised Catholic. The Banal Catholic Church I call it; it’s as real as sparrows. Allen and William were not raised Catholic; now they understood why they hated Andy. Andy Warhol :No poetry)

  • someone asked Michael what made the Ox go. Why was it successful?
    “Contributors,” said Andre. “When you have good writers with something to say, people want to read them. The magazine sells.”

    The Unmuzzled Ox does have good writers with with something to say. Andre himself is one of them.

    Michael Andre – poet, publisher, critic (Riverrun bookshop blog)

  • Daniel Berrigan, Eugene McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Denise Levertov, Robert Peters, Robert Creeley and Gregory Corso. OX frequently features photographs of contributors by Gerard Malanga. (via Michael Andre wiki)

  • Robert Creeley on Andre’s third book, Studying the Ground for Holes.
    These poems “are a very great pleasure – lovely quick wit, like they say, with everything connecting. The cat’s Jammies.. Thank god they’re not lost! Canada takes over the New York School single handed ——clapping.”

  • Paul Thek was his sculptor

    Although the Germans in their wars
    shot my uncle and grandfather

    and the Holocaust and Vietnam perturb,
    AIDS kills my friends: (continue ELEGY FOR A CENTURY OF AIDS )

    Unmuzzled Ox (M. Andre’s blog)

    Maria Tallchief, Life with Balanchine, Her Fling with Nureyev

    April 12th, 2013

    R.I.P Maria Tallchief (Chicago Tribune) she was 88.

  • Maria with Mr. B.

    On Balanchine.

    Passion and romance didn’t play a big role…. We saved our emotion for the classroom. And despite his reputation as a much married man obsessed with ballerinas, George was no Don Juan.”

    Under Balanchine, Tallchief changed physically. Her neck grew longer. She dropped 10 pounds. She took on the deportment of the Russian stylist. Her chest was high, her back straight, her instep arched. “What did I learn? I learned to turn out. How to point my toes properly. Where I belonged. Where to place my body. What muscles had to be developed — every one. Otherwise there was no way I was going to dance his ballets.”

  • See Nureyev and Maria Tallchief dance here (Youtube)

  • Nureyve chose Maria to dance with him for his debut in America..
    Nureyev had affairs with the ballerina Maria Tallchief and with Erik Bruhn, long his idol as a dancer and the complicated, often unhappy, love of his life.

    R.I.P Paolo Soleri – Architect, Theorist of Archology

    April 10th, 2013

    Remembering Paulo Soleri 1919-2013

    Today the world has lost one of its great minds. Paolo Soleri, architect, builder, artist, writer, theorist, husband, father, born on Summer Solstice, June 21, 1919, has died at age 93.

    Soleri spent a lifetime investigating how architecture, specifically the architecture of the city, could support the countless possibilities of human aspiration. The urban project he founded, Arcosanti , 65 miles north of Phoenix, was described by NEWSWEEK magazine as “…the most important urban experiment undertaken in our lifetimes.”

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    Paolo Soleri used to host Italian night, where he cooked for a few hundred people at Arcosanti. We will miss him and his dinners greatly. We all bought his bells and enjoyed taking visitors to Cosanti or Arcosanti.

  • See young Paulo Soleri at Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesen West. (Design Boom mentions his early beginning with Frank Lloyd Wright)

  • Here are photos from visit to Cosanti in Scottsdale.

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    Archology - Arcosanti

    “My position is not reductionist; my position is minimalist. Nothing is or becomes outside the big bang. Each organism is the big bang in action.” Paolo Soleri

    “In nature, as an organism evolves it increases in complexity and it also becomes a more compact or miniaturized system. Similarly a city should function as a living system. Arcology, architecture and ecology as one integral process, is capable of demonstrating positive response to the many problems of urban civilization, population, pollution, energy and natural resource depletion, food scarcity and quality of life. Arcology recognizes the necessity of the radical reorganization of the sprawling urban landscape into dense, integrated, three-dimensional cities in order to support the complex activities that sustain human culture. The city is the necessary instrument for the evolution of humankind.” —Paolo Soleri

    R.I.P Les Blank – Filmmaker of “Burden of Dreams”

    April 7th, 2013
  • Les Banks dies at 77 (NYtimes)

  • Les Blank I

  • (For years this blogger developed an allergy to Herzog after seeing the Burden of Dreams, an amazing film.)

  • Les & W.H.
    (via Our Favorite films by Les Blank)

  • See Werner Herzog eats his shoes..(youtube)

  • Les Blank II

    Les Blank – NYtimes (NYtimes)

    Mr. Blank trolled for subject matter on the American periphery, in cultural pockets where the tradition is long but the exposure limited. His films often have a geographic as well as cultural specificity, and food and music are often the featured elements. His musical subjects included Norteño bands of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Cajun fiddlers of Louisiana and polka enthusiasts from across the country.

    “You could call him an ethnographer; you could call him an ethnomusicologist or an anthropologist,” Mr. Hackford said. “He was interested in certain cultures that Americans are unaware of. He shot what he wanted, captured it beautifully, and those subjects are now gone. The homogenization of American culture has obliterated it.”

    Roger Ebert – The Last Picture Show

    April 5th, 2013

    RIP Roger Ebert - see him featured on the #1 poet blog.

    He did the right thing!


    via New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) – a film was Better Luck Tomorrow..

    Better Luck Tomorrow is a 2002 crime-drama film directed by Justin Lin. The movie is about Asian American overachievers who become bored with their lives and enter a world of petty crime and material excess.

