Archive for November, 2012

The Hours with Stephen

Friday, November 30th, 2012

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Happy birthday Stephen Dillane

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Stephen Dillane who played Leonard Woolf (the Hours) and Jefferson (John Adams) made a TV film.. about a father.. whose son was shot by a sniper in Israel.. this was made for TV. which I saw about a few years ago.. it is an excellent film..

Who was Tom Hurndall? (wiki)

The Hours
Stephen helped Nicole Kidman find her Virginia.. his Leonard was the real deal.

Tony Award for lead actor in a play – Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing”. [4 June 2000]

See him as Thomas Jefferson.

  • His filmography here (He appeared in Klimt directed by Raul Ruiz.. Savage Grace with Julianne Moore).

  • Dorothy Day & Merton

    Thursday, November 29th, 2012

    Dorothy Day

    Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert; she advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism. Day “believed all states were inherently totalitarian,”[2] and was considered to be an anarchist and did not hesitate to use the term.[6] In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement, a nonviolent, pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf.

    “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”

    See photo of Dorothy Day funeral day from Loui Loui (Merton’s blog)

    Merton Dalai Lama
    Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day – A Special friendship

  • Mark Twain –Nov 30 1835

    Geography of Imagination – Guy Davenport

    Friday, November 23rd, 2012
  • Guy Mattison Davenport (November 23, 1927 – January 4, 2005) was an American writer, translator, illustrator, painter, intellectual, and teacher.

    Library thing Guy Davenport

    Davenport was a model of intellectual independence, adopting nobody’s theories and toeing nobody’s line (when he wrote that Levi-Strauss was too original of mind “to be the exponent of a master or a school,” he might have been referring to himself. Long a contributor to National Review, he mocked academic groupthink.

  • His cartoons and Geography of Imagination

  • Paris Review art of fiction – Guy Davenport

    There were some good students, and wonderful moments. I think of a class I taught in Philadelphia one evening, at a reformatory. The students were problem children, some criminal, some radically disoriented. On a large block of newsprint I showed them how Chinese characters work, and how a poem written in pictographs is different from a poem written in an alphabet. I moved on to haiku (news to them). At the end of the hour a uniformed guard said my time was up. The whole class, one by one, hugged and kissed me. On the other hand, at Yale, after a lecture, a student stood up and said my every word was wrongheaded and behind the times.

  • His letter to Marjoie Perloff
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  • Colin Turnbull

    (November 23, 1924 – July 28, 1994) was a British-American anthropologist who came to public attention with the popular books The Forest People (on the Mbuti Pygmies of Zaire) and The Mountain People (on the Ik people of Uganda), and one of the first anthropologists to work in the field of ethnomusicology.

    Eleven Planets & Two Edens

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

    He describes Palestine as a metaphor–for exile, for the human condition, for the grief of dislocation and dispossession. In “Eleven Planets in the Last Andalusian Sky,” he writes:

    I’m the Adam of two Edens lost to me twice:
    Expel me slowly. Kill me slowly
    With Garcia Lorca
    Under my olive tree.

    Edward Said and Mahmoud Darwish

  • A People With No Poetry Is A Defeated People

    Notre musique (Our Music) is a 2004 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The film reflects on violence, morality, and the representation of violence in film, and touches especially on past colonialism and the current Israeli-Palestinian conflic

  • I belong there.. I have many memories. I was born as everyone is born….

    In Jerusalem..

    Edward Said and his sister

    In a poem Mahmoud Darwish bids Edward Said farewell

    New York/ November/ Fifth Avenue
    The sun a plate of shredded metal
    I asked myself, estranged in the shadow:
    Is it Babel or Sodom?

    R.I.P Mahmoud Darwish 1941-2008 (previous post – Two Windows and a Story)

  • Ali, Fear Eats the Soul – 1974 – Fassbinder’s great film – full film on youtube

  • Not numbers: Named 108 Gazans killed (11pm Nov. 19 2012) –

  • Top 10 Myths about Israeli Attack on Gaza by Juan Cole

  • John Berger

    I’ve only been actively concerned with Palestine as a writer for about seven years. But the crisis, the injustice, the suffering of the Palestinians, have coexisted alongside my whole life as a writer. The length of this injustice, the lack of recognition of it by the rest of the world, while Israel pursues its own logic, totally regardless of the views of the external world – all this I was not conscious of then, but I am now.

