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I believe my favorite Peter O’Toole movie is the 1982 comedy “My Favorite Year”. He plays washed-up, booze-loving swashbuckler Allan Swann who is being booked as special guest for a live variety TV show in 1954:
Nobody does it better than Robbie Fulks & Nora O’Connor:
It’s all a lie. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.
The programme has just been released today.
Following 2012′s special guest Amitabh Bachchan (video below), this year’s guest of honour will be Shabana Azmi (photo). Wikipedia: “(…) She made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, an Indian New Wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism. (…) Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi films in both mainstream and independent cinema, and since 1988 she has acted in several foreign projects.”
“Eminent Hipsters”: Grouchy Donald Fagen Slams TV Babies and Coco Chanel (“She F*cked Igor Strawinsky Into a Reactionary Spin!”)17. November 2013
I had lots of fun listening to emusic‘s audio book version of Donald Fagen’s “Eminent Hipsters”, read by himself. It is not a regular autobiography but a collection of articles, “from portraits of the cultural figures and currents that shaped him as a youth to an account of his college days and of life on the road” (publisher’s description). The book is both insightful and hilarious.
The main piece is a grouchy diary of a The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen did with Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs from 2010. Favorite quote: “By the way, I’m not posting this journal on the Internet. Why should I let you lazy, spoiled TV Babies read it for nothing in the same way you download all those songs my partner and I sacrificed our entire youth to write and record, not to mention the miserable, friendless childhoods we endured that left us with lifelong feelings of shame and self-reproach we were forced to countervail with a fragile grandiosity and a need to constantly prove our self-worth — in short, with the sort of personality disorders that ultimately turned us into performing monkeys?”
Shukriya, Amitabh Bachchan! (Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival)4. Dezember 2012
Big B. certainly is getting around! At the Marrakech Film Festival, he was introduced by none other than Catherine Deneuve, one of my first cinema idols: