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Michael Andre – John Cage Shoes Story

August 29th, 2021
  • Interview – Michael Andre Talks about his Poetry Photo via

    Michael Andre: Years Skip By Like a Stone Across a Pond

    Michael Andre is a Canadian, poet, critic and editor living in New York City. Andre hosted radio shows in Chicago and New York. He interviewed, published, and occasionally socialized with W. H. Auden and Eugene McCarthy, Beats like Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, John Cage and Andy Warhol.

    Andre is the editor of Unmuzzled OX, an occasional magazine of poetry, art and politics which began in 1971 as a quarterly and has produced 16 volumes. Andre edited and published two books by Gregory Corso, Earth Egg and Writings from OX.

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    John Cage took me to a party for Buckminster Fuller. I was surprised to meet my friend Ellen Burstyn, and introduced her to John. We gabbed until Merce Cunningham arrived. John excused himself. “Who was that?” hissed the Oscar-winning actress. A month later I read in The Times that Burstyn and Cage had hosted a lavish party for Fuller. They forgot to invite me.

    John Cage Shoes blog“>Merce danced in John Cage shoes.

    Happy birthday-Michael Andre

    Michael Andre told me about Benedetta Barzini’s father.

    This is an amazing book
    On page 37
    Beyond Realism
    You Know the details of the kangaroo. – Leonard Cohen.

  • Birthday celebration of A Philosopher and an Art Historian – Julia Kristeva & Peter Weller

    June 24th, 2021
  • of Julia Kristeva Black Sun appears here on Post Mutant Eggplant – Tristana/Toledo

    Happy birthday Julia Kristeva (See more photos and links)

  • Peter Weller – actor, and an art historian of Italian Renaissance

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    (With Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon)


  • Petern Weller is an art historian today.

    The Passing of Janet Malcolm – The Author of the Journalist

    June 19th, 2021
  • Janet Clara Malcolm was an American writer, journalist on staff at The New Yorker magazine, and collagist. She was the author of Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession, In the Freud Archives, and The Journalist and the Murderer, among other books.
    (Wikipedia)

    Janet Malcolm the author of the journalist and the murderer died (Guardian)

    “New Yorker writer, whose scepticism about her trade brought her both praise and blame, was also famed for studies of psychoanalysis and Sylvia Plath”

  • Her most consistent modus operandi was to obscure and complicate

    Janet Malcolm literary magician (Atlantic-obit-David Graham)

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    (Photo – Fung Lin Hall)
    In the Freud Archives (Granta)
    Janet Malcolm introduced this reader to Jeffrey Masson and Anna Freud.

    Who will inherit the secrets of Sigmund Freud? Who will protect his reputation? Who may destroy it? Janet Malcolm’s investigation into the personalities who clash over Freud’s legacy has become a celebrated story of seduction and betrayal, love and hatred, fantasy and reality. It is both a comedy and a tragedy. Malcolm’s cast of characters includes K. R. Eissler, a venerable psychoanalyst and keeper of the Freud flame; Jeffrey Mason, a flamboyant Sanskrit scholar and virulent anti-Freudian; and Peter Swales, a former assistant to the Rolling Stones and indefatigable researcher. Each of them thinks they know the truth about Freud, and each needs the help of the other. Malcolm endeavours to untangle the causes of their rivalry and soured friendships, while the flaws and mysteries of Freud’s early work tower in the background.

    Re: Masson vs Malcolm

    When it was published, Masson, the former project director of the archives, filed a $10m libel lawsuit, claiming that Malcolm had fabricated several quotes attributed to him. Though Malcolm was unable to provide proof of the quotes, after a decade of proceedings, a jury finally decided in Malcolm’s favour in 1994. Though Malcolm later claimed she had found a misplaced notebook containing some of the quotes, the case shadowed her for years, with journalists voicing scepticism at her methods.

    Goodbye Moose, Kevin Jackson, & his book “Withnail and I”

    May 10th, 2021

    Sad news of Kevin’s passing came from Scott Bradley on FB on May 10. 2021.

