Marcel Proust – The Past Recaptured

July 10th, 2014
  • Marcel Proust by Nadar 1marcelproust_16anni_nadar (Click to see large)
    He was born 143 years ago on July 10, 1871.

    On ne guérit d’une souffrance qu’à condition de l’éprouver pleinement.

    We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.

  • Previous post:
    Celeste, La Captive and Proust Questionnaire

  • Alan Bates as Proust 102 Boulevard Haussmann (1990)

    Alan Bates page on Proust (Janet McTeer played Celeste.)

  • Proust was, of course, a forceful personality. He utilized everything at his disposal to climb up the social ladder, and then to escape from it in order to hide and write. To move up in society, he had tremendous charm, effusive and extraordinary correspondence, great wit, and the psychological control that the physically weak can exert on those prone to guilt or compassion. Later in his life, when he knew he must withdraw from the vacuous life of the Fauburg St. Germaine in order to accomplish anything, he used his health to absent himself without alienating the hostesses who had brought him into it.
    From his chart via Proust said that

  • Monty Python Proust Competition

    Summer Fun – A Guide to Fun, Imaginative & Educational Sites For Kids

    July 4th, 2014
  • 1) Starfall camp (ABC, learn to read, stories including Greek, chinese myths etc)

  • Music animations – Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Scott Joplin, Offenbach and Tchaikovsky.

  • Quotations from Shakepeare – A horse! a horse! My Kingdom or a horse Starfall camp

  • 2) O r i s i n a l (game site).1aflashorisinal
    nice design, many games are soothing..
    Panda Run

    The Perious Voyage
    (Look out for Dragon!)

    Friends stick together.. (requires practices)

    Frog Hydrophobia

    These little pigs for 1 – 3 years old

    Fresh Egg

  • 3) Muffin films 1aMuffin_Films
    (Fun, fun, fun)
    Designed by Amy Winfrey.

  • 4) Boowa & Kwala (from Australia in English & French)
    Excellent site for kids..a must visit (many puzzles, stories.. totally delightful).

  • 5) 1amanitaD

    Their first gameSamorost is here..

    Amanita Design an imaginative game site by Czech team of designers.

  • 6) Poisson Rouge amazing game site from France. One site gives language lessons. The chinese site is excellent.

  • 7) Future Physics
    Grab a planet and play with it.

    By Rafael Rozendaal

    Laura Sims & Ann Beattie discussed David Markson + Markson & Gaddis

    June 28th, 2014
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    Beattie was asked about her falling in love Wittgenstein’s Mistress, and she responded:
    “I think more than just falling in love with it, or whatever, though—and I don’t mean to say this kept me removed from the book—but there was a kind of writerly awe that anybody would dare to be so uncompromising.”

    ( In fact, she was one of the first people to read Wittgenstein’s Mistress before it was published, as it was being rejected left and right.)

    Laura Sims and Ann Beattie discussed David Markson at Strand (youtube)


    Fare Forward

    In this first-ever book of letters by novelist David Markson—a quintessential “writer’s writer” whose work David Foster Wallace once lauded as “pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country”—readers will experience Markson at his wittiest and warmest. Poet Laura Sims shares her correspondence with him

    Letters from David Markson


    Gaddis & Markson

  • William Gaddis painted 1987 by Julian Schnabel

    On page 107 Vanishing Point by David Markson

    Tardily realizing–qualms after all.
    Author would undeniably be distressed at the loss of
    Schnabel’s portrait of Willim Gaddis.

    Markson also wrote on the same page,

    Georg Trakl was a pharmacist.
    E.T. A Hoffman was a lawyer.
    Kate Smith could not read music.

    On page 106 Vanishing Point..

    E.E.Cummings died after chopping firewood

  • Ann Beattie – author of Chilly Scenes of Winter (youtube)

    The Good, The Bad and The Rabbit

    June 26th, 2014
  • R.I.P Eli Wallach

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Cactus & Dwarf Orchard – Summer Solstice 2014

    June 21st, 2014
  • R.I.P Charles Barsotti

    Charles Barsotti, New Yorker artist was master cartoonist a true original and a nice guy to boot.

  • 1cacSolsitic
    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard

    East of me, west of me, full summer.
    How deeper than elsewhere the dusk is in your own yard.
    Birds fly back and forth across the lawn
    looking for home
    As night drifts up like a little boat.

    Day after day, I become of less use to myself.
    Like this mockingbird,
    I flit from one thing to the next.
    What do I have to look forward to at fifty-four?
    Tomorrow is dark.
    Day-after-tomorrow is darker still.

