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Ada Calhoun “Also a Poet”, Frank O’Hara & Her Father

October 2nd, 2022


Grove Atlantic – “Also a Poet”

Ada Calhoun – Also a Poet (her homepage)

Also A Poet
Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me
“Also a Poet is packaged as a love triangle: father, daughter and O’Hara. It’s actually a tetrahedron from which all kinds of creative characters pop forth. It’s a big valentine to New York City past and present, and a contribution to literary scholarship, molten with soul.” — New York Times

  • Ada Colhoun was named after Ada Katz, wife of Alex Katz who painted many portraits of Frank O’Hara and his wife.

  • (Rembrandt Polish Rider was Frank O’Hara’s favorite painting)

    In “Having a Coke with You,” as in much of his work, the poet admixes life and art. Here, life seems to come out on top: person over portrait (except maybe Rembrandt’s Polish Rider in the Frick). Scroll down to see a video of Frank O’Hara reciting “Having a Coke with YOu’

    “Variations on a Theme” Ada Calhoun’s favorite poem by William Carlos Williams

  • Washington Post interview

  • RIP Hilary Mantel ( 6 July 1952 – 22 September 2022)

    September 23rd, 2022
  • British writer Hilary Mantel photographed at home.

    Hilary Mantel author of Wolf Hall dies

    She saw and felt things us ordinary mortals missed,’ her agent says of Booker prize-winning author who died on Thursday
    Hilary Mantel remembered: ‘She was the queen of literature’
    ‘The pen is in our hands. A happy ending is ours to write’: Hilary Mantel in her own words

  • I always treasure my last meeting with Hilary Mantel


  • (Thomas Brodie Sangster and Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall)

  • Adieu Jean Luc Godard

    September 13th, 2022
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    Une Catastrophe Jean Luc Godard!

  • Tributes from Mik Leigh, Claire Denis, Kelly Reichard, Paul Schrader etc..

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  • RIP Alain Tanner A Pioneer of Swiss New Wave Films – Sept 11 2022

    September 12th, 2022

    Messidor is an original, unpredictable, and disturbing film about two alienated young women in search of freedom from society. The film, in its poetic sweep, is reminiscent of Terrence Malik’s Badlands and could have been a prototype for Thelma and Louise.”

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    Bulle Ogier from La Salamandre.

    Alain Tanner

    Influenced by his involvement with the British “Free Cinema” movement in London and with the French New Wave during his years in Paris, Tanner is best known for his movies Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l’an 2000 (Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000), Dans la ville blanche (In the White City) and Messidor. (via wiki)

    See his filmography (via MUBI)

    “My films have always represented a balancing act between those films whose objective is the discourse, the concept, and those which start from the material, from emotions, behaviour and locations.”

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  • Requiem

  • John Berger wrote the script for La Salamandre (1971); The Middle of the World (1974); and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)

    Brilliant Casting of Hidetoshi Nishijima for “Drive My Car” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

    September 4th, 2022
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima and Ryusuke Hamaguchi photographed by Mark Selige

  • Drive My Car at Criterion

  • In Conversation Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Hidetoshi Nishiima – Adapting Drive My Car for Screen

  • The Playlist Interview

  • Actor embraces grief Chekov and a red Saab for “Drive My Car” (LA times)

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    (Hidetoshi Nishijima in Dolls directed by Takeshi Kitano)

  • Kenji Miyazawa – A Poet, Educator & An Agronomist

    August 27th, 2022
  • Kenji Miyazawa cultivated a life as a thinker, a practicing buddhist, a geologist/agronomist, and idealsitic educator and reformer.

    From Who is Kenji?


    In the introduction to his collection of short stories, The Restaurant of Many Orders, he set himself up as an experimental medium for the chaotic processes of natural phenomena. Kenji Miyazawa was born on Aug 27, 1896. Today he is known mostly for writing children’s stories.
    He saw himself as a simple vehicle for reprocessing nature itself. “These stories of mine,” he wrote in 1923, “all came to me from moonlight and rainbows, at places like railroad tracks and fields and forests.”
    Kenji Miyazawa, Rebel with a Cause (collection of essays)

  • He was 37 when he died. (wiki)
    Almost totally unknown as a poet in his lifetime, Miyazawa’s work gained its reputation posthumously,[2] and enjoyed a boom by the mid-1990s on his centenary.[3] A museum dedicated to his life and works was opened in 1982 in his hometown. Many of his children’s stories have been adapted as anime, most notably Night on the Galactic Railroad. Many of his tanka and free verse poetry, translated into many languages, are still popular today.

