Archive for September, 2012

Another Sky

Friday, September 28th, 2012
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    Another Sky – 1954 image via MUBI

    The only film directed by film critic and screenwriter Gavin Lambert (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Inside Daisy Clover), Another Sky unfolds around a demure and prim governess who arrives in Marrakesh, Morocco to begin a new job as a paid companion to a wealthy English expatriate. As she explores her exotic surroundings, she is seduced by the men, music, and mystery of her new home.

    Gavin Lambert (Wiki)

  • “A rare find..supremely realized” – Gus Van Sant… “..{a} haunting landmark film.” Joan Didion (via DVD cover)

  • Independent film review

    Beautifully capturing the 1950’s atmosphere of North Africa, D.P. Walter Lassally’s camera work is nothing short of extraordinary and hypnotic in tone and imagery as Lassally captures both the hedonistic spirit of the time along with the sublimely spiritual nature of the region. Lassally would later win an Oscar for his camera work on Zorba the Greek

    Walter Lassally also shot “Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Tom Jones.

    Another Sky may be available at your local library.

    Gavin was a scriptwriter of Sons & Lovers (directed by Jack Cardiff – scroll down to see the clip)

    His final biography, Natalie Wood: A Life (2004) supplied an insider’s look at actress Natalie Wood and chronicled everything concerning her life, since Lambert was a friend of Wood for sixteen years. The book was praised by Natalie Wood’s daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, as “a wonderful biography on my Mom. It will be the definitive biography on my mother.” Lambert’s biography includes Wood’s relationship with Elvis Presley, and interviews with the people who knew Wood best, such as Robert Wagner, Warren Beatty, Paul Mazursky, and Leslie Caron. In his book, Lambert controversially claimed that Wood frequently dated gay and bisexual men, including director Nicholas Ray and actors Nick Adams, Raymond Burr, James Dean, Tab Hunter, and Scott Marlowe. Lambert said he was also involved with Ray and that Wood supported homosexual playwright Mart Crowley (a later lover of Lambert’s) in a manner that made it possible for him to write his play, The Boys in the Band (1968). Lambert’s final book was The Ivan Moffat File: Life Among the Beautiful and Damned in London, Paris, New York and Hollywood (2004).

    My friend Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles – The Night Waltz

    The Idea of Glenn Gould – From Russia with Love

    Monday, September 24th, 2012

  • Gould’s 1957 trip to the Soviet Union, when he became, at age 24, the first North American to perform behind the Iron Curtain
    (Direct link)

    Describing Gould’s 1957 tour of the Soviet Union, Russian conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy recalled: “He was unbelievable… deliberately playing certain music not often heard in the Soviet Union. The [concert] hall was half empty. [Gradually] people started going to the telephones…. By the second half, the hall was filled. It was like a Martian coming to earth. In Leningrad, [they] ignored fire regulations and allowed 1,100 standees. If anyone fainted, there was nowhere to fall. They listened as if their lives depended on it.” ( A Life of Music and Love)

    Glenn Herbert Gould (September 25, 1932 – October 4, 1982)

  • Glenn in Love?

    The enigma
    “I think there were a lot of misconceptions about Glenn and it was partly because he was so very private. But I assure you, he was an extremely heterosexual man. Our relationship was, among other things, quite sexual.”
    (Cornelia Foss )
    Inner Life of Glenn Gould (Youtube documentary)

    Cornelia Foss beach painting

    Her paintings here.

  • Glenn as Umbeboshi (previous post)

  • Tony Smith – Source

    Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
  • Tony Smith at Mathew Marks

    (photo above by Patrick Morell)

    Mathew Marks showing Tony Smith
    September 7 – October 27, 2012
    522 W 22 Street
    video – source

    Drawing via

    Tony Smith birthday – September 23, 1912

    Tony Smith was an American sculptor, visual artist, architectural designer, and a noted theorist on art. He is often cited as a pioneering figure in American Minimalist sculpture.

    He is the father of Kiki Smith.

    Tony Smith was asked to teach a sculpture course at the University of Hawaii in Manoa during the summer of 1969. He designed two unrealized works, Haole Crater(a recessed garden) and Hubris but eventually created The Fourth Sign that was sited on the campus. His Hawaii experience also generated fodder for his “For…” series whose initials are friends and artists he met during his time in Manoa.

    My sister Fung Ching Kelling met Tony in Hawaii and became his friend. She named her older son after him. Tony and his secretary-girlfriend visited my brother’s Jazz Coffee house in Tokyo. Later Tony also greeted my sister in NY when she visited, and then sent her off in a helicopter to show her the Manhattan skyline on the way to the airport.

  • The Future – Leonard Cohen

    Thursday, September 20th, 2012

    The Future

    (photograph by Annie Liebovitz)

    Everybody Knows – (Exotica – youtube) Your birthday today.

    Take this Waltz (Frederico Garcia Lorca)

    Cohen loved this film Up the Yantzee

    Bob leonardaltman and Leonard Cohen

    Robert Altman and Leonard Cohen – McCabe & Mrs Miller

    The real Suzanne was almost homeless. (Nina Simone sings Suzanne)

    Remembering Louis Simpson

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
  • Louis Simpson
    March 27, 1923 – September 14, 2012 (photo via)

    Louis Simpson, Poet of Everyday Life dies, he was 89 years old

  • It’s complicated, being an American,
    Having the money and the bad conscience, both at the same time.
    Perhaps, after all, this is not the right subject for a poem.
    On the Lawn at the Villa (l. 14-16) (1980)

    For people may not know what they think
    about politics in the Balkans,
    or the vexed question of men and women,
    but everyone has a definite opinion
    about the flavour of shredded coconut.
    Chocolates (l. 18-22) (1980) (Wikiquotes)

  • Whatever it is, it must have

    A stomach that can digest

    Rubber, coal, uranium, moons, poems.

