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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)

  • A Most Wanted Man, P.S. Hoffman’s Last Film & John Le Carre

    November 24th, 2019
  • (Philip Seymour Hoffman with German cast)
    A Most Wanted Man – Peter Bradshaw

    Philip Seymour Hoffman’s superb swansong


  • (Photo of John Le Carre by Lord Snowdon)

    John Le Carre on Philip Seymour Hoffman

    John Le Carre explains the novel – A Most Wanted Man


  • (Willem Dafoe played the banker)

  • Roland Barthes – Notes on Mourning & Neil Young in the Desert

    November 12th, 2019

  • Notes on mourning. By Roland Barthes
    September 6, 2010

    Roland Barthes – A Cruel Country – The New Yorker

    Roland Barthes as an Actor

    Mythologies

    What I hide by my language, my body utters (See a Necktie Skirt)

    Camera Lucida

  • Jacques Derrida paid ironic homage to Barthes’ “The Death of the Author” in his essay “The Deaths of Roland Barthes”


  • (Roland Barthes and Julia Kristeva in China, 1974)

    Writing Degree Zero

    Iconographie (more photos)

    When Barthes was Thackeray

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    Neil Young in the desert, photo by Dennis Hopper

    Happy birthday Neil Young!

    The Weight of Harold Bloom & His Western Canon

    October 15th, 2019
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    Derrida and Harold Bloom

    Guardian Obit

  • Question-one-should-never-ask-about-work-art – Stanley Fish

  • Harold Bloom on the Band
    (Harold Bloom thought Levon Helm was the heart and soul of the Band)

    On Iris Murdoch

    In his edited volume on Iris Murdoch, Harold Bloom wrote that no contemporary British novelist could rival her skill. The Good Apprentice and Bruno’s Dream were both included in Bloom’s Western Canon, and he also admired The Black Prince and The Word Child.

    In his New York Times review of The Good Apprentice, Bloom wrote that “Of all her talents, the gift of plotting is the most formidable, including a near-Shakespearean faculty for intricate double plots.” He describes her as “a religious fabulist, of an original and unorthodox sort” who “thinks for herself theologically as well as philosophically,” starting out as an existentialist before turning to a kind of post-Christian Platonism.(via)

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    Walter Benjamin, Iris and Derrida (previous post)

    Peter Handke , the Nobel Win & the Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty Kick

    October 10th, 2019

  • (Peter Handke Moravia Night)

    (Peter Handke google image gallery)

  • A Troubling Choice, Authors criticise Peter Handke

  • Handke collaborated with director Wim Wenders on a film version of The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty, wrote the script for Wenders’ The Wrong Move, and co-wrote the screenplay for Wenders’ Wings of Desire and The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez. He has also directed films, including from his own novels, The Left-Handed Woman and The Absence. (wiki)

    Mario Vargas Llosa and Peter Handke

    Repost from my previous post on Peter Falk below
    Peter Falk is counterweight to Peter Handke?

    Wenders had admired Peter Falk in Cassavetes’ films in the 1970’s, and it was probably from Cassavetes that he obtained Falk’s telephone number. He phoned one evening, introduced himself, told a little about the film and explained that he needed a former angel, to which Peter Falk replied after a pause: “How did you know?” When Falk asked whether a script could be sent, Wenders said that he had nothing at all in writing about this ex-angel, not even a single page. If anything, that apparently made the part even more interesting to Falk, who answered: “Ah, I’ve worked like that before with Cassavetes, and honestly I prefer working without a script.”
    Falk arrived in Berlin one Friday in November and he and Wenders spent the weekend together, developing the role on the basis of taped improvisations. All of Falk’s scenes were shot the following week, and Falk returned to Los Angeles.

    Peter Falk-les ailes du désir (Wings of Desire)