My friend Svend recently asked me who the 10th Muse would be, if we had one. I’m not sure, but Virginia Woolf would be a contender.
On the anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s suicide, our beloved Patti “waves” to her.
Patti Smith recently told Amy Goodman that she thinks of herself as a performer, not as a musician. Any questions?
Seeing Sandra Bernhard’s movie Without You I’m Nothing was one of the major milestones of my aesthetic coming of age. To quote the movie, I felt like Columbus Crossing the Atlantic, I had found the new world. People could talk that smart? Behave that outrageously? Whaaaa? It’s a film I have watched more times than I could count. You can watch a great clip from it on the Uranium Madhouse 9 Muses Page.
It’s a great movie considered by itself, but it also made me aware of so many icons and cultural currents that I had had little awareness of prior to that: the world of the Factory, Nina Simone, Patti Smith, Sylvester, Laura Nyro, and many others.
While I always enjoy Sandra, I haven’t liked what I have seen of her since then to the same degree. She will always have a place in my heart, though, for Without You I’m Nothing. And she is someone I always enjoy coming across. In this interview in the Guardian, she doesn’t disappoint.
Posing for Playboy was a feminist statement. I wanted to say it’s OK to be comfortable in your own skin and that you don’t have to be obsessed with your body.
When I was growing up, the idea of fame ran in tandem with being a great performer – people loving you and celebrating you because you made them feel good and you took them places they couldn’t take themselves. The reality TV culture we live in now celebrates fame without anything to back it up: people on reality shows don’t inspire. They’re just there to laugh at and mock. It’s destructive.
And the money quote:
The ability to connect to my creative source is one of my biggest achievements.
Check out the whole piece.
To quote one of your muses, Sandra, you make us feel…mighty real.
One of our Muses reading a script for The Spiral Road
There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.
It may or not be true, but as a provocation it’s choice. I think it will be joining the quotes from Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Cervantes and Aristotle on the UM front page.
One of Uranium Madhouse’s 9 Muses is Thomas Bernhard, the Austrian novelist and playwright about whom I wrote my dissertation at Stanford. There is a quote on that page from Bernhard’s novel Gargoyles. If that quote made you curious, this blog is all Bernhard all the time. All the entries are quotes from Bernhard. Here’s there most recent one, Bernhard on families:
There are no families anymore, only live-in arrangements, rail and postal workers credit unions, travel associations, limited philosophy partnerships, literature societies, smoked-meat societies, turnip cooperatives’ societies, burlap bag associations, legal societies, weed-killing societies, societies for the praise and adoration of God: spare parts heaped on top of each other in some giant spare-part warehouse: a huge pile of sh-t for a world.
from On the Mountain: Rescue Attempt, Nonsense