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“Un Homme de Fragment”, The Last Laugh of the Melancholy Philosopher Emil Cioran

December 1st, 2016
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    The Philosopher of Failure: Emil Cioran’s Heights of Despair
    -By Costica Bradatan

    On Two types of societies –

    All societies are bad; but there are degrees, I admit, and if I have chosen this one, it is because I can distinguish among the nuances of trumpery” .

    Emil Cioran (1911–1995) was a Romanian-born French philosopher and author of some two dozen books of savage, unsettling beauty. He is an essayist in the best French tradition, and even though French was not his native tongue, many think him among the finest writers in that language. His writing style is whimsical, unsystematic, fragmentary; he is celebrated as one of the great masters of aphorism. But the “fragment” was for Cioran more than a writing style: it was a vocation and a way of life; he called himself “un homme de fragment.”

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    Emil Cioran (wiki) The Melancholy thinker..

    Regarding God, Cioran has noted that “without Bach, God would be a complete second rate figure” and that “Bach’s music is the only argument proving the creation of the Universe cannot be regarded a complete failure”.

    William H. Gass called Cioran’s work “a philosophical romance on the modern themes of alienation, absurdity, boredom, futility, decay, the tyranny of history, the vulgarities of change, awareness as agony, reason as disease”. (via wki)

    (repost, see other philosophers)

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    10 Delightfully Surly Books for the Relentless Pessimist

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    A further glimpse into Cioran’s peculiar manner of political thinking, in a letter he sent to Mircea Eliade in 1935: “My formula for all things political,” he writes, “is the following: fight wholeheartedly for things in which you do not believe.” Not that such a confession brings much clarity to Cioran’s involvement, but it places his “ravings” within a certain psychological perspective. This split personality characterized the later Cioran, and it makes sense, for a philosopher who sees the world as a failure of grand proportions, to mock the cosmic order (and himself in the process) by pretending that there is some meaning where there is none. You know that everything is pointless, but by behaving as if it wasn’t, you manage to articulate your dissent and undermine the designs of the “evil demiurge.” And you do that with boundless irony and humor, which is rigorously meant to counter the divine farce. He who laughs last laughs hardest.

    Prankster Poet Painter Picabia’s Perpetual Movement – Francis Picabia at MoMa

    November 22nd, 2016
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    Picabia at MoMa..

  • Francis Picabia – 22 January 1879 – November 30, 1953

    Poet, painter, self-described funny guy, idiot, failure, pickpocket, and anti-artist par excellence, Francis Picabia was a defining figure in the Dada movement; indeed, André Breton called Picabia one of the only “true” Dadas.

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    Daughter Born without Mother
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    L’oeil Cacodylate, 1921

    Google Picabia

    I Am A Beautiful Monster
    Who is with me is against me.

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    “Entr’acte,” the avant-garde film he made in 1924 with René Clair, and his contentious series of figurative paintings from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. Borrowing from art history, soft-core pornography and commercial art, they presage Pop Art, appropriation art and Neo-Expressionism.

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    “Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction” is a Picabia aphorism consistent with another one: “The only movement is perpetual movement.” The show has a propulsive, joyous energy. Something new, different and often challenging waits in nearly every gallery.

    Dada is like your hopes: nothing like your paradise: nothing like your idols: nothing like your heroes: nothing like your artists: nothing like your religions: nothing

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    Boneyard and Butterfly – Nabokov/November 2016

    November 16th, 2016
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    Boneyard, 1990 by Christian Marclay
    hydrostone casts of telephone receivers, in 750 parts
    dimensions variable

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    Here something interesting to read about Nabokov -

    Name these children album..

    Love Lasts Forever the Poet/Zen Master Leonard Cohen said, His last Album was “You Want it Darker”

    November 11th, 2016
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    photo via Cohencentric
    See the photo of Leonard Cohen’s last album here and explore this mega Leonard Cohen site.

  • Can’t imagine a world without Leonard Cohen, a deep avoid we must face in “Future” and hear his song again.

    Lonard Cohen dead at 82 (Rolling Stone)

    Yeats and Federico Garcia Lorca were Cohen’s favorite poets.

    Long time ago I was about 15 in my hometown of Montreal, I was rumbling through….or rambling as you say down here. We say “rumbling” .Actually we don’t say that at all. I was rumbling through this bookstore in Montreal. And I came upon this old book, a second-hand book of poems by a Spanish poet. I opened it up and I read these lines : “I want to pass through the arches of Elvira, to see your thighs and begin weeping”. Well that certainly was a refreshing sentiment. I began my own search for those arches those thighs and those tears….Another line “The morning through fistfuls of ants at my face” It’s a terrible idea. But this was a universe I understood thoroughly and I began to pursue it, I began to follow it and I began to live in it. And now these many years later, it is my great privilege to be able to offer my tiny homage to this great Spanish poet, the aniversary of whose assassination was celebrated two years ago. He was killed by the Civil Guards in Spain in 1936. But my real homage to this poet was naming my own daughter Lorca. It was Federico Garcia Lorca. I set one of his poems to music and translated it. He called it “Little Vienese Waltz”. My song is called “Take this Waltz”.

