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W.S Merwin at 90, in Maui, Hawaii – 2017

September 30th, 2017
  • W.S. Merwin – (wiki) 1aaMerwin

    During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin’s unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin’s writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in a rural part of Maui, Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands’ rainforests.

    The Ascetic Insight of W. S Merwin (New Yorker)

    “For the Anniversary of My Death”:

    Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
    When the last fires will wave to me
    And the silence will set out
    Tireless traveler
    Like the beam of a lightless star

    Then I will no longer
    Find myself in life as in a strange garment
    Surprised at the earth
    And the love of one woman
    And the shamelessness of men
    As today writing after three days of rain
    Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
    And bowing not knowing to what

  • Maui Now birthday tribute to W.S. Merwin

    The State of Hawaiʻi will also be present, issuing a Gubernatorial Proclamation proclaiming Sept. 30, 2017, as “W.S. Merwin Day” in Hawaiʻi and presenting Merwin with a special Gubernatorial Commendation for his life-long achievements.

  • On reading slowly and reading what you want and the beauty of tress

    A Great American Poet in Conversation with Paul Holdengraber

  • Photo of James Dean Telling His Favorite Arnold Schonberg Joke & ETC.

    September 29th, 2017
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    Elia Kazan, Marlon, Julie Harris and James Dean (Marlon visiting the set of East of Eden)

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    See more photos of Martin Landau and James Dean – here

  • At the farm 1aaJamesFarmlong photo by Dennis Stock

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    Immoralist photos (scroll down to see James Dean with Geraldin Page)

  • “He didn’t show you very much. He’d challenge you to find him. Then when you’d found him, he’d still make you guess. It was an endless game with him. The thing people missed about Jimmy was his mischievousness. He was the most constantly mischievous person I think I’ve ever met. Full of tricks, full of magic, full of outrageousness.”
    Stewart Stern

    “Every time I go to Europe, I remember that James Dean never saw Europe, but yet I see his face everywhere. There’s James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe – windows of the Champs Elysees, discos in the south of Spain, restaurants in Sweden, t-shirts in Moscow. My life was confused and disoriented for years by his passing. My sense of destiny destroyed – the great films he would have directed, the great performances he would have given, the great humanitarian he would have become, and yet, he’s the greatest actor and star I have ever known.”
    — Dennis Hopper

    James Dean died on Sept 30, 1955 – visit James Dean (homepage)

  • Bill Binney, the Original NSA Whistleblower – A Good American, a Documentary about Binney

    September 25th, 2017
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    Computer Weekly.com – Interview (The Original NSA Whistleblower)

    Bill Binney, the ‘original’ NSA whistleblower, on Snowden, 9/11 and illegal surveillance

    Binney was responsible for feeding targeting rules gleaned from the analysis back into the analytical tools. This self-refinement was key, allowing analysts to hone in on their targets, without the need for mass data collection.

    Boing Boing - 9/11 could have been prevented

    After his resignation, Binney and his fellow whistleblowers faced retaliation from the NSA, as the agency prevented him from getting work as a private intelligence contractor and eventually staged a guns-drawn dawn raid on his home.

    Binney has been a sharp, articulate, deeply knowledgeable critic of mass electronic surveillance ever since, refusing to be intimidated by the NSA despite the risks to himself.

    Beyond China, Czech Dinnerplate, Aleppo, Syria (Refugees Series) in Blue & White, Qin Fua Pottery

    September 20th, 2017
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    Aleppo by Paul Scott

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    Paul Scott from Refugees series

    Paul Scott Refugees series

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    A City Life – Jared Fitzgerald

    Jing de Zhen (Jared Fitzgerald)

  • Google Qing Fua Design

    Blue and White Pottery (wiki) (青花)

  • Le Xue – Drinking Tea – humorous pottery

    Looney Tunes by Le Xue

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    Plate from China – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Plate made in Czech Republic – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Porcelain statue of Ai Wei Wei by Michel Cox

    Noise artists - Michel -Ai Wei Wei

    Porcelain Cube (Ai Wei Wei)

    Owl House – Ai Wei Wei

  • Harry Dean Stanton Passed Away at 91 – His Last film “Lucky” Paralleled His Life.

    September 15th, 2017
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    (photo via)

  • LA Times Obit

    Stanton had a fondness for David Lynch, and Lynch had a fondness for him. He was cast as the ill-fated private detective in “Wild at Heart” and had roles in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and the recent reboot of “Twin Peaks: The Return

    He turned down a role in “Blue Velvet,” however, a part later given to Dennis Hopper.

    Stanton was never married, though he had a long relationship with Rebecca De Mornay.

