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The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch

The Rite of Spring by Pina Bausch

Another piece by PB (7:25 min). Exciting, as always, and maybe slightly diabolical. She’s good at tableau, and good at laying down a hook. A set of cafe chairs, (PB in Cafe Müller, left), a field of pink flowers. In this segment we can see the use she’s made of a phalanx of bodies against […]

The sound of thinking

The sound of thinking

Imagine the score of a late Beethoven piano sonata. Then, being in a concert hall as the pianist attacks the keyboard, the black blizzard of notes swelling over the audience. If, like me, you are less than naturally musical, you are … processing – listening to the flow of sounds with that strange, innate ability […]

Bringing Bacon home

Bringing Bacon home

If you’re going to New York this northern summer, you’ll no doubt be checking out the Met’s grand centennial show, or coronation, (as Slate puts it) of Francis Bacon. Like the New Yorker‘s Peter Schjeldahl, I have mixed feelings about the paintings – still, Bacon is unavoidable. He’s got the car crash factor. Not going […]

What happened to beauty?

The inscrutonable Roger on the modern intoxication with ugliness. At any time between 1750 and 1930, if you had asked an educated person to describe the goal of poetry, art, or music, “beauty” would have been the answer… The current habit of desecrating beauty suggests that people are as aware as they ever were of […]

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RIP, Mrs Slocombe

RIP, Mrs Slocombe

‘Mrs Slocombe, are you free?’ ‘Yes, Mr Peacock, I’m free.’ Vale, Mollie Sugden, she of Mrs Slocombe, the Groan Dame of Are You Being Served? Mrs Slocombe’s great contribution to Anglohumour was her pet routine, as in, ‘Animals are very psychic; the least sign of danger and my pussy’s hair stands on end.’ So it […]

What he said

Michael Blim on Obama and the 40th anniversary of Stonewall But scratch any American, and scratch me for that matter, and beneath whatever we profess, you’ll find a raging libertarian.

Pina Bausch 1940-2009

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHzlEvtjaOw[/youtube] The electrifying opening sequence of Pedro Almodovar’s film, Talk to Her, was an excerpt from “Cafe Muller’, a Pina Bausch dance piece – Bausch is the bare-shouldered dancer in this clip. The effect of the work is hard to explain, but easy to register its shock and exhilaration. Almodovar’s film exposed a whole new […]

So you want to learn to write like Nam Le?

So you want to learn to write like Nam Le?

Or Raymond Carver, or Joyce Carol Oates, or Alice Sebold, or John Irving, or Richard Ford? They all attended a Creative Writing course. If you’d like to learn to write but aren’t sure about hanging with all the other wannabes, check out the New Yorker, which asks – at fascinating length – should creative writing […]

Tim Winton’s guest post

Yup, that’s all Winton below. Look, I was going to keep this post short, but the issue – the Productivity Commission report on “Copyright Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books”, in the hands of the government as of today – suffers from being crazy esoteric* while being indescribably crucial to whatever it is we […]

michaeljackson: The Look, The Moves

michaeljackson: The Look, The Moves

Sick of the vulture sessions yet? michaeljackson nailed it in his ’83 lyric, Wanna Be Startin’ Something: You’re a vegetable, you’re a vegetable Still they hate you, you’re a vegetable You’re just a buffet, you’re a vegetable They eat off of you, you’re a vegetable Nonetheless, here are two notions I haven’t seen elsewhere: 1. […]