Catherine Breillat

      Catherine Breillat

      • 1976    A Real Young Girl
      1979   Nocturnal Uproar
      1987        Milan noir
      1988    Virgin
      1991    Dirty Like an Angel
      1996    Perfect Love
      1999    Romance
      2001    Fat Girl
      2001    Brief Crossing
      2002    Sex Is Comedy
      2004    Anatomy of Hell
      2007    The Last Mistress (aka An Old Mistress)
      2009    Bluebeard
      2010    Sleeping beauty
      2011    Bad Love

      Robert Bresson

      • Les Affaires Publiques (1934)
        Les Anges du Péché (1943)
        Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
        Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
        A Man Escaped (1956)
        Pickpocket (1959)
        The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
        Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
        Mouchette (1967)
        A Gentle Creature (1969)
        Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
        Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
        The Devil Probably (1977)
        L'Argent (1983)

      The Dardenne Brothers

      • Le Chant du Rossignol (1978)
        Lorsque le Bateau de Léon M. Descendit la Meuse pour la Première Fois (1979)
        Pour que la Guerre s'Achève, les Murs Devaient s'Écrouter (1980)
        R... ne Répond Plus (1981)
        Leçons d'une Université Volante (1982)
        Regard Jonathan/Jean Louvet, son Oeuvre (1983)
        Il Court... il Court le Monde (1987)
        Falsch (1987)
        Je Pense à Vous (1992)
        La Promesse (1996)
        Gigi, Monica... et Bianca (1997)
        Rosetta (1999)
        The Son (2002)
        The Child (2005)
        Dans l'Obscurité (2007)
        The Silence of Lorna (2008)
        The Kid with a Bike (2011)

      Semezdin Mehmedinovic

      was born in Tuzla, Bosnia in 1960 and is the author of four books. In 1993 he was co-writer and co-director, together with Benjamin Filipović, of Mazaldo, one of the first Bosnian films shot during the war. The film was presented at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994, and won the first prize at the Mediterranean Festival in Rome the following year. He, his wife and their son left Bosnia and came to the U.S. as political refugees in 1996.

      Beyond Baroque

      lo these many years of construction repairing
      the irreparable potholes the gaping erosion of
          industrial repetition this tarred and feathered
         landscape this tarred and feathered history

       my neighbor found an arrowhead in
       his backyard 385 10th st. Brooklyn

       waking up in a sweat I found the Old Bridge hanging
       from my neck and the whole town of Pocitelj
       in the pocket of my jacket draped over a
       chair in the shadow of a pot filled with
       rosemary and lavender.

      Body on the bridge
      From an abandoned garage
       by the Museum of the Revolution
       we looked at windows on Grbavica
       when from the river voices could be heard
      What's that?
       "Nothing" Benjamin says
       "they're changing a body on the bridge"

       Twelve years have gone by
       and for the first time
       I'm thinking about that nothing


      Natsume Sōseki

      pseudonym of Natsume Kinnosuke (born Feb. 9, 1867, Edo [now Tokyo], Japan—died Dec. 9, 1916, Tokyo), outstanding Japanese novelist of the Meiji period and the first to ably depict the plight of the alienated modern Japanese intellectual.
      Natsume took a degree in English from the University of Tokyo (1893) and taught in the provinces until 1900, when he went to England on a government scholarship. In 1903 he became lecturer in English at the University of Tokyo. His reputation was made with two very successful comic novels, Wagahai-wa neko de aru (1905–06; I Am a Cat) and Botchan (1906; Botchan: Master Darling). Both satirize contemporary philistines and intellectual mountebanks. His third book, Kusamakura (1906; The Three-Cornered World), is a lyrical tour de force about a painter’s sojourn in a remote village.

      After 1907, when he gave up teaching to devote himself to writing, he produced his more characteristic works, which were sombre without exception. They deal with man’s effort to escape from loneliness. His typical heroes are well-educated middle-class men who have betrayed, or who have been betrayed by, someone close to them and through guilt or disillusionment have cut themselves off from other men. In Kōjin (1912–13; The Wayfarer) the hero is driven to near madness by his sense of isolation; in Kokoro (1914) the hero kills himself; and in Mon (1910; “The Gate”) the hero’s inability to gain entrance to the gate of a Zen temple to seek religious solace is a frightening symbol of frustration, isolation, and helplessness. Natsume’s last novel, Michikusa (1915; Grass on the Wayside), was autobiographical.

      Natsume claimed that he owed little to the native literary tradition. Yet, for all their modernity, his novels have a delicate lyricism that is uniquely Japanese. It was through Natsume that the modern realistic novel, which had essentially been a foreign literary genre, took root in Japan.

