Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
“The School #9 building at sunset in downtown Los Angeles.”
Photo: Andi Elloway.
A Summer Place (Delmer Daves, 1959)
One of those really good Bad Movies out of the 50s, nearly impossible not to watch with glee even while you’re aware you’re bored out of your skull. It feels like the entire film is shot on the beach or in cliff houses overlooking the beach …. water, water, surf, ocean, all very Jungian and female …. but this particular sequence gets Freudian all of a sudden with its phallic airplane on hard cement.
“You only demand clarity because you’re too comfortable within your vagueness; You only feel insufficient because you’re extremely fearful of unconditionally caring.”
— Albert Camus, from Notebooks, 1951-1959.
"Rationality is what we do to organize the world, to make it possible to predict. Art is the rehearsal for the inapplicability and failure of that process."
Brian Eno (via mttbll)
Dennis Stock. Igor Stravinsky in the studios of the Colombia Records, 1957
I’m emerging from doing two operas in the last eight weeks. The first in Chicago (a remounting of Astor Piazzolla’s MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES, in April); the second in Long Beach (Michael Gordon’s VAN GOGH, written as a concert piece and never staged before, just closed last weekend). A remarkable, dizzying, and intensely unforgettable 8 weeks for me.
with John Meyer, in VAN GOGH at Long Beach Opera.
In the center scaffold, with the brilliant Luna Negra Dance Company, in “Maria de Buenos Aires” at Chicago Opera Theatre.
Photo: Liz Lauren
with Peabody Southwell, in “Maria de Buenos Aires” at Chicago Opera Theatre.
Photo: Liz Lauren
"Often a curious psychosis existed in the theater such as I had not known before."
“Das Gelbe Fenster” by Blinky Palermo, 1976.
“I am forever urging my students to mark up their books, to scribble, deface and decode. It’s only by interacting with the books we admire at the sentence level that writers can begin to unlock the secrets of how one’s heroes have accomplished their magic.”
—- Mark Sarvas, who has just redesigned The Elegant Variation, his lit blog.
“Untitled-1” by Amy Yao.