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  • With Sonny Rollings – Who by Fire

    More from Leonard Cohen Archive.

    Birgitta Jonsdottir – Pirate Party Projected to win in Iceland – Happy Halloween 2016

    October 26th, 2016
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    Birgitta Jonsdottir might win the election in Iceland
    (Last April – post)

  • Ghost Warrior in Papago – see also Fortress Gump.

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    Manuel O’Campo La Liberte -

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    Rene Burri – Germany Treptow, 1959
    Swiss photographer see more here.

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    Photo of Michel Foucault
    MARTINE FRANCK/MAGNUM PHOTOS

    Michel Foucalt – fun house

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    Bob Dylan’s early interview by Studs Terkel in 1963

    October 17th, 2016
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    Photo by Danny Lyon.

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    Studs Terkel interviews a very young Bob Dylan in 1963 and it’s incredible

    If you’re a fan of Dylan’s early work, I implore you to spend an hour with this stellar interview that he did with Studs Terkel from the spring of 1963 . You won’t regret it. It’s a very cool piece of history in my humble opinion.

    Bob Dylan is a notoriously tough person to interview and that’s definitely the case here, even this early in his life as a public persona. On the other hand, Terkel is a veteran interviewer, one of the best ever, and he seems genuinely impressed with the young man who was just 21 at the time and had but one record of mainly covers under his belt. Terkel does a good job of keeping things on track as he expertly gets out of the way and listens while gleaning what he can from his subject. It’s an interesting match-up.

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    Painting by Beverly Finster.

    If Not For You, Nobel, I Would Not Be Posting This + Ben Whishaw as Dylan

    October 14th, 2016
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    Bob Dylan and Levon playing Ping Pong here.

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    Via Ray Grasse –

    Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for literature – the award will be formally handed out on Dec. 10th, just as Jupiter crosses over the top of his horoscope (which pretty much confirms that birth time.)

  • Cohen – Dylan Interface –

    It wasn’t [Bob Dylan’s] originality which first impressed me, but his familiarity. He was a person out of my books, singing to the real guitar. Dylan was what I’d always meant by the poet. – Leonard Cohen

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  • See Bob Dylan – photo by Danny Lyon..

    Best of Enemies – Buckley Vs Gore – A Documentary Film

    October 2nd, 2016
  • (Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012)

    Gore Vidal would have been 91. Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer – we miss you.

    Anais Nin and Gore

    Photos via Previous post (Goodbye Gore Vidal)

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    Best of Enemies (wiki)

    The Best of Beasties by - David Ehrenstein

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    NY Magazine (Best of Enemies)

  • Life in Feuds: How Gore Vidal gripped a nation..

  • The Hollow Men – Photo of T.S. Eliot & Ted Hughes + Willem Dafoe as Tom in Tom & Viv

    September 26th, 2016
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    Ted Hughes and Eliot

    TS Eliot, his wife Valerie and Ted Hughes at – in Hughes’s words – ‘one of the champagne and guinness parties’ that Faber used to throw

    Photograph: Faber Archive

  • This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    The Hollow Men

    The Hollow Men
    Mistah Kurtz-he dead
    A penny for the Old Guy

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    Tom and Viv

  • The Fraught Friendship of T. S. Eliot and Groucho Marx (New Yorker)

  • From L.A Confidential to Too Big to Fail – Wonder Boys Director Curtis Hanson Passed Away

    September 21st, 2016
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    Wonder Boys – Tobey and Robert Downey Jr.

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    and Curtis Hanson.

    Sad news, goodbye Curtis Hanson!

    Curtis Hanson, Director and Oscar-Winning Writer on ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

    R I P Edward Albee (March 12, 1928 – September 16, 2016)

    September 16th, 2016
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    Edward Albee R I P.

    The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia? A Delicate Balance

    LA times Obit here..

  • Edward Albee was my mailman

  • Kawase, Koreeda & Clara Law + Looking back on Kiki & Nagatosh’s Off Beat Films

    September 16th, 2016
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    Naomi Kawase

    Sweet Bean (Nytimes) - A delicacy unites a vendor and an old woman.

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    Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Koreeda’s new film, After the Storm.

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    Still Walking – Hirokazu Kore eda (previous post)

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    Autumn Moon directed by Clara Law

    Full film ofAutumn Moon by Clara Law here (Youtube)

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    Clara Law

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    Mystery Train - Jim Jarmusch

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    Nagatoshi in Cold Fever.

    Cold Fever (Icelandic film) ..