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    Kame neko (oven cat- a sample story by Kenji Miyazawa)

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    Drawings by a buddhist/poet/geologist/agronomist/socialist

  • The World of Kenji Miyazaki

  • Julio Cortazar (26 August 1914 – 12 February 1984)

    August 26th, 2022
  • Mexico – high in Julio Cortazar’s list
    (“Mexico is one of the countries on my list, but the years go by without me having time to visit it,” Julio Cortázar.)

    Julio Cortázar or the writer who saw the world turn upside down

    He is considered one of the most innovative and original authors of his time, a master of history, poetic prose and short story in general and a creator of important novels that inaugurated a new way of making literature in the Hispanic world by breaking the classical moulds through narratives that escaped temporal linearity.

    Julio Cortazar
    (“I love Hopscotch.and a film Antonioni made based on my story.. how cool is that.”)

  • Julio Cortazar named his cat Theodore Adorno.

  • Tokyo Toilets – Wim Wenders & Yakusho Koji

    August 14th, 2022
  • Wim Wenders homepage

    „THE TOKYO TOILET“ Art Project with Wim Wenders, Koji Yakusho, Tadao Ando et al.
    Wim Wenders announces a new art project which includes a short film about high-end public toilets in Shibuya, Tokyo.

    Japan’s leading international actor, Kōji Yakusho (Memoirs of a Geisha / Babel etc.) will play the lead role.
    The spaces featured in THE TOKYO TOILET (TTT) were designed by world-renowned architects like Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban,and designers like NIGO, with the idea that a pleasant public restroom could counter the common expectation of a dark, dirty and dangerous place.

    “My first reaction was: What? Toilets? Chotto mattete,” said Wim Wenders during the press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, using the Japanese expression for “wait a minute”.

    For Wim Wenders, the project has high social value and he could immediately see the potential and story behind these stylish Tokyo toilets. „Because a toilet is a place where everybody is the same. There’s no rich and poor, no old and young, everybody’s part of humanity“, he said.

    The film shooting will take place in Tokyo in October 2022.

    Issey Miyake (22 April 1938 – 5 August 2022)

    August 9th, 2022
  • Issey Miyake an influential Japanese fashion designer, dies aged 84.

    BBC – see his fashion in pictures


  • Issey Miyake collaborated with the performance artist.. see him upside down wrapped in something.


  • (Joni Mitchell has been championing Issey Mayake for years.)


  • (Issey Miyake, 1982 Spring-Summer Collection, rattan bodice and nylon polyester skirt. The rattan is split, colored, and polished. It has been formed to follow the line of the body and bamboo has been woven in to hold the curve in place, and prevent the rattan from separating. Produced with the collaboration of the bamboo artist Kosuge Shochikudo. Photo: Eiichiro Sakata.)

  • Korean artist – Kwon Young Wu ((1926-2013)

    August 1st, 2022
  • Kwon Young Wu Between Past and Future


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    Kwon Young-Woo’s (1926-2013) works explore the relationship between traditional materials and abstract expression. The artist is considered as a pioneer in Korean abstract art known as Dansaekhwa.

    Thanks to Pascal Blanchard for introducing this artist on FB.

  • Brian Hioe – A Taiwanese American Journalist

    July 27th, 2022

  • Brian Hioe/info

    New Bloom Magazine net/author/Brian Hioe

    Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom. He is a freelance journalist, as well as a translator. A New York native and Taiwanese-American, he has an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and graduated from New York University with majors in History, East Asian Studies, and English Literature. He was Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy from 2017 to 2018.

    Popula com/author/Brian Hioe
    (Read the articles by Brian Hioe here).

    Brian Hioe at Amy Goodman – Pelosi planned Taiwan visit triggers threats.

  • RIP Bob Rafelson (February 21, 1933 – July 23, 2022)

    July 25th, 2022
  • Jack & Bob

    Rafelson did six films with Jack Nicholson, Head (1968), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Man Trouble (1992), and Blood and Wine (1996).

    Photo via Esquire Interview

    Bob Rafelson Emerges to Reflect on His Feud-and-Brawl-Filled Career (Esquire Interview)

    Hunter S. Thompson was an Aspen neighbor with whom Bob Rafelson would practice shooting using pictures of Richard Nixon.

  • Bob Rafelson wiki

    Rafelson left home at 14 and worked variously as a rodeo rider, a hand on an ocean liner and a jazz musician. He later enrolled at Dartmouth College to study philosophy. He started writing plays in 1953.
    During his military service he was based in Japan where he took up disc-jockeying and subsequently working on films produced by the Shochiku company.


  • (Directed by Bob Rafelson. With Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, and Sami Frey)

  • Aspen honored Bob Rafelson with the life time achievement award and his lost masterwork Mountains on the Moon
    On “Mountains on the Moon” “It’s my best work and it’s my most personal work,” Rafelson said