    Like the shark, it contains a shoe.

    It must swim for miles through the desert

    Uttering cries that are almost human.

    (via NYtimes)

  • “All you really know is given
    at moments when you’re seeing
    and listening.
    Being in love
    is a great help.
    Oh yes, but keep a dog.”

  • Two poems from the Struggling times (youtube)

  • Occupy news (from Democracy Now)

    Occupy Wall Street – People’s Library

    Portraits – O’Hara, Gaddis & Millett

    Thursday, September 13th, 2012

    Frank O’Hara Alice Neel

    Frank O’Hara read Sept 14, 1959

    In Memory of My Feelings.. Frank O’Hara archive

  • William Gaddis painted 1987 by Julian Schnabel

    For Julian Schnabel – (William Gaddis)

    Gaddis on the web

    Steve Nash & Julian Schnabel

  • Kate M by Alice Neel – 1970

    Happy Birthday Kate Millett – Sept 14, 1934

    Flying with Kate Millett

    Sexual Politics was circulated before the publication of her thesis. Kate Millett is an artist and a feminist.

    Jackson Mac Low – Insect Assassins

    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

    Jackson Mac Low was an American poet, performance artist, composer and playwright, known to most readers of poetry as a practioneer of systematic chance operations and other non-intentional compositional methods in his work, which Mac Low first experienced in the musical work of John Cage, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff. He was married to the artist Iris Lezak from 1962 to 1978, and to the poet Anne Tardos from 1990 until his death.

    Jackson Mac Low (Photo via)
    (September 12, 1922 – December 8, 2004)

  • Insect Assassains (his poem)

    From Pearl Harbor day (via Pearlblossomhighway blog)

    Jackson Mac Low (Buffalo Edu)

    George Maciunas (American, 1931–1978) and Jackson Mac Low (American, b. 1922), publishers;
    La Monte Young (American, b. 1935), editor
    Closed: 20.8 x 24cm (8 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
    The Getty Research Institute, 94-B19099
    By kind permission of Jackson Mac Low and La Monte Young
    © 1962 Jackson Mac Low

    Allende – September 11, 1973

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
  • 1973: Democratically elected President Salvador Allende moments away from death during military coup at Moneda presidential palace in Chile. (World Press Photo Winners – Orlando Lagos)

  • Ken Loach Chile 1973

    Salvador Allende Age 4 Photo via

    A line from Salvador Allende

    Balancing between abstract
    expressionism & futurism
    the calm metal instrument
    of my voice tweaks the once-

    sacred double-helix to create
    pyramids in bold colors &
    textures. Exquisite tropes. The
    great avenues will open again.

    Mark Young Sept 19 2011 (gamma way from Australia)

    Isabel Allende (Mother Jones) interview.

    Isabel Allende went into exile after her uncle, Chilean president Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a CIA-assisted coup in 1973. She traveled, worked as a journalist, and wrote her books, “The House of the Spirits,” “Of Love and Shadows,” “Eva Luna,” and “The Stories of Eva Luna.” Her latest novel, “The Infinite Plan,” is set, as is she, in Northern California.

    A Verb & A Chair – Martinez & Skaer

    Saturday, September 8th, 2012

    Daniel Joseph Martinez
    I Am a Verb
    September 8 – October 20, 2012 – Robert & Tilton Gallery

    I Am A Verb

    “Martinez derives meaning from the living world in much the same manner, codifying the often disquieting visual lexicon by which we map out our lives, often turning those culturally determined roadmaps completely upside down. Rather than ascribe meaning to an image or idea, Martinez utilizes the physical body as its own sociological testing ground, at once mutated, mutilated and broken. However, these mutations are not harbingers of a darker more sinister future, but visual amplifications of human responsibility in understanding what might be possible once we move beyond our own biology. The social future possesses its own viable “body” that transcends its physicality just as Martinez’ photographs of hunchbacks propose a strange asymmetry and ultimately transform beyond the “monstrous” pushing deeper still into the social fabric of everyday modern culture.”
    via Robert and Tilton

    Daniel Joseph Martinez
    Its just a little headache, its just a little bruise redemption of the flesh. The politics of the future as urgent as the blue sky, 2008
    Prosthetics, taxidermy, metal, plastic, corn syrup, food coloring, mechanical apparatus

  • Selected works by Lucy Skaer

    Lucy Skaer

    Lucky Skaer Interview

    Osip Mandelstam

    Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
  • Osip Mandelstam

    Sweet Voice and Harsh Words of Osip

    The Russian poet Osip Mandelstam (1881-1938) was the brightest in a room full of brilliant flares, one of an extraordinary generation of poets that included Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, Aleksandr Blok, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Marina Tsvetayeva, who made up what is called the Silver Age of Russian poetry. No writer more than Mandelstam bore the brunt of the political experiment launched by his country in the second decade of the twentieth century. It could be said that he loved and lived for his native Russia, and died at the hands of the Soviet Union.

    Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope

    Hope Against Hope has been described by Martin Amis and Clive James as the essential memoir of the 20th century. It was written towards the end of her long life by Nadezhda Mandelstam, the wife of arguably Russia’s greatest modern poet, Osip Mandelstam.

  • This
    This is what I most want
    unpursued, alone
    to reach beyond the light
    that I am furthest from.

    And for you to shine there-
    no other happiness-
    and learn, from starlight,
    what its fire might suggest.

    A star burns as a star,
    light becomes light,
    because our murmuring
    strengthens us, and warms the night.

    And I want to say to you
    my little one, whispering,
    I can only lift you towards the light
    by means of this babbling.

    Osip Mandelstam

  • Osip and Anna Akhmatova

  • Anna Akhmatova and Modigliani (scroll down)