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Nicolas Roeg - His Own Timing, His Own Wisdom and Kindness

Theresa Russell and Art Garfunkel in Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing I look on British film director Nicolas Roeg as many things: a friend, a mentor, almost a second father to me, but also the filmmaker who had the greatest personal influence on opening my eyes to what film could do. His films, not least Performance, Walkabout, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Don't Look Now and Bad Timing, had the greatest individual resonance for me, because they changed the way I looked at identity, sexuality, death, loss, attraction and both the nature of time and the nature of film - and how all of those are intertwined. I was a fan of Nic's long before I met him and was lucky enough to work with him in the most astonishing way. Through Nic, I was able, as a young screenwriter and novelist who had never produced anything, to negotiate the screen rights to a remarkable play I had seen and loved, about Marilyn Monroe meeting Albert Einstein - and to become, with enormous help from the unique

Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam

<p><br><br>I <br></p> I first heard Ghostpoet's Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam on Mathieu Schreyer's amazing show on KCRW , and loved it instantly. This musical/video mashup previews the whole album.

Peace love and light to all in Japan

I was trying to find something to post in response to the astonishing natural disaster in Japan that wasn't simply more images of the earthquake or the tsunami - and I thought of the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto , which I have always loved. This video is of Sakamoto's SILK: Love Theme II , which seems perfectly fitting in mood and beauty. I wish Japan a graceful and safe recovery - and wish well to everyone there, especially the families of the many victims. If you click on this link, you will find various options to give donations and support to the rescue and recovery efforts in Japan, courtesy of the Huffington Post.

Homer Simpson and Darth Vader - Brothers in Art

I just came across this long-lost Rembrandt of Homer Simpson on a website called It's the work of artist David Barton , who says he creates his images, "mostly with an old version of Photoshop, a less old Corel Painter and a crayon." He is also responsible for Monet's Vader With A Parasol , below. Vader has never looked How about: Star Wars MDCCCLXXV : The Impressionists Strike Back?  Many thanks to David for letting me reproduce his work here!

Humanity's Greatest Quality - W S Merwin on Imagination

Screengrab of KCRW's Bookworm webpage I only caught the last few minutes of this week's Bookworm on Los Angeles' outstanding public radio station KCRW , but they were quite exceptional. Bookworm presenter Michael Silverblatt was interviewing America's octogenarian Poet Laureate, W S Merwin , and asked Merwin what made him accept the position of laureate - a post Merwin most likely would not have been offered in the 1960s, when he was a vocal anti-Vietnam War poet. Merwin replied that part of the terms he established for accepting the position was that there would be a theme to "string the whole thing along" - and that theme would be, "the human imagination." The next five minutes, which I listened to as I drove, were absolutely mesmerizing: a highly eloquent and entrancing meditation on the human race. "The human imagination," Merwin said, "I think is the one really distinctive thing that humanity has - not intelligence o