RIP Saul Kripke (1940 – 2022)

Saul Kripke was een Amerikaans filosoof vooral bekend omwille van zijn boek Naming and Necessity (1980).

Van alle necrologieën die ik de laatste tijd ‘schreef’ – en ik zet ‘schrijven’ hier tussen aanhalingstekens want in essentie is mijn ‘schrijven’ het schrijven met andermans woorden, of het keuzes maken van wat ik erin zet en wat ik eruit laat, van wie ik vermeld en wie ik verzwijg – was deze van Kripke de moeilijkste.

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RIP William Klein (1926 – 2022)

William Klein (1926 – 2022) was an American-French photographer and film director.

He is known for such photos as Broadway and 103rd Street, New York, 1954–1955 and films such as Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966), Mr. Freedom (1969) and The Model Couple (1977).

Tate docu on Klein, with lots of his early New York photos.

Klein was unassuming, unpretentious and had a healthy dose of humor. Here at Jahsonic we have lots of sympathy for mr. Klein. He strikes us as a nobrow artist, a category we hold in high esteem.

RIP Jean-Luc Godard (1930 – 2022)

Jean-Luc Godard  was a French-Swiss film director.

Famous “Si vous n’aimez pas la mer, si vous n’aimez pas la montagne, si vous n’aimez pas la ville … allez vous faire foutre!” scene from  À bout de souffle (1960)

Godard rose to prominence as a pioneer of the ‘Nouvelle Vague’ in European cinema. He is best known for his jump cuts in À bout de souffle (1960).

Of the same period and in the same style are other films that defied audience expectations: Vivre sa vie (1962), Bande à part (1964), and Pierrot le Fou (1965).

Also of interest are his lesser known political films during his communist period. There is for example his use of stills such as the Freudo/Marx pinup in Le gai savoir (1969).

We at Jahsonic have little sympathy for the humorless pretentiousness of mr. Godard. He is, however symptomatic of the ‘épater les bourgeois’ tradition of Baudelaire, Brecht and Beckett. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. We have nothing against going against the grain, but if you do it, do it good, like Debord, who gave the jacket of his mémoires sandpaper covers to damage the books in their vicinity maximally.

RIP Ramsey Lewis (1935 – 2022)

“The ‘In’ Crowd”

Ramsey Lewis was an American pianist and occasional composer working in the smooth jazz idiom. Lewis recorded over 80 albums, most of them featuring cover songs. He is known for such recordings as “The ‘In’ Crowd” (1965), “Wade in the Water” (1966), “Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)” (1968), “Sun Goddess” (1974) and “Les Fleurs” (1983).

RIP Diane Noomin (1947 – 2022)

Diane Noomin in Zippy the Pinhead as DiDi Glitz

Diane Noomin was an American comics artist associated with the underground comics movement. She is best known for her character DiDi Glitz, who addresses transgressive social issues such as feminism, female masturbation, body image, and miscarriages.

Here she is in a Video West Zippy the Pinhead episode broadcast in 1980 starring Jim Turner as Zippy and Diane Noomin as DiDi Glitz.

Noomin was married to Bill Griffith, the man who created the character of Zippy.

RIP Just Jaeckin (1940 – 2022)

Just Jaeckin was a French film director known for his soft porn films during what is known as the golden age of porn in the 1970s.

He directed Emmanuelle (1974), Story of O (1975) and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981).

His film adaptation of Lady Chatterley was produced by Cannon, the story of which is told in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014).

He can be seen in that documentary from 17:10 for a minute or two.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

The story of Cannon is interesting, the docu well made.