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Jacques Barzun and Friends

March 30th, 2021
  • Jacques Barzun and Friend (American Scholar)
    What did a distinguished historian, and possibly a great man, see in an unkempt young would-be writer?
    By Arthur Krystal | March 23, 2021

    More important, he had a soothing effect on me. I was calmer in his presence, as if the world wasn’t all about struggle, competition, and jockeying for position. Somehow he seemed detached from such things, and it was a detachment that subtly transferred to me. And when I think back on how little I knew then and how well I thought of myself (the two obviously went hand-in-hand), I see that he came along at a moment when I needed someone who represented what adulthood could be like, even if I sensed that my own would be very different. And so, for 40 years, whenever I heard his distinct but slightly throaty voice, the world made a little bit more sense, and it was a pleasure to make him laugh.


  • Jacques Barzun, 30 Nov 1907 – 25 Oct 2012
    Historian & Scholar dies at 104 (NYtimes)

    Jacques Barzun (on vimeo)

    The Achievement of Jacques Barzun (The First Things)

    Cynthia Ozick – “the last of the thoroughgoing generalists,”

  • My notion about any artist is that we honor him best by reading him, by playing his music, by seeing his plays or by looking at his pictures. We don’t need to fall all over ourselves with adjectives and epithets. Let’s play him more.
    — Jacques Barzun, in an interview with John C. Tibbetts

    Barzun 100 (a blog dedicted to Barzun)

  • Darwin Marx Wagner
    (Cover by Leonard Baskin, Typography by Edward Gorey)

    Update: Endless Rewriting (Another article from American Scholar).

    When a novice writer received a letter from Jacques Barzun, asking her to write a book, how could she have known what she was in for?
    By Helen Hazen

  • Dying Young, Pascale Ogier, Full Moon & Ghost Story

    February 19th, 2021
  • Pascale Ogier and Derrida from this amazing site.


    (Ghost Dance a Documentary film )

  • Pascale Ogier wiki

    For her performance in director Éric Rohmer’s film Full Moon in Paris, Ogier was nominated for a César Award for Best Actress at the 10th César Awards and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 41st Venice International Film Festival. Shortly afterwards, on the day before she was to celebrate her 26th birthday, Ogier died of a heart attack probably caused by a heart murmur condition she had since age 12, combined with drug use.
    Ogier is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The film Down by Law (1986) is dedicated to her.

  • “We are still in mourning. One month since Pascale Ogier died in her sleep. Still, nothing can soften the intolerable cruelty of that news. Around her lovely face, memory cannot yet set in. Pascale lives on.
    When death comes, the grace of the young woman still spreads throughout the city. Nothing can prevent it; nothing can contain it. A great 25-year-old actress was born, as sumptuous and simple as a Renaissance castle on the banks of the Loire River.”
    Marguerite Duras, 30 November 1984, Libération.


  • (Full Moon in Paris directed by Eric Rhomer)

    Richard Brody on Eric Rohmer and Pascale Ogier


    Mother and Daughter (Bull Ogier and Pascale Ogier)

  • (Repost – Jacques Rivette archive)
    Another photo of Pascale and Bull Ogier

    23 Photos of Pascale Ogier

    RIP Mary Catherine Bateson – Daughter of Mead & Bateson

    January 15th, 2021
  • Mary Catherine Bateson (wiki)

    Mary Catherine Bateson (December 8, 1939 – January 2, 2021) was an American writer and cultural anthropologist.

    MCBateson

    We Are Not What We Know but What We are Willing to Learn.

    Legacy Obit

  • Edge obit – Mary Catherine Bateson: Systems Thinker

  • Bateson & Mead

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    Thank you Mary Catherine Bateson, this reader devoured her books, she was passionate.

