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Being There – Jerzy Kosinski, Hal Ashby & Peter Sellers

June 14th, 2018
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    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)

  • Meet Jesse jesse

    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

  • The Passing of Kate Millet – Artist, Author, a Pioneer Feminist at 82 -(Sept 14, 1934 – Sept 6, 2017)

    September 7th, 2017
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    Kate Millet an influential feminist writer is dead at 82 (NYtimes)

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    Katherine Murray Millett was born on Sept 14, 1934, in St. Paul.
    She attended Oxford University and was the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first-class honors after studying at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
    The feminist, human rights, peace, civil rights, and anti-psychiatry movements were some of Millett’s principal causes. Her books were motivated by her activism, such as woman’s rights and mental health reform, and several were autobiographical memoirs that explored her sexuality, mental health, and relationships. Mother Millett and The Loony Bin Trip, for instance, dealt with family issues and the times when she was involuntarily committed to a nursing home. (via her wiki

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    Dinner for One – 1967 – Kate Millet

    See more art by Kate Millet here

  • “The Basement” was disturbing but I had to read it.
    Here is a review of the Basement by Duncan Mitchell

    Happy Kate katemillett by Hyder in 1994.

    Her homepage is here. – AN INVITATION TO THE WOMEN’S ART COLONY/FARM

    Of course she went to Iran.

    In 1981 Millett published Going to Iran, which was a new journalistic account of a trip she made to Iran in March 1979 to address Iranian feminists on International Women’s Day. The Shah of Iran had just abdicated, and the Ayatollah Khomeini had not yet fully consolidated his power. Nevertheless, Millett was soon expelled by the fundamentalist government for her feminist views. The chronicle is recorded in the rigorously honest style of her earlier works. (via)

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    The Return of the Troublemaker (June 2001)

    Society has lost its patience. So why isn’t she more downhearted? She smiles and says it’s because she is having too much fun. “I love making trouble. It’s a wonderful job. You don’t get paid but you have a lot of adventures.”

  • Flying with Kate Millet (previous post)
    Sexual Politics was circulated before the publication of her thesis.

  • T.E. Lawrence – Sand, Costumes, Ralph Finnes, Peter O’Toole as Lawrence.

    August 16th, 2017
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    T.E. Lawrence, His Books, Bedroom.
    (See his bedroom photos, with books and without + other links)

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    Ralph Fiennes as T.E. Lawrence.

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    30 Seconds Lawrence of Arabia (youtube)

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  • Lawrence of Arabia FB album (Omar Shariff there too)

    Lawrence and dagger

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