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I literally walked past Anthology yesterday afternoon, grossed out by the ugly newer glass bldgs now dotting 2nd Ave. I'm not lying when I say I had the urge to take a photo of AFA (for posterity? who knows? ) , but didn't.
It was shocking and sad to find out today that Jonas Mekas had passed. Great man. Too much to thank him for.

So, This Leaked (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 24 January 2019 01:18 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty played here about 15 years ago--I think it was just a one-off, not part of a series. Mekas was there to introduce it and take questions afterward. After that finished, I went up to him and asked about the soundtrack. (The Lightbox was still the Cinematheque then, so it was a lot easier to do something like that; everyone who speaks at the Lightbox has an entourage these days.) There's a great bit where his daughter walks for the first time with the VU's "Run Run Run" playing, but I was asking about the score, which was drony, Henry Flynt-type stuff. I don't remember who it was--maybe Tony Conrad, maybe Flynt himself--but Mekas said that if I followed up with a letter, he'd send me a tape. I'm pretty sure I did follow up, but nothing ever came. He sounded very sincere about sending something, so I'm inclined to think the letter never found him.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:02 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

Really great piece.

Jonas Mekas is often remembered as a moral witness to the Holocaust. The truth is much more complicated. Michael Casper considers how a new show about the filmmaker at the Jewish Museum forgoes real reckoning in favor of a palatable story.

— Jewish Currents (@JewishCurrents) April 21, 2022

xyzzzz__, Monday, 16 May 2022 20:20 (ten months ago) link

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