    The sky dogs are whimpering.
    Fireflies are dragging the hush of evening
    up from the damp grass.
    Into the world’s tumult, into the chaos of every day,
    Go quietly, quietly.

    Charles Wright


    Charles Wright named American Poet Laureate..

  • François Rabelais, the Renaissance humanist

    April 9th, 2014
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    Nature abhors a vacuum.
    Half the world does not know how the other half lives. – Francois Rabelais
    Read more here.

  • François Rabelais, writer, doctor, humanist

    Rabelais’ use of his native tongue was astoundingly original, lively, and creative. He introduced dozens of Greek, Latin, and Italian loan-words and direct translations of Greek and Latin compound words and idioms into French. He also used many dialectal forms and invented new words and metaphors, some of which have become part of the standard language and are still used today. Rabelais is arguably one of the authors who has enriched the French language in the most significant way.
    His works are also known for being filled with sexual double-entendres, dirty jokes and bawdy songs that may shock even modern readers.

    And one more Rabelais on (youtube) with Medieval/Renaissance music

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    In his novel Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne quotes extensively from Rabelais.

    Alfred Jarry performed from memory, hymns of Rabelais at Symbolist Rachilde’s Tuesday salons, and worked for years on an unfinished translation of Gargantua and Pantagruel.

    Anatole France lectured on him in Argentina. John Cowper Powys, D. B. Wyndham-Lewis, and Lucien Febvre (one of the founders of the French historical school Annales) wrote books about him. Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher and critic, derived his celebrated concept of the carnivalesque and grotesque body from the world of Rabelais.

    Hilaire Belloc was a great admirer of Rabelais. He praised him as “at the summit” of authors of fantastic books.[14] He also wrote a short story entitled “On the Return of the Dead” in which Rabelais descended from heaven to earth in 1902 to give a lecture in praise of wine at the London School of Economics, but was instead arrested.

    Mikhail Bakhtin wrote Rabelais and His World, praising the author for understanding and unbridled embrace of the carnival grotesque. In the book he analyzes Rabelais’s use of the carnival grotesque throughout his writings and laments the death of the purely communal spirit and regenerating laughter of the carnival in modern culture.

    George Orwell was not an admirer of Rabelais. Writing in 1940, he called him “an exceptionally perverse, morbid writer, a case for psychoanalysis”.

    Milan Kundera, in a 2007 article in The New Yorker, wrote: “(Rabelais) is, along with Cervantes, the founder of an entire art, the art of the novel.” (page 31). He speaks in the highest terms of Rabelais, calling him “the best”, along with Flaubert.

    Rabelais was a major reference point for a few main characters (Boozing wayward monks, University Professors, and Assistants) in Robertson Davies’s novel The Rebel Angels, part of the The Cornish Trilogy. One of the main characters in the novel, Maria Theotoky, writes her PhD on the works of Rabelais, while a murder plot unfolds around a scholarly unscathed manuscript. Rabelais was also mentioned in Davies’s books The Lyre of Orpheus, and Tempest-Tost.[citation needed]

    Rabelais is highlighted as a pivotal figure in Kenzaburō Ōe’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994

    The Cop, The Nun and Peter Cook – the Comic Genius

    January 10th, 2014
  • Peter Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995)

    An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, he is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. Cook was closely associated with anti-establishment comedy that emerged in Britain and the United States in the late 1950s.

    See more photos of Peter Cook Funniest Man who ever drew breath

    Stephen Fry on Peter Cook

    You’re getting sleepier

    Phantom of India – Chemical Halloween 2013

    October 30th, 2013
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    Inspired by Heisenberg (Digital image by Fung Lin Hall)

    Green hirstutism – according to Lilyaradiaohead.

    What quantum physics tells us about Walter White’s alter ego.

  • Happy Halloween

  • Wellfleet. Massachussetts
    Patrick Morell –Golden Rabbit films LLC

    Patrick’s #1 inspiration was Louis Malle’s most personal film, Phantom of India (Oct 30 was Louis Mall’s birthday).

    See an inspirtional dance video from Phantom of India directed by Louis Malle.

    Uummannaq. Western Greenland. (click to see large)
    Photo by Patrick Morell

  • Angel Island Speed shows by Jurgen Trautwein
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    Traces of Times Past:
    Temporary space occupations @ Angel Island’s Fort McDowell’s East Garrison,
    South–East shore, 37.86˚N 122.43˚W

  • News from the world –

    List of Weird philosophers

    Mark Young (poet) – something strange from Australia

    Winterson on Oscar Wilde

    Raising Cockroaches in China.

