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Weekend links 512


Cover art by Tim White for Weaveworld (1987) by Clive Barker.

• Another week leading with obituaries but that’s where we are just now. Among others, we had film maker Bruce Baillie, cartoonist Mort Drucker, lesbian/gay rights activist Phyllis Lyon, film director Nobuhiko Obayashi, artist Tim White, and music producer Hal Willner. Related to the last: Hal Willner’s Vanishing, Weird New York.

Open Door is a new recording by Roly Porter from his forthcoming album, Kistvaen. I designed the CD and vinyl packaging for this one.

• From 1995: Peter Wollen on dandyism, decadence and death in Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg’s Performance.

• “Fear, bigotry and misinformation—this reminds me of the 1980s AIDS pandemic,” says Edmund White.

David Lynch wants you to meditate, maybe make a lamp during self-isolation.

• “Weird tale” by Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett discovered.

• Behind the iron curtain, the final frontier: Soviet space art in pictures.

• Mix of the week: Secret Thirteen Mix 301 by Asher Levitas.

• At Dennis Cooper’s: Raymond Queneau, Party Animal.

Oren Ambarchi Archive at Bandcamp.

Japan’s Tourism Poster Awards.

• Hal Willner produces: Juliet Of The Spirits (1981) by Bill Frisell | Apocalypse (1990) by William S. Burroughs | The Masque Of The Red Death (1997) by Gabriel Byrne



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  1. #1 posted by LiamGarriock


    I have always seen PERFORMANCE as a quintessentially Decadent film; had it been published as a book in the 1890s, it would have been a John Lane title alongside THE GREAT GOD PAN and THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.

    I trust that you are keeping well and safe this year? Self-isolation and hermitry are no issue for an introvert such as myself, but I do see this pandemic as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it had made our realise how precarious and regimented our society is, allowed us to spend more time with our families; but on the other, it is killing people and isolating the already addled elderly. It is frustrating that this epidemic, and the lockdown, coincides with the beginning of spring, but I am accustomed to the blind cruelty and possible meaningless of the universe.

  2. #2 posted by John


    Hi Liam. There’s definitely something of Huysmans in Performance, with Turner creating his own world inside the house. “Nothing is true; everything is permitted.”

    Little has changed for me, thanks. I work from home for people who are often in other countries, and I don’t go out much at the best of times. I’m worried more about people I know, and the general economic situation. I’m also missing not walking around in the spring. I live in a leafy suburb so I always like seeing the leaves and flowers return.






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