Thursday, October 30, 2014

affinities XXI

Castle in the Sky (Miyazaki, 1986)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Weerasethakul, 2010)

(See also previous post)

Monday, October 20, 2014

affinities XX

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) / Princess Mononoke (1997)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Three stills from various Bill Morrison films that I took from a trailer for the upcoming retrospective Compositions.

bill morrison film, experimental, found footage

bill morrison film, experimental cinema, decay, found footage

bill morrison film, experimental cinema, decay, found footage

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alice Listening to Her Poetry and Music (George Segal, 1970)

From Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

affinities XIX

1 & 3: War with the Newts (Karel Čapek, 1936); 2 & 4: Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov, 1955).

A few pages before this section in War with the Newts we're introduced to a character named "Jens Jensen," which also brings to mind Lolita (Humbert Humbert). It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that Nabokov read Čapek's book, quite popular in its time and shortly thereafter.

To those interested in reading Čapek excellent satire I recommend the Osers translation. Many of the funniest passages lose their spark in Weatherall's version.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

"The most ominous cultural divide lies between those who chase after their manufactured illusions, and those who are able to puncture the illusion and confront reality. More than the divides of race, class, or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or non-believer, red state or blue state, our culture has been carved up into radically distinct, unbridgeable, and antagonistic entities that no longer speak the same language and cannot communicate. This is the divide between a literate, marginalized minority and those who have been consumed by an illiterate mass culture."

—Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A Tennessee Williams anecdote, co-starring John F. Kennedy & featuring Gore Vidal. Or: Three Men and a Gun Part II

From Gore Vidal's Palimpsest (1995)

"When Jackie [Kennedy] heard that we were in Miami, she asked us up to Palm Beach for lunch. The Bird [Tennessee Williams] had no idea who they were but took my word for it that Jack was running for president. We arrived an hour late. Jack was firing a rifle at a target on the lawn. He was not a very good shot; and I was as bad as he. The Bird casually took the rifle from him and shot three bull's-eyes, 'Using only my blind-eye,' he cackled.

"Jack knew exactly how to flatter authors. Always say you admire their least successful work. He praised Summer and Smoke, and the Bird began to find him presidential. He also found him sexually attractive.

'Look at that ass,' he said thoughtfully as Jack led us into the damp, moldy-smelling house.

'You can't cruise our next president.' I was stern.

'Don't be ridiculous. The American people will never elect those two. They're far too attractive.'


As we left, I told Jack that the Bird had found his ass attractive.

'That's very exciting.' Jack grinned."

Sunday, October 05, 2014

"The Imagination is not a State: it is The Human Existence itself."

Above: Manoel de Oliveira (1908 - ????)

From Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011)