Century Old Visions: Baudelaire

Baudelaire by Etienne Carjat I’ll admit right out of the gate that I’m pushing the whole Century Old Visions conceit to include Charles Baudelaire, seeing as he died a century and a half ago but he had to be at least a half century ahead of his time.  Les Fleur du Mal, written in 1857,Continue reading “Century Old Visions: Baudelaire”

Century Old Visions: Joplin

  The first time I heard Scott Joplin’s music it was played by Marvin Hamlisch on the soundtrack to the 1974 film The Sting. By that time Joplin had been dead almost 60 years.  He composed 44 ragtime pieces as well as a ballet and two operas and is considered the king of the musicContinue reading “Century Old Visions: Joplin”

Century Old Visions: Richter

“The cinema can fulfill certain promises made by the ancient arts” Hans Richter Something happened roughly 100 years ago that changed the way we think of ourselves. If our species gets its shit together and we prosper for another millennia or six there are a couple of decades at the turn of the 20th CenturyContinue reading “Century Old Visions: Richter”

Century Old Visions: Rilke

This is the first in a series of posts devoted to creative works from the early days of the 20th Century. 1906 portrait of Rilke by Paula Modersohn-Becker “Where others have found a unifying principle for themselves in religion or morality or the search for truth, Rilke found his in the search for impressions andContinue reading “Century Old Visions: Rilke”