Entries from August 2008

Café Mouffe: Katmandu

Comments   1   Date Arrow  August 22, 2023 at 3:00pm   User  by Mark Willis

Maybe it’s the linseed oil. Maybe I’ve Tom Sawyered myself into whitewash rapture while trying to entice my son into painting the house. I’m having fun — more fun than an old geezer is supposed to have. Now that I’m working off a scaffold, I feel like the Donald Trump of house painters. Give […]

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In Memoriam: Jerry Wexler

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 16, 2023 at 9:38pm   User  by Mark Willis

Jerry Wexler, the garrulous record producer with the golden ear, died yesterday at age 91. Wexler had so much to do with the sound track of my misspent youth. He gave us Ray Charles, Wilson Picket , Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers — and best of all, Aretha. The man even invented the term “rhythm […]

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Imaging Paris: Bouquinistes

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 15, 2023 at 3:28pm   User  by Mark Willis

[Photos by lodrorigdzin; all rights reserved]
Alex was in Paris last week, and he kindly asked if he could photograph anything in particular for me. He knew I’d love these images of the book stalls on the Seine. The offer was enough to set me loose in the time-space continuum. Perched on a ladder half a […]

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Orwell, Marx, and the Snake

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 9, 2023 at 5:24pm   User  by Mark Willis

George Orwell wrote in his diary on August 9, 1938:
Caught a large snake in the herbaceous border beside the drive. About 2’ 6” long, grey colour, black markings on belly but none on back except, on the neck, a mark resembling an arrow head (ñ) all down the back. Did not care to handle it […]

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MiT6: Stone & Papyrus, Storage & Transmission

Comments   3   Date Arrow  August 8, 2023 at 12:10am   User  by Mark Willis

The Media in Transition 6 conference (MiT6) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is scheduled for April 24-26, 2009. The conference theme is “Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission.” The deadline for submitting proposals is January 9, 2009.
Ms. Modigliani and I went to MiT5 in 2007, and we found it to be one of […]

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Yves Klein’s Leap Into The Void

Comments   1   Date Arrow  August 7, 2023 at 12:15am   User  by Mark Willis

Le Saut dans le Vide (”Leap into the Void”) is a photograph of an art performance by Yves Klein at Rue Gentil-Bernard, Fontenay-aux-Roses, in October 1960. [Photo by by Harry Shunk/Wikipedia]
I made the comment yesterday that “Philippe Petit isn’t a daredevil like Evel Knievel, but a performance artist like Yves Klein.” I thought immediately of […]

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Is it IKB or Memorex? Only Yves Knows

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 7, 2023 at 12:10am   User  by Mark Willis

Actually, a digital representation can only approximate the deep, other-worldly hue of the color known as IKB or International Klein Blue. Invented by French artist Yves Klein, IKB now has its own Wikipedia page:
International Klein Blue (or IKB as it is known in art circles) was developed by French artist Yves Klein as part of […]

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‘A Bird on a Leash Is Not a Bird’

Comments   3   Date Arrow  August 6, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

Philippe Petit balances on a wire stretched between the towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. [Source: NYT/Jean-Louis Blondeau/Polaris]
A caller to On Point with Tom Ashbrook asked Philippe Petit if he wore some kind of belaying line when he danced across that wire stretched between the Twin Towers. “I was […]

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Last Day in the Life of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 4, 2023 at 10:27am   User  by Mark Willis

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (left) shivers in a Gulag mugshot taken in Siberia in 1953 [Source: Russia Blpg]. Solzhenitsyn died in Moscow yesterday at age 89 . According to his NYT obit:
Mr. Solzhenitsyn outlived by nearly 17 years the Soviet state and system he had battled through years of imprisonment, ostracism and exile.
Mr. Solzhenitsyn had […]

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Parting Words: George Carlin

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 3, 2023 at 8:47pm   User  by Mark Willis

George Carlin died six weeks ago. It’s Bad For Ya, his final comedy album, was released last Tuesday. It includes a bit about mourning friends for six weeks, then removing them ceremoniously from his address book like crossing them off a scorecard. “You know what I’ve been doing? Going through my address book and […]

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