OF THE ARTIST AS MOVIE STAR: Julian Schnabel winters in New
York, and summers in the Hamptons. And in between, he makes movies.
People were lining up to slam it, but his first film, a bio-pic
of the short life of the artist Jean Michel Basquiat, was outrageously
well received. His second, Before Night Falls, is about the exiled
Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas. It has just taken second prize at
the Venice Film Festival. Schnabel is on a roll. The
POST BRAT PACK: "There was a time when Jay McInerney
was the toast of Manhattan. He was compared to Fitzgerald. He
posed for pictures with Tama Janowitz and Bret Easton Ellis. He
regrets the photographs now. He didn’t need the Brat Pack."
The Scotsman 09/29/00
BACK TO COURT: Art critic Robert Hughes will have to face
a retrial of his dangerous driving charges from a May 1999 accident.
A Western Australian court upheld an appeal to reopen the case.
Yahoo! News (AFP) 09/26/00
UP: German Chancellor Gerhard Shroeder is about to become
a pop star. "Earlier this year Mr Schroeder joked to an autograph
hunter 'Get me a beer or I'll go on strike!' as he toured eastern
Germany to rally support for his centre-left Social Democrats.
But his remark was recorded, and comedian Stefan Raab mixed it
into a drinking song called Get Me A Beer!" BBC
STUFF: Carnegie Hall spends the weekend paying tribute to
Isaac Stern, the violinist who became one of the most powerful
movers in the music world. New York
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MATTER OF MANNERS: New York Magazine film critic John Simon
goes for director Atom Egoyan's jugular at a press conference
about Egoyan's project filming all of the Beckett plays. "I have
seen at least 12 productions of this play," he began, "all more
touching than yours. Was this deliberate or just incompetence
on your part?" Salon 09/26/00
BETTER MOUSETRAP: Shawn Fanning is the very model of the at-home
innovator. "Fanning figured out that if he combined a music-search
function with a file-sharing system and, to facilitate communication,
instant messaging, he could bypass the rats' nest of legal and
technical problems that kept great music from busting out all
over the World Wide Web." Time
INSPIRATION: Salman Rushie has moved to New York from London.
"London did not spur his imagination. 'I think it speaks
for itself that, for somebody who lived in England for as long
as I did, relatively little of my work has dealt with it.' New
York holds more promise. 'There's so much stuff just asking me
to write it down here,' he says." The
Observer (London) 09/24/00
AT 70: "It is tempting to think of Harold Pinter's career
as a series of rooms which together make up a remarkable, if draughty
(his rooms tend to be draughty) house. Pinter brought poetry back
into the theatre; he said things by the unsaid. People make jokes
about his pauses, but the pauses are as eloquent as the lines.
The Observer (London) 09/24/00
THE RIGHT NOTES: A rare interview with Simon Keenlyside,
one of the world’s leading baritones, and the most internationally
successful British classical singer of his generation. The
Telegraph (London) 09/20/00
LOOK AT BERLIOZ: Berlioz's excellent memoir is a model of
the genre, as entertaining and eventful as any novel. Now a
new biography attempts to fill in some of the holes.
New Republic 09/18/00
GENIUS ECLIPSED: The revolution that was Michel Fokine -
and then eclipsed. "Before Fokine, choreographer, set designer,
costumer and composer each worked in isolation on a dance; Fokine
set about bringing these arts together." The onset of Nijinsky
helped prematurely end Fokine's career at age 34.
New Statesman 09/18/00
MEANING OF ART: What is it about Tracey Emin, anyway? What
makes what she does "art"? "If she decides that
a tent with the names of 102 people she’s slept with is art,
that’s her prerogative. That unmade bed, for instance, 'illustrates
the themes of loss, sickness, fertility, copulation, conception
and death'." The
ABOUT THE FAME: Canadian poet Anne Carson is a recluse,
not given to public contact with the outside world. So you have
to piece together her life from other sources: "it's known
that she teaches classics at McGill University; that she won
the 1996 Lannan Award, the 1997 Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim
Fellowship in 1998, among others, and that earlier this year,
she received the McArthur Foundation 'Genius' Award worth $500,000
(U.S.). Michael Ondaatje says she is 'the most exciting poet
writing in English today'. Susan Sontag puts her in a 'less-than-fingers-on-one-hand
group of writers'."
Globe and Mail (Toronto) 09/14/00
TURNAROUND KING OF OPERA: Michael Kaiser was touted as the
man to turn around the tumultuous problems of London's Royal
Opera House. And he got the house reopened last winter after
its renovation. But instead of sticking around, he was soon
out the door and on his way to Washington's Kennedy Center.
The Telegraph (London) 09/12/00
AND DREAMING: Larry Harvey's Burning Man Festival attracted
30,000 to the Nevada desert earlier this month. " 'This
will be Rome to the colonies. The problem with utopias is that
they are based on some theory of human nature,' he says, as
he is joined on his couch by a topless woman, a punk called
Chicken John and a transvestite glam rock star named Adrian
Time Magazine 09/18/00
BRAVEST ART CRITIC I KNOW": Time Magazine art critic
Robert Hughes survived a traumatic accident in Australia, then
watched as Aussies took him to task. It's part of the country's
love/hate attitudes about high culture, Hughes believes. "The
whole Aussie experience has left him seriously considering throwing
in his citizenship - renouncing the country he has so often
defended. 'What's the point of going back? It's like a dog returning
to smell its vomit,' he told me in our most recent telephone
TO SUCCESS: Four years ago it looked like Joshua Reynolds
was about to make his big breakthrough as a playwright. It didn't
quite work out though, and now, in his new role as a writer
about food for the New York Times, Reynolds "finds himself
in the literary tradition of Marcel Proust, finding in food
the key to the recovery of lost times."
FADE: Karkheinz Stockhausen was one of the leading lights
of the mid-20th Century avant-garde, and he influenced many
composers. "Yet today it is hard to find Stockhausen even
on CD, let alone in performance. He has all but disappeared
from view. Some of the reasons for this lie at his own door.
Stockhausen now releases CDs on his own label, but makes it
frustratingly difficult to buy them." The
Guardian (London) 09/08/00
PICASSO HAVE MIGRAINES? "A Dutch doctor will tell a
world congress on headache which begins in London today that
Pablo Picasso may have experienced bizarre visual migraine auras.
Some people who suffer from migraine experience a disconcerting
distortion of their vision. When they look at people or objects,
they see them split into two parts, usually on the vertical
plane. Others say they see just an illusion of a fractured face."
The Guardian (London) 09/04/00
WHAT? Picasso was dismissive of critics who saw his
Cubist paintings as philosophical exercises and tried to
understand them through "mathematics, trigonometry,
chemistry, psychoanalysis and whatnot". He was even
more dismissive of the idea that he was an abstract artist.
Picasso's visual distortions are always poetic.
The Guardian (London) 09/04/00