Sunday, July 24, 2011

lucien freud

I will miss sharing food with Lucian. We had some lovely breakfasts together at his place. I would say he was a good, plain cook – an idiosyncratic cook, perhaps, but a good one. He could take a hung woodcock and pop it in the oven and it would be a very good lunch. He was generally good on the subject of wine and on food. He was a stylish man and, although not a great eater, he did like to go out in the evenings. He would have day sitters and night sitters in his home and he would usually take them out afterwards as part of the payment. He liked the Wolseley in Piccadilly, in particular. I would say it was his current favourite and had been for a while. He called it "the best room in London", so I am not surprised they have honoured him with a black tablecloth and a candle on his regular table. He liked Clarke's in Kensington, too, and, in fact, both Sally Clarke and Jeremy King of the Wolseley sat for him. Lucian used to like the River Cafe too… I have lost count of the places we have gone out to together.
William Feaver

Sunday, July 17, 2011

a brief effort to recall some of the parts of my day

A late-in-the-day effort to recall the last twenty four hours of reading and watching.
Some of those highlights:
Zizek - funniest thing I have read in the Guardian ever
Twombly - ongoing
The Tree of Life - saw it Friday - love it - This is our story. It has not ended. Jesus & God seemed to be quite palpably in this.
The thump and sigh of my heart
Inspector Bellamy
The klezmer joy surprise - stumbled upon Magpie - Live!

Sean Penn/Robert Smith Nazi Hunter


Saturday, July 16, 2011


There's No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books from Etsy on Vimeo.

HT @DavidDark


CANDOCO by cemaforre
I stumbled on this 18+ years ago on BBC2. It has held an important and generous place in my imagination since then. I was surprised to find the complete unedited show online. Watching it again a lot of the specific meanings I have attached to it fell to the side (isn't that always the way?) but I came away with new wonders to ponder.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

'twombly creating language' - 'thinking was mainly what he did'

Cy Twombly's art hit me with a lot of force this week as I read obituaries and listened to interviews. In particular, as introductions, there were Michael Wood's juxtapositions here and Jonathan Jones's reflection (now a few years old) here.