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His Final Performance, the Suicide of Yukio Mishima on Nov 25, 1970

November 25th, 2017
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    Patriotism written, directed and acted by Yukio Mishima

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    Kishi Keiko on the left and Jean Cocteau on the right

  • John Nathan and Donald Richie on Yukio Mishima (Youtube)

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    Mishima – A Vision of the Void - by Marguerite Yourcenar.. (Photo of Mishima by Hosoe).
    Hijikata, Mishima, Hosoe, Tomatsu Donald Richie (see more photos here)

  • R.I.P Yukio Mishima Nov 25, 1970.

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    Japan Studies – Chozick

    But by age nine, Mishima abandoned transvestitism, noting that: ‘it was tacitly required that I act like a boy. The reluctant masquerade had begun’ (Confessions, 27)

    The Tragic Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

    Yukio Mishima had a darker side: tormented in his youth by a disturbed grandmother with aristocratic pretensions, shamed by his overbearing father into hiding his early work..

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    Paul Schrader directing Mishima, A Life in 4 Chapters, his sister in law acted as his interpreter with Japanese crew and actors.
    His brother Leonard knew Mishima.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
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  • The Center Will Not Hold – a Documentary of Joan Didion – 2017

    November 1st, 2017
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    Joan Didion Documentary shows the warmer side of a cool Icon

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    New Yorker –

  • The Center will not hold

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    Photo by Annie Leibovitz

  • Joan Didion wrote the White Album (previous post)

    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the first sentence of this collection of essays written by Joan Didion.
    “The White Album” includes her essays on Doris Lessing and Georgia O’Keefe.
    “I WILL BE HER WITNESS.
    That would translate sere su testigo, and will not appear in your travelers’ phrasebook because it is not a useful phrase for the prudent traveler.’ Another beginning sentences from her novel “A Book of Common Prayer”.

    Having lost her loved ones and having won an award for the brave book
    Joan is still writing.

    Joan shares a birthday with other funny writers and personalities,
    Calvin Trillin, Margaret Cho and Hanif Kureishi.

    Joan is the wise seer with a fragile exterior and migraine headaches.

  • Paris Review interview

  • Joan Didian recommended Another Sky –

    Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel – The Writer of the Floating World

    October 5th, 2017
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    Andrew Garfield and Kazuo Ishiguro
    See an excerpt from Never Let Me Go (Previous post – scroll down)

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    Congratulations! Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize.

    The Inevitable sadness of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction from the Conversation.

    BBC

    The New Yorker (James Wood) Wood loves “Never Let Me Go” and his early novels – saying Ishiguro has supremely done
    his own kind of thing.

    LA times –

    “The author’s subtlety and coolness are fascinating,” wrote Patricia Highsmith
    Ishiguro attended British boarding schools and took time off, in 1973, to hitchhike across the U.S. with his guitar. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Kent, when he sang and played in a band, and then got a master’s in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Steeped in the idealistic social movements of the 1960s and ’70s, he worked for several years helping the homeless and on housing rights.

  • Paris Review interview

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    Toyota brake pad talk show. (My old web art from Post Mutant Eggplant)

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    NYtimes

    Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Winner Whose Characters Are Caught Between Worlds

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

    September 7th, 2017
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    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)

  • Fool for Love, Passing of Playwright/Actor Sam Shepard -(Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

    August 1st, 2017
  • “I believe in my mask — The man I made up is me.” Sam Shepard

    — ‘Crow’s Song’, Tooth of Crime

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    “I had a sense that a voice existed that needed expression,” Shepard said of his early plays.
    Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe
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  • Sam Shepard appreciation by Stephen Rea

    ‘He was the kindest man, truthful, witty and generous’

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    Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders (Paris/Texas)

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    (The Right Stuff)
    From Philip Kaufman, Sam was half jackrabbit and best chili maker

    Sam was half jackrabbit, and I could rely on that sense of Sam the writer. It seems to me that his plays all sprang fully out of Sam’s character. He wasn’t writing about something he didn’t know much about. The tale was always some ghost that he was searching for. That ghost was always hovering, so he was very productive.

  • Sam Shepard on Days of Heaven (youtube)

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    Sam Shepard (Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

    La Mama – Sam Shepard

    It is with great sadness today that we learned of the passing of the great American playwright, Sam Shepard. Sam did much of his early work at La MaMa.

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  • Sam’s greatest roles.

  • 1. Name the film in which he co-stars with Penelope Cruz.
    2. In what film is he killed in a car bombing?
    3. What TV film earned him an Emmy nomination?
    4. Which of his films featured the music suite “The Carnival of the Animals” by French composer Saint-Saens?
    5. In what film is he bitten by a badger?
    6. Name the film in which he says – “Anybody that goes up in the damn thing is gonna be Spam in a can”.
    7. In what film does he visit the Louvre?
    8. Which film did he star in that was previously a Shepard play?
    9. In what film does he play Dad to seven sons?
    10. Name the film in which he plays a veterinarian.
    11. In what film does he ride a motorcycle?
    12. In “Brothers” he plays a Vietnam vet. Name the film in which he plays a very disturbing and dangerous Vietnam vet.
    13. Spud is his character’s name. Can you name the film?
    14. Name the film based on a Beth Henley play.
    15. In real life we know he’s a playwright, but in what film does he play a writer of hard-boiled detective stories?
    16. Name the film that was based on a biography called “Shadowlands” by William Arnold.
    17. Name in the film in which Eva Marie Saint plays his mother.
    18. In what film is his character a train robber?
    19. He directed Sean Penn in one of his plays but can you name the film in which Sean Penn directed him?
    20. Name the film that tells a true 1993 war story in Somalia.

