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Mexican Artists, Carla Fernández & Pedro Reyes for Social Change

January 12th, 2019

  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)


    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Carla Fernandez via Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

    Double Agents: Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes
    Oct 27 – Feb 3, 2019

    Mexian artists are transforming gun violence into arts.

    Two of Mexico’s most prominent artists, Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes, have created a joint exhibit to promote social change in Mexico.

    Goodbye 2018 – Going forward 2019

    December 31st, 2018
  • In Memoriam …


    Photo by Michael Woods who was a close friend of Nicolas Roeg.
    Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci left us last Novemeber.

  • Hugh Masakela, Ursula Le Guin, Jack Whitten,, and Ed Moses left us last Jan 2018

    Jeff Geys (Belgian conceptual artist)

    Stephane Audran, Stephen Hawkins, Givenchy left us last March.

    Miyagawa, Milos Forman, and Cecil Taylor left us last April

    Philip Roth, Robert Indiana, Tom Wolf , Per Kerkeby Ermmano Olmi left us last May

    Donald Hall and Anthony Bourdain in June.

  • Robby Muller, Shinobu Hashimoto and…


    Jeanne Moreau and Martin Landau in July.

    Tom Clark, Aretha Franklin, VS Naipal, Antonio Dias,and Paul Taylor

    Kiki Kirin

    Annette Michelson

    Arthur Mitchell Paul Virillo

    Helen Alemida

    Charles Aznavour

    Subrata Mitra

    Robert Morris

    Pablo Ferro

    Sister Wendy

    Great Day for the World, Gladys West Receives Air Force Honor

    December 21st, 2018
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    Gladys West receives Air Force Honor (Mental Floss)

    Decades after she helped develop Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, 87-year-old Gladys West has received one of the Air Force space program’s highest distinctions, First Coast News reports.

    West was inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The honor was given in recognition of the work she did as one of the agency’s “human computers” in the era predating high-powered data processors. When West joined the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Virginia in 1956, she was one of just four black employees, two of whom were men. One of those men, Ira West, would later become her husband.

    Early in her career, West contributed to an astronomical study that proved the regularity of Pluto’s rotation relative to Neptune. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, she programmed a computer to come up with a super-accurate model of the Earth, accounting for variations in the planet’s shape caused by gravitational, tidal, and other forces. This model laid the groundwork for the Global Positioning System (GPS) that’s ubiquitous in the military, smartphones, and cars today.

    West retired from the military in 1998, but she hasn’t stopped her pursuit of knowledge. In 2018, she completed her Ph.D. through a remote program with Virginia Tech.

    The Last Emperor of 1900 Bernardo Bertolucci was a Non- Conformist,

    November 27th, 2018
  • RIP Bernardo Bertolucci

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    [on Marlon Brando] An angel as a man, a monster as an actor. – Bernardo Bertolucci

  • Luca Guadagnino and Bernardo B. Two non-conformist Italian directors

  • Why Bertolucci’s The Conformist deserves a place in cinema history(the Guardian)

    The Italian director’s 1970 expressionist masterpiece offered a blueprint for a new kind of Hollywood film, which is why Coppola, Spielberg, Scorsese and co owe him a huge debt


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    (Julian on Bernardo – talking about 1900)

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    (Malkovich moved to Europe after working with Bertolucci in Sheltering Aky).

  • Frequently references classic movies
    Frequently has nude scenes in his films
    Long, complex camera movements.
    Often references famous painters or art movements.
    Nonlinear timeline.

    The young Bertolucci took after his father, a Roman poet and film critic, and became a celebrated published poet by the age of 20. He gave up poetry for the cinema after working as an assistant to Pier Paolo Pasolini on the movie Accattone (1961).

    He’s a big fan of Breaking Bad (2008).
    [on the end of Breaking Bad (2008)] I’m sad about it. I want more.

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    Adam Rippon is Gore Vidal of Figure Skating – Funny & Perceptive

    November 11th, 2018

  • Happy birthday Adam Rippon! and the birthday boy responded.


  • USAToday nominates Adam Rippon for political office

  • On Adam Rippon – by Cher (Time Magazine)

    All figure skaters are beautiful, but Adam Rippon is different. He isn’t just a beautiful skater. He has humility, grace and an incredible sense of humor.
    You could see in the leather-harness suit he wore to the Academy Awards that he isn’t afraid to take chances. It wasn’t about the suit, really. It was about the fact that he dares to be different in a world where being different always comes with a cost. I thought it was fabulous, of course.

  • Adam Rippon made a speech at Boston Rally with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Boston Rally protest against Kavanaugh)

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    Rippon looks like Gore Vidal.

    RIP Paul Virilio, An Aesthetic Philosopher of Bunker Archeology

    September 26th, 2018
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    How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932–2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War


  • Claude Parent and Paul Virilio


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  • 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)

  • 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

  • Naipaul’s gentle side ..

  • 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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    story by V.S. Naipal.
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    “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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