Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

ATLAS Press announce "Boris Vian Letters to Stanley Chapman"

Boris Vian, Letters to Stanley Chapman.

Facsimile edition of Vian's letters to Stanley Chapman, all but the first written in English.

SPECIAL PRICE for direct orders from the website: £8, until the end of October 2009.

The occasion of this publication is a sad one: the recent death of Stanley Chapman, President of the London Institute of 'Pataphysics, Regent of the Collège de 'Pataphysique, founder-member of the Oulipo, translator extraordinaire, and good friend...
The Times Literary Supplement also reviewed this title, albeit a little inaccurately, publication was jointly by Bookartbookshop and Atlas Press for the London Institute:

Inspired by our commemoration of Boris Vian (NB, luly 17 and August 21 & 28), Alastair Brotchie sends us a fascinating booklet which he has published himself, under the imprint bookartbookshop, Letters to Stanley Chapman contains a brief correspondence with the English writer responsible for transtatlng Vian's novels L'Écume des jours (Froth on the Daydream) and L'Arrache-coeur (Heartsnatcher). Brotchie reproduces the letters in facsimile — only seven in all, but some run to several pages. The majority are in fluent English, "which I don't speak", Vian explains. "neither do I write it, you know". They are typically full of puns, many of them obscene: in one letter alone (October, 1955), we remarked "arse-stonishingly", "inside aunt Ally" (incidentally), "French vocal bullery" and "cuntemporary".
The better part of the correspondence concerns "some crazy and atrocious lyrics for French 'Rock and Roll' things" by Vian, which he invites Chapman to translate. "Enclosed are three of the worst", he writes in September 1956, at the height of his involvement in the music business (Vian worked for Philips, where his boss was Jacques Canetti, brother of Elias). It would be "nothing" for him to write his own English words "on the horrible music", but he thought "nice little Stanley" might do "an adaptation. We could co-sign and share the income".
The results lack the sprightly idiocy of the original. "Rock and Roll-Mops" is the story of a couple who work up a good appetite by rocking all night. When they ask a local bar- owner what`s on the menu, he offers a variety of dishes — liver of lion, kangaroo escalope, horse's eggs — which the grateful lovers consume before "on va r'toumer s'coucher!"
In his letter to us, Mr Brotchie remarks that there are "not so many Vian enthusiasts this side of the water". There are a few, though. and all will wish to read Letters to Stanley Chapman, available at £13 from 17 Pitfield Street. London Nl 6HB.

Serge Gainsbourg related...

Via April March, on another site, this video came to my attention. Jean Yanne, Sacha Distel and Serge Gainsbourg are the eye candy, and Marie Laforet performs.

An Anecdoted Topography of Chance by Daniel Spoerri

The original "Something Else Press" edition of a 20th Century classic. I have the Atlas edition, but this is something to behold. A beautiful book and i am going outside in the yard to read it (completely). Special thanks to my friend who gave this to me.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lun*na Menoh's "HEADDRESS" Fashion show

Paet 1

Part 2

Part 3

Thanks to the Kawai Kakkoii Sugoi website:

Monday, September 21, 2009

Very Early David Bowie

Thanks to Christy for exposing this video to me. I think it's the most important cultural find in the 21st Century.

An early David Bowie Folk-rock band, The Feathers

When David Bowie was five

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Silent Essential Gaumont films

I think it is safe to say that it's essential that one owns this set. Alice Guy, Louis Feuillade, etc. It's too good!