Haight And Ashbury

16 Feb 19
Fellowship Of The Minds

You can’t make this stuff up. It is 47°F in San Francisco. The forecast is rain showers and a high of 51°F. Organizers of the Nude Valentine Parade 2019, scheduled at noon today in San Francisco, had to postpone it: “The parade has been postponed because of bad weather during Valentine’s Week. It will be […]

15 Feb 19
/ EXPERIENCE OF THINKING / EXPÉRIENCE DE PENSÉE / ESPERIENZA DI PENSIERO /

BeatSuperNova Rinaldo Rasa four years old on the Lambretta, 1954 – Ponzano Veneto – Italia     i am listing the beat generation since 1997     BeatsupernovaList Maria Grazia Accorsi jack kerouac as gourmet what eat sal paradiso on the road– essay on apple pie sellerio editore —courtesy newspaper laRepubblica Carl Adkins * * […]

14 Feb 19
Morning Echo

I met my husband in a community whose core is no longer what it once was—a haven for the poor, a second chance for the out-of-sorts, space for the disaffected. It was a fabled community, in the same way as Greenwich Village or Haight-Ashbury, only it sat along the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Elderly […]

15 Feb 19
Where in the world is noella?

San Francisco is somewhere I have been desiring to visit for such a long time. This past weekend there was not only very fulfilling, but very expensive. Around November, my dear friend told me that he was going to San Francisco with his aunt in February, and that was definitely my opportunity to escape Pensacola […]

14 Feb 19
The Conservative Historical Review

According to Karl Marx, “Society is undergoing a silent revolution, which must be submitted to, and which takes no more notice of the human existences it breaks down than an earthquake regards the houses it subverts,” and therefore, “The classes and the races, too weak to master the new conditions of life, must give way…The chief mission of all the other races and peoples — large and small — is to perish in the revolutionary holocaust.” 

Now, it seems to be tasting the rainbow, and force-feeding the rest of us in the process.

13 Feb 19
Book Addict live

Chandler Hill Inn Series, Book 1 Women’s Fiction Date Published:February 13, 2019 Publisher: Wild Quail Publishing   In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been […]

13 Feb 19
Lifexperiment Blog

Moving from Europe to the US usually feels like moving to a different planet. People who grew up in Europe have a specific lifestyle, and there are some things that will suit them in America, and some things that will not. Finding the perfect place across the ocean for people from the old continent is […]

13 Feb 19
Musings From An Addicted Reader

Chandler Hill Inn Series, Book 1 Women’s Fiction Date Published:February 13, 2019 Publisher: Wild Quail Publishing   In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been […]

13 Feb 19
christinesbookcorner

Chandler Hill Inn Series, Book 1 Women’s Fiction Date Published:February 13, 2019 Publisher: Wild Quail Publishing In 1970, Violet Hawkins’ only wish at eighteen is to escape her life in the Dayton, Ohio, foster-care system and make her way to the west coast to enjoy a mellow life and find the love she’s been missing […]

13 Feb 19
Love, LAPH

Hi all! Leen here. I currently attend university in the beautiful city of San Francisco. One of the best parts about getting to know the city is getting to try all the different types of food that it offers. Locals say that one could live here for years and still not know all the best […]

12 Feb 19
IndieWire
As Oscar balloting opens on Tuesday morning, we’re launching our second annual series of six interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued this year. Motion Picture of the Year  I do think about the preferential ballot. I know how it works. You have to be very careful with your number one and two. That’s what really matters. Everything else doesn’t matter so much. I’m torn between “The Favourite” and “Roma,” of the pictures that are nominated. And I would probably choose “Roma.” It is a truly good movie. There’s a chance that “Black Panther” will win. That will be an interesting test for the Academy. They’ve tried so hard to get big-grossing pictures a seat at the table. That’s a big picture that did gross a ton, it’s fun and entertaining, and directed by an indie director. What’s not to like? The heat on “Roma” has been so great, I don’t think any of the others have a chance. “Green Book” in another era would have won everything. It’s a very conventional movie with two great performances. To some extent, in the way it’s directed, it cements racial stereotypes rather than upends them. Best Picture aside, I would recommend that the Academy erases the vote weighting for the other categories. I’m not convinced everybody sees every picture, and I’m not sure they are all qualified, that a production designer could sense the best-edited picture. We should try to make sure everybody sees the films — and I don’t know how to force that. We should leave the final vote up to all Academy members. But we should slightly weight the votes inside the branch. Let everybody have a shot and vote for Best Picture and the acting categories. But let those inside the category have extra weight. In other categories like Best Documentary and Foreign Film, a lot of people haven’t seen the films. If they have, they tend to be judging not on the merits, but just which is the most famous. What is the one you’ve heard of? “Free Solo”: Alex Honnold El Capitan Documentary Feature “Free Solo” won at BAFTA, which is British; “RBG” doesn’t have the strong emotional pull there that it has here. “Free Solo” follows “Meru;” Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi are a great couple, and he’s very courageous. Chai has done a good job of promoting it, it’s very visual. “RBG” could win, but I’m pretty sure “Free Solo” will win. “End Game” Documentary Short I’ve seen a ton of films about the fallout of the migration from Africa to Europe. “Life Boat” is another good one, beautifully shot and rendered. “Night at the Garden” is a fun idea, he discovered some footage. It’s an important film that reminds you of something in history you forgot. It would not be, in my view, the winner. “Period. End of Sentence” is of the zeitgeist but it is not great. I’m inclined toward “End Game,” which has a powerful notion of how you reckon with death and is very intimately captured. The “End Game” emotions are powerful. I give Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman tremendous props. It’s my pick. Director and cinematographer Alfonso Cuaron on the set of “Roma” Director Alfonso Cuarón is going to win, is my prediction. I’m OK with that, it’s a great movie. “Cold War” was great, I really liked it. It’s very powerful. It’s an Eastern European version of “If Beale Street Could Talk,” about how to fall in love when society makes that impossible. I tend to like Spike’s genre movies better than his purposeful tour-de-force movies. I love that movie he did with Denzel Washington, “Inside Man.” “BlacKkKlansman” is a great one of course, it’s political but it’s really a counterculture police movie. It’s fun, it delivers in ways I enjoyed. It’s well observed, it should win Best Direction, but I don’t think he’s going to. Are they going to give it to him because they feel he’s been snubbed in the past? Scorsese did not win Best Director for his best movie, but for “The Departed.” Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards Actress Guessing about the Academy, it’s possible Glenn Close will win for that reason. It’s the old Academy question: Close has done so many incredible roles; is this her best, or does she win for “The Wife” because she hasn’t won before? There’s a chance Lady Gaga wins. I was impressed by her performance. And that was not a film that really did it for me. I thought she was great both as singer and actor. Yalitza Aparicio was great, but they almost never give it to the first timer. I think Gaga will get it. Olivia Colman is a funny choice for Best Actress, because she’s got a supporting role. She was good, but that was the easiest of the three roles to play. The harder roles were what Rachel and Emma were doing. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Actor This is tough: Rami Malek is going to win, but Christian Bale was incredible. Dafoe won’t win it, nobody saw [“At Eternity’s Gate”], Viggo Mortensen was great in “Green Book” but it’s not that deep a role. Rami Malek was impressive, if he weren’t in that Freddy Mercury role, I don’t think I would care about watching “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He is the driver. Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk” Supporting Actress I hope Regina King wins. I thought her performance was devastating. When she goes down to Puerto Rico to visit the woman who was allegedly raped: That’s an incredible scene. Amy Adams is a great actress, but Lynn Cheney is not a life-changing role. Marina de Tavira is also good in “Roma.” Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are great playing off each other, Stone impressed me; I’ll always watch anything Rachel does. I hope and think Regina King will win. Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali: well done. The performance was great and Ali got all these wins, he deserves it. “A Quiet Place” Sound Editing Some of these movies are big, but what you want to be able to find is differing textures. In that regard the job is bigger for “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “First Man.” But for me, the sound quality and the dramatic impact of the sound was more potent in “A Quiet Place” and “Roma.” “A Quiet Place” is innovative and genius: The dynamic range of the movie was so exquisite. “Roma” has an interesting sound quality, it has atmosphere to it that is palpable, it feels like a dream. That means it’s a mix of hyper-real and things that feel like they are coming to you through a remembered vision. You intuit the way the aesthetic of the sound matches the ambition of the film. Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan in “Black Panther” Sound Mixing That’s a hard category. “A Star is Born” has all that music. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has all that concert footage. It was a challenge to take the tracks of Queen and mix them so you feel you are onstage and in a stadium in particular. It did feel crisp and wild, you felt like it was performance. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was more entertaining than I would have given it credit for. But the concert sequences didn’t feel as wild as I would have liked them to have been. With sound mixing, you head into the aesthetic choices of the director. I would go with “Black Panther.” It is very difficult to do something with that much going on, and make it feel like they’re human beings. “Vice” Editing “Vice” will win, frankly, and deserves to win. In terms of content there was a lot I didn’t like about “Vice.” But it is heralding a new form, which some people feel is gimmicky, but it was not easy to pull that off, with mixed media forms and moving backwards and forwards in time and space from multiple perspectives. It’s big and I admire it and it will win. This serves my theory of why people in the craft should have a weighted vote. The most showy editing usually wins, because it’s the most “cutty.” In this case, the most showy editing deserves to win because it suits the story and creates a new kind of form. It took a sharp concept and rendered it in ways that made it all feel part of the movie. That is a skill, well done by Hank Corwin. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a conventional movie done well, so it doesn’t rise to the level of art. My favorite cut in “The Favourite” is during the quail-shooting sequence when Rachel Weisz gets splattered with blood. It’s a sickening moment, it’s all on her face but we never see the bird. I still believe “Vice” will be and should be the winner. “The Favourite” Costume Design I hope “The Favourite” gets it, with its jaw-dropping constraints. Sandy Powell is a genius. It must have been the choice of the director to basically use costume as character. This film, after all, is a story of power, and the costumes play a pivotal role, dressing up to make a statement. You strut yourself to be envied and take power. This movie justified over-the-top costuming; it served the aesthetic purpose of the film. “Black Panther” has a shot. It was way more seen than “The Favourite;” its aesthetic achievement was creating a new look. It had to invent itself, which is a very powerful thing. The “Black Panther” costumes were impressive. Sometimes it’s trickier to invent than to define an aesthetic within a tradition. In terms of making stuff up, “Black Panther” is exquisite costuming. It’s between those two. “Black Panther” Production Design With [not-nominated] “BlacKkKlansman,” nothing is harder to do than the ‘60s-‘70s. In that film, Spike Lee found a way to do the ‘60s that felt like the ‘60s. If you want to see bad ‘60s, look at the demonstration in “The Post” — embarrassing. When they’re walking into that tiny room when Stokely Carmichael is talking, it’s a mix of stuff that’s familiar and peculiar to the period. Everyone wasn’t dressing up as if they were in a Haight-Ashbury costume. This combines the African-American and white experience; it’s tough to get the period right in a way that’s natural. If you’re looking for a creative contribution, the production designer on “The Favourite” had the benefit of real-life palaces; with those wonderful hallway shots with candles, that’s being able to have a castle. “Roma” was exquisite. You’re dealing with a kind of showdown between “Black Panther,” which gets kudos for making up an entire world, while “Roma” is building something in the present in order to properly represent the memories of a young man at the time [1971], and to feel it’s authentic, rather than just being an old Felliniesque vision. In that regard, “Roma”‘s production design is exquisite, from the tracking shots down the busy streets in front of the movie theater, down to that narrow driveway in the house as she is scraping her car against the walls, with all the shit in it. That’s pretty great, between those two. It’s a tough one to pick: the aesthetic choices are so different. If possible I’d vote for both them. “Roma” Cinematography Black-and-white cinematography is easier than you think. It’s always striking when it happens because we live in a color world. People go “Wow, that’s so special!” Cuarón found an aesthetic, an extremely deep depth of field and a wide angle that he made much of. It’s powerful. And he figures out a way to carry it through the whole thing. “Roma” is “Titanic.” I have a pretty good home theater screen, which is good. I first saw it at Lincoln Center on a big screen, which really did have an impact. It couldn’t have been a better screening experience. “Cold War” uses it to great political effect, juxtaposing the coldness of the politics with the heat of the romance, but in a peculiar way. “The Favourite” was more innovative, with the notion to pop in modern cinematography in order to picture the past. It’s provocative with that extreme wide angle, fish-eye lens. The problem is, it calls attention to itself. But I loved the long tracking shots with just a candle, which give a sense of the grim physical quality of their existence, which makes the power-grubbing all that more evident. Emma Stone in THE FAVOURITE. Original Screenplay It’s not “Green Book” and not “Vice.” Everything I liked about the directing and filmmaking in “Vice,” I did not like about the screenplay: I thought the Cheney portrait was all wrong. “First Reformed” is powerful and personal. But I’m picking “The Favourite” and “Roma.” I’m interested in power, so “The Favourite” is the one I end up leaning toward. It seemed to be about how power works. It was a much more poignant and perceptive vision of power than “Vice.” Comparing the two, “The Favourite” gets it and “Vice” doesn’t. It’s content, it’s not just form. Somebody got it wrong. The motivation for Dick Cheney to pursue pure power is thin gruel; it can’t just be because he didn’t want Lynn to screw other guys. He decides to pursue power for its own sake so he can get laid is terrible. Everybody wants to get laid. Barry Jenkins on the set of “If Beale Street Could Talk” Adapted Screenplay “If Beale Street Could Talk” is the one I’m voting for because it’s a very powerful script about how to hard it is to fall in love in difficult circumstances. It’s rough, it’s not classically structured, but it delivers a kind of poignancy you think about after you leave the theater. “BlacKkKlansman” is good. I dug it, I thought it was a good movie, but it’s not “If Beale Street” screenwriting. Nicholas Britell at the 72nd annual British Academy Film Awards Score I loved the score for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” I hope it wins, I think it will win. That’s the problem of the full Academy. The score by Alexander Desplat for “Isle of Dogs” and Terence Blanchard’s for “BlacKkKlansman” are also beautiful.
12 Feb 19
Our GAP Year

