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The sensibility of an era may be unified – even though it’s never uniform. Those who forget it are essentially visionaries, incurable romantics, prone to melancholy – an inextricable quality of genius, according to Aristotle. John Winston Lennon, self-styled working-class hero, prodigal son of a lower-middle-class fragmented family, may be qualified as the unifier of... Read More
In praise of James Douglas Morrison, 20th century poet, dead at 27 half a century ago
He was like Blake’s tiger, always burning bright and chasing Rimbaud rainbows – just to finish, like Marat, in a bathtub. He was only 27. Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971 in Paris. Half a century later, The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and Lyrics lavishly celebrates the soul of the... Read More
BOLOGNA - In the early morning of November 2, 1975, in Idroscalo, a terminally dreadful shanty town in Ostia, outside Rome, the body of Pier Paolo Pasolini, then 53, an intellectual powerhouse and one of the greatest filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s, was found badly beaten and run over by his own Alfa Romeo.... Read More
The United States lost the war in Vietnam - which, for the Vietnamese, is more appropriately known as the American War - on the ground. But Hollywood won the war on screen - displaying back-to-back masterpieces from Apocalypse Now to The Deer Hunter. Now history repeats itself as - what else - farce. The US... Read More
PARIS - I had promised a two-part analysis on the new iron triangle of Iran, Russia and China to celebrate the launch of atimes.net, but I knew trouble was brewing as soon as my Thai mobile started ringing. Still dizzy after a long flight from Asia, still dreaming of the energy/nuclear/weapons love-fest linking Iranian Supreme... Read More
PARIS - Michelangelo Antonioni died this past Monday at 94, less than 24 hours after Ingmar Bergman. The talk from Paris to Rome is of a cosmic joke by the supreme film buff Up There, like a crossover between Persona and L'Avventura staged by Woody Allen. Antonioni was not only the great painter of the... Read More
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