Saturday, June 25, 2022
The artist and political activist Ai Weiwei's memoir covers the history of more than a century of resistance to repressive authoritarian political forces in China through the stories of his father's and his lives. His father was a revolutionary and renowned poet who was acclaimed and then attacked by the Chinese Communist Party, whereas his son was mostly just attacked.
I'm a great admirer of Ai Weiwei's courage as both an artist and activist so found this book compelling as well as revelatory. The English of translator Allan S. Barr is accessible and clear, except at times for Ai Weiwei's father's poetry, more clumsily rendered. If you're an art, or history, or Chinese culture, or Ai Weiwei fan or student, as I am, you should find this book as engaging as I did.
In the context of current events, it is also a tribute to resistance against restrictions on human rights.
Friday, June 24, 2022
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Favorite photo of my father (crouching) and me (to his right), cause the only shot showing his tenderness to me (and the other troublemaker in the family, my brother Robert to his left). In front of my grandma Dempsey's home in Belmar NJ, where I spent the summers of my boyhood. In back row, my mother, sister Joan, mother's mother, brother Tommy (aka Father Campion, Franciscan friar) and sister Irene (our brother Buddy not present). All gone now, except me.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
"...as he walked down the avenue and felt the gray morning light falling about him through the dripping trees and smelt the strange wild smell of the wet leaves and bark, his soul was loosed of her miseries." —James Joyce (from Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man)
"Are you right there, Michael, are you right? Do you think you can hold on by sitting tight?" —James Joyce (from Finnegans Wake)
Thursday, June 16, 2022
These photos are from a clan reunion in the 1980s (when I was in my 40s) of me standing alone in my vintage shirt, and jitterbugging with my sister Irene to music being made by our sister-in-law Catherine on accordion and and our brother Buddy on sax. Our brother Robert sitting next to him. All of them gone now.
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022
One of the few times I've been interviewed about my acting career. My Parkinson's weak voice on speaker phone isn't always as clear as I'd like, but I think it's an interesting personal account of acting in movies and on TV over my lifetime. Thanks to Tommy Kovac and his Splat From The Past podcast.
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Friday, June 3, 2022
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Here's some photos from the celebration of my 80th my oldest children, Caitlin and Miles (with help from their partners Ed and Hannah, and their kids Deak and Donovan) and my lifelong dearest friend Karen Allen threw for me. I can't remember who took which ones, sorry.