Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Impossible King Lear

King Lear may be an impossible undertaking, but that won’t stop Jessica Winter from taking the best parts of the best Lear productions and putting them together in the hope of the perfect King Lear — the Fantasy League Lear, as the author puts it.

I’ve never seen a perfect Lear, but I’ve seen many that embodied its toxic, inchoate spirit or brilliantly captured an elusive scene or character. From all these competing versions, I’ve assembled an ever-evolving Fantasy League Lear, more on which below.

[via Slate]

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Remembering Gil Scott-Heron.

Over at Pitchfork, there’s a nice appreciation of the life and work of Gil Scott-Heron.

[via Pitchfork]

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Alex Ross on The Tree of Life.

Alex Ross on the music of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

In other words, Malick’s classical selections span the entire spectrum of human emotion, from the darkest regions to the most luminous. The film traverses the same range. Anyone who goes into the theater expecting a blissful meditation on nature and the universe will be in for a shock: there are intimations of terrible violence here, and the underlying sadness is almost unbearable, particularly when you begin to guess how much of the story is based on real life.

Read the full post at the link.

[via Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise]

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Rojak: RIP, Gil Scott-Heron.

Rojak is a weekly (sometimes fortnightly) collection of assorted links as well as a bulletin summarising the week (or fortnight) on this blog.

Assorted

Gil Scott-Heron has died. [via Pitchfork]

Here he is performing “The Bottle”. [via YouTube]

Bloomsday celebrations in Dublin this year. [via A Piece of Monologue]

Trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. [via YouTube]

On Frank Kermode. [via The New York Review of Books]

On Kingsley Amis and the English Language. [via The Guardian]

Bulletin

happy 70th, bob!

Bob Dylan, "Things Have Changed". Original photograph by William Claxton.

This week, we celebrated Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday with:

We also celebrated Miles Davis’s birthday.

Meanwhile, Terrence Malick won the Palme d’Or, and there is an interesting Magnum exhibition going on in Torino.

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Omnivore: Missing out.

Omnivore is a brief weekly (sometimes fortnightly) report on some of the things that I’ve been enjoying during the week.

I missed out last week that I read a Banana Yoshimoto book.

This week, I’ve been rereading José Saramago’s The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.

I’ve also been listening to Bob Dylan (it was his birthday), Miles Davis (it was his birthday), and trying out the new Fleet Foxes.

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“Magnum on Set”

If you’re in Torino, Italy, do check out “Magnum on Set”, an exhibition of 146 featuring photographs on the sets of some truly great motion pictures.

Reporters from the biggest photographic agency in the world often recorded the production work that went into the classics of film history. The exhibition uses 146 images – most of which have become world famous – to take us back to the sets of great masterpieces such as Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight, Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause, Orson Welles’s The Trial, John Huston’s Moby Dick, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point and many others.

Runs till 25 September.

[via Magnum Photos]

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You too, Miles.

It’s the 85th birthday of Miles Davis today. Time to get some music on.

[via YouTube]

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Wallpaper.

Happy 70th, Bob!

I also made a wallpaper to celebrate. It’s in 1920 x 1080.

Original photograph by William Claxton.

[via flickr]
[Full resolution via flickr]

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Playlist.

In celebration of his 70th birthday today, this will be my Bob Dylan playlist for the day:

  1. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
  2. Changing of the Guard
  3. Someday Baby
  4. Tangled Up in Blue
  5. Ballad of a Thin Man
  6. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  7. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  8. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  9. Jokerman
  10. My Back Pages
  11. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  12. Mississippi
  13. Lonesome Day Blues
  14. Blind Willie McTell
  15. Just Like a Woman
  16. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
  17. Dignity
  18. Tombstone Blues
  19. Forever Young
  20. Idiot Wind
  21. I Want You
  22. Workingman’s Blues #2
  23. Maggie’s Farm
  24. Simple Twist of Fate
  25. Girl From the North Country
  26. Things Have Changed
  27. Desolation Row

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Happy birthday, Bob.

Bob Dylan celebrates his 70th birthday today. Let’s watch a video.

[via YouTube]

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