Baby Tragos and I in Verona.
Baby Tragos takes Juliet’s spot in Verona. Mrs. Tragos takes Romeo’s.
The Duomo in Como late at night.
Michael Chabon, “Wes Anderson’s Worlds”, NYRblog, January 31, 2013.
A lovely article, and Chabon’s classification of people according to their attitude toward the world’s essential brokenness is tremendously suggestive, but his final definition is odd and doesn’t quite fit. It seems introduced purely for the sake of rhetoric, at least if we want to keep the term “scale model” circumscribed enough to be useful.
Works of art are clearly not the exclusive product of the third attitude he describes, that of the restorer and detail-obsessed model-builder. Keeping the discussion to currently working Western film directors, Scorsese, the Coen brothers, Tarantino, or Carax in his latest film, are Eliotically “hunkered down atop their ruins”, brilliantly tending their derivative herds of stitched up together sources. Others, like Haneke or classic Cronenberg, dispense with nostalgia altogether, and in their unseemliness and radical unsentimentality are more of the kicking through the rubble persuasion.
Finally, even directors like Lynch or Malick that, like Anderson in this respect, have some wholesome idea of the past (real or imaginary) that informs their films from the point of view of a fallen present, don’t look for transcendence in detail and scale, but just the opposite. Theirs are bottomless boxes, leading straight down to the expanses of the unconscious or the terribly indifferent, yet completely interconnected, natural universe.
Herman Melville, Moby Dick (via superfluidity)
I went to see Zadie Smith speak the other night at Barnes + Noble Union Square. She read several passages from her new book NW. I was taken by her performance. Now that I think about it ‘performance’ is the wrong word. There’s a conviction, a strength, a genuineness when she reads as well as…
A quotation about Smith’s love for Camus follows. I hope you click through to read it. No surprise to anyone who knows me: Camus and Smith are both very very Tragos-endorsed. So maybe you should take it with a grain of salt when I say the quotation is worth your time. A tiny grain. A tiny grain.
[Many thanks to the great one, Peter Santiago, for the find.]
Happy 1st Birthday, Baby Tragos. Best year of my life.
The new Tragos living situation?
Switzerland. And a crazy new life, about which more soon.
Cortázar: Literature as play, serious play.petersantiago)