Unruffled Psychological Still Lives

Andre Aciman considers his youthful innocence, caught between an Eric Rohmer film and his memories of his first love. Aciman asks us to wonder  how our films and novels project upon our experiences insights that we struggle to see. The movie theater on West 57th Street is nearly empty—this is the film’s last run in… Read more »

Sandie Friedman: Warhol’s Last Starlet

Friedman wonders about all the lives she could have lived @ The Nervous Breakdown. Edie Sedgwick was my idol. As a junior in high school, I read the biography Edie: An American Life by Jean Stein and George Plimpton, so I knew she grew up on a ranch, the troubled scion of a privileged family,… Read more »

John Bresland: Hanoi Jane, Mon Amour

Bresland reflects on a slow moving film about Jane Fonda and wonders about the power of a still image @ TriQuarterly Review. In 1972 Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin made Letter to Jane, a film built largely around a single still image. If you’ve not had the pleasure, if pleasure’s the word, let me quote… Read more »

Marilyn Freeman On the Form of the Video Essay

Freeman reflects on the sight and sound of the video essay at TriQuarterly Review. The essay accompanies seven original video essays featured in the Winter / Spring issue. Every time I read that line from “The Essay as Form,” Adorno’s midcentury manifesto, I feel the kind of joy I felt when I accidentally rang the… Read more »

A new idea of the human

Sheila Heti argues we need to foster a new art of acting beyond the Method @ Masionneuve. Meryl Streep is famous for her accents: here she is as a Polish woman inSophie’s Choice; there she is mimicking Julia Child’s “distinctive patter”; now she’s an Irishwoman, a Dane, a woman from the Bronx, an Australian, a… Read more »