Sunday, June 30, 2013

Diane Keaton's Then Again: Another Read for January

Still another autobiography, in the last blog post it was J.G. Ballard's, now it's
Diane Keaton's. Aside from looking at the beginnings of her career, Then Again reflects on her relationship with her mother.
I particularly liked her  brief account of Sanford Meisner. She was part of the Neighborhood Playhouse when Meisner was there.Of course, there were parts that touched on Al Pacino and Warren Beatty. There are also a bunch of pictures from Keaton's collection.  Keaton also writes about her experience doing Hair in Broadway. You would have to read Then Again in order to see why I had to mention Keaton's reminiscence of Hair. Now go and read it!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

J.G. Ballard's Miracles of Life: A Recent Read for January.

Many are familiar with Ballard probably because of Empire of the sun. After all, Steven Spielberg adapted this as a film, with a young Christian Bale in the cast. As for me, Ballard's Crash made an impression. What kind of impression? Go ahead and read it to find your own!

Ballard's Miracles is his autobiography. I've been reading a bunch of biographies this year. I recently finished Laurence Olivier's autobiography. Coincidentally they were both English and wrote about similar time periods. I highly recommend Ballard's Miracles of life, especially if you have read some his works.
[Yup, I took that photo!]

Friday, June 14, 2013

Prep for Gender Studies seminar next week, new publication and Peirce 2014

After Helsinki, still more Gender Studies related work to come next week. Working on a number of things that have to do with physicalism, skepticism and philosophy of science. One of my papers on Quine is featured in C and E Publishing's Tao po? Readings in the Philosophy of the Person. I guess I will write about that too. But the paper on Quine came out with grappling with some of the implications of some of the isms just mentioned.

I'm going to take some photos later, to post for the recent reads thing that I have neglected to do for months! I think I put in one of my previous posts that I will be using my own photographs from now on. I had a lot of practice doing some photography in Helsinki and Vienna.

Still thinking about Peirce 2014. Visa, cost and paper, what to do? Take it one day at a time...