    The Billy Rose Garden in Jerusalem – Isamu Noguchi

    Friday, November 16th, 2012
  • Dome

    Noguchi Garden
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    ( Photos by Fung-Lin Hall taken from the Billy Rose Garden in Jerusalem)

  • Isamu Noguchi – Nov 17, 1904

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    This set by acclaimed designer Isamu Noguchi, used in Martha Graham’s ‘Embattled Garden,’ was damaged when basement storage of the Martha Graham Dance Company, located in the West Village, flooded in late October 2012. The company said it is still assessing the extent of the damage.

    See Isamu Noguchi design from The Appalachian Spring..

  • Noguchi Museum NY..(youtube)

  • Yoshiko Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Noguchi
    Yoshiko Yamaguchi – Isamu Noguchi’s ex-wife .. an international diva who became a politican and has become a passionate advocate for Palestinian causes.

  • Edward Said on Israel occupation (youtube)

  • Jack Gilbert R.I.P

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

    Jack Gilbert was 87

    “A city of brick and tired wood,” he called his native city. “Primitive Pittsburgh.” Many of his poems have a straightforward lyricism that grabs you right away. According to a piece about the poet that was published just yesterday in the Los Angeles Times, “At Gilbert’s readings, audience members were known to burst into tears.”

    Coming to the End of His Triumph: A Retrospective on Jack Gilbert

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  • James Dickey said, “He takes himself away to a place more inward than is safe to go; from that awful silence and tightening, he returns to us poems of savage compassion”

    Paris Review

    In 1966 Gilbert left the country with his companion, the poet Linda Gregg. They lived in Greece, on the islands of Paros and Santorini, and for a brief period in Denmark and England. “All Jack ever wanted to know was that he was awake—that the trees in bloom were almond trees—and to walk down the road to get breakfast,” Gregg, who remains close to Gilbert, says. “He never cared if he was poor or had to sleep on a park bench.” After five years overseas, the couple returned to San Francisco, where they separated. Gilbert soon met and married Michiko Nogami, a sculptor twenty-one years younger than him. They settled in Japan and Gilbert taught at Rikkyo University until 1975, when he was appointed chief lecturer on American literature for the U.S. State Department and he embarked with Nogami on a fifteen-country tour. In 1982, at the insistence of his friend and editor Gordon Lish, Gilbert published a second book, Monolithos. That same year, Nogami died of cancer. She was thirty-six. Gilbert published a series of poems dedicated to her in a memorial chapbook, Kochan, and then, again, went silent—this time for a decade, during which he lived intermittently in Northampton, Massachusetts; San Francisco; and Florida.

    Linda GreggLinda Gregg photo by Hal Lum.

    The speaker in the poems of Gilbert’s third collection, The Great Fires: Poems, 1982–1992, often asks to be given a second chance: “Let me fall / in love one last time, I beg them. / Teach me mortality, frighten me / into the present. Help me to find / the heft of these days.” (Paris Review)

    Tic Toc Choc – Couperin – Alexandre Tharaud

    Saturday, November 10th, 2012

    tic toc choc – played by Alexandre Tharaud, directed by Elise Mc Leod


    François Couperin 10 November 1668

    Couperin acknowledged his debt to the Italian composer Corelli.
    His most famous book, L’art de toucher le clavecin (“The Art of Harpsichord Playing”, published in 1716), contains suggestions for fingerings, touch, ornamentation and other features of keyboard technique.

    Alexandre Tharaud Image via

    See Alexandre Tharaud with Haneke, Riva and Trintignant at the film festival.. (Previous post – Riva and Haneke – L’Amour)

    Tree of Life. Les Barricades Mysterieux

    Les Concerts Royeux – Couperin (Youtube)

    Related link
    Alain Corneau’s Tous Les Matin de Monde full film. (now on youtube)

    Lady Hamilton – Victory O

    Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

    Horation Nelson – Aboard, aboard, Victory O.

    Durrel & ballerina (scroll down to see the funny photo)

    Durrell and Anais Nin

    Lady Hamilton full film (youtube)

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    Susan Sontag Volcano Lover

    Paris Review – Lawrence Durrell

    You say at the beginning of Balthazar that the “central topic of the book is an investigation of modern love.”