    Decoding of Inca Knots by Manny Medrano

    July 15th, 2020

  • Manny Medrano ’19, right, explains the meaning of quipus knots while holding a model. Quipus are knots that Incas used to record censuses, etc., and there are only 1000 left in the world. Medrano is the first name on the paper he co-wrote with Professor Gary Urton, left, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies, that is being published in EthnoJournal.
    Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

    The College Student Decoded the data in Inca Knots

    Quipu

    Nature is Healing Covid Meme

    Why Greogory Bateson Matters

    Baba Ram Dass died peacefully at home in Maui on December 22, 2019

    December 23rd, 2019
  • Richard Alpert
    (Photo via Tell Truth Love Everybody )

  • Thank you for everything Baba Ram Dass (Richard Alpert).
    Attended his lecture and shook hands with him. I recommended his Grist for the Mill to a troubled teenager.. the book changed his life around..he got it.

  • Wiki

    Tricycle

    Roland Barthes – Notes on Mourning & Neil Young in the Desert

    November 12th, 2019

  • Notes on mourning. By Roland Barthes
    September 6, 2010

    Roland Barthes – A Cruel Country – The New Yorker

    Roland Barthes as an Actor

    Mythologies

    What I hide by my language, my body utters (See a Necktie Skirt)

    Camera Lucida

  • Jacques Derrida paid ironic homage to Barthes’ “The Death of the Author” in his essay “The Deaths of Roland Barthes”


  • (Roland Barthes and Julia Kristeva in China, 1974)

    Writing Degree Zero

    Iconographie (more photos)

    When Barthes was Thackeray

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    Neil Young in the desert, photo by Dennis Hopper

    Happy birthday Neil Young!

    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on Her life & on Her work with Derrida

    April 30th, 2019
  • G.C. Spivak

    Interview Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

    Because of the unusualness of my parents…my mother was very active. When the refugees from the newly created state of East Pakistan came in the millions into Calcutta at Independence at 5:00am in the morning she was in the railway station helping with rehabilitation. She helped establish a nunnery particularly for educated middle-class women who really wanted to get out of their lives, etc. She ran the first working women’s hostel in Calcutta so well that even the state asked her, “Mrs. Chakravorty, how do you do it? We failed!”

    Photo via

    Spivak – Interview

    Has your understanding of Derrida’s book changed over the four decades since you first translated it?

    So I found. When I began, I didn’t notice how critical the book was of “Eurocentrism” because the word in 1967 was not so common. Derrida was an Algerian Jew, born before World War II, who was actually encountering Western philosophy from the inside. A brilliant man, he was looking at its Eurocentrism.

    He also said a very powerful thing about African orality: they could remember seven generations back; we’ve lost that capacity. There, “writing” takes place on the psychic material called “memory.” Derrida connects this to Freud. So he was saying, look at reality carefully. It’s coded so that other people, even if they’re not present, can understand what we are saying. He looked at how this was suppressed in philosophical traditions.

  • Ornette Coleman and Derrida

  • Derrida was from Algeria – Previous post, Far from Men Viggo’s film about Algeria

    Bride & Groom – Yves Klein & Rotrout, R. D.Laing & Jutta – Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 13th, 2019

  • Yves Klein & Rotrout

    In 1962, Rotraut and Klein married in Paris. Klein died six months later, while Rotraut was pregnant with their son’

    Rotrout divides her time between Phoenix, Arizona, Paris and Sydney Australia.
    Brother of Rotrout Uecker is Gunter Uecker

  • My Paintings are only the ashes of my art – Yves Klein


  • Jutta and R. D.Laing.

    Mad to be Normal – reviewed by Psychology Today

    Gabriel Byrne played a mad patient in Mad to be Normal.

  • Happy Valentine’s day!

