Dec 24, 2005

anais nin's diary volume 2

When the movie Henry and June came out in 1990 I had already read couple of books from Henry Miller and didn’t like them. So, I went to see the movie reluctantly – and the movie turned out to fall somewhat short of my expectations. What the movie did was to cause me to pick – up the diaries—and never put them down. Today Anais Nin's diaries seem more relevant the ever before – as you will see they have a bloggish quality about them.

I have made a couple of posts on Mark America, Grammatron, and Becoming Research on my hamid & company blog before – check them out for Mark is doing truly wonderful work to develop the web as an artistic medium. Here is Mark's descriptionof the diaries: "True blog is not true at all. It is pseudo.For example, the novels of Henry Miller could be considered bloggish, but then again so would the so-called "diaries" of Anais Nin, not because they are diaries per se, but because they subvert the diary form into what reads like an associative, pseudo-autobiographical novel. It's her socio-linguistic poetics coupled with an energetic linking process that makes it feel so bloggered. Her enigmatic jazz momentum totally eroticized by a very stylized use of language as aphrodiasical elixir. This, I believe, is the key to blogging less it become nothing but narcissistic foreplay, and mediocre narcissistic foreplay at that. " I have started A blog of the second volume--here Nin is more measured compared to the sexual overtones of the first volume. The site itself has some issues to work out--but I have deceided to go ahead. Enjoy.

Dec 17, 2005

C a p o t e

Capote is a 2005 biopic that follows Truman Capote on a writing assignment for the New Yorker in a small Kansas town where he investigates the gruesome murders of a local family. The film follows the events in Capote's life during the writing of his non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood. The movie was filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the summer of 2004.Here is a review:" This moving film lives and breathes on the powerful shoulders of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's stunning performance in the title role. Hoffman captures all of the unique physical characteristics that made Capote such a familiar public figure in his lifetime and invests them with a humanity that is almost unbearably poignant. The film focuses on Capote's research on the book "In Cold Blood" and the personal journey that his relationship and identification with killer Perry Smith became (Capote says at one point that it was like they grew up in the same house, and he went out the front door while Perry went out the back), a compelling and complicated relationship that this uncompromising film presents in moving detail. But what truly makes it a unique work of art is the brilliant work of Hoffman - always an interesting actor - whose performance as Truman Capote should elevate him to the pantheon of film giants. "