ON JACK SMITH: UNDERGROUND FILMMAKER AND “GODFATHER OF PERFORMANCE ART” and more...


ON JACK SMITH: UNDERGROUND FILMMAKER AND “GODFATHER OF PERFORMANCE ART”

 
 

(Emma Allen’s article appeared in The New Yorker, 8/29.)

Jack Smith has been described as “the only person I would ever copy” (by Andy Warhol); “the only true underground filmmaker” (John Waters); and “the godfather of performance art” (Laurie Anderson). He appeared in Warhol movies and in Robert Wilson productions; his campy films and performances, with their mummies, mermaids, and harems of veiled drag queens, influenced the work of Matthew Barney, Cindy Sherman, and Ryan Trecartin, to name a few. So how come you likely haven’t heard of him?

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http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/ephemeral

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‘PERICLES’ AT THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (SV PICK, ORE.)

 
 

(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/21; via Pam Green.)

ASHLAND, Ore. — Even among the beleaguered heroes and heroines of Shakespeare’s late romances, the title character of “Pericles” stands out for the weight of strange misfortunes that chase him around the Mediterranean, and more than once dump him in it when the ships he’s traveling aboard founder. (A favorite stage direction: “Enter Pericles, wet.”)

He’s forced to flee his home country, Tyre, after he divines the secret of the temperamental ruler of Antioch — namely that he has been sleeping with his own daughter — and fears violent retribution. Later blows include the deaths of his wife and his daughter, although this being a romance, those disasters ultimately prove to be illusions.

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JOSEPHINE BAKER INTERVIEW

 
 

(Tim Murari’s interview appeared in the Guardian, 8/26; via Pam Green.)

An enchanting child opens the door, gravely extends her hand and says, “Bon jour Monsieur.” She isn’t more than 10, her hair curly and long, skin a pale porcelain brown, a delicate vivacious face which will outlast beauty, and inexhaustible energy that keeps her jumping on the bed as if it were a trampoline, until her mother, Josephine Baker, finishes her telephone call.

Miss Baker isn’t that easy to describe. Her head is covered with a blue polka dot turban and huge plastic rimmed dark glasses mask her face from eyebrow to lower cheek. The rest of her is swathed in a dressing gown. Though her eyes remain hidden, occasionally the sun penetrates the glass gloom to reflect a spark as she glances away, the rest of her body makes it very obvious that she’s tired. She leans back into the deep couch and continually keeps adjusting the pillows to make herself as comfortable as possible. It’s a task that never quite succeeds for her tiredness doesn’t appear short termed. It’s deeper than that.

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http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/26/josephine-baker-interview-1974

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JOYCE CAROL OATES: INSPIRATION AND OBSESSION IN LIFE AND LITERATURE

(Oates’s article appeared in The New York Review of Books, 8/13.)

I think that I should begin by evoking René Magritte’s famous painting of 1929, The Treachery of Images, with its simple, literal depiction of a pipe and the provocative caption beneath—Ceci n’est pas une pipe. “This is not a pipe.” (How strangely people seem to have reacted to this self-evident statement! Though no one in actual life would confuse a pipe with the drawing of a pipe.)

This is not a traditional lecture so much as the quest for a lecture in the singular—a quest constructed around a sequence of questions: Why do we write? What is the motive for metaphor? “Where do you get your ideas?” Do we choose our subjects, or do our subjects choose us? Do we choose our “voices”? Is inspiration a singular phenomenon, or does it take taxonomical forms? Indeed, is the uninspired life worth living?

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http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/aug/13/inspiration-and-obsession-life-and-literature/

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HIGH-TECH PLAN TO SAVE ANCIENT SITES FROM ISIS

 
 

(Tom Coghlan’s and Oliver Moody’s article appeared in the Times, Middle East, 8/28.)

A team of digital-age “monuments men” are to launch an unprecedented fightback against the destruction of ancient sites in the Middle East by Islamic State.

Archaeologists at Oxford and Harvard will flood the region with 3D cameras in a plan to create a full digital record of every threatened artefact. 

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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4540560.ece

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