“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.”-Janis Joplin
I had to do it, eventually.
I hate packing my books. Even though I am just getting started, my studio already seems bereft of a certain energy.
“A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog’s ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.”-Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia, 1833.
Writer-painter August Strindberg died on 14 May 1912. Here he is, looking suitably bohemian…
QUOTE: “I dream, therefore I exist.”
SOME WORKS: Master Olof; The Free Thinker; The Outlaw; The Father; The Dance of Death; A Dream Play; The Great Highway; The Son of a Servant.
On his way home from Indiana, I hope. For two golden, precious days he’s mine again. Until then, I am jittery with anticipation. I cannot sit still. I cannot write. All I can do is smile.
“”I would always rather be happy than dignified.”-Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Adversity” illustration by Edith Mahier, from the Tulane University yearbook. 1915.
One of my writing specialties is silent cinema. It’s actually one of the great loves of my life, and so is Buster Keaton. Last night, The Chef and I had the rare treat of seeing Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) on the big screen. The show was held in the ballroom of the stunning Cincinnati Music Hall. Clark Wilson provided musical accompaniment on the Hall’s restored “The Mighty Wurlitzer”. This is my favourite Keaton production. I have watched it at least 20 times, but always in the privacy of my home. The joy of experiencing a silent movie whilst surrounded by hundreds of spontaneously laughing people seeing it for the first time is energetic and awe-inspiring. Buster, who made his film debut 96 years ago, would certainly be proud and humbled. It was a wonderful evening to be a cinema buff and writer.
“The first thing I did in the studio was to want to tear that camera to pieces. I had to know how that film got into the cutting room, what you did to it in there, how you projected it, how you finally got the picture together, how you made things match. The technical part of pictures is what interested me. Material was the last thing in the world I thought about. You only had to turn me loose on the set and I’d have material in two minutes, because I’d been doing it all my life.”-Buster Keaton
Deadline. Deadline. Deadline.
Since I’m up against one, I will be playing hooky from the blog today. But,
only after I leave you with a quote and a few photos of my beloved dogs.
“The writers greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.”-James Baldwin
I will always need you darlings, but I have to run off to write a review. Until tomorrow, then.
“Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.”-Friedrich Nietzsche