    Moose – as his friends called him – was an extraordinary talent and lovely human being. I can’t even process this right now.

    Kevin Jackson was an English writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and pataphysician.

    About this portrait, Kevin Jackson wrote on FB.

    Moose as Hamlet. Portrait by Marzena Pogorzaly, whose talents are so exceptional that she managed to disguise the fact that I am morbidly obese. Her rates are very reasonable, all things considered. Yes, this is a PLUG.

    Bruce Robinson – Actor, Director of Withnail and I

    Kevin Jackson‘s book Whitnail and I

    Bruce Robinson’s first and most famous outing as a writer/director, Withnail & I has gone down in history as the student film…this book is lively with enthusiasm and full to bursting point with anecdotes and analysis…He doesn’t try to come across as anything more than what he certainly is: a die-hard Withnail fan with a keen eye for detail and a delightful nose for a story.

    Withnail and I Bruce Robinson Original Unpublished Novel

  • Kevin Jackson on Toru Takemitsu (Kevin Jackson talked about his encounter with the Nobel prized author Oe Kenzaburo on FB but I did not know
    about his encounter with the family of Toru Takemitsu.).

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    On April 30 Kevin Jackson shared the photo of Maya Deren and her husband Hammid from my FB album. Kevin you’ll be missed by all of us who came to love your wit, generosity and your sharp mind.

  • Meet Maxine Hong Kingston!

    April 4th, 2021

  • (Photo by Judy Dater – via)

    Maxine Hong Kingston wiki

    In an interview published in American Literary History, Kingston disclosed her admiration for Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, and William Carlos Williams, who were inspirational influences for her work, shaping her analysis of gender studies. Kingston said of Walt Whitman’s work,
    I like the rhythm of his language and the freedom and the wildness of it. It’s so American. And also his vision of a new kind of human being that was going to be formed in this country—although he never specifically said Chinese—ethnic Chinese also—I’d like to think he meant all kinds of people. And also I love that throughout Leaves of Grass he always says ‘men and women,’ ‘male and female.’ He’s so different from other writers of his time, and even of this time. Even a hundred years ago he included women and he always used [those phrases], ‘men and women,’ ‘male and female.’

    Kingston named the main character of Tripmaster Monkey (1989) Wittman Ah Sing, after Walt Whitman

    Similarly, Kingston’s praise of William Carlos Williams expresses her appreciation of his seemingly genderless work:

    I love In the American Grain because it does the same thing. Abraham Lincoln is a ‘mother’ of our country. He talks about this wonderful woman walking through the battlefields with her beard and shawl. I find that so freeing, that we don’t have to be constrained to being just one ethnic group or one gender– both [Woolf and Williams] make me feel that I can now write as a man, I can write as a black person, as a white person; I don’t have to be restricted by time and physicality.

  • Blog of Awesome Women – Maxine Hong Kingston – literary Warrior

  • April First, The Joke – Yet Another Birthday for Milan Kundera

    April 1st, 2021

  • Happy birthday Milan Kundera!

    In 1975, Kundera moved to France where The Book of Laughter and Forgetting was published in 1979. An unusual mixture of novel, short story collection, and authorial musings which came to characterize his works in exile, the book dealt with how Czechs opposed the communist regime in various ways. (via wiki)

  • In his first novel, The Joke (1967), he satirizes the totalitarianism of the Communist era. His criticism of the Soviet invasion in 1968 led to his blacklisting in Czechoslovakia and the banning of his books. (via his wiki)

  • Milan Kundera joyfully accepts Czech Republic’s Franz Kafka Prize (Last year Sept,2020)

  • Last year Milan Kundera donated his library and archive to Moravia Library in Brno

    Jacques Barzun and Friends

    March 30th, 2021
  • Jacques Barzun and Friend (American Scholar)
    What did a distinguished historian, and possibly a great man, see in an unkempt young would-be writer?
    By Arthur Krystal | March 23, 2021

    More important, he had a soothing effect on me. I was calmer in his presence, as if the world wasn’t all about struggle, competition, and jockeying for position. Somehow he seemed detached from such things, and it was a detachment that subtly transferred to me. And when I think back on how little I knew then and how well I thought of myself (the two obviously went hand-in-hand), I see that he came along at a moment when I needed someone who represented what adulthood could be like, even if I sensed that my own would be very different. And so, for 40 years, whenever I heard his distinct but slightly throaty voice, the world made a little bit more sense, and it was a pleasure to make him laugh.


