Ettore Scola (1931-2016)

Filmography as director Let’s Talk About Women (1964) Thrilling (1965) Hard Time for Princes (1965) The Devil in Love (1966) Will Our Heroes Be Able to Find Their Friend Who Has Mysteriously Disappeared in Africa?(1968) Police Chief Pepe (1969) The Pizza Triangle (1970) My Name Is Rocco Papaleo (1971) The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life (1972) Trevico-Turin: Voyage in Fiatnam (1973) Festival Unità (1973) – documentary We All … Read more Ettore Scola (1931-2016)

Fatema Mernissi (1940-2015)

Sad news this: Fatema Mernissi was a major voice for women inthe Maghreb over the years — I found that her books were also very useful to wake up my American students. Her memoir Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood is a must read. Thanks to Arab Literature (in English). BY MLYNXQUALEY on NOVEMBER 30, 2015 • ( 1 ) Born in 1940, in Fes, Mernissi was … Read more Fatema Mernissi (1940-2015)

Gamal al-Ghitani (1945-2015)

Towering Egyptian Novelist and Cultural Critic, Gamal al-Ghitani, Dies at Age 70 BY MLYNXQUALEY on OCTOBER 18, 2015 • ( 3 ) Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and journalist Gamal al-Ghitani has died in a Cairo military hospital, aged 70: He had been in a coma in al-Galaa Military Hospital for two months after being admitted with respiratory problems. He reportedly suffered a heart attack in August and was deprived of oxygen. According to Al … Read more Gamal al-Ghitani (1945-2015)

Denis Roche (1937-2015)

Oh, Denis has called it splitsville! Sadness, a drag — A bright, witty, generous man, sharp as a tack — & absolutely not known enough here in the US. Roche, who started in the surrounds of Tel Quel, is a major writer, an excellent translator (some of Pound’s Cantos, ee cummings, etc.) & photographer. He is also the founding editor of Fiction & Co, one of the very best & most eclectic … Read more Denis Roche (1937-2015)

Stephen Rodefer (1940-2015)

Travel well, old friend.   & Charles Olson on SR: ” “Youthful what? Where is Rodefer, he’ll know. That damn Lycidas. Whatever else England draws upon, it’s native talent will out. The damn Lycidas! Where did Rodefer go? Youthful what?”   To the Barracks to the list Members, remember how I missed you when my aim was dead and your quivers bulged with passionate intensity. That slide’s not blue enough … Read more Stephen Rodefer (1940-2015)

Kenneth Irby (November 18, 1936 – July 30, 2015)

Profound sadness at the passing of an old friend, a major poet — whose work is way underappreciated in this, his country —, a great lover of literature, landscape and music. Below a poem from the sixties — p. 133 in his indispensable The Intent On (Collected Poems 1962-2006), North Atlantic Books 2009 — one of the poems I came across early on in his book Relation, and that introduced me to a part … Read more Kenneth Irby (November 18, 1936 – July 30, 2015)

Lee Harwood (1939-2015)

Sad to see an old friend and a poet I admired very much leave our world. You should check out his Collected Poems published by Shearsman Books in 2004. Download a PDF sampler from this book here. Below, a poem from the early 70s: Five postcards to Alban Berg 1 waves break over the headland the pain of closeness  / “to a lover” The mountains walk in the mountains The lightness of touch … Read more Lee Harwood (1939-2015)

Stephen Kessler on Richard O. Moore

PoetryFlash has just published an excellent, in-depth article on Richard Moore by Stephen Kessler. Below, the opening paragraphs; you can read the whole article here. Golden Codger: The Odd Career of Richard O. Moore by Stephen Kessler There all the golden codgers lay, There the silver dew… (W. B. Yeats) The trouble with everything is that it’s true. (Richard O. Moore) RICHARD O. MOORE, who died March 25, 2015, … Read more Stephen Kessler on Richard O. Moore

“The typewriter was his Tin Drum:” Schlöndorff on Grass (in German)

The Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) brings today a remembrance of Günter Grass by his friend, the film maker Volker Schlöndorff. Opening paras (in German) below; the rest of the article here. Erinnerung an Günter Grass: Das Herz eines zürnenden Gottes Günter Grass war die Stimme des deutschen Geistes in der Welt: ein Patriot, kein Rechthaber, auch wenn er oft über das Ziel hinausschoss. Erinnerung an einen Freund. 16.04.2015, von VOLKER SCHLÖNDORFF © … Read more “The typewriter was his Tin Drum:” Schlöndorff on Grass (in German)

Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Though best known as a novelist, artist & polemicist, Grass was also a poet. A good obit here, an excellent article here & his last interview here in the Guardian. Salman Rushdie tweeted: “This is very sad. A true giant, inspiration, and friend. Drum for him, little Oskar.” (See also Rushdie’s piece in The New Yorker). I will reread some of the work, and watch Schlöndorf’s  film version of “The … Read more Günter Grass (1927-2015)