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RIP Lynn Shelton, director of Your Sisters Sister, Laggies at 54

May 16th, 2020
  • Director Lynn Shelton, who brought an independent spirit to film and TV, dies at age 54

    (LA Times)


    (Lynne Shelton, August 27, 1965 – May 15, 2020)

    Photo via

  • Working collaboratively with her actors, discussing with them plot details and allowing them to improvise scenes, she devised a directorial style melding strong narrative hooks with detailed character work and a feeling of sustained intimacy.via

  • Variety obit

    Her career took off after Humpday bowed at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore and Duplass, it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for distribution and would screen in the Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes.
    Humpday received the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award in 2010.
    Your Sister’s Sister (2011), a comedic love triangle, starred Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt and Emily Blunt and premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
    She followed with Touchy Feely (2013), starring DeWitt in an idiosyncratic story of a massage therapist who develops an aversion to human touch, and Laggies (2014), with Keira Knightley portraying a woman in the throes of a quarter-life crisis.

    Photos of Michiko Kon – Mistress of the Dark

    May 11th, 2020
  • Surreal photos by Michiko Kon

  • More photos (Pinterest)


  • (Self Portrait)

    Japan Times -Arts, Mistress of the dark

    Some of Kon’s recent work has been created in Mexico and it’s not difficult to see a correspondence between their macabre festivity and the visual traditions of the Day of the Dead festivities. In a pointed departure from her usual depiction of imaginary and/or inanimate, objects, Kon appears in a self-portrait with her face made up as a skull. She cradles a doll in her lap with one hand, while holding on to the brim of her sombrero with the other, as though it might blow away in the wind. It’s an odd mix of poised calculation and kitschy tourist snapshot that doesn’t fit comfortably with the main body of her work.

    Bye Good Golly Little Richard

    May 9th, 2020

  • Good Golly Little Richard sure influenced Beatles.

    See a video of Tutti Fruitty from the obit (Rolling Stone)

    Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87

    Pianist-singer behind “Tutti Frutti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Long Tall Sally” set the template that a generation of musicians would follow.

  • Bob Dylan on Little Richard Tribute

    I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved. He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do. I played some shows with him in Europe in the early nineties and got to hang out in his dressing room a lot. He was always generous, kind and humble. And still dynamite as a performer and a musician and you could still learn plenty from him. In his presence he was always the same Little Richard that I first heard and was awed by growing up and I always was the same little boy. Of course he’ll live forever. But it’s like a part of your life is gone.

  • RIP Michael McClure – A Beat Poet, San Francsico Renaissance

    May 6th, 2020
  • Michael McClure helped launch the SF Renaissance dead at 87

    Michael was incredibly gracious, erudite, and totally dedicated to the poet’s calling,” said Elaine Katzenberger, publisher of City Lights, which put out McClure’s works going all the way back to 1963’s “Meat Science Essays.” “He was a sometimes-trickster, most definitely a provocateur, and yet, quite solicitous and patient, a sage who was beautiful inside and out.”

    That first public reading for McClure, then 22 years old, was overshadowed by the introduction of “Howl,” by Allen Ginsberg. But McClure outlasted all of the Beats in a career that spanned more than 60 years. He published more than 30 books of poetry, plays and anthologies, most recently 2017’s “Persian Pony” and 2016’s “Mephistos and other Poems,” the latter anchored by a poem that took him 16 years to write.

  • M.McClure
    via

    Like Snyder and Whalen and Ginsberg and Kerouac, his work has always had affinities with Eastern religion and mysticism, but he brings an emphatic and declarative style to his transcendent, arching, naturalistic vision.

  • The Air

    for Robert [Duncan] and Jess [Collins]

    Clumsy, astonished. Puzzled
    as the gazelle cracked
    in my forepaws/

    The light body twitches/

    A slight breeze moves among whiskers.

    The air curves itself to song
    A trace, a scent lost among whiskers.
    A form carved in the air
    and lost by eye or ear.
    The herd’s thunder or the whack
    of a tail on earth
    evident only in dim vibration
    less than a whirr of brush (and bushes).
    Not a sound in a flat stone.
    (Less than a fly
    about the ears.)
    An object, a voice, an odor.
    A grain moving before the eyes.
    A rising of gases/
    An object/
    An instant/Tiny, brighter
    than sunlight.

    The sound of a herd. The sound of a rock/
    A passing.
    Michael McClure

    Will You Forgive Richard E Grant & US?

    May 5th, 2020

  • Richard E Grant Temple

    May 5 – Happy birthday Richard E Grant.

    A gem of Richard E Grant, Steve Martin Friend Fax Exchange

    Noble in Mind Richard E Grant

    Henry & June

    RIP Germano Celant – Art Historian, Critic, Champion of Art Povera

    April 30th, 2020
  • Art Net obit

    Germano Celant (1940-2020) ArtForum


  • Art or Sound, curated by Germano Celant

  • Germano Celant, the towering Italian critic, curator, and art historian whose wide-ranging writing, exhibition-making, and scholarship altered the trajectory of contemporary art and made him a leading voice in the field, has died in Milan at eighty years old due to complications from Covid-19. The author of hundreds of books, essays, and articles that coincided with as many large-scale shows, Celant is most closely affiliated with Arte Povera, a term he coined in 1967 for the association of avant-garde artists who made meaning from mundane materials and challenged art’s symbolic function, formal conventions, and commodity status in postwar Italian culture. (

  • Walter de Maria

    Jannis Kounellis Art Povera

    Joel Peter Witkin

    Dennis Oppenheim
    Published by Germano Celant

    RIP Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi, Namesake, The Lunchbox

    April 29th, 2020
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    Irrfan Khan Dies aged 53 (The Guardian)
    Irrfan Khan a life in pictures
    Filmography – IMDB

    Two of the films that he has worked on (Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi) collectively won 12 Oscars.

