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Julian Beck, Judith Malina and The Living Theater

Posted by Radical Jew on October 29, 2015 with No Comments


“I met Julian Beck through Jack Gelber in 1984, shortly after the Living Theater returned to New York for a run at the Joyce Theater. The press was harsh; more like ridicule than review. After 10 years of self-imposed exile and over 30 years of relentlessly experimental work, the Living Theater was broke and broken up. When I arrived at the Upper Westside building where Julian lived with Judith Malina, Illion Troya, and Hanon Reznikov, he greeted me at the door and led me up to their apartment.

Books and papers on the floor and furniture all about, Julian’s own abstract-expressionist paintings hanging on the walls or leaning against them in standing stacks, he and I smoked a joint, drank tea, and talked while Illion tapped at a typewriter a few feet away and Judith whirled about the flat, appearing and disappearing, sometimes skinning vegetables in the kitchen, often talking into a phone she held in place between jawbone and shoulder, its wire jumping behind her as she went.

Julian’s long hands, comfortably clasped on his knee, separated when he was making some point. They moved slowly, drawing on the air, signals more than gestures. His eyes closed while he searched for words, then burst open to train on mine when he found the ones he wanted. His voice modulated from near-whisper to the stentorian. But there was nothing false about him. He was gracious and graceful and warmly gentle in his manner, yet passionate when setting the record straight on the history of his troupe or while assessing the state of theater in New York.

At the end of our conversation, Julian gave me a copy of PARADISE NOW, a collectively written play that was meant to help people move toward non-violent, anarchist revolution, and a more perfect society. He inscribed the book with the words, “May we both live to see the changes described in this play.” That remained his aim. If he knew he was sick with cancer, I couldn’t tell. We talked a great deal about the past, but his eyes were on the future. The difficulties facing the Living Theater, arguably among the worst in its history, were merely a nuisance. The troupe would be reunited. The work would go on. There was plenty to do.”
— Mark Ari, 2007

Ubuweb: Mark Ari interviews Julian Beck 


What I Want My Kids to Know #21

Posted by Radical Jew on October 27, 2015 with No Comments


“Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root.” – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman, 1910.

Elias Canetti

Posted by Radical Jew on October 25, 2015 with No Comments

Elias Canetti




Cutting Through the Boycott, Divest, Sanction BS About Israel – The Daily Beast

Posted by Radical Jew on October 25, 2015 with No Comments

The attempted collective punishment of all Israelis, including and especially the most creative, will do nothing to build peace and much to bolster Bibi Netanyahu. Source: Cutting Through the Boycott, Divest, Sanction BS About Israel – The Daily Beast

Alfred Stieglitz

Posted by Radical Jew on October 20, 2015 with No Comments  

Max Hermann Maxy

Posted by Radical Jew on October 11, 2015 with No Comments