    Cocteau & Piaf Died on the Same Day + The List of Pair Disappearing Act

    October 11th, 2013
  • Jean Cocteau & Edith Piaf
    Died on the same date..

    Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau died on the same day. Cocteau, chivalrous at the last, obeyed the rule of ladies first. “Ah, la Piaf est morte,” he said on the morning of October 11 1963. “Je peux mourir aussi.” [Ah, Piaf’s dead. I can die too.”] And then he promptly died of a heart attack. Or so legend has it.
    It was Piaf’s funeral not Cocteau’s that brought Paris to gridlock.

    Not from bad real estate foto

    The List of pair disappearing act

    Shakepeare and Cervantes died (On the same day)
    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died (On the same day)
    Simone Beauvoir and Jean Genet died (1 day apart)
    C.S Lewis and Aldous Huxley died (On the same day)
    Jean Cocteau and Edith Piaf died (1 day apart).
    Charlie Chaplin and Howard Hawks died (1 day apart)
    James Stewart and Robert Mitchum died (1 day apart).
    Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni (On the same day)
    Dave Brubeck and Oscar Niemeyer died (On the same day)
    Princess Diana and Mother Theresa died (6 days apart).
    Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake committed suicide (One week apart)
    Anthony Caro and Anthur Danto died (2 days apart)
    Jeanne Moreau and Sam Shepard died (On the same day)
    Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci (3 days apart)
    Marlon Brando and Carl Malden died on July 1. (Karl Malden died years later on 2009)

    Marlon sitting. on Karl’s lap. (Click to enlarge)

    10 Mar 1961, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA — “Climb upon my knee, sonny boy” might be actor Karl Malden’s theme song as he holds actor-director Marlon Brando on his lap. Brando, always the realist as actor or director, was showing Malden how he wanted him to play a love scene in . The Paramount Film, a Western starring Brando, is the actor’s first directorial assignment. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

    Karl & Marlon and Mona Lisa

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Poets, Teacher Man & Orientalist

    August 19th, 2013

    Speak Low wiki

    Lyrics by Ogden Nash (Aug 19 birthday) Music by Kurt Weil
    The opening line is a (slight mis)quotation from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (1600), where it is spoken by Don Pedro.

    Frank McCourt – the Teacher Man
    (August 19, 1930 born in Brooklyn -Limerick childhood came later. )

    “Your mind is a treasure house that you should stock well and it’s the one part of you the world can’t interfere with.”
    ― Frank McCourt, ‘Tis

    Happy birthday Li young Lee <> <>
    Poet’s father was Mao’s physician. (See Station – a great video)

    Arthur Waley-the Orientalist

    Waley (Chinese: 衛利- 19 August 1889 ) was an English orientalist and sinologist. Translated Tao Te Ching. The I Ching..

  • Alain Robbe Grillet anti-roman author (Aug 19 birthday) directed Trans Europe Express (a stylish film – see on youtube)

  • R.I.P John Hollander Poet known for his range dies at 83

    John Hollander, Poet at Ease With Intellectualism and Wit, Dies at 83

    “His mind was singularly capacious, filled with baseball statistics, detective novels, mathematical formulas, vintage wines, German hymns, you name it,” Mr. McClatchy wrote. “It is said of a man like John Hollander that when he dies it is like the burning of the library at Alexandria.

    April is the Cruelest Month – End it with a Stand Up Comedy

    April 27th, 2013
  • See portraits of Miranda July

  • Previously…

    Wiliam Lamson and Miranda July

    The Hallway and Low Tech

  • Act Natural This Moment Miranda

  • Sedaris says he was “completely, mysteriously shaken up” by July’s story when he first read it.

  • Easter Parade – Cosutmes by Picasso, Mike Kelley & JTWine

    March 28th, 2013
  • Parade wiki

    In 1917 Guillaume Apollinare first coined the word Surrealism in the program notes for the ballet Parade; partly reproduced here.
    It was an extraordinary gathering of enormous talents with the set, curtain and costumes by Pablo Picasso (these pictures seldom seen and never published)

    The scenario was by Jean Cocteau; and the score by Erik Satie.

    picture via

    Collaboration with Erik Satie and Jean Cocteau (youtube)

    More image from Flickr

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    Paperware. (4 images here) by JTWine full body armor
    selected images from the paper wear clothes line: shopping bags, color sheets & safety pins; posing in hat-masks, bibs, loin cloth, skirts and ties, 2003-2005, with Silvia Nonenmacher

    Jurgen Trautwein NOW – (Jtwine blog)

  • Mike Kelley (many fabulous images from Contemporary Art Daily)

    Dance from Tearoom

  • Paper man (Oscar award winning animated short)