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The Mystic Masseur Nobel Prized Author V.S. Naipaul Dies at 85

August 12th, 2018

  • Portrait by Paul Emsley at the National Portrait Gallery

    The World is What it is (The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, Patrick French, 2008 – reviewed by Agog)

    Guardian obit

    VS Naipaul, Nobel prize-winning British author, dies aged 85.

    Ian Buruma on Naipaul (the Poet of the Displaced)

    An Appraisal- NYtimes..

    V.S.Naipaul wiki
    5 things Probably Didn’t know about V.S.Naipaul

    1) He had a nervous breakdown while studying at Oxford, and spent all his money on a trip to Spain
    2)He wrote his first story collection in five weeks (read more from the above link)


  • Pat and V.S Naipaul

    V.S.Naipal and Harold Pinter here.

  • Kureishi Novel echoes Life of V. S.Naipaul

  • Paris Review

    INTERVIEWER
    Do you ever wonder what would have become of you if you had stayed in Trinidad?
    NAIPAUL
    I would have killed myself. A friend of mine did—out of stress, I think. He was a boy of mixed race. A lovely boy, and very bright. It was a great waste.
    INTERVIEWER
    Is he the boy that you mention in the introduction to A House for Mr. Biswas?
    NAIPAUL
    Yes, he is the boy I had in mind. We shared an admiration for each other. His death was terrible.

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    MYSTIC MASSEUR, Ayesha Dharker, Om Puri, 2001(c) Think Film. . Merchant Ivory production..
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    Om Puri in Mystic Masseur

    “I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck

    August 1st, 2018
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    (“I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck)
    New Yorker –

    Capturing James Baldwin’s Legacy Onscreen
    With “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck seems to be stepping in to make the movie that Baldwin couldn’t.

    Baldwin was drawn to Ingmar Bergman’s films, because they were the work of a feeling thinker who mined his past—especially his troubled relationship with his authoritarian pastor father. In a 1960 Esquire profile of Bergman, Baldwin describes how, after an interview with the filmmaker, he got into his car and imagined a movie he might make about his own past. But Baldwin had neither Bergman’s studio support nor his skin color.

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    Nina Simone and James Baldwin (Wild is the Wind)

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    James Baldwin Born August 2, 1924

    Baldwin and Marlon (Dangerous Minds – civil rights 1963)

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    Go Tell It on the Mountain, which Baldwin had worked on for years under various titles, was finally finished during a trip to Switzerland. When New York publisher Alfred Knopf expressed interest in publishing the work, Baldwin returned to America on a ticket bought with a loan from Marlon Brando. His novel was published a year later in 1953 and received rave reviews. (via)

  • Being There – Jerzy Kosinski, Hal Ashby & Peter Sellers

    June 14th, 2018
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    Photo via Jerzy Kosinski
    Who was Jerzy Kosinski? (Previous post)

    Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933. He was an award-winning Polish-American novelist, best known for the novels The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971), the latter of which was adapted into a film in 1979.

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    Hal Ashby directed Being There.

  • Philip Roth on Jerzy Kosinski –

    In the end, I don’t understand Jerzy Kosinski. At some level, he must have judged his life as successful. Using his talent, wits, boldness and determination, he went far, if you consider the boy growing up under the most menacing of shadows. Was he happy? There is so much darkness in his novels, I wonder how much brightness there was in his life (inside him, in the place he kept hidden). I am left with a sense of pity, which I’m sure he would not want me to feel. He would prefer respect. And I can grant him that.

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    David Foster Wallace described Steps as a “collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that’s like nothing else anywhere ever”. Wallace continued in praise: “Only Kafka’s fragments get anywhere close to where Kosiński goes in this book, which is better than everything else he ever did combined.

    Polish Children

  • Bye & Thank you Anthony Bourdain – Parts We’ve Known

    June 8th, 2018
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    (Anthony Bourdain with Palestinian children)

  • Vanity Fair obit

    Anthony Bourdain’s Boundless Curiosity Was an Inspiration

  • Three Brief Encounters with Anthony Bourdain

    Paris Review (What Bourdain thought about Hunter Thompson?)

  • Why Shooting Parts Unknown was a Cinematic Dream.

    With Christopher Doyle, and Asia Argento here.

  • Parts Unknown – Lagos Sneak peek

  • Criterion – Anthony Bourdain’s top ten – (he loves Chungking Express, Merry Xmas, Mr. Lawrence – Nagisa and Jean Pierre Melville)

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    (via)

    If I had to eat in one city for the rest of my life, I would probably pick Tokyo because it’s just so deep with delicious and crazy stuff to enjoy. I love the food; it’s fairly low impact — just a good bowl of ramen or a good izakaya for some yakitori [grilled chicken skewers] would make me very happy in Tokyo.

