This is one of my all-time favourite documentaries. It’s about Elizabeth (Liz) Wiltsee, a brilliant young woman who excels in every school subject, has a 200 IQ and a special love for literature/writing. It’s the story of a bright light’s slide into paranoid schizophrenia, and a possible mystical experience when homeless towards the tragic end of her life.
Explores the influence of early film, poetry, and dance on the Cubist revolution:
There are many English translations of the original French, but I hadn’t come across an audio version until now. Very well done!
Listen to Paul tell stories of his life as a musician and also his creative process in this hour long interview:
Here’s an audio interview with Robert Hilburn, the author of the new Paul Simon biography called Paul Simon, The Life.
I found it somehow reassuring to find out that Graceland came about after a very low period in Paul’s life, after having made the decision to go it alone, which initially didn’t go well, and led to a lot of self-doubt/depression.
Also, it was interesting to find out that he’s done Ayahuasca, quite a few times, and that, while it wasn’t an addiction, it did become a problem for him, and he had to stop it.
When searching for new McLuhan content, I came across this site, with his collected vids and sound bytes. Enjoy!
If you can’t commit an hour to listening to a lecture on poetry, Mary delivers 28 short lectures, which read like poetry themselves:
I now have made 3 of my books into PDF ebooks and added author’s notes to each.
The latest one is Inklings, from 2005.
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