From body politics

part of Pretty Boys & Pathos, an ongoing column exploring the men of classic Hollywood In a July 1953 letter to writer Budd Schulberg about casting On the Waterfront, famed director Elia Kazan wrote: “If we don’t get Brando, I’m for Paul Newman. This boy will definitely be a film star. I have absolutely no doubt.…

When I first started playing the violin in the fourth grade, my parents went violin crazy. If there was someone playing violin on a TV show or in a commercial, they immediately called for me to come see or listen to it. My mom would record episodes of shows for me to watch later because…

Editor’s note: We recommend you play the below audio recording while reading this article. John Adams’ “Christian Zeal and Activity” performed by Edo De Waart and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1986 And I Believe That Composer John Adams’ piece “Christian Zeal and Activity,” first recorded in 1973, stands in the middle of all of…

For H. There is no such thing as phenomenology, but there are indeed phenomenological problems. Ludwig Wittgenstein Although Blue is often assumed to be Derek Jarman’s last film (that honor goes to Glitterbug, which premiered several months after his death from AIDS-related complications), it was certainly the last film I watched with you. It consists of…

For H. It is because light has nothing of its own (no peculiarity) that it can be made to reflect the nothing….by redirecting being away from substance and toward the affective intensity of visual and temporal form. Eugenie Brinkema Performance is the end. Once performed, once acted out or upon, what is (the body) precipitates out…