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‘When I’m painting the picture, I’m really painting a picture. I may have a flat-footed technique, or something like that, but still, to me, the thrill, or the meat of the thing, is the actual painting. I don’t get any thrill out of laying it out.’

Frank Sinatra



‘when i look at my visual work it’s easy for me to see their creator as a confused, inconsistent hobbyist or, at worst, a painter and decorator who owns a few art books.’

Graham Coxon



‘You can’t see my work in person unless you come to my house.’

Juliana Hatfield



‘I used to paint, but that was years ago.’

Arnold Schoenberg



‘With painting I will come onto something. It could take months and go – oh shit! That is how you do that! Probably if I had studied it would have been in lesson one.’

John Lurie



‘I have a very specific style that I’m going for’

Issei Sagawa



‘I’m really just thinking about the painting at the moment. I’m too distracted by art to seriously think about music at the moment.’

Paul Simonon



‘What I love, and this sketch was done in August, is the wonderful shadows. They, alone, made my painting finger itch, so I sat out in a field on three consecutive days at exactly the same time of day, being examined by some rather inquisitive Highland cows.’

Prince Charles



‘I come from painting. I painted until I was 30, but I burned almost all of them. As a painter, I would have made a masterpiece.’

Serge Gainsbourg



‘I’ve stopped using the Internet, basically. I text, but I’ve whittled that down. I’m trying to just revert to a landline. I’m painting things rather taking their photographs. I don’t want to live in computer time. The Internet doesn’t care if we’ve had enough.’




‘The watercolor has affinities with the sonnet, or the haiku, rather than the jeremiad. It captures the flux and essence, the flavor and perfume, rather than the substance. Ambience, that is what the watercolor renders par excellence.’

Henry Miller



‘It takes my breath away to gaze into that chaos and fragmentation of imagery and realize that within that frame lies the universe of the soul and imagination.’

Tina Louise



‘Even when I was a little kid, I could draw a picture of Mickey Mouse that looked perfect.’

Kurt Cobain



‘If there were no paintings in the world, mine would be very important.’

Leonard Cohen



‘The correlation between acting and painting is limited, but still useful. The art of acting is first observing people, and then acting out that observation. But when you are watching, for example, an old man and see how his hand is trembling, that is something you can’t draw. But you can draw his posture.’

Armin Mueller-Stahl




Jason Newsted



‘My art teacher Phillip, who did the Grateful Dead weird skeleton playing backwards, violin with the red sunglasses, very Jimi Hendrix, very strange, he said, ‘you cannot make a mistake in art, so even if you think you’ve made the worst mistake in the world’ — like a big hole in the paper — ‘you just sit down, take a deep breath, and realize that you cannot make a mistake, even if you cannot fix what happened, you can tell everybody that it’s exactly what you wanted.’

Stevie Nicks



‘My drawings, paintings and carvings attempt to reflect my deep love for the environment and view of life that I was so fortunate to have grown up with.’

Don S. Davis



‘I … yeah, have started … painting.’

Dee Dee Ramone



‘I’m not afraid of mistakes, there aren’t any.’

Miles Davis



‘I wear my Picasso hat and Matisse shorts and my Arnold Schwarzenegger tank top and I paint.’

Tony Curtis



‘At this time in my evolution, painting is the way “it” wants to take shape. I create with the help of that massive system of energy that permeates everything and allows it to be distributed for free. As a conduit, I am occasionally quite clear – but as a beginner, the results can be technically raw.’

Grace Slick



‘I study at the Art Students League of New York and with private instructors.’

Tony Bennett



‘I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely and just work within the visual arts in some way. I started painting quite passionately at that time.’

David Bowie



‘It wasn’t until I was about 23 that I could stand to look at what I’d painted. But my worst rejections come from myself. I find that if I like a painting well enough to hang it on the wall, I really don’t care what people think.’

Eve Plumb



‘In order to be totally spontaneous, you can’t be too obsessed with accuracy, but if you’re inaccurate in a drawing or painting, it will look fake, and when you act, it will sound fake. You have to find miraculously some proper balance between the two, but there’s no formula.’

