Archive for July, 2005

Stanley Kunitz – Furious Change for 100 Years + Mark Doty

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

“For most of a century, Stanley Kunitz has cultivated generations of poems—and poets, The Gardner by Dana Goodyear. (New Yorker Magazine)

Stanley Kunitz

“In Roethke, Kunitz found someone with a similar set of psychological and poetic concerns—the lost father (just before Roethke’s fifteenth birthday, his father had died, of cancer) and the botanical world (Roethke’s family operated greenhouses). They also shared a sense of isolation: Roethke called himself “the oldest younger poet in the U.S.A.,” and Kunitz felt the same. Eliot, Pound, Williams, and Stevens had had a paralyzing effect on the generation that came afterward. “It was difficult to be a poet if you were born at the beginning of the twentieth century,” Kunitz said.

On July 29th he celebrated his 100th birthday, from here.
Video files – Watch and listen – 3 poems
The Layers, Touch Me, Passing Through.

“The Quarrel” by Stanley Kunitz & Robert Motherwell, 1983, a poem and a painting via here.

More poems by Stanley K.

Mark Dody dedicated this poem to Stanley on his birthday two years ago.

Heaven For Stanley

For his birthday, I gave Stanley a hyacinth bean,
an annual, so he wouldn’t have to wait for the flowers.

He said, Mark, I have just the place for it!
as if he’d spend ninety-eight years

anticipating the arrival of this particular vine.

I thought poetry a brace against time,
the hours held up for study in a voice’s cool saline,

but his allegiance is not to permanet forms.
His garden’s all furious change,

budding and rot and then the coming up again;

why prefer any single part of the round?
I don’t know that he’d change a word of it;

I think he could be forever pleased
to participate in motion. Something opens.

He writes it down. Heaven steadies
and concentrates near the lavender. He’s already there.

(School of the Arts Poems by Mark Doty)

Pina Bausch

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

The Man I Love sign Pina Bausch

Happy Birthday! Pina Bausch.

Danzons Pina Danzons

The mystery image from the previous post (July 26) is from Kontakthof.

Pina (short for Philippine) was born nearby in Solingen in 1940, three years before the Battle of the Ruhr. (Pina, Queen of the Deep)
More interviews, here.
One way to get an introduction to Pina’s work is to see a documentary film by another brave avant garde filmmaker Chantal Akerman, (a brief description about the film here).

See Palermo Palermo on youtube

Pina Bausch ten chi

Her work is more than the dance, these mysterious and powerful photos speak for themselves.
Click the links to see the photos.
Cactus image from here.

Nelken – Feb. 2005 review

Growing old disgracefully How a bunch of untrained 60-somethings are breathing new life into a Pina Bausch classic.

Cate Blanchet said “If I had my time again, I’d do anything to work with the choreographer Pina Bausch; her work is beautiful. When dance theatre is at its most perfect, you think, ‘Why does anyone ever need to speak?’ To dispense with words entirely… I wish I could do that.” (from here and also from other interviews including one from Bravo’s actors studio)

R.I.P Pina Bausch 1940 -2009 (Archive)

M’sieur Tarzan

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

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Who is M’sieur Tarzan?

A friend of Oscar Wilde? No. Did he die young? Cocteau’s Lover?
Wrong, wrong.
Here is the answer

The Brave New World and the Odyssey

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
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    Many powerful visionary were born between July 22 to July 29.
    Here are random links. Click the links to check who thy are.

    July 22 – go to this old article by Errata . How he influenced film images – priceless.

    July 23 – Poet who wrote about Goddess and mythology +
    “Lawrence and the Arabs.” Written in translucent English, this book studies not only the events of the Arab Revolt; it also evaluates the geopolitical significance of the Middle East at a time when the glance of most observers was turned elsewhere. He understands perfectly the stake of the European powers in the Middle East. He also explores the exact significance of T.E. Lawrence. (from here).

    July 24 – See his polaroid photos and his Drugstore Cowboy friends here.

    July 26 – Brave New World ranked one of top five novels. The philosopher and the satirist with two great wives and friendship with D.H. Lawrence and many others. Read his biography and this (The Case for Constructing Peace) for now.
    Tripped on Acid before taking his last breath. (Planned and carefully executed celebration for departure and not an accident)

    July 26 – A medicine man who talked to pots and pans. Archetypes, Syncronicity, collective unconscious, he got all these ideas from his patients and girlfriends. Juicy scandal – became a play on Broadway.
    Read “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” for a starter.

    Stanley Kubrick by Weegee
    July 26 – What can we say about this man?
    Alex Rose (music critic for the New Yorker)blogged about his friend.
    He and Andy Warhol got stuff in boxes all organized, to make sure we would keep finding things and remember them.

    July 28 Dada or Our Daddy of avant garde – did not think we should own cars.
    He has a reputation of being controversial, and uncompromising but for me he was a great teacher who fused art and life, he represents good sense, sanity and humor. I happen to think many of his paintings beautiful and mysterious for someone who disdained the retinal in favor of concept.
    “When I once asked Beatrice Wood how Marcel was in bed, fearing that I would never forgive myself in the future for not having asked that question (impertinent though it certainly was), she responded with a tribute that would be the envy of any sensitive and caring man: “All I can remember is that he was as gentle in bed,” she said, “as he was out of it.” ( from here).
    See “Jules and Jim” by Francois Truffaut a film vaguely influenced by Henri Pierre Roche’ friendship with Marcel. (The information about Roche came from Pauline Kael. According to Pauline Kael, Roche introduced Picasso to Gertrude Stein). Jim seems like a model for both Henri and Marcel. Who was Jules?
    Eggnudes Descending the Stairs was dedicated to him, anyone care to celebrate his birthday?

    Nanshu and Nushu – Man’s Language and Mother’s Tongue

    Friday, July 22nd, 2005

    China’s mother tongue is dying.
    * Generations of women passed down a unique form of writing that was kept away from men. Now a 95-year-old may be the last alive who grew up using nushu.

    Old Lady Nushu
    Picture from here.

    “When I learned nushu, it was to meet with friends and sisters to exchange our thoughts and letters. We wrote what was in our hearts, our feelings,” Yang said. “But now,” she added with a sigh, “there’s no use learning it anymore.”

    Nushu on the left
    Nushu and Nanshu
    Chasing Nushu resulted in woven cloth.
    Nushu did not produce its Tale of Genji (first great novel written by Lady Murasaki) and Nushu sounds like Nasu which means eggplant in Japanese.

    The world of Nushu.

    This is China’s new power language – Yuan shu
    Y U A N
    digital image July 22, 2005

    The honorary China man from Australia
    Chris Doyle said this of Wong Kar Wai from the Observer.
    “2046 was a kind of sequel to In the Mood for Love, and, he says: ‘I feel that 2046 is unnecessary, in retrospect. I think probably Wong Kar-Wai realised that somewhere, and that’s why it took so long. You do realise that you have basically said what you needed to say, so why say more? I feel that way. I think you have to move on.’
    Chris is the most honest drunken cinematographer.
    This is an example of Nansu (man’s language in Chinese), old friends showing comradrie and affection – or do you think they are having a serious rift?

    Eat only Big Mac and Kentucky Fried Chickens in China if you want to be safe, a warning from Peking Duck, from here.

    Marcuse, Marshall McLuhan & Nam Jun Paik – M. M. Nam Eros and Media

    Thursday, July 21st, 2005

    July 19 was Herbert Marcuse’s birthday.
    “Yet Herbert Marcuse was important beyond his writing, because he was a very brave man. He put body and soul on the line in demonstrations and sit-ins, stood up to threats from opposites of all stripes (even of death, from the Klan) with unfailing energy and wry humor. He was an authority utterly unafraid to stand up to dominant authority and the pernicious powers that fed it.”
    Direland blog has an impressive coverage on Marcuse, here.
    (The blog has a new entry on the disturbing news about the
    execution of Iranian gay teenagers. Horror, horror.)

    V Idea2 by Nam Jun Paik
    Nam Jun Paik
    Yesterday July 20 was Nam Jun Paik’s birthday. Happy Birthday.
    Pike Studio Nam Jun Paik.
    Everyone loves his TV Buddha.
    I am the World’s Most Famous Bad Pianist, here.
    TV Clock at the bottom of this page.