    BBC

    Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India’s most talented actors.
    He was so highly respected, director Wes Anderson once wrote him a part just so he could work with him.

    He kept in touch with Mira Nair – who had spotted his talent at drama school but cut him from Salaam Bombay. They would go on to make The Namesake in 2006 and New York, I Love You in 2010.

  • Irrfan Khan: a seductive actor capable of exquisite gentleness
    Peter Bradshaw

  • On being asked regarding his favorite Directors in an interview, Irrfan Khan replied:
    “My favourite director was Stanley Kubrick. Krzysztof Kieslowski. Andrei Tarkovsky… the earlier films of Satyajit Ray… the Apu Trilogy. The first film (Pather Panchali) he did, it was so organic. He learnt it on the job. That has a kind of mystery. He was discovering the craft. Ritwik Ghatak… Meghe Dhaka Tara. I love all his films. I watch it with subtitles.”


  • With Kelly Mcdonald in Puzzle

    RIP Zarina – An Independent Artist from India

    April 27th, 2020
  • Zarina died

    Zarina Hashmi, known professionally by her first name only, was an Indian artist living and working in the USA. Her work spanned drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Associated with the Minimalist movement, her work utilized abstract and geometric forms in order to invoke a spiritual reaction from the viewer. (via wiki)

  • A Fiercely Independent Woman Artist (The Hindu )

    Zarina’s works on paper, in print and collage, and her sculptures, made from paper pulp or metal, found homes in prominent museum collections.

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    RIP Deidre Bair, Passing of Beckett Biographer

    April 24th, 2020
  • Biographer of Beckett, Beauvoir & Jung, Deirdre Bair Died (NYtimes)
    Irish Times obit

  • Wiki

    Deirdre Bair (21 June, 1935 – 17 April, 2020) was an American writer and biographer. She was the author of six works of nonfiction.
    Bair received a National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography (1978).[1][a] Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung[2] were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her biographies of Anaïs Nin and Simone de Beauvoir were chosen by The New York Times as “Best Books of the Year”,

  • On the difficulty of convincing Samuel Beckett of just about anything

    Deirdre Bair, Biographer of Record, Recalls Their First Meeting

    (Literary Hub)


    (Photo of Samuel Beckett by Steve Schapiro)
    Samuel Becket Archive

  • Saul Steinberg

  • RIP Patricia Bosworth April, 2020.
    April 24 – birthday of Patricia Bosworth, biographer of Marlon, Monty and Diane Arbus

  • A Poem “Corona” by Paul Celan

    April 21st, 2020
  • Rooney
    Roony Mara in “Carol” here.

  • Why I Recite the Same Paul Celan Poem to All My Dates

    Paul Celan reads Corona (Youtube)

  • Corona

    Autumn nibbles its leaf from my hand.
    We are friends.

    We shell time from the nuts and teach them to walk.
    Time returns into its shell.

    In the mirror is Sunday.
    In dreams come sleeping–
    the mouth speaks true.

    My eye moves down to my lover’s loins.
    We gaze at each other and we speak dark things.

    We love one another like poppy, like memory
    we slumber like wine in the sea shells
    like the sea in the moon’s blood jet.

    One heart beat for unrest.

    We stand at the window embracing.
    People watch us from the street.
    It is time people knew. It is time
    the stone consented to bloom.

    It is time it came time.
    It is time.

    The first time I read “Corona,” I perceived Celan’s hope, urgency and romance. I had never memorized a poem before and it occurred to me, after that first read, that his was a poem for committing to memory. Also, I had some time on my hands: I was on hiatus from my waitressing job because I had to temporarily wear an eye-patch.

    “Corona” is an outlier within Celan’s poetry. This poem is quite different from his defining works like “Death Fugue”—“he looses his hounds on us and grants us a grave in the air”—or “Ashglory”—“the drowned rutterblade / deep / in the petrified oath.” If you’re not familiar, Celan’s poetry is pretty dark. Celan’s writing contains explicit ties to the trauma of World War II; he spent his early twenties being forced to burn Russian literature in Bukovia and was later imprisoned in a Romanian labor camp. He was separated from his parents, who were sent to a separate camp, and was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust. He would allude to this survivor’s guilt in the thousands of letters and poems he wrote over the course of his life until, at the age of 49, he died by suicide.

  • Todesfuge
    Previous Post (see a video of him reciting Todesfuge.. powerful & moving)

  • RIP Peter Beard, & Portraits by Francis Bacon

    April 19th, 2020
  • Missing Photographer Peter Beard Found Dead in Forest

  • Francis Bacon/Peter Beard

    Bacon first met the American artist, photographer, diarist and writer, Peter Beard (born 1938) at the Clermont Club in London in 1965. The occasion was the launch of Beard’s book on wildlife in Africa, The End of the Game, which documented the massive die-off of over 35,000 elephants in Tsavo National Park from the destructive impact of overcrowding, a theme Beard revisits often in his artistic work. Beard’s images impressed Bacon who particularly admired his aerial photographs of dead elephants. They became friends and Bacon painted nine major portraits of Beard. From their first meeting in 1965, Bacon and Beard appear to have developed a close friendship.

    RIP Peter Beard (Homepage)

  • The Ladies Man Vanishes

    RIP Hélène Châtelain, Brian Dennehy Allen Daviau

    April 16th, 2020

  • RIP Hélène Châtelain
    (La Jetee directed by Chris Marker)

  • RIP Brian Dennehy

  • Allen Daviau – cinematographer of E. T. and Empire of the Sun