"That one wrote out of a life lived
So I envied him. Naturally,
I could imitate his manner
But the life lived (which believe me,
I do not want to hear about)
Was his. To others I leave
The memory of themselves."
Over at The Atlantic is an interesting history piece about a never-made Stanley Kubrick film that, had it been made, would have been the part of the Venn diagram where the theme of today’s interview (World War II) and one of Fresh Air’s favorite things (No hints. Just click.) overlapped.
[I]t’s Kubrick’s interest in jazz-loving Nazis that represents his most fascinating unrealized war film. The book that Kubrick was handed, and one he considered adapting soon after wrapping Full Metal Jacket, was Swing Under the Nazis, published in 1985 and written by Mike Zwerin, a trombonist from Queens who had performed with Miles Davis and Eric Dolphy before turning to journalism.
Amy Davidson writes about a “very odd exchange” at the Supreme Court hearing on Prop 8 today, and the role of procreation in the case: “If our only concern in all this is what’s good for the children,” she writes, “then we should support same-sex marriage. It protects the children of same-sex couples. It harms no one.” Read more: http://nyr.kr/13uwffo
“At the age of twenty, Jacques Derrida took the entrance exams for the prestigious École Normale Supérieure a second time, having failed, as many students do, in his first attempt the previous year. Fueled by amphetamines after a sleepless week, he choked on the written portion and turned in a blank sheet of paper.”
Emily Eakin reviews a new biography that traces Derrida’s lifelong sense of exclusion and his complicated relation to first French and then American academics.
Photo: Jacques Derrida at the Sorbonne, June, 1979 (Martine Franck/Magnum Photos)
Day to day hussle and bustle in the life of an urban planner...which is to say, there may be none of that to discuss. There will always, however, be the small things I notice that make this life interesting, complicated and sometimes downright annoying. Oh, there will also be books, art, randomness and cats.