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The Pulitzer At 100, Released by First Run Features, Directed by Kirk Simon — For the past century, some of the very best American artists—writers of plays, novels and poems, newspaper journalists and their editors, photographers, composers and even cartoonists--have been awarded the prestigious annual Pulitzer Prize. It is a notable achievement to win a Pulitzer, a recognized public tribute for outstanding work; judges for this honor have been criticized when finalists deemed worthy were overlooked. It's too bad that TV news readers, who usually mention a couple of each April's winners, cannot learn to correctly pronounce the name of the prize. It is not "PEW-lit-zer." The man whose very generous bequest created the award suggested … [Read more...]

Teen Age Lust and Far-from-Equilibrium Dynamics

The History of Timelessness — Related Posts: Money and the Time Suck, Toward an Experimental Politics of Nonviolence, Of Fargo, Dopamine and the Image of Nectar The first time I heard about Jeffrey Epstein it had to do with reading glasses. There was this rich guy, I heard, who had built a huge house not far from Santa Fe, I was told, and the staff had been instructed to stock each of the thirty plus rooms with two pairs of reading glasses, one for Epstein and one for his domestic partner. Epstein chose the location for its proximity to Santa Fe Institute (SFI), the influential think tank that had been founded in the 1980s by the physicist Murray Gell-Mann, a Nobel laureate. Epstein, you see, has a mad love for … [Read more...]

Art and Practice with The Heart Sutra

Toward Re-organization — Related Posts: The Aristotelian Detour, Field Mapping, Toward an Experimental Politics of Nonviolence Most of us spend our lives avoiding the Heart Sutra, but it pursues us anyway like a heat-seeking missile, even while also rising up around us like the petals of the famous lotus flower. Allow me to explain. Blossom of Inexhaustible Kindness, 2013, by Tom Wudl We tend to assume that, at least in principle, there is nothing we may not know. The idea that being born, say, in the second half of the twentieth century in the US of A might limit or shape what we may know seems odd to us, insulting almost. And yet periods of history are defined by styles of thinking, root ideas and … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 5

Los Liones 3, Santa Ynez Canyon 5, Santa Ynez Canyon 4 — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4 Los Liones 3 Santa Ynez Canyon 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 4 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 4

Santa Ynez Canyon 3, Decker Canyon, Polpis Woods — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 3 Decker Canyon Polpis Woods … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 3

Masquetuck 1, Masquetuck 2, Windswept Bog — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Masquetuck 1, 2013 Masquetuck 2, 2013 Windswept Bog, 2013 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 2

Santa Ynez Canyon 1, Los Liones 5, Santa Ynez Canyon 2 — Photography by Brian Forrest Related Posts: Uneasy Landscapes — Part 1, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3,  Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Santa Ynez Canyon 1, 2012 Los Liones 5, 2013 Santa Ynez Canyon 2, 2012 … [Read more...]

Uneasy Landscapes – Part 1

Los Liones 1, Los Liones 2, Santa Ynez Canyon 4 — Photography by Brian Forrest Uneasy Landscapes — Part 2, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 3, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 4, Uneasy Landscapes — Part 5 Los Liones 1, 2013 Los Liones 2, 2013 Los Liones 4, 2013 … [Read more...]

Souvenirs: Lost and Found

C. Debussy, G. Faure, Z. Kodaly and C. Chaminade, Le Salon de Musique, April 2, 2017— Years ago, while employed in the television industry, we purchased thirty antiques for possible use in a production. These 18th and 19th century furniture pieces—huge armoires, elaborate partner desks, chifferobes, secretaires and vitrines—haunted a dark corner of a stage for months until they were returned to the seller, never used. But while they sat gathering dust, these former possessions of Europe's elite fascinated me. In time I thoroughly searched every nook, cranny and drawer looking for possible hidden compartments, hoping to find a lost bit of hidden history—a story by Oscar Wilde, a letter from Napoleon, a score by Mozart—tucked … [Read more...]

Pink Elephants

Circus Polka, 1942, Fifty Elephants, Balanchine and Stravinsky Team Up— "Elephants never forget", as the old saying goes. And we should never forget one of the oddest moments in the history of elephants, circuses and classical music. April 9th will mark the 75th anniversary of this unique event. In late 1941, choreographer George Balanchine was contacted in New York by John North Ringling with a unique proposition: could a "ballet" be created for his Barnum and Bailey Circus elephants? The idea was intriguing and in January, 1942, Balanchine called his friend Igor Stravinsky who was busy working in Los Angeles. The two Russians agreed on the idea and, for a healthy fee, the composer finished a piano version of what … [Read more...]