    Today (July 21) is the birthday of Marshall McLuhan. (Many innovative people were born today. Hemingway and Hart Crane)
    How interesting that Nam Jun Paik and McLuhan were born a day apart. Paik expressed McLuhan’s idea with verve and Korean chopsocky style.

    Understanding the Media – Media is the Message

    Marshall McLuhan Reconsidered by a Vispo poet/web artist Jim Andrews.
    One of many early examples of web art by Jim Andrews, (Yes I am a pop up poem)
    Jim Andrews is Canadian and so are McLuhan and Glenn Gould and don’t forget William Gibson.
    Viva Canada.

    Humming with Gould is a review of a book by Richard Cavell
    McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography.

    Summer Interlude – Missing Dahlia – Iris and Derrida

    Sunday, July 17th, 2005

    The shrine of Francois Dorleac as prologue.

    Dorleac and Deneuve
    Iris Negative
    Digital image Jul. 16 2005

    Derrida and Iris Murdoch share a birthday,* they were both born on July 15.
    The film “Iris” was unfortunate for Iris Murdoch’s legacy. Now she seems stuck with disabilty of the old – the Alzheimer disease.
    On the other hand “Derrida” helped soften Derrida’s image. He seemed like a quiet thoughtful fellow. He was dressing up eggplant with Extra Virgin Oil with great skill and attention. Or listening to his surprise response that he was most curious about philosophers’ sex lives.

    I knew superficially of Raymond Queneau pre-Iris-days from Louis Malle’s film Zazie dans le metro. Raymond Q was important to Iris. So was Elias Canneti. I read his autobiography and I found him to be full of himself. He appeared as a character in three of Iris’ novels beginning with “The Flight of Enchanter” and ending with “The Sea, The Sea”. Wittgenstein appeared in “Under the Net” but I did not know about him back then. (Under the Net was my first book I read and it was Iris’ first as well, captivating page turner very different from all of her later novels.)

    Missing Dahlia
    Iris and Derrida
    Digital image Jul. 14, 2005

    Once she surprised me with a theme of incest (The Time of the Angels)- this was very rare in the old days.
    I tend to see Iris as wise, deep and odd, as opposed to someone like Susan Sontag who was great as an activist, authoritative, glamourous and commanding. Friends of Iris described Iris as an ego less person.

    Fun Iris Murdoch – Fragments of Recognition site from Texas.

    “Until the escape into art, then nature,
    the stories are dark, dark, dark.
    Parsifal with no Grail.
    Isolde with no Death.
    Papageno with no flute.”

    “Murdoch’s implicit philosophical position is austere, classical, rigorous: unromantic, and pessimistic. Not that pessimism precludes comedy: on the contrary, it is probably the basis of the comic spirit.
    Life after all is comic, not tragic, in Murdoch’s cosmology. It is comic because it is not tragic—merely terrible” (from Joyce Carol Oates – the Sacred and Profane Iris Murdoch).

    Go(o)d in Iris Murdoch, by Alan Jacobs.

    Location, Location Zazie Said
    Iris Murdoch
    Digital image Jul. 15 2005

    Today, Iris Murdoch does not evoke a passionate response like Derrida does. I think the reason is that Derrida has had a greater influence in the world of academia and intellectuals and he has been the focus of extreme hate or devotion.

    Read Judith Butler on Derrida, here.

    Derrida’s Elswhere, the film I did not see.

    Find Derrida “On Death Penalty” and other great interviews and links from here.

    Matt at Pas-audela has many intriguing writings on Derrida. (Try June 05 archive).

    Summer Interlude
    Murdoch and Derrida
    Digital image Jul. 14 2005

    *The NYtimes honored Iris M. with a big photo On this day birthday page but failed to do the same for Derrida. This year on July 6, they (NYtimes) forgot to mention the Dalai Lama (an exiled leader) who shared a birthday with George W. (pretender)

    Ingmar Bergman – The Magic Flute

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

    Happy Birthday! Ingmar is 87 years old today (July 14).

