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RIP Mary Catherine Bateson – Daughter of Mead & Bateson

January 15th, 2021
  • Mary Catherine Bateson (wiki)

    Mary Catherine Bateson (December 8, 1939 – January 2, 2021) was an American writer and cultural anthropologist.

    MCBateson

    We Are Not What We Know but What We are Willing to Learn.

    Legacy Obit

  • Edge obit – Mary Catherine Bateson: Systems Thinker

  • Bateson & Mead

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    Thank you Mary Catherine Bateson, this reader devoured her books, she was passionate.

    David Goodis Author of “Down There” & “The Moon In the Gutter”

    January 7th, 2021

  • The Moon in the Gutter – Crimson Kimono. com

    David Goodis wiki (March 2, 1917 – January 7, 1967)

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    Shoot the Piano Player
    (Truffaut archive here)

    (Truffaut, Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois)

  • David Goodis Bleak Beautiful Vision of humanity

    It’s difficult to find quotes from David Goodis about his own approach to writing, but the accolades and insights of others help fill the gap. Ed Gorman once said that “David Goodis didn’t write novels, he wrote suicide notes,” and if we think of the literature of the suicide note, filled with equal parts anguish, guilt, love, and attempts to understand, then David Goodis’ work would easily fit within these bounds. His characters are broken down shadows of their former selves, worried more about damaging those they love then worrying about damage to themselves; as full of weaknesses, contradictions, and surprising resistances as Goodis himself.

  • Pulp International

  • David Goodis biography – LA times

  • Our Hero, John Le Carre Showed us the World beyond England

    December 15th, 2020

  • (Photo of John Le Carre by Lord Snowdon)

    Atlantic Obit

    John le Carré Knew England’s Secrets
    He revealed more about the country’s ruling class than any political writer of his era.

    John Le Carre Com

    wiki

    Favorite Film Adaptations

  • Writers, Friends remembered John Le Carre

  • Actor Ralph Fiennes and author John Le Carre pose for photographs at an auction in aid of The Constant Gardeners’ Trust, at the Soho Hotel in London, Sunday March 12, 2006. The trust was set up to help the people of Kenya, where the book and film The Constant Gardener, was set. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA

    Ralph Fiennes, actor
    When I was approached by [producer] Simon Channing Williams in 2003 about making The Constant Gardener, I was already an enormous fan of le Carré’s books. I loved the world he created. And then I met the man, and he was so charming and generous of spirit and immediately available for conversation about the novel and the character. I must have fired all sorts of spurious questions at him but I just remember how he was very gregarious and excited about the project. (viaread more)


  • (Ralph Fiennes and Pete Postlethwaite from the Constant Gardner)
    The Constant Gardner


  • John Le Carre on Philip Seymour Hoffman

    (Philip Seymour Hoffman with German cast)

    A Most Wanted Man – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last film

    10 ways of getting to know John Le Carre Novels

    Gore Vidal with Friends & Enemies

    October 2nd, 2020
  • Gore Vidal
    Born Eugene Louis Vidal
    October 3, 1925
    West Point, New York, U.S

  • (Gore Vidal with Noam Chomsky –
    Now is a great moment to listen to Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky talking in 1991)

  • Anais Nin and Gore

    Gore Vidal in Rome

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    NY Magazine (Best of Enemies)

    Michael Ondaatjie

    September 12th, 2020
  • (Happy birthday Michael Ondaatjie– Sept 12)

    See photos of him from his life here
    In Ceylon

  • 76 facts you might not know about on Michael Ondaatjie

    31. Ondaatje calls his novels “cubist,” by which he means that he eschews linear narratives and experiments with the form.

  • See a photo of Ondaatjie and Ralph Fiennes here.
    Breaking the Rules

    One of his beloved books “Coming Through Slaughter” is a fictional story of New Orleans, Louisiana about 1900, very loosely based on the lives of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden and photographer E. J. Bellocq. Winner of the 1976 Books in Canada First Novel Award.
    New Orleans and vicinity at the turn of the century is the setting for the novel. Consider the places where the action occurs: N. Joseph’s Shaving Parlor, the river, Shell Beach, the Brewitts, Webb’s cottage, the streets of Storyville, Bellocq’s studio, Bolden’s home with Nora and the children, the mental hospital.

  • Willem Dafoe interviewed Michael Ondaatjie
    He has given many interviews but the interview with William Dafoe, Michael became more open and revealing. He said, “I went into a tailspin after The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. I won an award for it in Canada and I went into this hole. So I wrote Coming Through Slaughter, which was a huge fury about fame. It was on a very small scale, but it was big enough. I mean, the thing is to continue to avoid being self-conscious. To write and forget that you wrote other books.”
    “I have a tendency to remove more and more in the process of editing. Often I’ll write the first chapter last, because it sets up the story. The last thing I wrote in Coming Through Slaughter was “His geography,” almost like a big landscape shot, with buried clues you can pick up later. ”

    On the genesis of plane crash image for English Patient:

    “WD: Where did you get the central image of the plane crash, do you even remember?
    MO: I just got the image and it was there. The artist, Joseph Beuys, was in a plane crash in the far north, not in the desert, but I already had this image in my head. It was one of those things where I’d heard about Beuys and his obsession with felt and that worked its way in too. That was enough. I didn’t need to know anymore. The medicine man… ”
    He then continues to talk about Herodotus, Charles Olson and Robert Creeley.
    “MO: I had already read some of him. Then there was a reference to him in one of the explorer’s desert journals; one guy who said, “I was responsible for our library on one of our expeditions. But our library was only one book, Herodotus” And I thought that was great, because he was an historian writing about a place where these guys are many hundreds of years later. The idea of a contemporary history and an ancient history that links up… These explorers in the 1930s were out of time. I love the idea of them checking out sand dune formations. I love historical obsessives. And I kept thinking of writers like Charles Olson and Robert Creeley in some odd way. Creeley in his toughness, brittleness and lovely guarded lyricism was a clue for me about the patient, Almasy. And this wonderful, heroic era of exploration that was then ignored, while the twentieth century became more mercenary or mercantile. Also Herodotus’ sense of history is great because it’s very much based on rumor. “

    The End Judges Everything by Herodotus (with original greek text)
    The world according to Herodotus
    Herodotus’ Histories

    Michael O. shares birthday with these two historical figures.
    Lorenzo di Medici
    9/12/1492 – 5/4/1519
    Florentine ruler (1513-9)

    Francis I
    9/12/1494 – 3/31/1547
    French king and patron of the arts and scholarship (1515-47 )

    RIP Larry Kramer – Author, Aids Activist

    May 27th, 2020
  • Larry Kramer, Aids activist dies

    Larry Kramer, groundbreaking author and Aids activist, dies aged 84

    Larry Kramer wiki

  • Mark Ruffalo Came To Love Larry Kramer While Making “The Normal Heart”

  • “Larry cried in my arms once. He was so young. I melted.” — Ken Russell

    (via Lisi Tribble)

    Larry Kramer scripted “Women in Love”

    Ken Russell – http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2011/11/28/ken-russell-the-mad-music-lover/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Monday, July 3, 2017

  • RIP Deidre Bair, Passing of Beckett Biographer

    April 24th, 2020
  • Biographer of Beckett, Beauvoir & Jung, Deirdre Bair Died (NYtimes)
    Irish Times obit

  • Wiki

    Deirdre Bair (21 June, 1935 – 17 April, 2020) was an American writer and biographer. She was the author of six works of nonfiction.
    Bair received a National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography (1978).[1][a] Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung[2] were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her biographies of Anaïs Nin and Simone de Beauvoir were chosen by The New York Times as “Best Books of the Year”,

  • On the difficulty of convincing Samuel Beckett of just about anything

    Deirdre Bair, Biographer of Record, Recalls Their First Meeting

    (Literary Hub)


    (Photo of Samuel Beckett by Steve Schapiro)
    Samuel Becket Archive

  • Saul Steinberg

  • RIP Patricia Bosworth April, 2020.
    April 24 – birthday of Patricia Bosworth, biographer of Marlon, Monty and Diane Arbus

  • Jojo Rabbit/Screenplay

    February 21st, 2020

  • (Jojo Rabbit – Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davies and Taika Waititi)

    Let everything happen to you
    Beauty and terror
    Just keep going
    No feeling is final

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Page 93 from the Screenplay of Jojo Rabbit
    (Rilke was born in Prague. Jojo Rabbit was filmed in historical towns and villages in the Czech Republic. The interiors were built in the Barrandov Studios in Prague.)

    See where this screenplay showed up first.
    Jojo R Script
    (For Your Consideration)

  • Waiting for The Barbarians – J. M Coetzee

    February 9th, 2020

  • (Johnny Depp and Mark Rylance from the film “Waiting for the Barbarians”)

  • The Nobel Prize bio of J. M. Coetzee.

    John Maxwell Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9 February 1940′

  • J. M. Coetzee1acoetzeebooks
    Coetzee completed a Master’s thesis on Ford Madox Ford

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    Disgrace

    Review of Disgrace by Roger Ebert

    I awaited the closing scenes of “Disgrace” with a special urgency, because the story had gripped me deeply but left me with no idea how it would end. None — and I really cared. This is such a rare movie.

  • Paul Auster and Coetzee see a cartoon and read the New Yorker article – The Better Player.

    Click to see large Who is this?

  • Previous Post The Seven Samurai digital image by Fung-Lin Hall The Seven Samurai and Coetzee.

    Tsundoku, Picking Up a Book & not Reading

    December 25th, 2019
  • Tsundoku (Japanese: 積ん読) is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them

    Little Free Library Little free library


  • (Screenplay-Hidden Life)


  • (Screenplay- Jojo Rabbit)

  • Brief interview

    Picked up a book today. David Foster Wallace – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2019/12/25/tsundoku-picking-up-a-book-not-reading/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Saturday, November 23, 2019

    Found this book “Archive Fever” – A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida.. from neighbor’s friendly book recycle box, this morning. Now I am curious about the former owner of this book.

    “Derrida, convincingly argues that, although the archive is a public entity, is nevertheless is the reposittory of the private and personal, including even intimate details” – Choice_

    Found this book "Archive Fever" – A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida.. from neighbor's friendly book recycle…

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Monday, October 7, 2019

    The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera

    December 3rd, 2019
  • Great News for Milan Kundera (Guardian)

    Milan Kundera’s Czech citizenship restored after 40 years

    More from here

    Czech premier proposes restoring writer Kundera’s nationality

    Brno daily

    In Photos: Exhibition “Milan Kundera (Not Lost) in Translation”

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    (Kundera, Vera Kundera and Roth)
    With Philip Roth

    RIP Jonathan Miller, Revisiting the Polymath on Dick Cavett

    November 27th, 2019

  • (Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller: The Cast of “Beyond the Fringe)
    BBC obit

    Jonathan Miller, director and humorist, dies at 85

  • Jonathan Miller and The Kinds of Genius

  • (Jonathan Miller directs Mikado)