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RIP Soumitra Chatterjee, Actor, Playwright, Poet

November 15th, 2020

Soumitra Chatterjee: India acting legend dies, aged 85

Soumitra Chatterjee (January 19, 1935 — November 15, 2020)
(photo via)
The third movie of the trilogy, Apur Sansar, which released in 1959, was also Chatterjee’s debut film. He would go on to star as the lead actor in 14 of Ray’s films.
Pauline Kael called Chatterjee Ray’s “one-man stock company” who moved “so differently in the different roles he plays that he is almost unrecognisable”.

  • Chatterjee, who starred in more than 300 movies, was also an accomplished playwright, theatre actor and poet.

  • Chaterjee shone even in non-Satyajit Ray films

    Lesser Known facts about the living legend

    Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    September 18th, 2020
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said before her death, according to a statement released by one of her granddaughters, Clara Spera.


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    The New Yorker obit- The Great Equalizer –

  • My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

    I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.

    Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
    The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.

    On the basis of Sex

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Guided ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ Say Armie Hammer and Felicity Jones

    Michael Ondaatjie

    September 12th, 2020
  • (Happy birthday Michael Ondaatjie– Sept 12)

    See photos of him from his life here
    In Ceylon

  • 76 facts you might not know about on Michael Ondaatjie

    31. Ondaatje calls his novels “cubist,” by which he means that he eschews linear narratives and experiments with the form.

  • See a photo of Ondaatjie and Ralph Fiennes here.
    Breaking the Rules

    One of his beloved books “Coming Through Slaughter” is a fictional story of New Orleans, Louisiana about 1900, very loosely based on the lives of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden and photographer E. J. Bellocq. Winner of the 1976 Books in Canada First Novel Award.
    New Orleans and vicinity at the turn of the century is the setting for the novel. Consider the places where the action occurs: N. Joseph’s Shaving Parlor, the river, Shell Beach, the Brewitts, Webb’s cottage, the streets of Storyville, Bellocq’s studio, Bolden’s home with Nora and the children, the mental hospital.

  • Willem Dafoe interviewed Michael Ondaatjie
    He has given many interviews but the interview with William Dafoe, Michael became more open and revealing. He said, “I went into a tailspin after The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. I won an award for it in Canada and I went into this hole. So I wrote Coming Through Slaughter, which was a huge fury about fame. It was on a very small scale, but it was big enough. I mean, the thing is to continue to avoid being self-conscious. To write and forget that you wrote other books.”
    “I have a tendency to remove more and more in the process of editing. Often I’ll write the first chapter last, because it sets up the story. The last thing I wrote in Coming Through Slaughter was “His geography,” almost like a big landscape shot, with buried clues you can pick up later. ”

    On the genesis of plane crash image for English Patient:

    “WD: Where did you get the central image of the plane crash, do you even remember?
    MO: I just got the image and it was there. The artist, Joseph Beuys, was in a plane crash in the far north, not in the desert, but I already had this image in my head. It was one of those things where I’d heard about Beuys and his obsession with felt and that worked its way in too. That was enough. I didn’t need to know anymore. The medicine man… ”
    He then continues to talk about Herodotus, Charles Olson and Robert Creeley.
    “MO: I had already read some of him. Then there was a reference to him in one of the explorer’s desert journals; one guy who said, “I was responsible for our library on one of our expeditions. But our library was only one book, Herodotus” And I thought that was great, because he was an historian writing about a place where these guys are many hundreds of years later. The idea of a contemporary history and an ancient history that links up… These explorers in the 1930s were out of time. I love the idea of them checking out sand dune formations. I love historical obsessives. And I kept thinking of writers like Charles Olson and Robert Creeley in some odd way. Creeley in his toughness, brittleness and lovely guarded lyricism was a clue for me about the patient, Almasy. And this wonderful, heroic era of exploration that was then ignored, while the twentieth century became more mercenary or mercantile. Also Herodotus’ sense of history is great because it’s very much based on rumor. “

    The End Judges Everything by Herodotus (with original greek text)
    The world according to Herodotus
    Herodotus’ Histories

    Michael O. shares birthday with these two historical figures.
    Lorenzo di Medici
    9/12/1492 – 5/4/1519
    Florentine ruler (1513-9)

    Francis I
    9/12/1494 – 3/31/1547
    French king and patron of the arts and scholarship (1515-47 )

    Comic Cat, Lit Cat, Film Noir Cat – 2020

    August 8th, 2020

  • Edward Gorey loved cat and Balanchine (previous post)

    The Cop and Peter Cook the Comic Genius

  • Doris Lessing
    Doris Lessing archive here.