    One of the most anticipated title is Lucky, actor John Carroll Lynch‘s directorial debut.
    Lucky follows a ninety years old atheist, named Lucky, played by Harry Dean Stanton, coming to term with his fragile life and setting off on a journey of self-exploration. The film stares Ed Begley Jr, Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant and an appearance by David Lynch.

    (via)

    Stanton, who has appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows, including Alien, Paris, Texas and HBO’s Big Love, already worked with David Lynch on Wild At Heart and The Straight Story and will also appear in Lynch‘s Twin Peaks revival.

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    (When they were shooting Paris, Texas)

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    Julian Schnabel and Harry Dean Stanton

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    Joel- Peter Witkin – Heaven, Hell of Intersex, Transsexuals & Deformed People

    September 13th, 2017
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    Joel-Peter Witkin, Anna Akhmatova, Paris, 1998

  • Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses, and various outsiders such as dwarves, transsexuals, intersex persons, and physically deformed people
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    (Born September 13, 1939 – Joel Peter Witkin is 77 years old.)

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    “A flamboyant creator, incredible story-teller and irresistible liar (his awakening to photography during a car accident that decapitated a little girl whose head fell into his arms probably didn’t exist, but never mind)’ a hallucinating culture, Joel, who lives in an Albuquerque ghetto (on a farm no less) has for 30 years been exploring the relationship between sacred and profane.”

    See more and read JOEL-PETER WITKIN DAY: Heaven or Hell (Elizabeth Avedon Journal) here.

  • Las Meninas, New Mexico, from the “Twelve Photographs, 1993″ book

  • Witkin Archive

    Vienna Eye Phanthom, Philadelphia,1990

    see 220 photographs by Witkin here.

    The Passing of Kate Millet – Artist, Author, a Pioneer Feminist at 82 -(Sept 14, 1934 – Sept 6, 2017)

    September 7th, 2017
  • Kate Millet by Alice Neel – 1970

    Kate Millet an influential feminist writer is dead at 82 (NYtimes)

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    Katherine Murray Millett was born on Sept 14, 1934, in St. Paul.
    She attended Oxford University and was the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first-class honors after studying at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
    The feminist, human rights, peace, civil rights, and anti-psychiatry movements were some of Millett’s principal causes. Her books were motivated by her activism, such as woman’s rights and mental health reform, and several were autobiographical memoirs that explored her sexuality, mental health, and relationships. Mother Millett and The Loony Bin Trip, for instance, dealt with family issues and the times when she was involuntarily committed to a nursing home. (via her wiki

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    Dinner for One – 1967 – Kate Millet

    See more art by Kate Millet here

  • “The Basement” was disturbing but I had to read it.
    Here is a review of the Basement by Duncan Mitchell

    Happy Kate katemillett by Hyder in 1994.

    Her homepage is here. – AN INVITATION TO THE WOMEN’S ART COLONY/FARM

    Of course she went to Iran.

    In 1981 Millett published Going to Iran, which was a new journalistic account of a trip she made to Iran in March 1979 to address Iranian feminists on International Women’s Day. The Shah of Iran had just abdicated, and the Ayatollah Khomeini had not yet fully consolidated his power. Nevertheless, Millett was soon expelled by the fundamentalist government for her feminist views. The chronicle is recorded in the rigorously honest style of her earlier works. (via)

  • Kate Millet

    The Return of the Troublemaker (June 2001)

    Society has lost its patience. So why isn’t she more downhearted? She smiles and says it’s because she is having too much fun. “I love making trouble. It’s a wonderful job. You don’t get paid but you have a lot of adventures.”

  • Flying with Kate Millet (previous post)
    Sexual Politics was circulated before the publication of her thesis.

  • RIP John Ashbery (1927-2017) + Portraits of Ashbery by Larry Rivers & Others

    September 3rd, 2017
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    John Ashbery by Larry Rivers

    NYtimes Obit

    The Guardian obit

    John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90.

    Poetry Foundation

    Interview – John Ashbery (Paris Review)

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    John Ashbery by Jill Krementz
    (painting on the wall by Jane Freilicher)

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    Portrait of John Ashbery by Jane Freilicher

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    Fairefield Porter -Portrait of Schuyler and John Ashbery.. 57-58

    Fairefield Porter Respect for Things as they are - (previous post on John Ashbery and Fairefield Porter)

  • Dan Chiasson (The New Yorker)

    His early work was serene and beautiful; he then became rather frantic and trippy. He had a period of majesty unrivalled in recent poetry, stretching from the seventies through the nineties. His last phase was a kind of inventory of his mind, among the most interesting anyone has ever known. His method was to “snip off a length” of his consciousness, he said. It was, in part, a strike against the solemnities of achieved reputation, which confronted him everywhere in the forms of syllabi and colloquia.

  • Where is Rimbaud? (see a photo of John Ashbery and Rimbaud)

  • See a mixed media collage by John Ashbery (via Art News obit)