Friday, 28 August 2009

FIRST EDITION BOOKS: The Butterfly Kid - Chester Anderson (Pyramid Books; New York 1967)



I always feel vaguely cheated by first-person novels wherein the name of the narrator is not the name of the author. This is irrational, but there it is. I never claimed to be particularly rational.
...Therefore, I made myself a character in this book, using my own real name (with, of course, my permisssion). Having gone thus far, I modeled the character of my friend, roommate and manager on my real-friend, roommate, and (quondam) manager Michael Kurkland (with whom I collaborated on Ten Years to Doomsday-advt.), using, with his permission, his real name.
...Both of these characters, however, are purely ficticious. They are only based on us; they are not in reality us.
...All other persons, all places, situations and events, are 100 percent ficticious (would you believe 95%), and any resemblance to real persons, places et cetera is both ccoincidental and ridiculous.
...This si especially true of Greenwich Village, where most of this story happens. Do not be deceived: there is no Greenwich Village. Never was. Pure fiction, all of it. ask anyone who's lived there.

Chester Anderson.


Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Bob Dylan: "Christmas In The Heart" To Be Released October 13‏ (


Christmas In The Heart will be the 47th album from Bob Dylan, and follows his worldwide chart-topping Together Through Life, released earlier this year. Songs performed by Dylan on this new album include, "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Must Be Santa."

All of Bob Dylan's U.S. royalties from sales of these recordings will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year's holiday season. Bob Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity.

Additionally, Bob Dylan is partnering with two international charities to provide meals during the holidays for millions in need in the United Kingdom and the developing world, and will be donating all of his future international royalties from Christmas In The Heart to those organizations in perpetuity. Details regarding the international partnerships will be announced next week.

Bob Dylan commented, "It's a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone -- 12 million of those children -- often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from. I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season."


Sunday, 23 August 2009

ARTISTS AND THEIR WORKS: Liliana Lucki (Argentine), A Welcomed Symbolic Act

Liliana Lucki was born in San Miguel (Argentina) and studied at Buenos Aires´ National School of Art in 1975. She followed up her studies at the hands of professors Samos, Pagano and Noe and, in 1984, entered the artist workshop of Juan Larrea. She´s been writing and illustrating children books for nearly three decades and at present teaches art and history of art. Her works have been displayed in many exhibitions all around her native land and abroad, including Italy, Spain and Mexico.

"Model I", 80cmx90cm - (Colour drawing)


"Jalomi", 80x80cm - (Oil in canvas)


"They Can See US", 80cm x 100cm - (Oil in canvas)


"Inhabited Tree", 20 cm X 40 cm (Oil in canvas)


"Conclusion 2", series Essay and Movement, 60cm x 90cm (Oil in canvas - Collage)


Series Pencil I, 1 m x80 cm (Pencil)


"Shamirli", Digital Composition (Pencil)

Above all, and always on a personal level, what first attracted me was the marvellous intensity of her colouring and that broad range of what seems to be incomplete characters; a dreamlike symbolic and creative act of a meaning or interpretation varying according to the natural observer´s state of mind, regardless of the artist´s original intention, of course.
...A painting a day, I´d dare say.

All images by (c) Liliana Lucki


J. M. Coetzee on Ikiru, by Akira Kurosawa (The New York Review of Books; August 13, 2009)

From ' Summertime' : Notebooks 1972-1975

2 September 1973

At the Empire Cinema in Muizenberg last night, an early film of Kurosawa's, To Live. A stodgy bureaucrat learns that he has cancer and has only months to live. He is stunned, does not know what to do with himself, where to turn.
...He takes his secretary, a bubbly but mindless young woman, out to tea. When she tries to leave he holds her back, gripping her arm. "I want to be like you!" he says. "But I don't know how!" She is repelled by the nakedness of his appeal.
...Question: How would he react if his father were to grip his arm like that?


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

OLD BOOKS: The Uncommercial Traveller (Charles Dickens; Chapman and Hall, London; 1870s)


This is a 1870s edition of Dickens´articles and sketches for his journal All Year Around. Suffering from insomnia, the author goes wandering the streets of London at night-time and incorporates whatever he gathers in sketches, some of which he includes in this magnificent book written during the period 1860-1869.

This edition is also decorated with four extraordinary and quite realistic illustrations. Unfortunately, we are not given the name of the artist. But... hold on, is that the author himself in the third illustration?

Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 – 1870)

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Friday, 14 August 2009

OLD BOOKS: "Paradise Lost", John Milton (Bell and Daldy; London 1861)

Printed from the original text of a edition from the library of some Mr. Keightley who, apparently, kindly agreed to read each page one by one as they were printed.

It´s a great edition, pity it was not accompanied with some illustrations as it was the norm at the time with some publications of Milton´s poetical works.

John Milton (1608 – 1674)

Milton, while slowly going blind, worked as a foreign languages secretary for Oliver Cromwell’s commonwealth, a loyalty to which eventually had him thrown in jail when King Charles II was restored to his throne. Friend and fellow writer Andrew Marvell supposedly bailed Milton out of prison, and after being freed, Milton moved himself permanently to the country. There he wrote his epic poem Paradise Lost, printed in 1667 and considered to be one of the greatest pieces of writing in the history of literature. Illustrating the Biblical account of original sin, the work has inspired innumerable poets and writers of future generations. Milton published Paradise Regain’d (1671) and Samson Agonistes (1671) before his death on November 8, 1674 in England.


Sunday, 9 August 2009

Rock and Roll Comics: The Who (Revolutionary Comics; San Diego, USA 1989)

I purchased this comic for £2 at Dave's Comics, Brighton (U.K.). Although the illustrations are not up to scratch in this and any other comic from the same series, the stories are, and for that mere reason it's worth having them.


Saturday, 8 August 2009

CITY LIGHT BOOKS (San Francisco): Lawrence Ferlinghetti - "Pictures of the Gone World" (1968 Edition; The Pocket Poets Series, Number One)


Simply a beautiful pocket edition of Ferlinghetti´s 1955 poems. "A poem is a mirror walking down a strange street..."

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