Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 326

John Ashbery

Today’s a grand day for American poetry, John Ashbery‘s 90th birthday! – Happy Birthday, John!

There’s a new biography (the first, actually) just out from FSG on John’s early life – The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life, by Karin Roffman (taking it up to his departure for France in the mid ‘Fifties and the publication of his first major book, Some Trees),  (she’s currently at work on a full biography)

Mark Ford’s review in The Guardian may be read hereEvan Kindley’s review in The New Republic may be read hereRead More

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

Marcel Duchamp passed away 43 years ago on this day. We salute and remember him. (July 28 was the date of his birth)

The classic 1966 BBC (Joan Bakewell) interview, excerpted above, may be seen in its entirety here (on the Dada Companion page (along with details on a variety of Duchamp interviews).

More rare BBC archival footage may be viewed here and here. Perhaps the most useful survey of his career might be this – “Marcel Duchamp In His Own Words” (here, and with a second part, here). Also, essential (and en francais), Jean-Marie Drot’s … Read More