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  • That phrase “reality’s reflections” is self-explanatory, but perhaps I ought to clarity my own interpretation of it. Reflected reality is the essence of reality, the truer truth. When I was a child I played a pictorial game. I would, for […]

    From “Ghosts in Sunlight” by Truman Capote (1967)

    That phrase “reality’s reflections” is self-explanatory, but perhaps I ought to clarity my own interpretation of it. Reflected reality is the essence of reality, the truer truth. When I was a child I played a pictorial game. I would, for […]

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  • She is the best Emma we’ve ever had–including Isabelle Huppert’s great 1991 Emma–because her director, Vincente Minnelli, not only made a story about a woman’s self-destruction, he made a film about a female actor’s narcissism. In the movie, Jones, who […]

    Jennifer Jones as “Madame Bovary” (1949)

    She is the best Emma we’ve ever had–including Isabelle Huppert’s great 1991 Emma–because her director, Vincente Minnelli, not only made a story about a woman’s self-destruction, he made a film about a female actor’s narcissism. In the movie, Jones, who […]

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  • Some years ago the singer Rickie Lee Jones took me to a Lou Reed concert; she had never seen him perform. About half way through the set she said, incredulous: But he can’t sing. What was astonishing to Rickie was […]

    Lou Reed 1942-2013

    Some years ago the singer Rickie Lee Jones took me to a Lou Reed concert; she had never seen him perform. About half way through the set she said, incredulous: But he can’t sing. What was astonishing to Rickie was […]

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  • One of the great artists who taught me to see the world differently because she saw the world differently. Everything she did was based on an internal cinema, the projectors of which turned at a very interesting Gance-like speed sometimes, […]

    Deborah Turbeville 1932-2013

    One of the great artists who taught me to see the world differently because she saw the world differently. Everything she did was based on an internal cinema, the projectors of which turned at a very interesting Gance-like speed sometimes, […]

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  • She was the daughter of a geisha, and an actor; she herself was trained as a child on the shamisen, an incredibly ornate and beautiful instrument. As an actress, her body was an ornate and beautiful instrument, played in films […]

    Co-Stars: Mitsu Yamada

    She was the daughter of a geisha, and an actor; she herself was trained as a child on the shamisen, an incredibly ornate and beautiful instrument. As an actress, her body was an ornate and beautiful instrument, played in films […]

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  • This season, the black story line on “Boardwalk Empire,” does something so extraordinary I didn’t think it was possible–certainly not on television, or in film: it presents an entirely authentic nineteen-twenties Negro world, part Harlem Renaissance perversity, and part “Macbeth,” […]

    On the Boardwalk

    This season, the black story line on “Boardwalk Empire,” does something so extraordinary I didn’t think it was possible–certainly not on television, or in film: it presents an entirely authentic nineteen-twenties Negro world, part Harlem Renaissance perversity, and part “Macbeth,” […]

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