In a thoughtful interview with David Frost on the David Frost TV show, 28 April 1971, actor Yul Brynner talked briefly about his second PhD degree. He did this at Chicago because he had plenty of time free in between acting in «The King and I» at night. He knew all the lines by heart by then, and he was bored. He also recounted that when he left Europe for the United States in 1941, he traveled to the USA to study with acting teacher Michael Chekhov and toured the country with Chekhov’s theatrical troupe. He said that when he left Paris, a friend who was too poor to buy him a proper going-away present gave him some valuable advice instead: “Never argue with fools. To do so, you have to climb down to their level, and on that level they always win.”
Rolf Harris: remember «Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport»? «The Pub With No Beer?» Do you recall listening to «Jake the Peg», and shuddering? I thought so. Rolf reminds me of that other successful Australian export to London: Clive James. Continue reading “His verse his wobble-board”
It’s hard to resist: Jacket 17, a hoax issue, with some of my favourite poets: the 1943 Australian hoax poet Ern Malley, John Ashbery (influenced by Ern Malley when an impressionable young man) and German poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger — the Chancellor of Irony, the Goethe of our age and an old friend. And more. Continue reading “Jacket 17: The Hoax Issue”
“Most of us manage on a kelpie’s breakfast: a drink of water and a good look around.” — Doug Anderson, television reviewer, «Sydney Morning Herald», December 2011.
The Kelpie is a medium-sized Australian farm dog with great endurance and a cheerful and independent temperament, good at mustering and droving sheep, cattle and other ungulates. Kelpies come in a variety of colours and blends, mainly chocolate, tan and black, and are popular around the world.
It’s not often that I find myself keen to talk about a book that I haven’t read, and don’t intend to read from beginning to end, but that’s what I’m going to do today. The book is «Hypnerotomachia Poliphili», by Francesco Colonna, translated into English, fully, for the first time. Continue reading “The Most Beautiful Book in the World”