The Master, in his own words.
[Literature] Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment Presented in a Beautifully Animated Short Film
From OpenCulture.com’s website:
In this darkly poetic animation, the Polish filmmaker Piotr Dumala offers a highly personal interpretation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel, Crime and Punishment. “My film is like a dream,” Dumala said in 2007. “It is as if someone has read Crime and Punishment and then had a dream about it.”
[Literature] T. S. Eliot reading Ash Wednesday
I wish goodwill and a prosperous Lent to my Roman Catholic friends. T.S. Eliot reads his poem, “Ash Wednesday,” which fits the day well.
[Literature] Palabra De Borges
Youtube provides some of the most amazing treasures…
For those of you who are comfortable with Castilian Spanish, this is the final interview conducted by Argentine fabulist Jorge Luis Borges. The host, Raul Burzaco, completed this for ATC Studios in June of 1985. Two legends speaking.
[Poetry] Charles Bukowski – Bluebird
We rarely have poetry on this site. That has to change. A bit of Chuck Bukowski to start things off.
[Poetry] ‘Cuerpo de Mujer’ by Pablo Neruda
Though his politics were disgusting, his poetry was perfect. Pablo Neruda writes (and gives voice to) the finest poetry, and this particular piece is perfect reading when you and your love have some down time.
The text of the poem can be read here, courtesy of Poemas del Alma.
[Video] Paul Bowles – An American in Tangier (1993)
Paul Bowles, the legendary wandering scribe who introduced America to the pleasure of 1950s Morocco in all its splendor, mystery and decadence, is given a wonderful documentary tribute. The video is directed by Mohamed Ulad-Mohand, and is hosted by the ever-wonderful UbuWeb, which houses many of the experimental and avant-garde world’s treasures.
Bidoun Magazine, a great resource covering art, music and culture from the Middle East and the Ummah in general, contributed mightily to hosting this video.