Peter Falk



‘What I love to do is paint people’s faces, y’know, their eyes. Because you want to find the emotion, see what’s going on behind their eyes.’

Johnny Depp



‘My idea of paradise is that period just before the sun rises and I’m at home painting or writing songs and everything is flowing. I pray that the sun won’t rise so I can paint and write for ever. That’s my ideal time.’

Pete Doherty



‘It is the same thing whether I’m painting or acting. The common denominator is in the movement. I don’t dance but I paint in the air. Or I don’t paint, but I dance on the paper.’

Juliette Binoche



‘I was definitely first interested in art. I always wanted to be an artist, since I was like five or something. I was really into Michelangelo. I wanted to be a sculptor. I used to make things out of clay. So, I guess boys is sort of…even though I think he was gay. I don’t know.’

Kim Gordon



‘Looking at my paintings, you probably wouldn’t think they were by a film director. But you might guess that they were by, well, a European intellectual – someone sensitive, serious and at odds with the world around him. At odds, in fact, with our world.’

Pier Paolo Pasolini



‘I think about what I’m going to paint when I’m in bed — I’m going to paint a canvas bright red, and I don’t know what I’m going to put on it. (Laughs) Well, but you see, that’s the way you get started. I’ve been having such great luck with painting canvases solid black, and then I put one pink tulip on that black canvas, and they sell like hotcakes.’

Phyllis Diller



‘If you have a one-hour lunch break during shooting… you know it is better to have a nap if your body is very tired but in my case, I spent my time painting. If I do so, my head can rest better.’

Viggo Mortensen



‘My first painting was a sketch of myself, and I called it When I Became Human I Had to Die’.

Bruno Schleinstein


‘This is the first time I’ve seen the painting upright. Physically, it was a tremendous challenge working on sections of it while hanging from scaffolding and with all the emotional ups and downs.’

Jim Carrey



‘People expect me to paint psychedelic images of fools on hills, paperback writers and bands on the run and so on. What I actually like to paint are guys with boners.’

Paul McCartney



‘I like to paint the human condition, and the human condition is not smiles and happy people.’

John Mellencamp



‘I stopped painting in 1990 at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings, and I did it out of spite.’

Vincent Gallo



‘There are those who claim to be psychiatrists and analyze my paintings from that perspective, while others are unimpressed with the painting by itself.’

Marilyn Manson


‘I hope to pursue a career in digital art/animation, with a focus on texture and matte painting. To that end, I have studied computer science alongside my artistic training as to become well-versed in both the programming and art aspects of computer graphics.’

Lucy Liu



‘I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist.’

Johnny Cash



‘I have a whole house which is just for her arts and crafts. I bought the next door neighbor’s house. I go and spend all day down there.’

Rosie O’Donnell



‘I love to paint and draw-pencil, ink pen-I love art. When I go on tour and visit museums in Holland, Germany or England-you know those huge paintings?-I’m just amazed. You don’t think a painter could do something like that.’

Michael Jackson



‘Um, I painted the cast of “Seinfeld” in the nude?’

Macaulay Culkin



‘I guess I would say my paintings are unstoppable and true to the shit.’

George Clinton



‘I started with photographs, then I started thinking that photographs didn’t really go anywhere — they’re just photographs.’

Neil Young



‘I just finished another WARHOL… Can’t wait for the show!’

Chris Brown



‘Yeah, I’m serious about painting. What kinda … ? Fuck off!’