  • The Atlantic – Anthony Bourdain’s extreme empathy

  • Under the Volcano, The Farmers and Punkdaydreamers in Bali

    June 4th, 2018
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    (Photos by Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen)

    The noise of single hearts battles noise of society in media … whilst the volcano is just there, and so also this farmer. Together they collaps into a fiercely peacefulness that no western journalist or her editor can accept.

    When Pieter Bruegel painted his “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”, did he leave us with an accusation, metaphorically, represented by that farmer who seems to ignore the scenario he is captured within? (via Citizen 5 )

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  • Punk Daydream (Lamuna-oi)

    World Premier of this film at Edinburgh Film Festival. (June 24, 2018)

    See more photos from previous post.

    (Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen did some steadycam work in Bandung’s toxic environments back in January 2014 for this film.”

    Rachel Carson – The Poet of the Sea

    May 27th, 2018
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    The Right Way to Remember Rachel Carson

    Not until the end of her life did she write the work for which she is now known. Before then, she had always thought of herself as a poet of the sea.
    By Jill Lepore

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    Rachel Carson org.

    The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance

    May 5th, 2018
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    and Ariel Dorfman wiki

    Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance
    (Democracy Now- Amy Goodman)

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    Happy birthday Ariel Dorfman!

    Guardian – on Dorman, not to belong anywhere is not a bad thing for a writer.

  • Roman Polanski adapted Death and the Maiden

    A. D. Homepage

    When Mandela Became Real to Me
    By Ariel Dorfman

    Happy St Patrick’s Day

    March 16th, 2018
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    Seamus Heaney ( Putting Feelings into Words)


  • Photo of Samuel Beckett by Steve Schapiro

    Beckett was asked by a reporter how a small country like Ireland could have produced so many great writers since the last half of the nineteenth century.

    “It’s the priests and the British, Beckett replied tersely. “They have buggered us into existence. After all, when you are in the last bloody ditch, there is nothing left but to sing.” (Page 282, A biography of Samuel Beckett by Deirdre Bair.)

    Samuel Beckett Archive

    Digital image by Fung Lin Hall 1aladysaguaro
    (Kitch invades the sacred land or Our Lady of the Desert)

    Happy St Patick’s Day (See Frank McCourt and other Irish luminaries)

  • High Hopes in Ireland (see Irish art here)

    The wind that shakes the Barley

  • Happy Girls Day in Japan – Hinamatsuri – March 3, 2018

    March 3rd, 2018
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    Girls building a solar toy car.

  • Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri album

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

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    Captive Girls (previous post)

  • More delicous performances at the museum..

    Deer in Yosemite – Merry Christmas 2017

    December 24th, 2017
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    Photo taken from Grand Canyon.

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  • Hermit’s Rest
    South Rim Grand Canyon

  • John Muir passed away on 24 December 1914
    He was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of United States wilderness.
    “John Muir convinced Teddy Roosevelt to conserve Yosemite Park. In 1871
    Also that year, one of Muir’s heroes, Ralph Waldo
    Emerson, arrived in Yosemite and sought Muir out. Muir’s former
    professor at the University of Wisconsin, Ezra Carr, and Carr’s wife
    Jeanne encouraged Muir to publish his ideas.”

  • Painting from watch tower at Grand Canyon

  • Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel – The Writer of the Floating World

    October 5th, 2017
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    Andrew Garfield and Kazuo Ishiguro
    See an excerpt from Never Let Me Go (Previous post – scroll down)

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    Congratulations! Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize.

    The Inevitable sadness of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction from the Conversation.

    BBC

    The New Yorker (James Wood) Wood loves “Never Let Me Go” and his early novels – saying Ishiguro has supremely done
    his own kind of thing.

    LA times –

    “The author’s subtlety and coolness are fascinating,” wrote Patricia Highsmith
    Ishiguro attended British boarding schools and took time off, in 1973, to hitchhike across the U.S. with his guitar. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Kent, when he sang and played in a band, and then got a master’s in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Steeped in the idealistic social movements of the 1960s and ’70s, he worked for several years helping the homeless and on housing rights.

  • Paris Review interview

  • The Remains of the Day books
    Toyota brake pad talk show. (My old web art from Post Mutant Eggplant)

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    NYtimes

    Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Winner Whose Characters Are Caught Between Worlds

    Beyond China, Czech Dinnerplate, Aleppo, Syria (Refugees Series) in Blue & White, Qin Fua Pottery

    September 20th, 2017
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    Aleppo by Paul Scott

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    Paul Scott from Refugees series

    Paul Scott Refugees series

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    A City Life – Jared Fitzgerald

    Jing de Zhen (Jared Fitzgerald)

  • Google Qing Fua Design

    Blue and White Pottery (wiki) (青花)

  • Le Xue – Drinking Tea – humorous pottery

    Looney Tunes by Le Xue

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    Plate from China – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Plate made in Czech Republic – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Porcelain statue of Ai Wei Wei by Michel Cox

    Noise artists – Michel -Ai Wei Wei

    Porcelain Cube (Ai Wei Wei)

    Owl House – Ai Wei Wei