The Films of Bill Morrison

Author: Bernd Herzogenrath
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789048529094
Release Date: 2018-01-23
Genre: Art

Avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison has been making films that combine archival footage and contemporary music for decades, and he has recently begun to receive substantial recognition: he was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and his 2002 film Decasia was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This is the first book-length study of Morrison's work, covering the whole of his career. It gathers specialists throughout film studies to explore Morrison's "aesthetics of the archive"-his creative play with archival footage and his focus on the materiality of the medium of film.

Victorine

Author: Maude Hutchins
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781681372495
Release Date: 2018-01-30
Genre: Fiction

Victorine is thirteen, and she can’t get the unwanted surprise of her newly sexual body, in all its polymorphous and perverse insistence, out of her mind: it is a trap lying in wait for her at every turn (and nowhere, for some reason, more than in church). Meanwhile, Victorine’s older brother Costello is struggling to hold his own against the overbearing, mean-spirited, utterly ghastly Hector L’Hommedieu, a paterfamilias who collects and discards mistresses with scheming abandon even as Allison, his wife, drifts through life in a narcotic daze. And Maude Hutchins’s Victorine? It’s a sly, shocking, one-of-a-kind novel that explores sex and society with wayward and unabashedly weird inspiration, a drive-by snapshot of the great abject American family in its suburban haunts by a literary maverick whose work looks forward to—and sometimes outstrips—David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and the contemporary paintings of Lisa Yuskavage and John Currin.

Novels in Three Lines

Author: Felix Feneon
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590174197
Release Date: 2011-08-17
Genre: True Crime

A NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS ORIGINAL Novels in Three Lines collects more than a thousand items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper Le Matin in 1906—true stories of murder, mayhem, and everyday life presented with a ruthless economy that provokes laughter even as it shocks. This extraordinary trove, undiscovered until the 1940s and here translated for the first time into English, is the work of the mysterious Félix Fénéon. Dandy, anarchist, and critic of genius, the discoverer of Georges Seurat and the first French publisher of James Joyce, Fénéon carefully maintained his own anonymity, toiling for years as an obscure clerk in the French War Department. Novels in Three Lines is his secret chef-d’oeuvre, a work of strange and singular art that brings back the long-ago year of 1906 with the haunting immediacy of a photograph while looking forward to such disparate works as Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project and the Death and Disaster series of Andy Warhol.

Asleep in the Sun

Author: Adolfo Bioy Casares
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590170954
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Fiction

Lucio, a normal man in a normal (nosy) city neighborhood with normal problems with his in-laws (ever-present) and job (he lost it) finds he has a new problem on his hands: his beloved wife, Diana. She's been staying out till all hours of the night and grows more disagreeable by the day. Should Lucio have Diana committed to the Psychiatric Institute, as her friend the dog trainer suggests? Before Lucio can even make up his mind, Diana is carted away by the mysterious head of the institute. Never mind, Diana's sister, who looks just like Diana--and yet is nothing like her--has moved in. And on the recommendation of the dog trainer, Lucio acquires an adoring German shepherd, also named Diana. Then one glorious day, Diana returns, affectionate and pleasant. She's been cured!--but have the doctors at the institute gone too far? Asleep in the Sun is the great work of the Argentine master Adolfo Bioy Casares's later years. Like his legendary Invention of Morel, it is an intoxicating mixture of fantasy, sly humor, and menace. Whether read as a fable of modern politics, a meditation on the elusive parameters of the self, or a most unusual love story, Bioy's book is an almost scarily perfect comic turn, as well as a pure delight.

Singapur im W rgegriff

Author: James Gordon Farrell
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 9783957574244
Release Date: 2017-02-27
Genre: Fiction

Singapur 1937. Walter Blackett, Direktor eines britischen Kautschukunternehmens, weiß sich von der bewährten Ordnung britischer Kolonialherrschaft getragen, als er die Feierlichkeiten zum hundertjährigen Jubiläum seiner Firma ausrichtet. Noch ist die Welt, zumindest für die Engländer, in Ordnung, haben die Da Dousa Sisters ihre Gesangsauftritte, ist der zerzauste Hund La Condition humaine nur halbtot und gibt es standesgemäße Paraden und Feste. Und doch scheint am Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkriegs im Inselstaat einiges in Schieflage geraten zu sein : Kaum ist ein Streik der Einheimischen niedergeschlagen, flammt er an anderem Ort wieder auf, Walter Blacketts Sohn engagiert zur Abendunterhaltung ausgerechnet einen Fakir, seine Tochter Joan tändelt mit den falschen Verehrern, während der junge Matthew, Oxfordstudent und rechtmäßiger Erbe der Firma, sich als naiver Weltverbesserer erweist. Das Geschäft mit dem Kautschuk boomt, nicht zuletzt wegen des Weltkriegs und der Marktmanipulation durch Blackett selbst, doch als japanische Flieger das völlig unvorbereitete Singapur bombardieren, kann der Schock größer nicht sein. Während Matthew herauszufinden versucht, was es mit dem ›Würgegriff von Singapur‹ auf sich hat, ist der Mythos von der Uneinnehmbarkeit Singapurs bereits brutal zerschlagen.

