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TP Meditation Taylor Mead Haiku Robert Hass Translation

September 17th, 2020
  • Lockdown – Coronavirus


    Taylor Mead

    My Arm for a pillow
    I really like myself
    Under the hazy mooon

    Yosa Buson

    Translated by Robert Hass


  • (Senior Trip)

  • Congratulations Naomi Osaka & Dominic Thiem!

    September 14th, 2020
  • Five Things we learned from the 2020 US Open


  • (Naomi Osaka keeps victims of racial injustice in spotlight with US Open masks)

    Naomi Osaka: How a shy introvert has found her voice to become tennis’ new leader

  • Dominic Thiem
    : “It’s incredible to know that Federer congratulated me for my game. He also invites me to train at his home. Roger is the best tennis player of all time, not only a great athlete but a great person too. If tennis has this much popularity, it is largely thanks to him.” (2016, via FB)

    Michael Ondaatjie

    September 12th, 2020
  • (Happy birthday Michael Ondaatjie– Sept 12)

    See photos of him from his life here
    In Ceylon

  • 76 facts you might not know about on Michael Ondaatjie

    31. Ondaatje calls his novels “cubist,” by which he means that he eschews linear narratives and experiments with the form.

  • See a photo of Ondaatjie and Ralph Fiennes here.
    Breaking the Rules

    One of his beloved books “Coming Through Slaughter” is a fictional story of New Orleans, Louisiana about 1900, very loosely based on the lives of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden and photographer E. J. Bellocq. Winner of the 1976 Books in Canada First Novel Award.
    New Orleans and vicinity at the turn of the century is the setting for the novel. Consider the places where the action occurs: N. Joseph’s Shaving Parlor, the river, Shell Beach, the Brewitts, Webb’s cottage, the streets of Storyville, Bellocq’s studio, Bolden’s home with Nora and the children, the mental hospital.

  • Willem Dafoe interviewed Michael Ondaatjie
    He has given many interviews but the interview with William Dafoe, Michael became more open and revealing. He said, “I went into a tailspin after The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. I won an award for it in Canada and I went into this hole. So I wrote Coming Through Slaughter, which was a huge fury about fame. It was on a very small scale, but it was big enough. I mean, the thing is to continue to avoid being self-conscious. To write and forget that you wrote other books.”
    “I have a tendency to remove more and more in the process of editing. Often I’ll write the first chapter last, because it sets up the story. The last thing I wrote in Coming Through Slaughter was “His geography,” almost like a big landscape shot, with buried clues you can pick up later. ”

    On the genesis of plane crash image for English Patient:

    “WD: Where did you get the central image of the plane crash, do you even remember?
    MO: I just got the image and it was there. The artist, Joseph Beuys, was in a plane crash in the far north, not in the desert, but I already had this image in my head. It was one of those things where I’d heard about Beuys and his obsession with felt and that worked its way in too. That was enough. I didn’t need to know anymore. The medicine man… ”
    He then continues to talk about Herodotus, Charles Olson and Robert Creeley.
    “MO: I had already read some of him. Then there was a reference to him in one of the explorer’s desert journals; one guy who said, “I was responsible for our library on one of our expeditions. But our library was only one book, Herodotus” And I thought that was great, because he was an historian writing about a place where these guys are many hundreds of years later. The idea of a contemporary history and an ancient history that links up… These explorers in the 1930s were out of time. I love the idea of them checking out sand dune formations. I love historical obsessives. And I kept thinking of writers like Charles Olson and Robert Creeley in some odd way. Creeley in his toughness, brittleness and lovely guarded lyricism was a clue for me about the patient, Almasy. And this wonderful, heroic era of exploration that was then ignored, while the twentieth century became more mercenary or mercantile. Also Herodotus’ sense of history is great because it’s very much based on rumor. “

    The End Judges Everything by Herodotus (with original greek text)
    The world according to Herodotus
    Herodotus’ Histories

    Michael O. shares birthday with these two historical figures.
    Lorenzo di Medici
    9/12/1492 – 5/4/1519
    Florentine ruler (1513-9)

    Francis I
    9/12/1494 – 3/31/1547
    French king and patron of the arts and scholarship (1515-47 )

    RIP Ronald Harwood, The Dresser, The Pianist, The Diving Bell & Butterfly

    September 9th, 2020

  • The Guardian Obit
    Sir Ronald Harwood – a life in pictures

    Ronald Harwood
    Passed away one day before his birthday.

  • Diving Bell and Butterfly – Julian Schnabel

  • The Pointillist Detail, Photos of Jürgen Schadeberg, RIP

    September 8th, 2020
  • (Hans Prignitz’s handstand on the St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg 1948 )

    African photography Jurgen Schadeberg

    Jurgen Schadeberg Artistic Eye

    Obituary: The pointillist detail and zen brush strokes of Jürgen Schadeberg

  • Jurgen Schadeberg homepage


  • Nelson Mandela


  • Exclusive Interview (Flashbak)

    At the start of his teens, Schadeberg was forced into the Hitler Youth. He hated it and everything it represented. Sometimes he marched backwards, or wore bright colours instead of the standard issue brown shirt. On other occasions he mimicked Charlie Chaplin as der Führer.

