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PREVIEW, “ISLAND”, ebook on the iBookstore

Posted in art, books, videos on July 21st, 2014 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on PREVIEW, “ISLAND”, ebook on the iBookstore

This is a preview @youtube of “ISLAND, Eleven Lost Islands, A Summary Report”

If this vid produces an error try viewing it on YouTube:
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“ISLAND” iBookstore link: ibookstore

Anthony Burgess Video: DH Lawrence

Posted in ideas, videos, writers-poetry on August 17th, 2012 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on Anthony Burgess Video: DH Lawrence

Finally, the first video in a four part series of the most robustious Anthony Burgess presenting a wonderful retrospective of DH Lawrence:

Burgess is sharp and sure, but sometimes, for me, the theatrical pleasure in listening to him surpasses the judgments he makes. He was an extraordinary man though. Civilized (novelist, critic, composer, librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist, educationalist), if not always sensible. Nuanced – a word seldom applicable these days.

Burgess’ epitaph evokes the complexity of his voice and the search for meaning such a voice creates – Wiki says:

The epitaph on Burgess’s marble memorial stone, reads “Abba Abba.” The phrase has several connotations. It means “Father, father” in Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew and other Semitic languages. It is Burgess’s initials forwards and backwards; part of the rhyme scheme for the Petrarchan sonnet; and the title of Burgess’s 22nd novel, concerning the death of Keats.

George Steiner Video

Posted in ideas, videos, writers-poetry on August 16th, 2012 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on George Steiner Video

This extended interview with George Steiner, literary critic, shows a man summing things up for himself – it has an emotional quality, perspective, and depth, which is unusual in the interview form:

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This segment, in which he speaks about “Invidia” – envy – is particularly interesting:

YouTube segment of Steiner interview.

Unlike many critics and theorists, Steiner respects and admires the works he considers – and their creators – very different from the ego driven distancing that is at the root of such power grabs as post-modernism.

From other interviews with Steiner it becomes apparent how profound an influence on his whole life were his brilliant and loving parents. The regret in his eyes, at not choosing a path of original creative work, probably also is explained in his wish to fulfill his father’s dream of having a son who was a scholar – somehow that may have foreclosed his pursuing the dedicated life of the artist; although many artists have also been distingushed critics – TS Eliot immediately comes to mind.

Dyson, Steiner, Burgess on YouTube

Posted in ideas, videos, writers-poetry on August 14th, 2012 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on Dyson, Steiner, Burgess on YouTube

I’ve been listening to a number of interviews on YouTube with George Steiner, Anthony Burgess, and Freeman Dyson. Here are some videos of Dyson – others to follow…

Dyson’s extended talk, enumerating his heretical thinking, is a breath of fresh air and originality in the me-too arena of public discourse:

The hysterical and disparaging reaction of many in the scientific community to Dyson’s speculations tells you more of the frat boy mentality of many scientists than it does about the subject at hand.

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This wonderful discussion explores Dyson’s view of a transcendental source of meaning – his intuition about the universe:

His view is that of Stephen Jay Gould – religion and science as non-overlapping magisteria. The anthropic principle is one he shares. Maximum diversity: the extraordinary diversity of the living and non-living, itself a kind of proof of higher powers for Dyson.

iPad Sketchbook Video

Posted in art, books, videos on August 4th, 2012 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on iPad Sketchbook Video

A sample animation from iPad Sketchbook 5 (soon to be) in the iBookstore. 


All but the first of the iPad sketchbooks, which are now in the iBookstore, contain vids.
(See links on right sidebar.)


music: Kevin MacLeod under Creative Commons

YouTube Screening Room

Posted in pop culture, videos on December 5th, 2009 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on YouTube Screening Room

YouTube is releasing, in their Screening Room, some award winning shorts.

I thought this one was so good. See what you think (11 minutes)…

Or, watch it at YouTube

Fu Dog

Posted in art, videos on November 6th, 2009 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on Fu Dog

A Fu Dog – a Chinese guardian dog (that is really a lion, sort of)…

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Or, see it @YouTube

The (Halloween) Mask

Posted in art, videos on October 31st, 2009 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on The (Halloween) Mask

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Studies: Outlier

Posted in art, videos on October 21st, 2009 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on Studies: Outlier

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Speaking of Laughter: LaughingMan

Posted in art, videos on October 15th, 2009 by Ira Altschiller – Comments Off on Speaking of Laughter: LaughingMan

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