Monthly Archives: November 2019
“I will neither help nor hinder you. My friends and family will assist you and my enemies will find you soon enough.”
Oh, definitely go read this. The title is a quote from Beckett, as told by his biographer Deirdre Bair.
The linked article begins:
“So you are the one who is going to reveal me for the charlatan that I am.” It was the first thing Samuel Beckett ever said to me on that bitter cold day, November 17th, 1971, as we sat in the minuscule lobby of the Hôtel du Danube on the rue Jacob. I had gone to Paris at his express invitation, to meet him and talk about writing his biography. We were originally scheduled to meet on November 7th, and for ten days I had no idea where he was, because he never showed up and never canceled.
Go. Read. It’s an excerpt from Bair’s new book, Parisian Lives, about Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and herself, which may go on my to-read list.
Today in Extremely Niche Humor
GIFAANISQATSI, a Koyannisqatsi-generator using Gify gifs.
Dept. of Books We May Need To Read
Beckett to biographer Deirdre Bair, in Paris, 1971: “I will neither help nor hinder you. My friends and family will assist you and my enemies will find you soon enough.”
The Brimley/Cocoon Line
This Twitter feed will inform you when certain parties pass what they refer to as the (Wilford) Brimley / Cocoon Line, which means they are now as old as Brimley was when he starred, as an “old person,” in the 1985 film of the same name.
At that time, Brimley was 18,530 days old, which is about 50 years and 8 months. (You may be surprised he was that young at the time; I know I was.)
Some recent entries:
- Jennifer Aniston
- Bobby Brown
- Mo Rocca
- Patton Oswalt
- Jason Bateman
- Dave Grohl (as well as every member of Pearl Jam)
- Marilyn Manson
- Brendan Fraser
- Lucy Liu
Also, Lenny Kravitz is 4 years older than Brimley was. Keanu Reeves is a year older than that.
(Before you ask: Quick match suggests I’ve got about 13 months; Mrs Heathen is even farther.)
While you weren’t looking, everyone else got old
This excellent performance of Bowie’s “Five Years” by the Cowboy Junkies is worth your time.
But if you haven’t seen them in a long while, you may — as I was — be taken aback by Margo’s white hair. You shouldn’t; Timmons was born in 1961, just like plenty of the musical idols of our shared youth (I mean, she’s younger than all the members of R.E.M., for example).
The Trinity Session is, of course, over 30 years old now.
And then there’s this: Have you looked in the mirror lately? Odds are, you’re getting older, too.