Tag Archives: 1940

RIP Jeroen Brouwers (1940 – 2022)

Jeroen Brouwers was a Dutch writer known for such novels as Sunken Red (1981).

Sunken Red, Cassiers play.

Sunken Red (1981) is the story of the author locked up with his mother in a Japanese concentration camp.

Published after the death of his mother, it is a reflection of the coping process of his years in these Japanese internment camps. 

Guy Cassiers directed a play based on the English translation of the book. It starred Dirk Roofthooft.

RIP Gianni Cavina (1940 – 2022)

Two actors died. Both played a role in paracinema.

Exploding head scene in Scanners

The first is the Canadian actor Lawrence Dane (1937-2022) who is best-known for his part in Scanners (1981), the Cronenberg film forever famous for its exploding head scene.

The House with Laughing Windows


The second is the Italian actor Gianni Cavina best-known for his parts in The House with Laughing Windows (1976) and Traffic Jam (1979).

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam is reminiscent of the eight minute traffic jam scene in Weekend by Truffaut which is based on the infinitely more interesting short story “La autopista del sur” by Julio Cortázar.


RIP Jimmie Durham (1940 – 2021)

Tim Cone on Still Life With Spirit and Xitle (2007)

Jimmie Durham was an American sculptor and pretendian.

He is known for such works as Still Life With Spirit and Xitle (2007).

It features a 1992 Chrysler Spirit smashed by a 9-ton boulder of red basalt from the Mexican volcano Xitle.

Durham gave the stone a cartoon-like face afterwards. As of 2021, it was located at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

RIP Jean-Luc Nancy (1940 – 2021)

Jean-Luc Nancy, le corps du philosophe (2003) by Marc Grün

Jean-Luc Nancy (1940 – 2021) was a French philosopher known for such works as The Inoperative Community (1982) which starts like this:

“The gravest and most painful testimony of the modern world, the one that possibly involves all other testimonies to which this epoch must answer (by virtue of some unknown decree or necessity, for we bear witness also to the exhaustion of thinking through History), is the testimony of the dissolution, the dislocation, or the conflagration of community.


RIP John Margolies (1940 – 2016)

This will have happened five years in two days, but I only found out today.

The End of the Road: Vanishing Highway Architecture in America (1981)

John Margolies was an American architectural critic and photographer.

I just spent (while researching the fantastic Jacques Moeschal) two hours intermittently trying to find the title of the book on roadside architecture I sold five years ago and then I found out that it is the one above: The End of the Road: Vanishing Highway Architecture in America (1981).

The link with Moeschal being that with lots of irreverence (I love the word, as well as the practice of irreverence) you can call the ‘signs’ of Moeschal ‘roadside attractions’.

RIP Jon Gibson (1940 – 2020)

RIP Jon Gibson was an American musician and visual artist.

Gibson’s death happened in 2020 but I forgot to give it attention.

Two Solo Pieces (1977)

Maybe I did not find the right record to play with it.

Today, via The Saturn Archives, a recently discovered high quality music channel on YouTube, I give you Two Solo Pieces (1977).

The beginning is a highly accomplished drone piece. The end is a piece with gamelan echoes.