Monday, August 06, 2018

Why Movies are Prayers

Alone I work, while all around me darkness swirls. 
Of sinking river stone. 
I will not stop until all these walls have found their cause,
To hold.
To hold.
Sad day tomorrow as Nancy's funeral is Due and the wake at NSW Golf Club will remember the soulful neighbour who had the best gardening skills in the world ...

Bookshops campaign for same business rate relief as pubs
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In Movies Are Prayers Larsen’s thesis is that human beings are by nature praying creatures. Even before the establishment of official religions, we expressed praise, gratitude, anger, appreciation, and disillusionment to an unseen force. Using the theory of common grace, which is “this notion that an agnostic artist, by God’s favor, can capture the glory of his creation,” Larsen argues that artists and filmmakers are constantly offering gestures of prayer in their art, even without knowing it or naming it. “Prayer can be an unconscious act, one guided by the Holy Spirit as much as our own script,” Larsen writes, citing Romans 8:26. “Even the howl of an atheist,” he adds, “is directed at the God they don’t acknowledge.”
 Why Movies are Prayers | The Russell Kirk Cente

Young American by Marie Tomanova
June 28 – August 10, 2018

Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall
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The Way We Read Now - WSJ

… the Great American Read list confirms that there is a great hunger in our culture for grand, mythic narratives. The adoration of the Harry Potter books, like the nearly scriptural status of the Star Wars movies, involves more than just fandom. These are comprehensive universes, 
complete with their own laws and histories, heroes and villains, morals and meanings. They serve the purpose that was once served by epic poems like “The Iliad” or “The Odyssey,” or even by biblical stories: They dramatize the spiritual truths and longings that shape our world.

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Deborah Levy and Olivia Laing in conversation. * Olivia Laing and Ali Smith in conversation. * David Hayden on the women who influenced his writing. * On Eugene Thacker‘s Infinite Resignation. * For Saul Leiter,“simply looking at the world was enough”. * Lauren Elkin on the new motherhood books. * How auto is autofiction? * Amy Liptrot on her pregnancy: “Thinking can be overwhelming – this unexpected baby changes everything and the mysteries of life are happening inside my body – and I just need to be a wild beast, a physical being using my senses”. * The strange brilliance of Gerald Murnane. * More Gerald Murnane. * Glen Matlock’s London. * On Schopenhauer. * On Heidegger. * Remember the Offbeat Generation? *Glenn Branca RIP. * The New York Times on the late Glenn Branca:“Many of his works are meant to be performed at high volumes, partly so that the overtones of his amplified guitars would linger and pile up, creating a phantom layer of harmony beyond what the musicians were playing, and partly as a purely tactile element, meant to both envelop and physically shake his listeners”. * The Quietus on Glenn Branca. * The GuardianRolling Stone and Libérationon Glenn Branca. * The Situationists and May 68. * “You are fucking cosmic.” Congratulation to Charlotte Amelia Poe. * Irmin Schmidt of Caninterviewed. * Nuit Chris Marker. * Patricia Lockwood on Rachel Cusk‘s trilogy: “The step down isn’t there. Reality ruptures”. * Rachel Kushner, Spinoza with lipstick. * Rachel Kushner interviewed in Interview. * Back to the literary future with Michael Caines. * Brian Dillon on In the Dark Room. *Brian Dillon at Shakespeare and Company. * Brian Dillon on female essayists. * Edmund White on Arthur Cravan. * On Modernism’s belatedness. * An interview with Andrew Latimer of Little Island Press:“Your favourite qualities in a person? The propensity for self-effacement”. * The great Viv Albertine interviewed: “Now, everyone has gone to music school and they all play brilliantly and you think, Why are they even playing live? It’s all so bloody middle class now”. * Viv Albertine on Front Row. * Geoff Dyer on Garry Winogrand. * Geoff Dyer interview. * Geoff Dyer on “the dental equivalent of the end of history”. * Chris Power on book reviews. * Blyth Power. * Our very own Eley Williams interviewed in The White Review. *Tony White on Little Atoms (Resonance FM) and on the Guardian‘s books podcast. * On lost books. * The collected writing of Robert Smithson. * Juliet Jacques, Jonathan Coe and Jennifer Hodgson on British experimental fiction. *Ann Quin reading from Three. * Jennifer Hodgson on Ann Quin, plus an interview here. * Jennifer Hodgson on Quin’s Berg. * Jonathan Coe (quotingStewart Home!) on Ann Quin. * Josie Mitchell on Ann Quin. * Deborah Levy on Ziggy Stardust“In my view, Bowie was a great writer. He has influenced me more than Tolstoy ever will do”. * Joanna Walsh on literary necrophilia in the 21st century. * Joanna Walsh on Front Row. * Joanna Walsh on Monocle 24. * Claire-Louise Bennett in Le Monde. * Lauren Elkin on the women of surrealism: “in gazing too much at these women, we avoid looking directly at their art”. * Georges Perec‘s Les lieux d’une fugue (film, 1979). * Marguerite Duras on translation. * Unpublished Roland Barthes! *Nicholas Blincoe on Nick Land. * The story of David Bowie on BBC6 Music. * Mark Stewart interviewed by Mark Fisher. * ITV News commemorates punk’s 40th anniversary. * Regarding the em dash. * Will SelfYears ago, I said [novel-writing] would become a conservatoire form, like easel painting or the symphony, but I didn’t quite understand how all of these kids in creative writing programs, and their constant focus-grouping, would create a new form that’s halfway between hobbyism and literature. It’s an occupation for wealthy Western youth who are marking time. Because there are more writers than readers now, it’s decoupled from any conversation. It’s like a great internal rumination”. Will Self on Walbersick. * 3:AM‘s Tristan Foster on Gerald Murnane“In Gerald Murnane’s infamous archives, the reclusive Australian writer has files titled ‘I give up writing fiction — again!’, ‘(Yet again) why I stopped writing’, and ‘Should I tell Literature to get fucked?’” * Emmett Stinsonon Gerald Murnane. * The New York Times on Gerald Murnane. *  They were the mods, they were the mods, they were, they were, they were the mods. * On Raymond Radiguet. *