Steven Tyler



p.s. Hey. ** MyNeighbourJohnTurtorro, Hi, man! Good to see you! Very happy that you’re a Benning guy. And, yeah, no doubt his work snuck into ‘LCTG’ and into our new one possibly even more. Yeah, I’m chomping at the bit of the new ‘Twin Peaks’, be assured. You get here in the 13th? Of this month? (Sorry: my memory). Yes indeed in any case. If it’s the 13th, I’ll be color grading our film during the daylight hours during the week, but free in the evenings and on the weekends. Do you have my email? If not, it’s: Really look forward to seeing you! ** Jamie, Man oh man. Not a ton is up. Yesterday the fucking heatwave came back, so that hampered things, and I didn’t do a whole lot that wasn’t situated at my computer. I feel for you on the sun/heat, as you well know. I’m on the 4th floor here, so … But we have tons of windows, and there’s a slightly helpful cross-breeze thing going on in the best of circumstances. Glad you’re going to splurge. Blow the medium out in one amazing wad. If possible. The thing with Benning is that, yes, they should best be seen on a screen, but there’s very rarely opportunities to do that, so watching them on a computer is kind of the only real option, and they’re amazing enough to work that way. I honestly love all of his films. My fave is an earlyish one that doesn’t seem to be online: ’11 x 17′. But, basically, you can just pick a subject matter that especially interests you and watch that one first. Wow, interesting and cool about Hannah’s Brophy thing/connection. And your today? It’s raining here this morning, and I’m ‘praying’ that kills the heat even though the weather service still says it’s going to be 34, shit. ** Steevee, Hi. Ha ha, well, I would argue the opposite about how digital has effected Benning’s work. I think it has allowed to do his work in the way he had always wanted to. I haven’t heard those two Anthony Pateras albums in full. Another recent album by him, ‘Blood Stretched Out’, is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. Yeah, I always check bandcamp first and buy everything I can from them for that and other reasons. ** David Ehrenstein, Wonderful that you love Benning. Sadie transitioned out of filmmaking quite a long time ago, for better or worse. She’s mostly a visual artist now — paintings and sculptures, generally. She shows her work in galleries, but not all that often. ** Wolf, W-w-w-w-wolf! Yes, yes, yes about the Benning films and everything you said that was tangentially related to what they occasioned in your brain. Hooray-ville! Super jonesing to finally get to ‘Twin Peaks’. Yeah, others have said rewatch ‘FWWM’ first, and no problem, I will. Yes, I am excited as my biology can allow which is pretty fucking excited since I’m pretty excitable, I think. What did you do today? ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Sugar poisoning is no fun and kind of spooky, although it didn’t last too long, thanks, I guess, to the speedy wonders of the digestive system? Let me know how it goes with the early readers of your book. The hunt for a publisher is almost always very stressful and time consuming, but, if it is like that, don’t get discouraged, and I’ll be here doing my best to counter any discouragement you might feel with my characteristic pragmatic optimism. Yeah, like I told Jamie, it got really hot here suddenly again yesterday, and I ended up not doing much at all except whining silently about the heat and trying to do things that the computer allows. Now it’s raining, so maybe today will be better. I might go to a concert tonight, I’m not sure. There’s this pretty killer concert of experimental queer music artists here tonight featuring two artists I really like, Moor Mother and Yves Tumor, and a bunch of others I don’t know. But I’ll have to go alone if I go. Maybe. And did Thursday offer you any gifts that you partook of? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Like I mentioned above, if you wait to see Benning’s films on a screen you’ll probably never see them. If you have quiet time and maybe a dark room, I think their magic works via DVD or online versions. ** Misanthrope, Hey. Yeah, birthdays … it seems weird not to remember them. Not lodging those dates in the mind must mean something bad about the forgetters. I never thought Federer was arrogant. I just thought he was kind of dull maybe. And he won all the time, which wasn’t very exciting. Or he seemed too adult seeming or something. I don’t know. But I get him now. I don’t think I have an all-time favorite tennis player, Hm. When I was younger, I really liked the way Jimmy Connors played for some reason. Yes, tell me exactly how the homemade ice cream turned out. I am all eyes. ** Okay. There (up there) are some famous people who you may or may not know also painted. Is that interesting? I guess I’m gambling that it is to some degree. See you tomorrow.


  1. michael karo

    hi DC! mmm so much good stuff here. really love this! you left out ron wood (horrible, he just copies from photos i think) and beefheart, some of his stuff i love and some i think is horrible. oh and dylan, he got some flack for copying photos too. and you left out my joni! 🙂 i love her early art but the later stuff got pretty boring.

    a favorite story from mellencamp: one time paul simon was visiting him in indiana. he took simon out to his art studio and showed him this gigantic painting. like HUGE. a swirly, multicolored portrait of an indian woman. simon looked at it for a while and said, “i didn’t know they made canvases that big.”

