Samuel Beckett

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I am re reading godot and am shocked at how Augustinain it is !

anthony, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Eh Joe is good.

Will, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i'm stillw aiting.

geoff, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Possibly Bakula's best ever role.

Pete, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Oh boy!

Sarah, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Every word is like an unecessary stain on silence and nothingness" - S.B. anticipates IL*, haha

Andrew L, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Ziggy calculates a 78% chance.

Will, Monday, 3 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

i just saw Happy Days with Fiona Shaw. it was really moving. i read Endgame in HS but didn't get it then. also will be seeing Endgame with John Turturro later in the season, which should be great.

Surmounter, Sunday, 3 February 2008 02:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Funnily enough I've got an exam on Waiting for Godot and Endgame tomorrow. You don't half get tied up in knots trying to analyse this stuff. I admire Godot but Endgame's more involving. Just when I think I have the point I read a line that comes out of nowhere and completely disproves it - but then that's probably the point itself.

verhexen, Monday, 4 February 2008 00:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm excited to revisit it -- i remember it being really interesting to have my professor break it down. now i'll probably be able to do a bit more of that myself.

Surmounter, Monday, 4 February 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

g'luck on the test

Surmounter, Monday, 4 February 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had to read Malloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnamable during one of my last semesters in school. It was very cool of the prof to assign these, because they were really amazing, but I doubt I would have made it through as pleasure reading.

I discovered shortly thereafter that there is an audiobook of The Unnamable. I hope they paid the reader handsomely.

I love Endgame. Haven't read (or seen) Godot since High School.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 4 February 2008 01:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I hardly ever see any theater, but I loved the Fiona Shaw Happy Days so much I saw it four times. Well, OK, I do live up the street from where it was playing, but it cost more than I could easily afford and yet I felt it was well worth it.

zonny b, Monday, 4 February 2008 05:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha Kingfish.

I still have not read or seen any Beckett, much to my shame.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 4 February 2008 05:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Deborah Warner (who directed that Happy Days) is probably my favorite director in the world, so I would love to see that Happy Days. (I saw her production of Footfalls in 1994 that the Beckett estate closed after a week.)

Last week I saw Peter Brook's Fragments, which is five short Beckett plays using three actors from Theatre de Complicite. Some of it was very good clowning, and some of it was great great drama.

Eazy, Monday, 4 February 2008 06:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
nine months pass...

just reread molloy, which remains one of my favorites of all time. (not sure if that says good things about me but whatever.)

we need more beckett discussion here.

strongohulkingtonsghost, Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

company was boring, when i was in school i used to take the complete dramatic works out of the library all the time, Murphy is one of my favourites, I have never read Watt but I have read extracts and it sounds hilarious/bleak/awesome/weierd which is the stando beckett state of being

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

i can feel the rings

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

i just finished Watt last week--first Beckett I'd gotten through except Molloy. the book gets taken over by this circular logic where every possibility of an event is jotted down. exhausting but fun.

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

Murphy is hilarious, everytime he explains a character's motives for doing something you just wanna go "how the fuck is that supposed to work?"

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

i couldn't finish Murphy, got about halfway through. took me the longest time to figure out what the fuck was going on in the opening scene

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

is that where the guy upstairs dies and he steals his room i can't really remember

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

that's later, i think. the opening scene, he's like tied to a chair

Mr. Que, Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh yeah lol everybody is insane in that book

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

the chick who's in love w. him later is a hoot

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

of the plays my favourites are come and go, not I and Play. I like the one-act high concept stuff like a lot

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

i still like endgame the best. molloy, malone dies & the endless have all kind of blurred together for me w/nothing really standing out but the potency of his frustration.

(▀▄▀▄) (Lamp), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

kinda skimmed endgame, the basic premise isnt something im so into i can prolly recide the first two pages of not i right off tho

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol

i havent read the one-act stuff or a lot of the short fiction and feel like i shld i occasionally claim hes one of my fave writers but i rarely read him. dude is p unique in his ability to portray despair buuuuuut thats a hard thing to pysch myself up to reading

(▀▄▀▄) (Lamp), Thursday, 18 February 2010 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

shld see into which if any of his dramatic works are being put on that i cld get tickets 2

