Thursday, March 26, 2015

Père Léonide

Léonide Chrol (1902-1982), Russian priest, collagiste, painter, and pianist living in the Montauban commune in the Pyrénées. Made odd, trancelike compositions on out-of-tune pianos...

WOODPECKERS DON'T GET HEADACHES. Best drumming scenes! And a good look for the director, D. Asanova.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

H is for Hawk

Just started reading Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk. I saw an interview with Macdonald where she professed her love for field guides (bird books, mushroom books, tree books) and I was hooked. The book is about grieving -- MacDonald trains a goshawk partially to cope with the loss of her father. But it's also about falconry of course and loads of other things. Much of it is about T.H. White, fellow birder and writer of Arthurian romances. Will have to track down a copy of The Once and Future King.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Contemporaries

Paintings by Roger White (more here). Read his amazing new book The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st-century Art World.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ernest Hood

This is a great record. Private electronics and zither over Folkways style field recordings. It is said that Ernest Hood blacked out his car windows so that he could record conversations on the street secretly. Sounds like a languid Canadian documentary about youth culture...