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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chester Arnold at Catharine Clark

Not to be missed:  New show of Chester Arnold art 
November 3, 2012 to December 22, 2012 at the Catharine Clark Gallery in SF

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

From Conrad to Coppola to Vargas Llosa

The Dream of the Celt opened my eyes to bad behavior in the Belgian Congo and that behavior's impact on the movie Apocalypse Now.  In the book, Mario Vargas Llosa's flawed hero Roger Casement meets Joseph Conrad.  As noted by The New York Times Review of Books , about prior books on Roger Casement, "For a number of weeks the two men shared a room. Conrad found inspiration at that time for Heart of Darkness; Casement was beginning on the road toward becoming a hero, a martyr, and a traitor."   Had Conrad not written his famous novel, it is doubtful John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola would have sent Captain Willard off to Cambodia and the world would have been without a great film, based on a great book, based on an awful incident in history.  That history is well worth reading in Mario Vargas Llosa's terrific novel.