    Justine and Balthazar bear this out, but there is a complete change of focus in Mountolive.


    It was simply a shift from subjective to objective. Mountolive is an account of the thing by an invisible narrator, as opposed to somebody engaged in the action.

    The theme of art is the theme of life itself. This artificial distinction between artists and human beings is precisely what we are all suffering from. An artist is only someone unrolling and digging out and excavating the areas normally accessible to normal people everywhere, and exhibiting them as a sort of scarecrow to show people what can be done with themselves.

    Senor Blues 2012

    Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

  • Horace Silver Blowing the Blues Away

  • Victory for equality, justice and women – 2012 election

    We must learn how to sign “NO Drones

    Top Ten Wish List Progressives should Press on President Obama by Juan Cole

    A Letter to Obama by George McGovern

    McGovern with Hunter Thompson (previous post)

  • Elliot Carter R.I.P

    Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
  • Listening to The Rite of Spring changed his life. (via) Igor Stravinsky and Elliot Carter

    Elliot Carter Remembered : Music seemed to erupt from his very being’

    Daniel Barenboim

    He had the most extraordinary memory. He remembered what happened last week, last year, and 90 years ago. In fact, when he was in his 90s, I performed his music in Chicago. He told me about his first visit to Berlin when he was 14, in 1922. He said he’d heard the last concerts conducted by Arthur Nikisch at the Berlin Philharmonic before Furtwängler took over – and he told me what he’d heard! I must say, I was a little suspicious and had the concert programmes checked. He was absolutely right.

  • Double Concerto for piano, harpsichord and two chamber orchestras (youtube)

  • Elliott Carter: A Conversation with Steven Stucky (1 of 4)

  • Enchanted Preludes (youtube)

  • Previous post Elliot Carter at 100

    Elliot Carter studied English at Harvard. He was a student of Nadia Boulanger.

    Gae Aulenti, Lebbeus Woods – Passing of Two Architects

    Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
  • Gae Aulenti
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    Gae Aulenti, Musée d’Orsay Architect, Dies at 84

    Gae Aulenti, a provocative Italian architect and designer who most notably converted a Paris train station into the Musée d’Orsay, died on Wednesday at her home in Milan.

  • Lebbeus Woods 1940-2012

    Lebbeus Woods died this morning at the age of 72. Woods was
    an anomaly in the contemporary architecture scene, producing
    work almost exclusively in the form of architectural
    drawings (in great volume) and sustaining a distinctive
    reputation as a visionary who, by inhabiting the lofty
    theoretical stratosphere of imagining over constructing
    buildings– a space so distanced from the vitiating
    constraints of capital — remained something of an
    uncorrupted, almost sanctified presence in the field. –Alan Sondheim (via netbehaviour)

    The Super Splice

    Architecture and war are not incompatible. Architecture is war. War is architecture. I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms. I am one of millions who do not fit in, who have no home, no family, no doctrine, no firm place to call my own, no known beginning or end, no “sacred and primordial site.” I declare war on all icons and finalities, on all histories that would chain me with my own falseness, my own pitiful fears. I know only moments, and lifetimes that are as moments, and forms that appear with infinite strength, then “melt into air.” I am an architect, a constructor of worlds, a sensualist who worships the flesh, the melody, a silhouette against the darkening sky. I cannot know your name. Nor you can know mine. Tomorrow, we begin together the construction of a city.


    Lebbeus Woods, radical architect,LA Obit

  • Without Walls: An Interview with Lebbeus Woods (Bee’s Architecture blog)

  • Orange Dance & Tyrannosaur

    Friday, November 2nd, 2012

    (Thanks to Mirjam Wildner)

    After being invited by Benjamin Millepied to a rehearsal for the L.A Dance Project’s premiere performance, Oscar-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Biutiful (2010), Babel (2006)) was inspired to make a video-exercise that documents movement and dance in an experimental way, with a stream of consciousness narrative. The result is NARAN JA (One Act Orange Dance).(The Creators’ Project)

    Benjamin Millepied is married to Natalie Portman.

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    Paddy Considine On Asperger’s Syndrome, BBC Radio Dec 2011

    Happy birthday Peter Mullan

    Peter Mullan directed Magdalene Sisters (Joni Mitchell dedicated the song – previous post).

    Peter Mullan was in Young Adam