This business of presence is essential to all live performance, whether the players are musicians vigorously bowing and putting their arm and shoulder into it, or banging or blowing, or dancers leaping or holding themselves precariously balanced and still, or actors, or acrobats, or singers using their breath to create sounds that are almost miraculously the shape of emotions. Because all these performers are using the body – a body just like our own – at its highest pitch of possibility and skill, we too, as we identify with their effort, are made aware, and in a unique way, of what the body actually is, and this is essential to the sense we get of our own body, the exhilarations we feel, the rush of energy we get as the soprano reaches for her high note or the acrobat goes flying across space and catches the bar.
I’ve always been partial to the cover of Tender Is The Night but Booktryst has an excellent post on why The Great Gatsby dust-jacket is so rare that the expected sale price of the book in the upcoming auction is between $160,000 and $180,000.
The painting on the cover was originally titled Celestial Eyes by Francis Cugat.
Celestial Eyes - Francis Cugat, 1924. Gouache on paper.
from Ernest Hemingway to Ursula Hemingway: “You must be having a whangleberry of a time with that sledding, I’m glad you’re such a good sport about getting hurt and I’m sure that the boys appreciate it too.”
the letters of Ezra Pound written every few days, sometimes every day, to his parents have been published: “You have my hearty sympathy for having possibility of genius in the family but I suppose it cant be helped…”
We have a new Events page on the site which will list upcoming literary events. You can subscribe to the calendar for this but every now and then we feel compelled to draw your attention to something we are looking forward to.
This Friday David Malouf will be speaking with artist Jeffrey Smart. Malouf will talk of his friendship with the artist and discuss the artist’s work in conversation with Mark Ledbury, Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Director of the Power Institute and curator of the new exhibition Jeffrey Smart: Unspoken.
Study for Portrait of David Malouf – Jeffrey Smart
Portrait of David Malouf – Jeffrey Smart
In 1980 Jeffrey Smart painted a portrait of Malouf. There is also a study that was made in this process. Both paintings feature the word OVIDIO which is a reference to the poet Ovid whose exile inspired An Imaginary Life, Malouf’s 1978 novella.
Smart also painted Germaine Greer, Margaret Olley, and Clive James.