(▀▄▀▄) (Lamp), Thursday, 18 February 2010 20:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

same with the short fiction, also the buster keaton thing is a fucking chore but if you haven't seen it its on ubuweb

http://www.ubu.com/film/beckett_film.html

i dont really care abt how he conveys anything really i just love the way his sentences kind of abstractly encircle each other, and the demented rhythms and tongue-twisters in esp. Not I which is so full of great lines, also you can watch it on ubuweb too and it is the billie whitelaw(it was written for her) vers

http://www.ubu.com/film/beckett_not.html

out, into this world, this world, tiny little thing...

plaxico (I know, right?), Thursday, 18 February 2010 20:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Beckett never liked Mercier and Camier but its great - never trust a writer's judgement on his own work!

xyzzzz__, Friday, 19 February 2010 12:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

i just finished Watt last week--first Beckett I'd gotten through except Molloy. the book gets taken over by this circular logic where every possibility of an event is jotted down. exhausting but fun.

Found the logic stuff a drag after a while, but the whole research trip & natural mathematician section is a blast. Somewhere on a what r u reading thread there's also admiring chat about the contiguous-gardens Sam-and-Watt section. Those little blasts of unbuckling or loosening kill me with Beckett - he's got an a1 sense of beauty & landscape, can realise that v precisely & knows how to hold it back.

woof, Friday, 19 February 2010 12:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Dante and the Lobster" is an all-time classic of Dublin masochism and weird Christianity

Tracer Hand, Friday, 19 February 2010 12:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

endgame is my favorite as well, wrote a pretty significant paper on it in lol college

shite new answers (cutty), Friday, 19 February 2010 12:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

http://twitter.com/molloy51

dayo, Sunday, 31 October 2010 06:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

loooool omg love the five day gap between tweets

rent, Sunday, 31 October 2010 07:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

I just started Watt and have laughed aloud three times ("Halting, he looked at the seat with greater care").

Murphy has one of my favorite opening sentences: "The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new."

a 'catch-all', almost humorous, 'Jeez' quality (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 August 2011 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Have saved up my moneys and splurged on this:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0802145140.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Looking forward to having those craggy features looming at me from the bookshelves

not bulimic, just a cat (James Morrison), Monday, 15 August 2011 23:30 (six years ago) Permalink

watt's a fave of mine

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 15 August 2011 23:38 (six years ago) Permalink

i don't know, watt?

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 15 August 2011 23:47 (six years ago) Permalink

the beginning of murphy is great. count the number of restraints and the given number.

dayo, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Murphy has one of my favorite opening sentences: "The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new."

murphy is really great, took me a while to get into it but loving it now.

LocalGarda, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:04 (six years ago) Permalink

But nothing beats the trilogy.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Murphy does.

a 'catch-all', almost humorous, 'Jeez' quality (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:17 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

http://filmbysamuelbeckett.com/

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Saw Stirrings Still being read to on piano at Cafe Oto last night. Liked John Tilbury's voice a lot (even when he let out a cry of...agony I suppose). Introduces pauses and semi-pauses to the text in a way that gave even more of a narrative-like quality. I've really no idea how I'd read it, looking at it now.

I have my ups-and-downs with Beckett so I found myself really interested in him again.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:52 (four years ago) Permalink

I forgot about this!

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:48 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

his poetry got crapped on in the NYT Book Review last Sunday

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 20:30 (three years ago) Permalink

... by his (para-)countryman Paul Muldoon, no less

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:31 (three years ago) Permalink

can't say I disagree with Muldoon tho, as I've never gotten much out of SB's poetry (I own vol. 3 & 4 of the Grove Centenary edition, one of which shoehorns a hundred or so pages of Poetry in with the Short Prose)

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:33 (three years ago) Permalink

er, make that 50 pages (just googled the table of contents). either way, it was more than I needed

I can just, like, YOLO with Uber (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:36 (three years ago) Permalink

the letters ('57-65) volume sounds amusing though. Did not know Krapp was written for Patrick Magee.