Seeing Perception

Author: Silke Horstkotte
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: STANFORD:36105131711710
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Philosophy

What do we see when we see, how do we perceive vision itself, and how do we speak and write about seeing and perception? The articles collected in this volume attempt to observe the constitution of perception, be it of a visual field or visible objects, but also of images which emerge in the mind, e.g. that of the reader in the act of reading. The act of vision is profoundly impure, and 'seeing' very much entails other modes of sense-based perception such as listening, touching, feeling, tasting or smelling. Various modes of seeing can moreover be observed within literary texts or in music, dreams, memory or all kinds of bodily experiences like dance, pain, sexuality etc., so that there cannot be any such thing as a clearly defined realm called 'visuality.' Moreover, 'seer' and 'seen' are mutually permeable in any visual practice, reflecting on the reciprocal relationship between the visuality of objects and the very act of looking, which could be understood not only as a sensual experience but also as an interaction, an intellectual performance and interpretation. But if there exists this inseparable bond between object and spectator, how can we distance ourselves from the act of looking and 'show seeing,' how is it possible to talk and write about 'seeing perception'? The impurity of the visual, and the contextuality of all acts of looking, constitutes a common thread running through the articles collected in this volume. The ways in which images are perceived in Western culture are inextricably linked with verbal and textual structures and ways of thinking. However, the contributions in this volume are less concerned with the practical, political implications of a visual culture which formed the backbone of visual studies research a few years ago, and more with an adequate understanding of the various concepts and operations at work in theories of visual perception, of seeing, the gaze, and of focalisation.

Alles umsonst

Author: Walter Kempowski
Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
ISBN: 9783641013509
Release Date: 2009-01-26
Genre: Fiction

Ostpreußen im Januar 1945: Hunderttausende Menschen fliehen vor den Russen in Richtung Westen. Doch die schöne Katharina von Globig, Herrin auf Gut Georgenhof, verschließt vor der Realität die Augen. Sie zieht sich in ihr Refugium aus Büchern, Musik und Träumen zurück. Als der Dorfpastor sie bittet, für eine Nacht einen Verfolgten zu verstecken, willigt sie ein. Kurze Zeit später wird der Mann aufgegriffen, Katharina wird verhaftet. Die trügerische Idylle ist dahin. Mit Sack und Pack macht sich der Rest der Familie auf den Weg. Die große Flucht wird zu einem Albtraum.

Zu viel Gl ck

Author: Alice Munro
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104030265
Release Date: 2013-11-05
Genre: Fiction

Nobelpreis für Literatur 2013 Zu viel oder zu wenig – für das Glück gibt es kein Maß, nie trifft man es richtig. Alice Munros Heldinnen und Helden geht es nicht anders, sie haben das Zuviel und Zuwenig erlebt: eine Balance ist nur schwer zu finden. Auf der Suche nach ihr macht Alice Munro ihre Leser zu Komplizen dieser spannenden Mission. »Ich bewundere Alice Munro. Ich bewundere die Direktheit ihres Erzählens, die Nüchternheit und Einfachheit ihrer Sprache. (...) Was für Geschichten, was für ein Werk!« Bernhard Schlink, Die Welt

Die Froschk nigin

Author: Lorrie Moore
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 9783827074959
Release Date: 2011-04-09
Genre: Fiction

Nick Hornby nennt sie sein »Vorbild und die beste amerikanische Schriftstellerin ihrer Generation«. Ein Sommer voller Aufbruchssehnsucht, ersten Flirts, gegenseitigen Bekenntnissen. Sils und Berie arbeiten in »Storyland« - einem Märchen-Vergnügungspark - wobei die hübsche Sils als Cinderella die Besucher bezaubert. Berie hingegen ist die Kluge, eine linkische Froschkönigin, die Sils vor falschen Prinzen bewahrt. Auch wenn man ahnt, dass diese Freundschaft nicht bestehen wird, so wird sie doch jene sein, die Berie in ihrem Herzen bewahrt, wie die Erinnerung an das Mädchen, das man einmal war und nie wieder sein wird.