  • My Dinner with Amdre
    Roger picked the right films in his early career (via his wiki ).. He had “My Dinner with Andre” too…
    1967: Bonnie and Clyde
    1968: The Battle of Algiers
    1969: Z
    1970: Five Easy Pieces
    1971: The Last Picture Show
    1972: The Godfather
    1973: Cries and Whispers
    1974: Scenes from a Marriage
    1975: Nashville

  • Moreau and Ebert (happy days)

    Jeanne Moreau as star and as director – BY ROGER EBERT / November 21, 1976 –
    He captured Moreau’s free spirit well…. on her walking out on Warren Beatty when he was on a power trip at the meeting, or how Jean Eustache taught her to drink Jack Daniel.

    To Jim Emerson (His editor) on Malick’s To the Wonder starring Ben Affleck

    “Jim, old friend, I’m in bad shape. I type on my lap in a hospital bed. I’m on pain meds. Did the review of ‘To the Wonder” make sense to you? Such a strange movie.
    “I need your help.”

  • Ebert Festival

  • Herzog dedicated his 2007 documentary shot in Antarctica, Encounters at the End of the World, to Ebert. The director explained to EW that he typically does not dedicate his films to anyone, but he decided to give Ebert that shout-out in the film “to send a signal in his direction [of] admiration, friendship, respect, encouragement because he was the wounded soldier still holding out.”

  • In Memory of Ingmar Bergman by Roger Ebert

    There are so many memories crowding in, now, from the richness of Bergman’s work, that I know not what to choose. A turning point in his despair occurred, perhaps, in “Cries and Whispers,” a chamber drama in an isolated Swedish estate where Harriet Andersson is dying painfully of cancer and her sisters have come to be with her. After she dies,they find a journal in which she recalls a perfect day in the autumn, when the pain was not so bad, and the women took up their parasols and walked in the garden. “This is happiness. I cannot wish for anything better,” she writes. “I feel profoundly grateful to my life, which gives me so much.”

    “When he was 60 years old he celebrated his birthday on his island, on that beach. And my daughter was there; she was five years old. And…he said to her, ‘When you are 60 what will you do then?’ She said, ‘I’ll have a big party and my mother will be there. She’ll be really old and stupid and gawky but it’s gonna be great.’ And he looked at her and said, ‘And what about me? Will I not be there?’ And the five-year-old looked up at him and she said, ‘Well, you know, I’ll leave the party and I’ll walk down to the beach and there on the waves you will come dancing towards me’.”

    Defending Bergman by Roger Ebert

    I have long known and admired the Chicago Reader’s film critic, Jonathan Rosenbaum, but his New York Times op-ed attack on Ingmar Bergman (“Scenes from an Overrated Career,” 8/4/07) is a bizarre departure from his usual sanity. It says more about Rosenbaum’s love of stylistic extremes than it does about Bergman and audiences. Who else but Rosenbaum could actually base an attack on the complaint that Bergman had what his favorites Carl Theodor Dreyer and Robert Bresson lacked, “the power to entertain — which often meant a reluctance to challenge conventional film-going habits?” In what parallel universe is the power to entertain defined in that way?

  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala – A Room of Her Own

    April 3rd, 2013

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies at 85 (NYtimes)

    Ruth Prawer was born on May 7, 1927, in Cologne, Germany, the daughter of Marcus Prawer, a Jewish lawyer who had immigrated there from Poland, and the former Eleanora Cohn. The family fled Hitler in 1939, when Ruth was 12. Unable to acquire visas for the United States, they settled in London instead. In 1948, Marcus committed suicide, having established that the entire family he had left behind in Poland had died in Nazi camps.

    Novelist and screenwriter known for her work on Merchant Ivory films, including A Room with a View and Heat and Dust. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, novelist and screenwriter, dies at 85(Gurdian UK)

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
    Photo by Michael Avedon

  • Her short stories (New Yorker)

  • Merchant once commented about his collaboration with Ms Jhabvala, “It is a strange marriage we have at Merchant Ivory… I am an Indian Muslim, Ruth is a German Jew, and Jim is a Protestant American. Via

    The trio

    Some less known films by Ruth ….

    The Quartet (starring Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates & Maggie Smith)

    Mystic Masseur – trailer (V.S. Naipal story)

    Shakespeare Wallah

    See a clip from Mr.& Mrs Bridge (previous post Thank you mother)

    Jefferson in Paris (Nick Nolte)

    Surviving Picasso (Was loosely based on the book by Arianna Huffington.. according to wiki)

    Ruth did not work on the script of “Maurice”. another Merchant Ivory film, starring Hugh Grant.

    Ann Waldman – Number Song -She Has Multiplied

    April 2nd, 2013

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    Happy birthday! (born on April 2, 1945)

    Anne Waldman is an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry movement, and has been connected to the Beat movement and the second generation of the New York School. Her publications include Fast Speaking Woman (1975), Marriage: A Sentence (2000), and the multi-volume Iovis project (1992, 1993, 1997).

    Her work as a cultural activist and her practice of Tibetan Buddhism are deeply connected to her poetry. Waldman is, in her words, “drawn to the magical efficacies of language as a political act.” Her commitment to poetry extends beyond her own work to her support of alternative poetry communities. Waldman has collaborated extensively with visual artists, musicians, and dancers, and she regularly performs internationally. (Poetry Foundation -Anne Waldman)

  • Ann Waldman homepage

  • I’ve multiplied, I’m 2.
    He was part of me
    he came out of me,
    he took a part of me
    He took me apart.
    I’m 2, he’s my art,
    no, he’s separate.
    He art one. I’m not
    done & I’m still one.
    I sing of my son. I’ve
    multiplied. My heart’s
    in 2, half to him & half
    to you,
    who are also a part
    of him, & you & he
    & I make trio of
    kind congruity.

    N U M B E R
    S O N G (Levity)