    Find answers here scroll down

    World’s End, Schwitters’ Barn, Walcott Museum, T. C Boyle’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s House

    June 22nd, 2017

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    Kurt Schwitters

    Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn under threat from property developers
    German artist’s ‘outstanding’ unfinished work in Cumbria could be sold after art institutions refuse to save it

    Derek Wallcott museum closing

  • World’s End..

  • Author TC Boyle at his home in Montecito, CA.

    2009 – archpaper – Frank Lloyd Wright Obsession is more novel than we thought
    (The Women by T C Boyle is based on Frank Lloyd Wright)

    T C Boyle homepage

    Page 2 – from his homepage

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    Taliesin West –
    Frank Lloyd Wright and his curious asian collection (Previous post)

  • Author of Jesus” Son, Denis Johnson Died (July 1, 1949 – May 24, 2017)

    May 27th, 2017
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  • Write naked. That means to write what you would never say.
    Write in blood. As if ink is so precious you can’t waste it.
    Write in exile, as if you are never going to get home again, and you have to call back every detail.

    Remembering Denis Johnson – (New Yorker)

    Denis Johnson wiki (July 1, 1949 – May 24, 2017)

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    Jesus’ Son

    In 1999, the book was adapted into a film of the same name starring Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Denis Leary, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper and Holly Hunter.[3] It was directed by Alison Maclean and was received well by critics. It represents a rare attempt at turning a collection of short stories into a single, feature-length film. Johnson appears in the film briefly, playing the role of a man stabbed in the eye by his wife.

  • R I P Robert Pirsig – Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenace + Lila

    April 24th, 2017
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    Robert M. Pirsig

    “His well known book ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ was rejected by 121 publishers.”

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    Early photos

    Lila (wiki)

    NYtimes obit

    One of Mr. Pirsig’s central ideas is that so-called ordinary experience and so-called transcendent experience are actually one and the same — and that Westerners only imagine them as separate realms because Plato, Aristotle and other early philosophers came to believe that they were.

    But Plato and Aristotle were wrong, Mr. Pirsig said. Worse, the mind-body dualism, soldered into Western consciousness by the Greeks, fomented a kind of civil war of the mind — stripping rationality of its spiritual underpinnings and spirituality of its reason, and casting each into false conflict with the other.

    In his part gnomic, part mechanic’s style, Mr. Pirsig’s narrator declares that the real world is a seamless continuum of the material and metaphysical.

    “The Buddha, the Godhead,” he writes, “resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower.”

    Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize Poet & Playwright Dies at 87

    March 17th, 2017
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    January 23, 1930, Castries, Saint Lucia
    Died: March 17, 2017, Saint Lucia
    NYtimes obit

    Derek Walcott, whose intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds, bringing him a Nobel Prize in Literature, died early Friday morning at his home near Gros Islet in St. Lucia. He was 87.

    BBC obit

    His great skill, and gift to literature, was the way in which he used his unique poetic voice to explore and explain the world from a largely unseen perspective.
    He was never parochial or nationalistic, quite the opposite in fact. Derek Walcott was a master at using the specific to identify common ground and universal themes, illuminating both the individual and the collective.

    Walcott wrote dozens of books of poetry and plays, among them his epic poem Omeros and his Obie-winning drama, Dream on Monkey Mountain.

  • From Canada (Warlus) The Stranger who has loved you.

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    (Mark Strand, Joseph Brodsky, Adam Zagajewski, and Derek Walcott in Brodsky’s garden)

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    Seen here with Seamus Heaney in Dún Laoghaire DART station, 1989 [photo: Matt Kavanagh]

    Brilliant poets find one another: their world is very small even though their influence is wide and deep. Being a self-described “country boy” didn’t mean that Derek was cut off from so-called literary society. Derek’s closest poet friends, the Russian-born Joseph Brodsky and Irish poet Seamus Heaney, wrote about the pain and fascinating distance and longing that comes with being in exile.

    A Mighty Poet has died (New Yorker)

    Love After Love
    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.
    Derek Walcott

  • Moring Paramin Derek Walcott and Peter Doig (See art by Peter Doig)

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    Photograph: From left: Tatyana Tolstaya; Mark Strand; Susan Sontag; Richard Locke, chairman of the School of the Arts Writing Division, and Derek Walcott.

  • Photo of Oscar Wilde by Sugimoto, Happy St Patrick’s Day – 2017

    March 17th, 2017
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    Eileen Gray the Irish Designer

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    Photo by Hiroshi Sugimoto (via)


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  • High Hopes in Ireland (see Irish art here)

    Breakfast on Pluto

    The wind that shakes the Barley

    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    Paterson – A Musical, Visual and Poetic Experience

    March 14th, 2017
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  • A Musical, Visual and Poetic Experience based on Paterson by William Carlos Williams

    Williams said: “The Falls let out a roar as it crashed upon the rocks at its base. In the imagination this roar is a speech or a voice, a speech in particular; it is the poem itself that is the answer. “

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