  • RIP Paul Virilio, An Aesthetic Philosopher of Bunker Archeology

    September 26th, 2018
  • Frieze

    How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932–2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War


  • Claude Parent and Paul Virilio


    via


  • Paul Virilio (wiki) (French: [viʁiljo]; 4 January 1932 – 10 September 2018)[3] was a French cultural theorist, urbanist, and aesthetic philosopher. He is best known for his writings about technology as it has developed in relation to speed and power, with diverse references to architecture, the arts, the city and the military.
    According to two geographers, Virilio was a “historian of warfare, technology and photography, a philosopher of architecture, military strategy and cinema, and a politically engaged provocative commentator on history, terrorism, mass media and human-machine relations

  • Bunker Archeology

    Magdalene Jetelova
    – in which she laser-projected select quotations from, what else, Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archaeology onto the half-submerged fortifications found scattered along Normandy’s beaches.

    Magdalene Jetalova (Czech artist)

  • Nusch Eluard, René Char & Cafe Society -2018

    June 21st, 2018
  • Nusch Eluard
    The combustive Nusch Eluard Born: June 21, 1906

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    René Char – Lucidity is the Wound Closest to the Sun

    René Char with Picasso 1a_Char-Caws_Ess#DEF0A
    Protesting with Picasso on the heights of the Mont Ventoux against the nuclear installations.

    Resistance in Every way

    obéissez à vos cochons qui existent;
    j’obéis à mes dieux qui n’existent point.

    obey your pigs who exist;
    I obey my gods who do not.

  • Coffee & Cigarettes, Cafe Society

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    Simone de Beauvoir – Paris with Sartre, Chicago with Nelson Algren.

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    (Picasso, Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus and Picasso’s dog)

  • The Horror of Tulips, Zizek has the Answer + Peter Brook, The Remarkable Man is 93

    March 21st, 2018
  • Happy birthday S. Zizek March 21 1949

    See young Zizek here. 1aalacaZizek
    Lacanian Sympton

    Scroll down – Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph Fiennes directed Zizek.)

  • The Duty of Philosophy? Zizek has the answer.

  • Peter Brook is 93 –

    Peter Brook’s Filmography

    1953, The Beggar’s Opera
    1960, Moderato Cantabile (UK title Seven Days… Seven Nights)
    1963, Lord of the Flies
    1967, Ride of the Valkyrie
    1967, Marat/Sade
    1968, Tell Me Lies
    1971, King Lear
    1979, Meetings with Remarkable Men
    1979, Mesure pour mesure
    1982, La Cerisaie
    1983, La Tragédie de Carmen
    1989, The Mahabharata
    2002, The Tragedy of Hamlet (TV)

    L’avventura
    Moderate CantabileL'avventura and Moderate Cantabile
    Both film nominated at Cannes 60.

    Jeanne Moreau and Jean Paul Belmondo in Moderate Cantabile directed by Peter Brook, an adaptation of a story by Marguerite Duras.

    See “on the bench” from Moderate Cantabile (youtube)

    Alain Locke, The Harvard Professor/Philosopher & The Harlem Renaissance

    February 27th, 2018
  • 1alainLangston

  • The Harlem Renaissance produced three of America’s most beloved writers—the poets Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, and the Baha’i philosopher, Alain Locke. These three men, close friends throughout their lives, completely changed America’s–and the world’s–perceptions about what black people could accomplish as artists and intellectuals.

    Alain Locke( and Langston Hughes- via)

  • Art and Activism (Harvard) by Adam Kirsch

    Rediscovering Alain Locke and the project of black self-realization

  • Alain Locke Alain-Locke-793x1024

    Photo by Gordon Parks

    Alain Locke is widely acknowledged as the intellectual architect of the Harlem Renaissance (also known as the New Negro movement). Locke eloquently elaborated on the concept of the New Negro, an urbane individual who is knowledgeable and proud of his or her history and aware of his or her potential and power as a citizen in a democratic society. Locke graduated from Harvard College in 1907 and was the first black Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard in 1918 and went on to be a professor of philosophy at Howard University.(via)

  • Alain Locke & Eleanor Alain-Locke-and-Eleanor-Roosevelt
    (photo via Black Plato on World Citizenship )

  • The New Negro – An Interpretation edited by Alain Locke