Patricia and I really like San Francisco, which raises the question – why are we only here for a couple of days this time? We spent a week here in 2010 and did most of the main “touristy” things at that time. Our aim this time was to basically get to the mainland of the […]

11 Feb 19
Twangri-La

Interview by Harry Kaplan The best interviews are the ones that are conversation, just friends chatting. That is exactly the way it was when I chatted with Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose. He is gracious and extremely open. Ben speaks in detail about his upcoming album and solo project. He also speaks about the […]

11 Feb 19
Its Me, Meredith

So I’m finding the setting for my novel and I need a solid, safe place to store this information. Cool. 10th Ave 10th St 11th Ave 11th St 12th Ave 12th St 13th St 14th Ave 14th St 15th Ave 15th St 16th Ave 16th St 17th Ave 17th St 18th Ave 18th St 19th […]

11 Feb 19
Game of the People

GEORGE BEST was still considered to be the best player in the country, of any country, in fact, in 1971. Manchester United were still the biggest draw in town. But Best was a troubled soul, increasingly getting into hot water and commanding the wrong kind of headlines, and United were still trying to negotiate the […]

11 Feb 19
Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard

Wherever I go, I keep with me two pieces of paper. A quote clipped from the calendar of my first year of teaching, and a note from a student’s mother. The quote, by Wendell Berry, says, “A teacher’s major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student’s grandchild.” The note expresses a […]