Tag Archives: 2021
RIP Russ Kick (1969 – 2021)
This happened in 2021, but I only found out today.
Russ Kick (1969 – 2021) was an American writer and publisher, founder of The Disinformation Company and editor of such books as You Are Being Lied To (2001) and Everything You Know Is Wrong (2002).
RIP Richard Rush (1929 – 2021)
This happened in 2021 but I only just found out, while I was researching the hippie film Escalation of the previous dead person.
Richard Rush was an American film director known for films such as Psych-Out (1968).
RIP Razzy Bailey (1939 – 2021)
Razzy Bailey was an American musician working in the country soul idiom, known for such compositions as “I Hate Hate” (1974), a country soul composition and Balearic classic.
RIP Mikey Chung (1950 – 2021)
Mikey Chung (1950 – 2021) was a Jamaican musician who played keyboards, guitar and percussion instruments.
Here with a cover of “Breezin'” (1970) by Bobby Womack.
“Breezin'” (1970) is a musical composition by Bobby Womack, originally released with Gabor Szabo on Blue Thumb Records as a seven inch single.
On the b-side was “Azure Blue”. The song was later released on Gabor’s album High Contrast.
RIP Sabine Weiss (1924 – 2021)
Sabine Weiss was a Swiss photographer, best known for her street photography in the humanist style.
Her work reflects the optimism of the Wirtschaftswunder, of ‘Les trente glorieuses’, of the post–World War II economic expansion.
Furthermore, the term humanist photography, strictly linked with the Family of Man photo exhibition which traveled around the world, was the instrumentalization of photography to obtain “niemals wieder Krieg!.”
RIP Jean-Marc Vallée (1963 – 2021)
Jean-Marc Vallée was a Canadian filmmaker, film editor, and screenwriter, known for such films as Dallas Buyers Club (2013). A masterpiece, in my opinion.
He was, next to David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan, one of the more interesting post-war Canadian filmmakers.
He also directed and Big Little Lies (2017) one of the few television series of the television series era I have seen.
RIP E. O. Wilson (1929 – 2021)
E. O. Wilson was an American writer, biologist and naturalist best-known for his book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975).
This book met with great criticism from the political left. In Not in Our Genes (1984) these opponents rejected sociobiology and expressed their desire for a socialist society.
There is a film Sociobiology: The Human Animal (1977) by the BBC. I show it supra. It features interviews with Wilson and his main opponent, Lewontin, co-author of Not in Our Genes.
RIP Wayne Thiebaud (1920 – 2021)
Wayne Thiebaud was an American painter, one of the more interesting American painters of the 20th century.
I particularly like his Refrigerator Pies (1962) which I first came across in Art Now (1976) by Lucie-Smith.
Two good texts on the early period of his career are “The Slice-of-Cake School” (1962) and “An Interview with Wayne Thiebaud” (1966).
The first text has some intelligent remarks on lighting. The second has Thiebaud talking about the significance of pies in the American mind.
Because there is no good Youtube footage of Thiebaud and as an non-journalist I cannot reproduce content in copyright, I give you one of my favorite paintings, Mound of Butter.
RIP Joan Didion (1934 – 2021)
Joan Didion was an American writer.
I don’t quite know what to think of Didion’s writing and whether I would like to read it.
She seems similar to contemporary Susan Sontag, however, Didion seems strictly non-philosophical.
Something did catch my eye, however, it is Philosophy and Vulnerability: Catherine Breillat, Joan Didion, and Audre Lorde (2019) by Matthew R. McLennan, a book in which Catherine Breillat, Joan Didion and Audre Lorde are called rigorous “nonphilosophers”.
Update 24/12: I was wrong. I came to that conclusion after delving into the White Album (1979) book, which seems to be an interesting portrait of 1960s counterculture. But not only that, she gave the world a beautiful nobrow analysis. In the book The White Album (1979)there is a passage where she writes about her habit of watching outlaw biker movies and she says:
“I suppose I kept going to these movies because there on the screen was some news I was not getting from The New York Times. I began to think I was seeing ideograms of the future.”