Recent Entries:

  • February 17th, 2014

    Walter Benjamin’s writings speak compellingly through their insistence that there is a latent history in everything we create, in all things made. The obstinacy and desperation of his life are harrowing to consider, just as his fierce intellectual independence is bound to inspire.

  • January 21st, 2014

    In 1981 at the age of 70, Max Frisch bought a loft at 123 Prince Street, New York. His eighth and final novel, Bluebeard, was finished and ready for the printer. A few years later, he would write a final play (he had produced eleven).

  • January 20th, 2014

    A landlocked region of 1,700 square miles in the Caucasus, Nagorno-Karabahk declared itself an independent republic in 1991 when the Soviet Union crumbled. The territory lies inside Azerbaijan but its population is dominated by ethnic Armenians. Since the late 1980’s, skirmishes between Azeris and Armenians have killed over 30,000 people; over one million have fled or emigrated.

  • January 17th, 2014

    The composer Ned Rorem defined an artwork “as the result of a marriage of true minds; the minds are within one individual, and so is the marriage, which, before being consummated, causes many a beautiful dish to be broken.” Marriage is a form that accommodates both tension and truce.

  • January 3rd, 2014

    In my early teens I took drum lessons after school from a local jazz and standards band leader. I would go to his house where he set up two kits in his drafty basement. Affably half-drunk by four o’clock, he would say, “We don’t keep time, son, we make time.” Keeping time was for bass players whom he also accused of poor hygiene. The drummer controls tempo, emphases and punctuation.

  • December 26th, 2013

    Born in 1953 in Freiberg im Breisgau and brought up in Karlsruhe, Patrick Roth arrived in Los Angeles as an exchange student in 1975 to study English and Romance languages. Soon he was studying film instead. In 1984, Roth’s fledgling company produced its one and only film, the 60-minute “The Killers,” based on Charles Bukowski’s story of the same title from the late 1960’s.