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Photography of Peng Chun Yen – Afterworld from Taiwan

February 11th, 2016
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    Photography – Afterworld by Peng Chun Yen

    Afterworld means the world after death. These series of pictures were all taken inside a small pumping station in Taipei. Inside the station seems very desolate, which is out of tune with the urban cityscape of Taipei. The water stains caused by raindrops appear to create proof of life in the lifeless environment. In this barren landscape located inside a city, it is like walking on the road of the Afterworld, trying to find the next exit to reincarnation.
    Photographs & Text: Peng-Chun Yen 顏鵬峻

    Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Fire Monkey – 2016

    February 6th, 2016
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Goodbye the Year of Goat or Sheep 2015

    Happy Chinese Lunar new year of the fire Monkey, 2016
    (Leonardo da Vinci, Charlies Dickens, Elizabeth Taylor were monkeys)

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    Frida Kahlo with her pet Fulang Chang

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  • The Meeting of Thomas Merton and D.T. Suzuki + Loui Loui Played Bongo

    January 31st, 2016
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  • “I sat with Suzuki on the sofa and we talked of all kinds of things to do with Zen and with life … For once in a long time I felt as if I had spent a few moments with my own family.” (Dancing in the Water of Life, pp. 116-117)

    “One had to meet this man in order to fully appreciate him. He seemed to me to embody all the indefinable qualities of the “Superior Man” of the ancient Asian, Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist traditions. Or, rather in meeting him one seemed to meet that “True Man of No Title”, that Chuang Tzu and Zen Masters speak of. And of course this is the man one really wants to meet. Who else is there? In meeting Dr. Suzuki and drinking a cup of tea with him I felt I had met this one man. It was like finally arriving at one’s own home.” (Zen and the Birds of Appetite, p. 61)

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  • Thomas Merton met D.T. Suzuki in NYC in 1964

    “Without contact with living examples, we soon get lost or give out …. He really understands what interior simplicity is all about and really lives it. This is the important thing.” (Letter to Anglican priest, Fr. Aelred, Dec. 8, 1964, The School of Charity, p. 254)

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    Leila Alaoui – the Photographer was killed by Jihadists – (10 July 1982-18 January 2016)

    January 22nd, 2016
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    Photo by Leila Alaoui

    Leila’s homepage – see her works.

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    Leila Alaoui,photographer, born 10 July 1982; died 18 January 2016

    Alaoui was in Ouagadougou to work on a photography project for a women’s rights campaign called My Body My Rights for Amnesty International.

    The Artist who was killed by jihadists and what she was trying to tell the world.

    Family and colleagues pay tribute to a talented young photographer, shot dead by four heavily-armed thugs in an al-Qaeda attack on a popular café in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    The Moroccans

    See a photo from Lebanon November 2013

    Patricia Highsmith with Arthur Koestler + Todd Haynes “Carol” inspired by Saul Leiter

    January 19th, 2016
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    Patricia Highsmith – (Photo by Francis Goodman 1957)

  • Peter Wells on Patricia Highsmith

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    Koestler with writer Patricia Highsmith in Alpbach, Switzerland – on the day of the moon-landing, July 20, 1969. (The Swiss National Library)

    She had a sort of romantic/intimate friendship with Arthur Koestler (who was married) but it was not presumed to be overtly physical.

    Arthur Koestler (Kepler and Koestler)

    Choose your highsmith

    Carol

    Todd Haynes on Cate Blanchett, Saul Leiter and Queer Cinema

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    On the photographs of Saul Leiter…
    “In Carol, we definitely keep returning to the predicament of looking as a visual strategy in how the film is put together. It was very conscious, as something that puts the subject on one side of the glass and the object on the other and filters their access to each. I think that visual language is a way of just revealing the act of looking as a predicament to begin with and one that is never completely easy to achieve. There’s always something in the way of what you want. [Saul Leiter] is a clear influence because he loved to do that and he did it so beautifully, disrupting his subject matter and finding planes of intersection and abstraction in his colour photography. While at times you think you’re looking at an abstract painting, it actually gives such a specific sense of time and place because of the kind of light and how it plays on glass and how it interferes with dust and dirt and grime. The real conditions of being in that city at that moment are revealed as palpable and beautiful and elemental in a way.”

    See a video and photos Saul Leiter (1923-2013)

    Todd Haynes Journey – Discovery

    Samuel Beckett Died on 22 December 1989 + His Fascination with Chess and Endgame

    December 21st, 2015
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    by Richard Avedon

    Samuel Beckett Died on 22 December 1989.

  • Samuel Beckett Draws Doodles of Charlie Chaplin, James Joyce & Hats

    Samuel Beckett discusses forms with Harold Pinter.

    Beckett and Chess

    Poet John Montague, a close friend of his fellow Irishman in Paris in the 1950s and 60s, tells me that Beckett, who was ill at ease with people he didn’t know well, would sit in a cafe moving the objects on the table around, “playing a fantasy game of chess”, as Montague puts it. It is also tempting to see Beckett treating the stage like a chessboard.

    Endgame in particular is, as the title makes clear, infused with chess.

