Haven't been blogging much as I've been trying to make big strides on my dissertation. Today's task: Read Heidegger's 1962 lecture "On Time and Being," which opens with the lines:
"If we were to be shown right now tow pictures by Paul Klee, in the origianl, which he painted in the year of his death - the watercolor 'Saints from a Window,' and 'Death and Fire,' tempera on burlap - we should want to stand before them for a long while - and should abandon any claim that they be immediately intelligible."Of course I had to track down the paintings (see above). I finally got around to watching Todd Haynes' most recent film I'm Not There.
As Roger Ebert writes:
"I'm Not There" is an attempt to consider the contradictions of Bob Dylan by building itself upon contradictions. Maybe that's the only way to do it. If you made a biopic with Dylan played by the same actor all the way through, it might become the portrait of a shape-shifting schizophrenic. Todd Haynes' approach is to create six or seven Dylans, depending on how you count, and use six actors to play them. This way, each Dylan is consistent on his own terms, and the life as a whole need not hold together.My friend Sophie wrote this review. I love Dylan and thought it as interesting a film as it was unconventional. Dylan is 'not there' as any of the character names, each portray a different Dylan myth and have correspondingly different names, but Dylan is there in the soundtrack of this delightful work which gives some evidence that Haynes studied semiotics in college.
Lastly, Destroyer has a new album out. I'd recommend it. You can download the track "Foam Hands" here.