  • Jacques Barzun, 30 Nov 1907 – 25 Oct 2012
    Historian & Scholar dies at 104 (NYtimes)

    Jacques Barzun (on vimeo)

    The Achievement of Jacques Barzun (The First Things)

    Cynthia Ozick – “the last of the thoroughgoing generalists,”

  • My notion about any artist is that we honor him best by reading him, by playing his music, by seeing his plays or by looking at his pictures. We don’t need to fall all over ourselves with adjectives and epithets. Let’s play him more.
    — Jacques Barzun, in an interview with John C. Tibbetts

    Barzun 100 (a blog dedicted to Barzun)

  • Darwin Marx Wagner
    (Cover by Leonard Baskin, Typography by Edward Gorey)

    Update: Endless Rewriting (Another article from American Scholar).

    When a novice writer received a letter from Jacques Barzun, asking her to write a book, how could she have known what she was in for?
    By Helen Hazen

  • Adieu, Author, Scriptwriter Jean, Claude Carrière at aged 89 (Feb 8, 2021)

    February 9th, 2021

  • (Carrière died in Paris on 8 February 2021, aged 89)

    Jean Claude Carriere, Belle de Jour, Tin Drum screenwriter (Obit from Hollywood Reporter)

    Interview on youtube

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    Pierre Clementi from Belle de jour

    (Via wiki)

    Carrière was born in Colombières-sur-Orb, France, the son of Alice and Felix Carrière, a farmer.[2] He published his first novel, Lézard, in 1957. He was introduced to Jacques Tati, who had him write short novels based on his films. Through Tati, he met Pierre Étaix, with whom Carrière wrote and directed several films, including Heureux Anniversaire, which won them the Academy Award for Best Short Subject. His nineteen-year collaboration with Buñuel began with the film Diary of a Chambermaid (1964); he co-wrote the screenplay with Buñuel and also played the part of a village priest. Carrière and the director would collaborate on the scripts of nearly all Buñuel’s later films, including Belle de Jour (1967), The Milky Way (1969), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Phantom of Liberty (1974) and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977).

    He also wrote screenplays for The Tin Drum (1979), Danton (1983), The Return of Martin Guerre (1982), La dernière image (1986), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Valmont (1989), Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Birth (2004), and Goya’s Ghosts (2006), and co-wrote Max, Mon Amour (1986) with director Nagisa Oshima. He also collaborated with Peter Brook on a nine-hour stage version of the ancient Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata, and a five-hour film version. In 1998 he provided the libretto for Hans Gefors’ fifth opera Clara, which was premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.[3]
    His work in television includes the series Les aventures de Robinson Crusoë (1964), a French-West German production much seen overseas.

  • Thief of Paris, directed by Louis Malle, see Jean Claude Carrier in cameo appearing with Jean Paul Belmondo here.

  • Moreau as a chambermaidJeanne Moreau from the Diary of Chambermaid by Luis Bunuel.


  • In 2012, Carrière and Umberto Eco published a book of conversations on the future of information carriers.[4]
    When Jean Claude Carrier imagined the future of Books with Umberto Eco

    Umberto Eco, Previous post, We Salute the Enigma of his passing

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    Daniel Day Lewis and Lena Olin from the “Unbearable Lightness of Being”, scripted by Jean Claude Carrier.

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    (Maggie Cheung and Jeremy Iron in the Chinese Box, also starring Gong-li)

    Jean Claude Carrier assisted with scriptwriting for Wayne Wang in Chinese Box

    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

    Update: His son revealed that John Le Carre became Irish

    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)