  2. Bernard

    ‘Even when I was a little kid, I could draw a picture of Mickey Mouse that looked perfect.’ I really want to find the writerly equivalent of that. When I was 11 years old, I wrote this poem on the death of John F Kennedy (which must sound like remembering the Civil War to most blog regulars, and of course only interested Dennis Cooper to the extent that it made JFK Jr a more emotionally compelling figure), and I can still collapse inwardly when I remember anything about it. It got circulated a little bit beyond Arlington VA where I grew up, but not like in newspapers or anything. All I’m gonna say is that it personified America as a bereaved mother, or wife, or something. Seriously, I could throw up when I think about that. And even as a little kid, I couldn’t draw Mickey Mouse and still can’t.

    This is a brilliant Day about one of the most interesting subjects ever — the violon d’Ingres. (You know me, I have no idea whether that phrase is obscure or very common.) I remember pondering Schoenberg’s paintings at one time, seeing them in an exhibition. This is reminding me that a long-forgotten project is an anthology of dreams of famous folks (which has been done, but really, who could do that better than me?). Also very excited about Benning day. Can we totally mashup James and Annette Benning and see what happens?
    But can’t follow up now because I am touristing. First day of three in Avignon, during which I want at least also to get to Arles for the ruins and the photo fair; and probably Orange and Aix. I am very big on the ruins, being something of a splendid ruin myself. (Me and Oscar Wilde, or Noël Coward, or somebody.) We are awaiting friends from London, and my guess I won’t see hardly nothin’ from the festival, cause I’m not with an adventurous group. But it’s ok, cause it’s way too much to choose from (Beckett directed by Roger Blin, Japanese Antigone . . ) and I can treat this as reconnoitering for the next trip.
    We liked Tours very much, and Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Villandry . . . and I get a better sense that if I wanted to teach in France for a bit there’s lots of places outside Paris — I have the official SNCF weekender good to July 1 2018, expressing my faith in returning.
    However, SNCF has not inspired my faith this time. Our Paris-Avignon train stopped dead, closed cars in this heat, for almost an hour. Several people required medical attention and finally I went, too, when I felt like I was going to pass out. They were very nice and rubbed me with cold water. Eventually we spent an hour outside at Montbart, then had a non-TGV till past Lyon. So the 5-hour planned trip was ten hours. In, may I say again, this heat. We have an air-conditioned room in Avignon where it will hit 98 F today. Tourism.
    Wilted, emptied-out love
    from Bernard

    • Wolf

      Bernard! How’s you? Have fun touristing in my homeland! Arles is always so great but even better during the photo festival; I try and go most years but I was there last month so I’ll miss the festival this year, looks like. Many old buildings there are actually really nice and cool in the summer. Well, that’s relative but hey. Do go and check out the archeological museum in Arles: some fucking splendid pieces including an awesome barge they dragged up recently from the Rhône’s silt.
      If the heat is killing you may I suggest heading towards the Lubéron heights? Hot in the day but lovely col nights. Or at least go and check out L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: a few kms form Avignon and fresher.
      Who could edit a Famous Dreams book better than you indeed! Get on it!! xwolfie

    • Bill

      Hey Bernard, hope you’re enjoying Avignon etc. The only time I was in Aix/Avignon, it was deadly hot and my little top floor room had no air conditioning, eek. But I did see This is How You Will Disappear. Stay cool.


  3. Amphibiouspeter

    Hi DC,

    Sorry for more radio silence, more travelling, back in Lisboa now. Can’t believe I’ve been in Portugal for two months, and back in London I got sunburnt. I stopped off in Paris for one night because the Eurostar was cheaper the next morning. Didn’t really get a chance to look around sadly, I’ve always loved the city when I’ve been.

    Nice post today, thanks. I love the idea of Chris Brown painting portraits of Warhol. And you can always rely on Leonard Cohen to pull out a nice little line to describe something – reminds me of when Dylan won the Nobel Prize he said ‘it’s like pinning a medal on Everest for being the tallest mountain.’