    Herman 1HermanHesse
    and the Cat.
    . another photo from writing & the feline muse.

    Herman Hesse – The Glass Bead Game

  • Yuichi Hibi – Neco hibineko

    Kay Ryan
    A CAT/A FUTURE

    A cat can draw
    the blinds
    behind her eyes
    whenever she
    decides. Nothing
    alters in the stare
    itself but she’s
    not there. Likewise
    a future can occlude:
    still sitting there,
    doing nothing rude.

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    Samuel Beckett Archive

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    Louisa Chase

  • David Goldblatt – South African Photographer (1930–2018)

    August 2nd, 2020

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    David Goldblatt, ‘The salute of the banned African National Congress at the graves of four assassinated black community leaders’, Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 20 July, 1985, gelatin-silver print. Museum no. E.112-1992, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


    Art Net David Goldblatt

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    (Cafe de Move On Johnnesburg 1964)

  • Marian Goodman Gallery- / Structures of Dominion & Democracy

  • (Guardian obit in 2018)
    Art and Design – David Goldblatt (See more wonderful photos here)

    David Goldblatt A Monument to Apartheid In Fietas

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    Carvings for Sale on William Nicol Drive , 1999

  • Miriam Mazibuko waters the garden of her RDP house for which she waited eight years. It consists of one room. Her four children live with her in-laws. Extension 8, Far East Alexandra Township, 12 September 2006

  • Picture Protest – Frieze

  • Art Net David Goldblatt

    David Goldblatt was South African photographer known for his uncompromising images of his country during apartheid and afterward. “I was very interested in the events that were taking place in the country as a citizen but, as a photographer, I’m not particularly interested, and I wasn’t then, in photographing the moment that something happens. I’m interested in the conditions that give rise to events,” he once explained. Born on November 29, 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, he began photographing at an early age but his father’s illness required Goldblatt to run his family business while studying at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. After selling the company in 1963, Goldblatt focused entirely on a career in photography. His involvement with various artistic circles in Johannesburg granted him access to a broad range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

    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

    Interior – Skylight & Three Chairs

    June 25th, 2020

  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Skylight Ideas – Home decor


  • Chairs from the doctor’s office – photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Chorus of Chairs

  • Bat, Elephant, & Dragon Chairs

  • Anoushka Shankar

    June 9th, 2020

  • Happy birthday Anoushka Shankar!

  • Staying Alive, Mask & How To Wash Hands

    March 13th, 2020

  • Carnivale Mask (sold in Venice)

  • Renate Buser was ahead of timerenate1
    showing how to wash hands in 2008.

  • Garlic and Ginger – G Theory

    (photo by Fung Lin Hall)

    Garlic & Ginger..the two spices that grace the oriental cooking. In contrast to other theories which circulate in the world today, They are constructive without being overly critical. They deliver the essentail services of being pungent and relevant. Unlike the Russian constructivist, the origin of this theory is ancient and anonymous. The subscribers to this theory are seldom arrogant, and their work is
    understood and appreciated by all.

  • TP Meditation I~digital image by Fung Lin Hall
    TP Meditation II digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    TP Meditation IIIdigital image by Fung Lin Hall

    Humans are the only creatures who use toilet paper – and what a nightmare!! (Don’t know who designed this paper toilet site.)

  • Jojo Rabbit/Screenplay

    February 21st, 2020

  • (Jojo Rabbit – Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davies and Taika Waititi)

    Let everything happen to you
    Beauty and terror
    Just keep going
    No feeling is final

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Page 93 from the Screenplay of Jojo Rabbit
    (Rilke was born in Prague. Jojo Rabbit was filmed in historical towns and villages in the Czech Republic. The interiors were built in the Barrandov Studios in Prague.)

    See where this screenplay showed up first.
    Jojo R Script
    (For Your Consideration)

  • The Year of Metal Rat – Happy New Lunar Year 2020

    January 24th, 2020

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  • Hieronymus Bosch
    (11 Things I learned from the Hieronymus Bosch by David Byrne)

  • Chinese New Year Zodiac Rat

    Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

  • Banksy dead rat

    (Banksy)
    2008 Rat year

    Personality and characteristics

    Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.

    On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.

    The Passion of Pete Postlethwaite

    January 2nd, 2020
  • Pete Postlethwaite http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2011/01/03/in-the-name-of-pete-postlethwaite/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Tuesday, February 7, 2012


    (Ralph Fiennes and Pete Postlethwaite from the Constant Gardner)

  • In the Name of Pete Postlethwaite
    (See and read more from here, enjoy!)