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My Inspiration for June 2020

30 Jun

The thing that gave me the most excitement this June were the books that I’ve read and am still reading; “Stepford Wives” by Ira Levin; simple manner in which the novel was written hides the deeper, haunting themes and it left me thinking and pondering, then Stephen King’s “Carrie” which was as amazing as I had expected and I found that I could relate to Carrie as an outsider and a weirdo in high school, and I am still reading a novel which seduced me from page one; John Fowles’s “The Collector” published in 1963, about a socially awkward guy who collects butterflies and one day kidnaps a girl he’d spent time admiring from afar, wildly enthusiastically hoping that she would then see his good side and fall in love with him, which you can imagine doesn’t quite happen. I’ve read a few interviews with Bret Easton Ellis which sparked my interest in his work again. Visually speaking, the landscape of my imagination was haunted by outdoor scenes of flowers and leisure, Frieseke’s magical garden scenes, paintings of rosy cheeked girls by Robert Henri, Charles Burchfield’s poetic decay, Prendergast’s delightful watercolours of ladies in parks, with elegant parasols and hats.

“Feelings aren’t facts and opinions aren’t crimes and aesthetics still count—and the reason I’m a writer is to present an aesthetic, things that are true without always having to be factual or immutable.”

(Bret Easton Ellis)

“Remember June’s long days, and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.

(Adam Zagajewski, from “Try to Praise the Mutilated World”)

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Catherine Deneuve in UK filming 1965 British psychological horror Repulsion, London, Friday 2nd October 1964. Photo by Wilson.

Model and actress Ingrid Boulting, London, UK, February 1968, Photo by Hilaria McCarthy/Daily Express.

chrysanthemum by keika hasegawa

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My Inspiration for June 2018

29 Jun

This June was a splendid month in my castle by the sea! My garden and flowers, going down to the river or simply gazing at sunsets has brought me immense joy and I am so happy that summer has finally arrived. I’ve enjoyed reading Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca’s Sonnets of Dark Love, Anais Nin’s essays On Writing, listening to Blondie, The Police, and Nick Cave’s song Do you love me which has a hypnotic power over me.

I started reading Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Year of Solitude” again and it is a source of many lovely daydreams, his writing isn’t magic realism but pure magic that touches the heart and soul! Here’s a quote about Aurelio’s infatuation with Remedios, the pretty girl with lily coloured skin and emerald green eyes: “The house became full of love. Aureliano expressed it in poetry that had no beginning or end. He would write it on the harsh pieces of parchment that Melquiades gave him, on the bathroom walls, on the skin of his arms, and in all of it Remedios would appear transfigured: Remedios in the soporific air of two in the afternoon, Remedios in the soft breath of the roses, Remedios in the water-clock secrets of the moths, Remedios in the steaming morning bread, Remedios everywhere and Remedios forever.

I watched three very good films, and I don’t watch a lot of films; a perfectly dreamy, flowery and mysterious Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Ladybird (2017) which was very amusing, and Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta (2016) which was deeply sad and poignant. Oh, and I discovered an Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini (1886-1914) and have been enjoying her whimsical and vibrant poetry.

“I’ll adore you, as a drowned person does the sea.”

(Renée Viven, The Ranson)

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Autumn garden by Jan Hruška.

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Golden afternoons by Pedro Gabriel.

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My Inspiration for June III

30 Jun

This month I’ve been inspired by lots of things; from Czech New Wave, Prague and Egon Schiele to La Belle Epoque, films by Ken Loach and books ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith and ‘The Incorrigible Optimists Club’ by Jean-Michel Guenassia.

I have quite a few films to recommend: Career Girls (1997) by Mike Leigh starring the always off-beat and interesting Katrin Cartlidge, Kes (1969), Looks and Smiles (1981) and Poor Cow (1967) by Ken Loach, Violette Noziere (1978) with Isabelle Huppert as a pretty prostitute and a cold murderer, Barefoot in the Park (1967) with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, Georgy Girl (1966), and then the Czech ones: Daisies (1966), Valerie and her Week of Wonders (1970), Morgiana (1972) and Alice (1988) – these are the quirky ones I really loved, and The Loves of a Blonde (1965) by Milos Forman is a more kitchen sink drama style.

I also really loved the song ‘Working Class Hero’ by John Lennon, although I prefer the Marianne Faithfull version:

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free,
But you’re still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be…

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1967. Poor Cow (1967), Ken Loach, Terence Stamp, Carol White 11

1967. Poor Cow (1967), Ken Loach, Terence Stamp, Carol White 10

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1967. Trafalgar Square, London in September, 1967.

1900. Pierrot And Colombina, Pablo Picasso (Pierrot et Colombine), 1900

1850s François Claudius Compte-Calix, Ladies in the Park, 19th century (date unknown)Eilean Donan Castle

1978. Violette Noziere (1978), director Claude Chabrol, Isabelle Huppert 2

1978. Violette Noziere (1978), director Claude Chabrol, Isabelle Huppert 3

1978. Violette Noziere (1978), director Claude Chabrol, Isabelle Huppert 1

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1970. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), Jaromil Jires, Alena Stojakova 1prague 1

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1970. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), Jaromil Jires, Alena Stojakova 2

1970. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), Jaromil Jires, Alena Stojakova 26Prague at Dusk

1972. Morgiana (1972) dir. Juraj Herz 2

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1967. Jane Fonda & Robert Redford in Barefoot in the Park 61967. Jane Fonda & Robert Redford in Barefoot in the Park 2

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1941. Phyllis Brooks The Shanghai Gesture (1941)