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Portrait of Marie-Olympe de Gouges, painted by Alexander Kucharsky (1741-1819), private collection

The French Revolution, the Declaration, and Olympe de Gouges’s Rights of Woman By Emily Sosolik   Homme, es-tu capable d’être juste ? C’est une femme qui t’en fait la question ; tu ne lui ôteras pas moins ce droit. Dis-moi ? Qui t’a donné le souverain empire d’opprimer mon sexe ? Ta force ? Tes […]

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I have been going through magazines that have piled up over the semester since I have been attending an MFA program at CCNY and just read the November 22nd Hollywood Reporter Directors Roundtable for 2013. The question of what distinguishes a good director from a great director was asked and Steve McQueen (director of 12 […]

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I have been going through magazines that have piled up over the semester since I have been attending an MFA program at CCNY and just read the November 22nd Hollywood Reporter Directors Roundtable for 2013. The question of what distinguishes a good director from a great director was asked and Steve McQueen (director of 12 […]

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July 16, 2018

Thanks a lot, Steve. And, continuing the segue-ing, here's an old (and traditional) Gary Snyder poem I just came across yesterday: Seaman’s Ditty I’m wondering where you are now Married, or mad, or free: Wherever you are you’re likely glad, But memory troubles me. We could’ve had us children, We could’ve had a home— But you thought not, and I thought not, And these nine years we roam. Today I worked in the deep dark tanks, And climbed out to watch the sea: Gulls and salty waves pass by, And mountains of Araby. I’ve travelled the lonely oceans And wandered the...

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I have been going through magazines that have piled up over the semester since I have been attending an MFA program at CCNY and just read the November 22nd Hollywood Reporter Directors Roundtable for 2013. The question of what distinguishes a good director from a great director was asked and Steve McQueen (director of 12 […]

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July 16, 2018

A very nice piece, William. I am reminded of a Sung Dynasty poem that D.T. Suzuki quotes in one of his books. I'm not sure of its relevance here, but it seems to resonate somehow. Misty rain on Mount Lu, And waves surging at Che Kiang. When you have not been there, Many a regret you have; But once there and homeward you wend, How matter-of-fact things look! Misty rain on Mount Lu And waves surging at Che Kiang.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

I have been going through magazines that have piled up over the semester since I have been attending an MFA program at CCNY and just read the November 22nd Hollywood Reporter Directors Roundtable for 2013. The question of what distinguishes a good director from a great director was asked and Steve McQueen (director of 12 […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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