    Miriam Makeba

  • Jurgen Schadeberg’s Portrait of Singers in 1950’s South Africa

  • Birol Unel – German Turkish Actor of Soul Kitchen, Head On dies at 59

    September 4th, 2020
  • Birol Unel dies at 59

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    “Rest In Peace, dear friend. Your light was shining bright,” director Fatih Akin says

    Birol Unel German actor (Reverberations net)

    Fatin Akin directed Soul Kitchen, Head on etc.

    Update

  • Tomboy and Eyeless Girls – Celine Sciamma & Helene Delmaire

    September 3rd, 2020
  • Trailer Tomboy


    (The stars of Girlhood, from left, Marietou Toure, Karidja Toure and Assa Sylla, and Celine Sciamma)

    Celine Sciamma – You have to be fearless

    The French director of ‘Tomboy’ and ‘Girlhood’ enters adult territory with period romance ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’.

  • How Delmaire created Our Portrait of Lady on Fire Cover (Criterion)

    Portraits at the heart of Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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    The Eyeless Girls

    Helene Delmaire (homepage)

  • Tribute to Hal Ashby, “Hal” Documentary film by Amy Scott

    September 2nd, 2020
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    b. September 2, 1929, Ogden, Utah
    d. December 27, 1988, Malibu, California

  • A Man Out of time
    Bruce Dern, Norman Jewison, Wexler paid moving tributes to Hal Asby.

  • Bound For Glory1aBoundforGlory1

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  • RIP Chadwick Boseman

    August 31st, 2020

  • (Chadwick Boseman as Showing results for Thurgood Marshall

    Amy Goodman Democracy Now on Chadwick Boseman – Cancer

    Remembering Chadwick Boseman: Ibram X. Kendi on Legacy of “Black Panther” Actor, Cancer & Anti-Racism

  • Chadwick Boseman Black Pride (Guardian)

  • Jacky Robinson biopic 42 to return to theaters after death

  • Black Panther: The ‘weird signs’ that led Chadwick Boseman to Wakanda

    BBC Stories

    Siah Armajani – Architect Designer from Tehran (1939-2020)

    August 28th, 2020

  • Siah Arnahani – Glass front porch for Walter Benjamin

    (Read about Walter Benjamin’s tragic life from previous post)

    Artforum obit

    Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani, whose work across media bridged architecture, democracy, mathematics, and the commons, has died of heart failure in Minneapolis.

    Art News obit

    Siah Armajani, Ceaselessly Imaginative Artist with a Belief in the Power of Public Art, Is Dead at 81

    Siah Armajani at The Met Breuer press preview of Siah Armajani: Follow This Line February 19, 2019.
    Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Prayer

    NYtimes

    Fraught and Fabulous: Art That Shows a Passion for Democracy

  • Tyranny of Design? Or Chairs as Characters

    August 26th, 2020
  • The Tyranny of Chair Design

    Most chairs aren’t designed to serve human bodies – but a better seat is possible. By Sara Hendren

  • Tony Cragg <> tonycragg

    Tom Friedmantomfriedman
    – his school chair, drilled into skeletal oblivion.

    Chorus of Chairs

  • See a Dragon Chair sold for 28 Millions by Eileen Gray.
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    The unique and remarkable ‘Dragons’ armchair was acquired from Miss Gray by Suzanne Talbot, the first patron to provide her with an opportunity to create a complete environment. The exotic, symbolist character of the piece situates it conceptually within the first phase of Miss Gray’s creative cycle.
    The Mad Tea Party (previous post)

    1aburtonRockchari
    Two chair design by Scott Burton

    Elephant Chairs collection

  • 1aB-valeska-soares-VS10232_Lugar-Comum_1-1024x768
    Lugar Column 2016
    Artists from Brazil

  • lasvegaspl1

    My photos of New Mexico Las Vegas Hotel Lobby –

  • Panda with oversized bamboo.

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • 1HIkea1
    (Ikea – photo by Fung Lin Hall)
    Weather and Warehouse

    John Cage sitting on a silent chair

    The Repetition – Retribution

    The Confessions – 2016 film Starring Toni Servillo

    August 22nd, 2020
  • The Confessions (Variety review)

    See the trailer here.

    Roberto Ando at Karlovy Vary

    Italian director discusses global politics, failure of capitalism, monastic orders

  • John Maynard Keynes would turn over in his grave at the “austerity” actions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), particularly the Greek transfers of assets depicted in this film.

    John Maynard Keynes vs Laissez Faire

  • For an in depth first person account of what it was actually like dealing with the IMF during the period of the film, see the experience of Greece’s Finance Minister.

    Yanis Varoufakis – Greek Spring, my 160 days as finance minister