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Smart Reads: Lydia Davis, Montgomery Clift, and the Bogdanovitch Files

Culture

Smart Reads: Lydia Davis, Montgomery Clift, and the Bogdanovitch Files

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Today in culture: Peter Bogdanovitch, Lydia Davis, and writings by rappers:

-The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is “an instant, inextricable necessity in the life of any graphic design aficionado” in (sort of) book form.

Tiny new fiction by Lydia Davis!

-W.B. Yeats’ occultist tendency: “In 1867 Matthew Arnold had heard the “melancholy, long, withdrawing roar” of the Sea of Faith in retreat, and cults sprang up to fill the gap, to satisfy those who, like Yeats, were searching for something to believe in beyond the material world.”

-William Carlos Williams has kittens where genitals should be.

-Oh look! A homoerotic promo picture of James Dean and Montgomery Clift!

-Van Dyke Parks writes a letter from Berlin.

-The Nicole Kidman Paperboy profile we’ve all been waiting for…even though there’s no such thing as a “chic” pantsuit.

Salman Rushdie discusses Joseph Anton at the Guardian.

-Peter Bogdanovitch, who kept an index card detailing every film he saw for eighteen years, has publicly released those pertaining to the career of Howard Hawks: “RED RIVER (1948; d: Howard Hawks) Added 1967: Could it be the best film ever made?”

-A mini-documentary about Godard.

-On the recent trend in rapper memoirs: “It’s likely that the books stem partly from an underlying nostalgia for this time, when rap—gangster or conscious, mainstream or independent—seemed less splintered than it is now, more part of a single vibrant conversation. (And also that a group of 30 and 40 year olds, much like their readers, are nostalgic for their twenties.)”