Borges and J. G.Ballard.. Photo by Sophie Baker
MM: Burroughs, like Borges, showed us what it was possible to do. Neither Borges nor Burroughs were available to us until about 1960 or so. I first heard Borges’s stories related to me by a Spanish-speaking Swede while hitch-hiking from Uppsala to Paris. It was a while before City Lights, I think it was, brought out the first translations. Burroughs wasn’t a disappointment, when we finally met him, but Borges was. Burroughs pretty much lived as he wrote, while Borges was a rather conservative man with a keen interest in G. K. Chesterton.
Riddle of Poetry J.L. Borges
(“One day Cartier-Bresson received a telephone call from the writer JL Borges, who wished to know whether he would be willing to accept a prize for which Borges wanted to nominate him. Read more here) The gift from a blind poet
Read The Aleph here.
Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Mifune Toshiro from Scandal directed by Akira Kurosawa. (A very funny photo – the dude on the right looks like Henry Miller )
“like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths”, Akira Kurosawa on the works of Mikio Naruse – (thanks to Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen)
Mifune and Takamine Hideko in A Wife’s Heart
Takamine Hideko in Naruse masterpiece..
(Wong Kar Wai was thinking of Naruse when he made In the Mood for Love.)
Gesture and pose of cinema of M.Naruse
Harvard Archive list of Naruse films
See more full films on youtube
The Actress and the Poet / 女優と詩人 (1935)
Mikio Naruse was born on Aug 20, 1905..
Dennis Hopper last movie and photos (See Jean Tingueley, Ed Ruscha etc)
Neil Young in Desert Shot – Photo by Dennis Hopper
Dean Stockwell - Delicate to Delirium
Photo of Dean Stockwell by Dennis Hopper
Robin Williams had to learn to play Sax and Russian language. (Moscow to Hudson by Paul Mazurksy)
Oliver Sacks:A Man Could be Anyone.. (via New Yorker)
I sometimes joined the Williamses in the summer at Lake Tahoe. I would go for long swims in the lake, with Robin paddling next to me in a kayak. We would chat about neurology and biology, literature, history, biographies—he was startlingly well informed on pretty much everything under the sun, and this was a very different Robin—thoughtful, relaxed, not onstage, not “on.”
In addition to all his gifts, Robin was the kindest and most generous of men. William James, the great nineteenth-century psychologist, was called “that adorable genius.” For me, more than anyone I have ever known, Robin, too, was that adorable genius. It is infinitely sad that this unique human being, who gave so much and so fully of himself to all of us, should have taken his own life.
He loved Tour de France..
Lans Armstrong was his best friend.
See two great videos on Robin Williams from Ron Silliman
Robin Williams salutes Robert de Niro (youtube)
(Update: happy birthday Robert de Nero- Aug 17).
Jan Palach was born on 11 August 1948- an activist who set himself on fire in in 1969.. Palach’s protest caused extraordinary reaction both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
His schoolmates liked him for his nice and friendly nature. He was quiet, pensive, and very well-read. Since his early childhood, he was interested in nature, technology, and history.
Poetry and Architecture, Architecture and Poetry
by John Hejduk David Shapiro
The Funeral of Jan Palach
When I entered the first meditation
I escaped the gravity of the object,
I experienced the emptiness,
And I have been dead a long time.
When I had a voice you could call a voice,
My mother wept to me:
My son, my beloved son,
I never thought this possible
I’ll follow you on foot.
Halfway in mud and slush the microphones picked up.
It was raining on the houses;
It was snowing on the police-cars.
The astronauts were weeping,
Going neither up nor out.
And my own mother was brave enough she looked
And it was alright I was dead.
When I read of the sacrifice of Jan Palach, I was reading of a heroism toward which I had aspired but recoiled. But it is not for everyone to be such a sacrifice, as many have said, it is not even easy to be a disciple of such a hero. Indeed, Palach finally asked others to refrain from a mechanical martyrdom.
On the art of collaboration
He is perhaps most proud of his long collaboration with the late architect John Hejduk, who served as dean of Cooper Union’s school of architecture for many years. In 1991, a poem Shapiro had written about the Czechoslovak student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in 1969 to protest the Soviet invasion, was engraved on a plaque as part of a memorial designed by Hejduk and mounted on the grounds of Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.
Pataphysics – interview of David Shapiro
Ann Hui (right) received Asian Filmmaker of the Year” Award
at Busan Film Fest
On 23 May 1947, Ann Hui was born in Anshan, Liaoning province, Manchuria to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother. In 1952, she moved to Macau, then Hong Kong at the age of five and attended St. Paul’s Convent School. Hui then received a Masters in English and comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong until 1972 and later, studied at the London Film School for two years. Before receiving her degree, Hui studied and did her thesis on the works of Alain Robbe-Grillet, a French writer and filmmaker.
One of her most personal work is Song of the Exile
is a 1990 Hong Kong-Taiwanese film, a semi-fictionalised autobiography directed by Ann Hui. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
Roger Ebert reivewed a Simple Life
A Simple Life (A very moving film.. Ann Hui’s attention to details is amazing.)
Ann Hui has won Best Director (4 times) more than anyone else at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Deanie Ip is the oldest Best Actress recipient (64-years-old at the time of her win).
Inspired by the true story of producer Roger Lee and his servant, the film depicts the relationship between Roger (Lau) and Sister Peach (Ip), a woman who has worked for four generations of Roger’s family.
“…the artist seeks…. the fiction that reality will sooner or later imitate.”
Robert Smithson from “A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art,” 1968
Robert Smithson homepage (simply fabulous)
Robert Smithson by Alice Neel
On July 20, 1973, Smithson died in a plane crash, while surveying sites for his work Amarillo Ramp in the vicinity of AmarilloOn July 20, 1973, Smithson died in a plane crash, while surveying sites for his work Amarillo Ramp in the vicinity of Amarillo, Texas. (via wiki)
Nancy Holt his widow passed away last February.
The awkward squad Ken Loach and Eric Cantona looked like a mismatch, until they worked together and it turned out they’re soul brothers – uncompromising and intense. So how come the result is Loach’s most light-hearted movie in years? Simon Hattenstone talks to them both
Happy birthday Ken Loach born on July 17. (his new film is called Jimmy’s House.)
Cantona & Assange working out togeher..
These Pro Athletes Gave Up Sports For Reasons You’d Never Believe
Eric Cantana, Borg, Pat Tillman were dicussed..
See Blue White – Tube - Soothing Soccor video art