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Sam Wells, departed Angel

In 1971 Sam Wells gave a handmade book of his poetry to my sister Gina. This is one of the poems: Asa Whitney’s Dream Sometime, maybe I’m gonna ride on Asa Whitney’s dream and check out Walt Whitman’s land and … Continue reading

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Mickey One, directed by Arthur Penn

I haven’t been able to find many glowing reviews of this 1964 film and it seems to be misunderstood on almost every level. Most reviewers portray the director, Arthur Penn, as having failed at his task of creating a coherent … Continue reading

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David Hockney pontificates and paints

I liked David Hockney’s early portraits but his latest landscapes are quite a surprise if you haven’t yet discovered them. They remind me of a modern Matisse who might have used a lot of dioxazine purple to offset his phthalo … Continue reading

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Interview with Tom Zarrilli

This is the second in a monthly series of artist interviews. I met the artist Tom Zarrilli during my early years in Atlanta. I knew him from openings at alternative galleries and music clubs like 688 and TV Dinners, where … Continue reading

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1936 is so now

‘My Man Godfrey’ is a classic set during the (first) depression amidst ‘forgotten men’. Carol Lombard, William Powell, impeccable writing and worth 94 minutes of your time. The maid has some of the best lines. Cornelia tries to frame the … Continue reading

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Kagemusha and Japanese art

I’ve loved all things Japanese since I was six years old. My best pal then was the daughter of Kunihiko Kodaira, the first Japanese mathematician to win a Fields medal in ’54.  They moved away when we were ten and he later … Continue reading

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hang yourself you’ll regret it, don’t hang yourself you’ll regret it

David Foster Wallace, RIP. What a shame. Kierkegaard makes an appearance in the film ‘Noi’, but unlike our ambition defeating culture of irony and cynicism, the quote in the context of this film actually means something down to earth and … Continue reading

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