    Hope all’s going well with you.

  4. rewritedept


    always one of my favorite of the old blog days. i LOVE simonon’s figure paintings. and graham coxon’s paintings. but. i love graham. he’s so great.

    how are you? i am. actually i’m feeling really confined. my mom is supposed to move to reno (although fuck knows when), and she is staying with us until she goes. in my room. ugh.

    oh well. stuff is ok otherwise. i’m taking friday off from work for my friend scott’s opening. i haven’t spent any time with scott or his wife tami in far too long. and i love them. they’re my ‘we all used to be sorta goth kids and still sorta are’ friends. obviously, i’m included in that ‘we.’

    i am sure i’ve recommended it before, but have you seen ‘bob’s burgers’ at all? it’s the greatest american animated show going right now. worth a watch.

    hope things are great. talk soon. love you.


  5. Scunnard

    Hi Dennis, this is an amazing compendium! Tina Louise and Anohni together at last? So yes, I now have a book happening, who knew? Did you ever have a look at Michael’s, just wondering if anything caught your fancy? How have you been??? I spent my morning talking to the Winchester people securing permission for images of their mysterious house for publication. Now I’m just trying to figure out Jeremy Blake rights…

    Oh: you don’t by some fluke have any contact or leads for Anohni? …the manifestos are coming off the back burner next.

  6. Jamie

    Hey Dennis! What a wonderful post. The quote followed by the painting followed by the reveal worked a total treat for me. My favourite quotes are from Paul McCartney, being uncharacteristically humorous, and Vincent Gallo, being refreshingly mean-spirited. I genuinely liked a lot of the paintings too. I see someone already mentioned Ronnie Wood. Apparently his paintings are all over Abbey Road studios and are godawful.
    How was your Thursday? Mines has involved unpacking. All those books, oh dear. Hannah’s folks are staying tonight, so it’s a bit of a race to try and make the place somewhat presentable. I’m having a bit of a funny time mentally too, I think because of a course of steroids I’ve been taking, but I’m on a tapering dose as of tomorrow, so that should calm down. Oh, and we have wifi. Our supplier told me under no circumstances to plug our router in before they’d sent round a technician on the 21st, but I thought they way they said it sounded suspicious, so I plugged it in and it works. What can possibly go wrong, haha?
    How’s that heatwave working out? It’s so muggy here, it definitely doesn’t help with feeling tense, eh?
    Ta for the Benning tips. I’m just gonna pick one and jump right on in on the laptop. Hannah’s up for joining in too.
    Ok, got to go. Hope you’re good. What’s your Friday plans?
    Overpriced yet desirable love,

  7. David Ehrenstein

    Great Day

    I interviewed Peter Falk when “Wings of Desire” came out at his home in Beverly Hills. He took me to his studio and showed me the paintings he was working on — about which he was justly proud. He was indescribably wonderful. Sharp as a tack. This was well before Alzheimer’s took over and destroyed this great actor / great man.

  8. steevee

    Imagine a world where James and Annette Benning got married and somehow found a way to work with each other on his films!

    A lot of these paintings seem very amateurish to me, but the percentage which seem accomplished is greater than I expected.

    I’m seeing the new Alejandro Jodorowsky film, ENDLESS POETRY, tonight. (I thought I would be reviewing it, but my editor told me yesterday that he assigned the review to another critic, unfortunately.) Do you like Jodorowsky? Did you get stoned and go to midnight screenings of EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN in the ’70s? Both films are still frequently revived as midnight movies in New York right now.

    • Bill

      Look forward to your thoughts on the new Jodorowsky, Steevee. Hope it’s better than the last one…


  9. Tosh Berman

    Amazing blog today on many levels. For me, no surprises. Sinatra I think is heavily into Ellsworth Kelly and a lot of his paintings reflect that aesthetic or style. Tony Curtis was known as a Joseph Cornell fan, and I think he made his own boxes that reflect on Cornell’s work. I met and spent a day with Issei Sagawa, and he showed me some of his paintings. Scary to a certain degree. For the people you left out – Charlie Watts has a lifetime habit of once he gets his hotel room in order, he paints, sketches the room. I think he does this all the time. So there must be endless drawings/sketches of the hotel room from Watts. Interesting you avoided Dylan. Too obvious? Or John Lennon? A fascinating selection of people (artists) today. Great blog!

