Paperback 863: Father and Son / James T. Farrell (Signet D1066)

 1953, Dance, Embrace, James Avati, James T. Farrell, Signet, snakes, Unflinching  Comments Off on Paperback 863: Father and Son / James T. Farrell (Signet D1066)
Mar 042015

Paperback 863: Signet D1066 (1st ptg, 1953)

Title: Father and Son
Author: James T. Farrell
Cover artist: James Avati

Estimated value: $8-10

Best things about this cover:

  • This is as dynamic as Avati gets. This is Avati tripping balls. This is Avati’s dark twisted fantasy. This is porno-vati. I mean, that one guy’s hand is adjacent to that woman’s ass. Ass-adjacent! Call the censors.
  • Why would you name your kid “A. Stormy Adolescence?” That’s just cruel.
  • “Hey, lady. Lady! I come bearing snakes … it’s a metaphor.”
  • All main people in Avati paintings are lit like religious figures. Beatific. Haloed in light.
  • I do (sort of!) like the way this pictures is posted and pillared into three parts, a triptych, with the salacious stuff happening on the ends, but our primaries still framed in a place of relative innocence in the center.

Best things about this back cover:

  • We get it. One’s old, one’s young. It’s called Father and Son, for god’s sake. Move along.
  • I really want this to be a 500pp. novel (!) about a guy who stops trying to understand his son and just takes him to a whorehouse.
  • Unflinching! This novel will not flinch. Tickle it. Pretend you’re going to punch it. You’ll see.

Page 123~

Father Michael took a cowbell off the window ledge and marched downstairs to ring it.

Sorry, this is all I can think of right now:


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 Dance  Comments Off on Pina
Feb 122012

If you like dance at all, Pina 3D is a magnificent way to spend a couple of hours. To see the dancers’ faces, to see the depth of bodies on the stage, to travel to all sorts of places with them is extraordinary. And the music is just exquisite.

Philippina “Pina” Bausch [1](27 July 1940 – 30 June 2009) was a German performer of modern dance, choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director. With her unique style, a blend of movements, sounds and prominent stage sets, and with her elaborate cooperation with performers during the composition of a piece (a style now known as Tanztheater), she became a leading influence since the 1970s in the world of modern dance. [2]

Pina died unexpectedly just days before Wim Wenders began shooting this film.

Any dance fans out there?