Tuesday, October 12

The Role I Wish Oliver Reed Had Lived to Play

First: hit the link (to newcomers: mouse over the title, and click, or left click on link at the end of my spiel).

Then we can - sombrely - reflect on the vagaries of Judge Time - of how the likes of Austen, Van Gogh, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Proust and James were relative flops in their lifetime.

Or, as Martin Amis has put it, for each artist "the real work begins when he's dead".

And then crack open a bottle at the fact that old Olly Reed was the spitting visage of Henry James. Furthermore, just look at the latter's eyes: that is a man familiar with the wank wall.

Oh, he's not alone, even in his exalted circle: we already know of James and Nora Joyce's mutually masturbatory correspondence; we know how Proust chiselled away at his doorstopper from his four-poster bed; so now Henry James was fond of whacking one out. Quelle surprise.

I trust that the estimable Mark Kermode (see BOAT DRINKS) shall lament this lost opportunity the next time he takes late luncheon with his neighnour - and hero, and spiritual faather of Olly, and this country's greatest living enfant terrible - Ken Russell.

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posted by DD @ 21:24 

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