  10. David Ehrenstein

    Here’s “50 Shades of Gay”, a really nice TV broadcast in which Rupert Everett discusses gay life in the UK and how it’s changed over the years.

    • steevee

      Everett has seemed like such a self-hating douchebag in the past that I’m surprised to see you praising him!

  11. Bill

    Intriguing gallery today with some pretty fine pieces, Dennis.

    Been a relatively quiet holiday weekend here. Things are picking up a bit; might check out this dark ambient club night with Drew McDowall (ex-Coil, PTV) later.


  12. S.

    i bow deeply now wheres the cheeses jk. this is wonderful. better left to the professionals as they say. oh jan how discreet. i live near the haunted hotel in the curtis painting its the vinoy. killed his wife and the star witness. they burn a red light in the tower to signal summer. i dont know which is finer newsteads painting or that coffee table hes playing. seeing everything i love and hate in these paintings. expressionism freud. honestly i think rodin has effected me. i guess im feeling corot. why do i feel like ive been talking with julien schnabel.

  13. Sypha

    I very much like the Stevie Nicks artwork on display today (well, I would, wouldn’t I?) Though the Grace Slick one was very charming as well.

    Would you believe I’ve still never seen “Twin Peaks?” All I’ve seen is the pilot, parts of the original final episode, and FWWM (obviously). But when I was in Maine I went to a CD store and they were selling the “definitive gold box edition” of both seasons for only like $35, so I snatched it up and plan to start watching it soon.

    I noticed you mentioned Coil on Facebook. Which of their songs are you trying to get on your film (or can you not say?)

    Today I released the second single off the upcoming +Passover- album “Hostile Architecture.” It’s called “Landscape of Thorns”:

  14. Chris Corhane

    oh what to say to you, long lost stranger. I’ve been reading the blog in all its gloriousness, not a word, every once and awhile to see what your up to and to find out about people and things I know and don’t know. Sounds like Zac and your film is almost done, though still lots of work to do. It’s awesome, a second film and all, I haven’t even seen the first one. I’ve been spending most of my time in this new relationship, which is now almost 9 months old, I guess less new and is pretty fucking great. Still playing music and being the social worker. trying to fit it all in, Yvonne asked me to score a new piece in November and I have a week long residency at the Stone then too, other than that fairly low key, though putting out some CD’s in the fall I think. Just spending time in a relationship, it’s been years. We are planning a month long southeast asia trip in Jan or Feb 2017, before the possible THEM redo, though I’ve heard nothing, though Sarah Shulman seems to think it’s a go. Anyway, glad you’re still busy as hell and continue the blog and the work with Zac. Just thought I’d check in and send love

  15. Wolf

    Haha dude, you are absolutely ‘pretty excitable’. The Irish setter of the underground alternative literature world. Oh! I forgot to tell you about our new plant! We have a collection of small to humongous house-plants, all named after TV characters (Buffy, Spike, McNulty, Jessica Jones, Agent Cooper, Bob) and we just got new one that we broke the rules for and named Dennis after you – it’s a very goofy plant, pretty crazy-looking. A croton that looks kinda like this one.
    Very friendly.

    I think John Lurie is the best, but that’s kinda true of whatever the subject is really.
    Schoenberg is very good – no surprise there.
    Don S. Davis!! Oh shit!! That is such a lovely piece.

    What did I do today? Mmh, you mean apart from some semi-tedious programming and nerdy stuff which is most of what I do at work? I’m afraid my days are not so exciting…

  16. steevee

    Here’s my review of a somewhat fascinating but deeply flawed film, Alison Maclean’s THE REHEARSAL. Previously, the director adapted JESUS’ SON.

  17. Brendan

    The Miles Davis one is pretty good, actually!

  18. _Black_Acrylic

    I’m quite into that Dee Dee Ramone effort. I’d never have thought his paintings would look like that.

