The Liminality of Lazaruses, part 1

Bowie’s Lazaruses (Blackstar’s and the musical’s), Anna Kavan’s, the beggar Lazarus, Lazarus of Bethany: I’ve been thinking about Lazaruses a lot lately. “I’m a dying man who can’t die”–  David Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus: A The Musical We know Thomas James Newton can die; he is mortal. That, after all, is why he is on […]

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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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Are You Lithuanian?

I’d always assumed that the “Are you Lithuanian” scene in Nicolas Roeg’s film of Walter Tevis’s The Man Who Fell to Earth was an episode of Roeg-ishness, a dialog equivalent of some of the odd visuals in the film. And then I read Walter Tevis’s novel. And, yes indeed, Bryce, the chemical engineer, does ask […]

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