“We Were So Turned On”

I know exactly where I was the first time I heard all the Bowie albums before Scary Monsters and where I watched the Nomi/Bowie performance on Saturday Night Live and where I was introduced to T Rex and Eno, and so much else. I was in the dorm room of an artist, Jim Sanders, who […]

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Echoes of Cocteau

I was flipping through Jean Cocteau by Patrick Mauries recently and came across this photo of the character Death in his film, Orphée, based on the myth of Orpheus, a poet so in love with Death he follows her into the underworld. Here we have Death (María Casarès) [photo by Roger Corbeau/Ministère de la Culture/AFDPP]. […]

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Post-pastoral Bowie

And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green: And was the holy Lamb of God, On England’s pleasant pastures seen! There’s a great scene in The Man Who Fell to Earth when Mary Lou [Candy Clark] takes Thomas Jerome Newton [Bowie] to church with her down in Artesia, NM. The pastor […]

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Lambeth to Brixton, or Poetry and Painting, Sound and Vision, William Blake, and The Institute of Imagination

David Robert Jones was born within walking distance of the house where William Blake (1757-1827) did much of his greatest work. London seems a remarkably small town in some ways: so much has happened there in so little space over so many hundreds of years’ time. South of the Thames River, at Hercules Road, London […]

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Bowie on Books & the Gift of Curiosity

Bowie’s intelligence, the liveliness of his mind, his pursuit of knowledge and understanding, his respect for learning, his engagement with ideas, and his desire to share his enthusiasms are all reasons why he remains an intriguing and inspiring voice. Today’s post collects some of Bowie’s observations on teaching and learning. When he’s been asked what […]

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Sound & Vision: Bruegel and Bowie

Early in Nicolas Roeg’s film of Walter Tevis’s novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Dr.  Bryce (Rip Torn), who will oversee the development of an intergalatic vehicle for Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie), browses through a book of the paintings of Bruegel the Elder, paying particular attention to Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. If […]

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