  19. Dynomoose

    I’m surprised by some of the paintings I really like and even more surprised by some that don’t do it for me,
    So many people with so much talent.

  20. steevee

    I realize that many people here also follow my Facebook feed and have already read the following, but the new Jodorowsky is the best film I’ve seen in months, I’m still buzzing from it, I’m very frustrated that I’m not reviewing it professionally and I wanted to post this here:
    ENDLESS POETRY (Alejandro Jodorowsky)–I see a huge number of films. Very few of them lead me to wonder “What the hell did I just see and what do I think about it?” while the credits are rolling. ENDLESS POETRY is a film that defeats snap judgments, but by the time I got off the subway and started walking home, I had decided it was close to greatness. The films that made Alejandro Jodorowsky’s cult reputation, EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, played to stoned hippie audiences in midnight,screenings through the ’70s. (I was a child at the time. Is anyone reading this old enough to have gone to those screenings at the time?) They’re still frequently revived as midnight movies in New York now. While I’ve never seen EL TOPO, I think THE HOLY MOUNTAIN has stood up pretty well, although maybe more for the sheer scale of its weirdness than as a work of spiritual depth. ENDLESS POETRY is Jodorowsky’s second autobiographical film, starring his son Adan as himself circa age 20. His middle-aged son Brontis also appears in it, in a magnetically nasty performance, as does the director himself. If you’re not willing to indulge “Fellini + Bunuel on strong weed” weirdness like a key character whose dialogue is wholly sung and another who wears a toxic red wig, ENDLESS POETRY might seem…well, endless. And Jodorowsky’s distance from the values of 2017 are evident left and right. In most respects, this is refreshing, but it’s also risky. The film flirts with homophobia, especially in a bizarre near-rape scene, but winds up depicting it as a virus passed from father to son rather than actually succumbing to it. There are individual scenes here that show more visual imagination than entire mumblecore films, but an entire 130 minutes of this does get excessive. ENDLESS POETRY is saved by the fact that its heart lies on its sleeve. It bears no direct connection to Roberto Bolaño’s novel THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES, but in some ways, it’s a very similar depiction of a Latin American youthful Bohemia where poetry reigns supreme. It’s undeniable that ENDLESS POETRY indulges gratuitous weirdness, but there’s absolutely no irony in it. It’s an utterly serious defense of the value of devoting one’s life to art, in which the director takes genuine risks with his real family. I can’t think of a young North American filmmaker who would make such a film right now, and we’re weaker for it. I saw ENDLESS POETRY with a packed house at a press screening. Usually, New York critics show absolutely no reaction at the end of such screenings: in fact, the most memorable reaction I can remember is the disgust with which we responded to Lars von Trier’s ANTICHRIST. My audience cheered this film. Did anyone stumble out of a screening of EL TOPO at 2 AM in 1972 and imagine that its director would wind up making one of 2017’s best films, at the age of 87?

  21. Misanthrope

    Dennis, You left out the funniest one: George W. Bush. He’s a painter now. That one of his foot in the bathtub is either genius, sublime, or downright creepy. Some of the art here really surprises. I don’t know, the Phyllis Diller one kind of knocked me over. I didn’t expect that.

    At one time, no one could beat Federer. Nadal’s usually had his way with him, but a lot of that is on clay. Thing is, if Federer wasn’t so fucking stubborn, he could’ve won more. He was never one that was much of a strategist. He was either going to beat you with his game or he wasn’t. He gets it now and will adjust his game. Andy Roddick did the same…but way too late.

    The interesting thing about men’s tennis right is that the two men playing the best are Federer and Nadal, both of whom were supposed to be washed up a few years ago.

    So the ice cream. It’s LPS’s fault. He wanted strawberry ice cream. So I added the fresh strawberries at the end, as per the instructions, and they turned my ice cream into a very cold soup! I guess they were too warm and melted it. They had been chilled overnight.

    But alas, we covered it and put it back in the freezer and it actually ended up turning out pretty good. The flavor is ace, the texture…meh. So next time, vanilla only, and let people add shit on top after they scoop it out. 😀

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