      •  Botchan  ( i  love  this  book . One book was enough to be charmed by Soseki's sarcasm and humor.)

      other works 
      I Am a Cat 
      The Tower of London
      The Three Cornered World
      The Heredity of Taste
      The 210th Day
      The Poppy
      The Miner
      Ten Nights of Dreams
      And Then Mon
      The Gate
      Spring Miscellany 
      Made To the Spring Equinox and Beyond
      The Wayfarer
      My Individualism
      My Glass Doors
      Light and Darkness, a novel

      Khaled Hosseini

      Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Afghanistan had already witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States. In September of 1980, Hosseini's family moved to San Jose, California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California-San Diego's School of Medicine, where he earned a Medical Degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Hosseini was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.

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      Hosseini’s follow-up to the Kite Runner is A Thousand Splendid Suns. It is easy to describe it as the female version of Kite Runner. To do so is unfair, since to stands alone and on its own merit. The two women, Miriam and Lalia, are of two different generations thrown together by cruel fate and crushing tragedy. Being the first and second wives of a shoemaker, they forge a friendship that withers the storm of their marriage. Set against the backdrop of war torn Afghanistan, this story highlights the war that rages within us and the little victories that make life worth living.

      After reading the last page, I had this sudden urge to scoop up my daughter and hug her. I felt so blessed to live when and where I do. We often take for granted how easy our lives are compared to other women (and men) around the globe.

      kazban (юля казбан )

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      René Magritte

          During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Surrealist painter René Magritte made a series of "Perspective" paintings based on well-known works by the French artists François Gérard, Jacques Louis David, and Édouard Manet, in which he substituted coffins for the figures represented in the original paintings. The composition of this work is almost identical to that of David's famous portrait of Madame Récamier in the Louvre, except that the seductive young sitter has been replaced by a coffin, with a cascading gown left as the only trace of her previous existence. Executed in Magritte's carefully detailed style, this irreverent rendition of the Neoclassical masterpiece is suffused with mordant wit.
      The reason i chose this oil on canvas painting was because i love all of Magrittes work. i enjoy his use of surrealism and the oddities of his pictures.

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      Albert Camus

      "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend."
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      • 7 November 1913–4 January 1960) was a French Algerian author, philosopher, and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He was a key philosopher of the 20th-century and his most famous work is the novelL’Étranger (The Stranger, in the context of my post, The Outsider).
      • In 1949, Camus founded the Group for International Liaisons within the Revolutionary Union Movement, which was a group opposed to some tendencies of the surrealistic movement of André Breton. Camus was the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature – after Rudyard Kipling – when he became the first African-born writer to receive the award. He is the shortest-lived of any literature laureate to date, having died in an automobile accident just over two years after receiving the award.

      • Before commenting upon the works of Albert Camus, I should first make a rather bold statement: I consider him to be an existential writer. More accurately, I consider him a writer of existential works. It is fashionable in academic writings to now drop the label from almost every “existentialist” — especially since only Jean-Paul Sartre seems to have embraced the label, and then only for a brief time. Certainly it is possible to debate Camus’ status as an existentialist, but one cannot ignore existential elements in his fiction. Camus preferred to think of himself as an “absurdist.”
      • As one reads Camus, or any other writer sometimes called “existential,” remember existentialism was never an organized movement. Existential situations and themes appear in Dostoevsky’s works, but he certainly was not an existentialist. In large part, the following commentaries do not focus upon whether or not Camus was an existentialist… I leave that to the readers and individuals with doctorates in philosophy. Personally, I think Camus stands far above Sartre as a writer and nearly equals Franz Kafka. That view is my bias.

        "You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it."

      Friedensreich Hundertwasser

      Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian painter, architect and sculptor. Born in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century.

      Hundertwasser's original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). The common themes in his work utilized bright colors, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines. He remains sui generis, although his architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí in its biomorphic forms and use of tile. He was inspired by the works of Egon Schiele from an early date, and his style was often compared to that ofGustav Klimt. He was fascinated with spirals, and called straight lines "the devil's tools". He called his theory of art "transautomatism", based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist.

      Nek Chand ( Rock Garden)

       Rock Garden


      Hilda Doolittle(H.D)

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      • Evening

      The light passes
      from ridge to ridge,
      from flower to flower—
      the hepaticas, wide-spread
      under the light
      grow faint—
      the petals reach inward,
      the blue tips bend
      toward the bluer heart
      and the flowers are lost.

      The cornel-buds are still white,
      but shadows dart
      from the cornel-roots—
      black creeps from root to root,
      each leaf
      cuts another leaf on the grass,
      shadow seeks shadow,
      then both leaf
      and leaf-shadow are lost.

      • Eurydice


      Saffron from the fringe of the earth,
      wild saffron that has bent
      over the sharp edge of earth,
      all the flowers that cut through the earth,
      all, all the flowers are lost;

      everything is lost,
      everything is crossed with black,
      black upon black
      and worse than black,
      this colourless light.

      John William Waterhouse