    As always with Beckett, there is no easy key to understanding. Chess is clearly a subtext of Endgame – his biographer Deirdre Bair says Beckett was clear on this point – but it is difficult to be reductive.

  • “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett quote tatooed on Stan Wawrinka’s arm.

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    Interview in Vogue, December 1969: “Writing becomes not easier, but more difficult for me. Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Democritus pointed the way: ‘Naught is more than nothing.'”

    To Samuel Beckett archive here.

    Being Malkovich & Being Others (His Homage to Photographic Masters)

    December 9th, 2015
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    Happy birthday John Malkovich!
    Malkovich ate nothing but Jello to lose weight when he was a child. The Dancer Upstairs was the only film he directed.. (Javier Bardem.. with Nina Simone soundtrack).. He was terrific in Dangerous Liasions and in Disgrace (adapted from Coetzee Nobel prize winning author). He worked with Portuguese director Oliveira in 3 films?? He loves to live in Lisbon he said .. Sheltering Sky (Bertoulucci).. took him to Europe.. he learned French & lived there. He played Klimt directed by Raul Ruiz. … he was also in Time Regained. Saw him first in Empire of the Sun..Choosing Mr. Right.. Being John Malkovich.. I also liked him in a film The Great Buck Howard, The Rounders.

    See Portrait Remakes – Malkovich Homage to Photographic Masters by Sandro Miller

    Finding a woman in his garden, funny story from John Malkovich (youtube)

  • Disgrace trailer (youtube)

    Making Mr. Right (youtube)

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    Manoel de Oliveira, Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich

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    Maritza and Maria
    Maritza came to this reader’s attention as a possible doppleganger of Maria Schneider.

    The Dancer Upstairs trailer (directed by J. Malkovich) was modeled after Maritza who is currently serving her term in prison.

  • Being John Cassavates - John C and John M shared a birthday

    Peter Falk and Gena on John Cassavates – (Youtube.. wonderful video)

  • Francisco Zubaran, Sam Taylor Wood, Jan Groover – Happy Thankgiving 2015

    November 25th, 2015
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    Francisco Zubaran – see his goat – (Year of Goat)

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    See video here

    Sam Taylor Wood
    Sam Taylor Wood follows the examples of artists Julian Schnabel and Stev McQueen of crossing over to make mainstream films.

    Nowhere Boy was dedicated to late Anthony Minghella.

    White Cube - Sam Taylor Wood (Johnson now).

    Art eat art (blog)

    Jan Groover

  • Moon and the Coyote

    November 7th, 2015
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    Moon and the Coyote

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    Safari at the Mall

    Photos by Fung Lin Hall

  • Desert Time II- more art here by FLH.

    See more photos from Desert Time album.

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    See more
    Apres le Deluge Debris here.

  • Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon
  • Last Life in the Lens Universe - (with bonus film links)

  • Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

    Signs by Walker Evans & Portrait of James Agee

    November 3rd, 2015
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    Walker Evans Signs

    Let us now praise Walker Evans (Youtube)

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    Portrait of James Agee by Walker Evans

    Let Us Now Praise Famous Men has won high praise over the years and is routinely studied in the U.S. as a source of both journalistic and literary innovation. Reading the book inspired Aaron Copland to write his opera, The Tender Land. (via wiki)

    Gance & Greer, photos by Latigue & Arbus

    October 25th, 2015
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    Photo of Gance by Latigue

    Abel Gance

    (25 October 1889 – 10 November 1981) was a French film director and producer, writer and actor. Pioneer in the theory and practice of montage, he is best known for three major silent films: J’accuse (1919), La Roue (1923), and the monumental Napoléon (1927).

    In his diary, Lartigue – he himself very much the photographer of motion (his mid-air freeze frames of leaping, jumping and throwing, as if to defy gravity, were revolutionary at the time), mobility, speed (car and motor races) and new technologies (the first attempts to fly) – called Gance “a great free bird.”

  • Napoleon’s fantastic dream Abel Gance (Youtube)

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    Antonin Artaud played Marat in Abel Gance’s Napoleon.

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    Germaine Greer photo by Diane Arbus

    Cardiff rejects bid to ban Germaine Greer.

    LONDON — Students at Cardiff University have begun an online petition trying to bar Germaine Greer, the Australian feminist author, from speaking there next month because of her views on transgender women.

    Ms. Greer’s views are well known, but the campaign to bar her from giving a lecture has raised the issue of academic censorship, and the university swiftly rejected the petition in the name of free speech.

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    Andy Warhol in China, Iran and Bali – His Book on Angels, Angels, Angels

    August 6th, 2015
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    (One more Bali Drawing )

    Found out that Warhol was in Bali from a page in his delightful book Angels, Angels, Angels.

    The most memorable thing for me during an around-the-world trip that I took once was walking along a trail in Bali and finding a bunch of people having a big happy party, and it turned out their friend had died and they were so thrilled for him that he was now having his next life.

    Some links ..

    See the animation here..
    Silent Stars by Andy Warhol - 1999 – click to animate..
    or
    Andy Warhol Andy Warhol glancing sideway.