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 December 2014 01:05 (three years ago) Permalink

Sad day for Beckett aficionados like me. Billie Whitelaw died at 82 and Jane Bown, who took this iconic photo of him, also passed away at 89.

http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-700/h--/q-95/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2009/10/14/1255538257206/Samuel-Beckett-by-Jane-Bo-001.jpg

rising stones cross (anagram), Sunday, 21 December 2014 21:54 (three years ago) Permalink

"Whoroscope" has a couple of muffled zingers.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 21 December 2014 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

While reading Dierdre Bair's bio, I also read his earliest novels (would have read the very first play as well, but it was still unpublished, cos he was still alive and kicking, being helpful to Bair, whom he'd picked). Really enjoyed them: he def. sounded like himself, but with an unmistakably youthful, exploratory vibrancy (though he'd prob hate that last word tough shit). Also, I re-read some things I'd always liked, and suddenly felt like I really got them.

breaking character:

http://www.matacandelas.com/img/Samuel-Beckett-2.jpg

dow, Sunday, 21 December 2014 23:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Beckett didn't pick Bair to write his bio, it was unauthorized. The authorized bio by James Knowlson came later.

rising stones cross (anagram), Sunday, 21 December 2014 23:14 (three years ago) Permalink

She described querying him, and they developed a correspondenc; he told her "check with this guy, re-read this," etc, and gradually got more personally responsive. I should acknowledge that Bair's bio was written in the 70s, the revised trade edition I read was published in 1990, maybe a year after his death. Knowlson'sDamned To Fame is official and supposedly comprehensive, but I've always been put off by the title, and anyway need to read the rest of the novels.

dow, Sunday, 21 December 2014 23:25 (three years ago) Permalink

She said he ended up being a lot more helpful than she (or several who knew him) thought possible, so in that sense, he picked her, while ignoring, brushing off or being much more guarded with many others (not that they were pals).

dow, Sunday, 21 December 2014 23:28 (three years ago) Permalink

I covet his teeth.

dow, Sunday, 21 December 2014 23:30 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Samuel Beckett is designed to carry remotely operated submersibles and a decompression chamber for divers.

Dreyfuss levels of hopeless romantic (Sanpaku), Thursday, 16 April 2015 14:35 (three years ago) Permalink

What would be on an Irish navy highlights reel?

imago, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

so there is a docu feature on the making of Film

http://www.filmlinc.org/films/notfilm/

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 February 2016 16:26 (two years ago) Permalink

(that's 130 mins long)

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 February 2016 16:26 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

One time free showing in DC of Notfilm and Film at the National Gallery of Art on April 24th

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/calendar/film-programs/spring16/notfilm.html

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:48 (two years ago) Permalink

The doc is a must-see if you are into Beckett, Keaton or Film in particular, and has what must be among the final interviews of Billie Whitelaw and Barney Rosset. It may be too long, and the narration slides into pomposity often.

Most of the archival 'scoops' covered here:

http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/making-film-behind-the-scenes-with-samuel-beckett/

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 April 2016 16:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Ugh I hope this comes to SIFF

eyecrud (silby), Thursday, 7 April 2016 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

saw the new digital edition of Film too, which i found quite haunting and effective if not precisely as envisioned by Schneider Beckett et al.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 April 2016 17:06 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://i.imgur.com/rp7s3xd.jpg

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Iconic.

direct to consumer online mattress brand (silby), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Would anyone be up to simultaneously watch Beckett on Film with me and discuss it? We could do one a week or something. Think that could be cool.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:46 (three months ago) Permalink

i would love to! i grabbed them all off of shady torrents a few years ago but only watched the first few (i had a similar watching project going with a friend but it fizzled out quickly)

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah same for me! I've only watched a couple, years ago. What Where is the only one I probably watched ten times? But I'd love to do something like this - not unlike the Pharoah Sanders thread I suppose - and tackle one of these every week or so. Lets get some more people in, we'll start a thread!

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:51 (three months ago) Permalink

*pre-bookmarks*

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:52 (three months ago) Permalink

I saw a couple too, but I don't think there's any way I could get my hands on all of them now.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:52 (three months ago) Permalink

(also, most of them were not well-reviewed?)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:53 (three months ago) Permalink

No problem, I'll hook you up via wetransfer or whatever

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Hmmm, yes, didn't really like the ones I saw tbh. (xp)

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Is ilx still fussy about ysi/wetransfer links? (if noone can obtain the videos it's a pointless exercise)

KM: how's about I start a thread, see if more people are up for it besides us and the Dr., and take it from there?

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:59 (three months ago) Permalink

i'm in and already have them. good idea.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 February 2018 20:00 (three months ago) Permalink

sure!

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes, Jed!

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:02 (three months ago) Permalink

Done with work in an hour, will start the thread then

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:04 (three months ago) Permalink


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