    Ingmar Bergman

    My affection for Ingmar Bergman grew after reading “The Magic Lantern” and the novel he wrote based on his mother’s troubled marriage. Through a Life Darkly, Woody Allen reviews Ingmar Bergman’s autobiography “The Magic Lantern.
    I read an article somewhere that Marlon Brando underlined heavily the passages from the Magic Lantern, especially concerning Bergman’s difficult relationship with his parents. The book probably sold recently at an auction house.
    In “The Best Intentions” directed by Bille August and scripted by Bergman – a story of his parents courtship and marriage ….

    Ghost Dad by David Edelstein from Slate.

    The Radical Intimacy of Bergman by Hamish Ford. (from Senses of Cinema).

    Cries and Whispers

    “In Cries and Whispers, the colors, and the images that they form, seem to be more important than the dialogue, and the entire film gives the impression of portraying a cinematic space belonging to Lacan’s pre-symbolic, pre-linguistic realm” wrote Marco Lanzagorta. (from Senses of Cinema).

    Conversation avec Bergman – Olivier Assayas on Ingmar Bergman, Summmer of Monica and Harriet Anderson.

    Some interesting facts –
    In 1989 Bergman directed Yukio Mishima’s play Madame de Sade.

    Bergman adviced Lena Olin to pursue acting instead of medicine, he directed her in films and in plays such as King Lear and Miss Julie.

    Reviews of Saraband, his recent and possibly a last film from Rottontomatoes.
    Last Dance, an article from villagevoice about how Liv Ullman got lured back from her retirement.

    An extensive site on Bergman in Spanish, here. The introductory page shows a painting by Motherwell. Most paintings by Robert Motherwell I generally love, but not this one which he dedicated to Ingmar Bergman. Many wonderful photos to look at for non Spanish speaking readers.

    It was Ingmar Bergman’s Century–we just lived in it, The Land of Lost by Mattew Wilder.

    Last April he said he was depressed with his own films, here.

    His new web site Face to Face will be launched in September, you
    can preview the trailer on the sidebar menu of vitro-nasu.

    The Magic Flute on DVD -” twenty-five years later, it remains the finest operatic film ever made” reviewed by Bright Light Film Journal.

    Just received another great link via email (thanks Hal),
    To think like the masters:Ingmar Bergman, with one more brave work, reminds us of how filmmakers can be seers, by Peter Rainer.

    RIP Claude Simon

    Monday, July 11th, 2005

    Claude Simon passed away. He was 91 years old.
    Simon died on Wednesday, but the death was only announced on Saturday – when he was buried in Paris.

    Claude Simon

    Here is a digital image of his book and his last sentence captured on the right. Just leafing through the pages, his stream of consciousness writing run on with no separation of paragraph and chapters.
    I confess not having finished reading his book beyond two pages, a fact should not discourage some readers for trying.

    From Independent on Claude Simon, here.
    Reading Claude Simon by John Taylor.
    Maud Newton “tried” one of Claude Simon’s novels.

    Who is afraid? – Fear Eats the Soul

    Saturday, July 9th, 2005

    We asked this question before.

    More joining the camp of “Not Afraid” here.

    What about this view?

    Now select your answer for this statement.

    Fear Eats the Soul (borrowing from Fassbinder’s great film)

    Very inaccurate 1 2 3 4 5 Very accurate

    July 9 Birthday note: Donald Rumsfeld is 73 years old today and he shares the birthday with O. J. Simpson who is 47 years old.

  • Update: Fear Eats the Soul full film – here.

    The Praise of Competence

    Monday, July 4th, 2005

    My previous post time traveled to Happy Tutor’s great, great, great, great Grandmother’s legal paper.

    Here is a good drawing.
    Holbein's Drawing of Erasmus
    Holbein’s drawing of Erasmus’ hands. (via)

    In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Erasmus

    Sign, Language and Declaration of Incompetence

    Monday, July 4th, 2005

    Two botched digital images, a sign of incompetence at Vitro Nasu shamelessly displayed.

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    Slant and Missing “OF”

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    So faint you can not see the signs.

    Thank you Google, tonight we celebrate.
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    July $th, 2005. ( oops wrong sign, shift unintended)