Just before dawn I dreamt I met an artist. This made me happy.

We were standing together outside. He was wearing an amazing coat with lots of pockets. The more he talked the more he reminded me of another friend, also an artist, also a dreamer. Together we threw floating objects into the pond below us. We laughed and pointed. "Look, it's a garden." he said.


Looking up as I walked past the building I noticed a weathered opening in its facade through which I could see a rough concrete ceiling. After a moment I realised that this was the end of an open veranda overlooking an inner courtyard and a pool.

It was winter. A hotel with a pool always looks bleaker in winter.

To get in I had to enter through someone's room. Each time I did this I felt very apprehensive. Wouldn't the occupant be inside? Wouldn't he cry out, surprised, if he saw me enter, a stranger? What if I found him sleeping?

It was a relief that the room was empty. I quickly crossed it but the door through which I usually passed was covered with drawn curtains and the beds (which I noticed had been made up) had been pushed back against the worn fabric.


Out of Print

J. B. Priestley's 3 'time plays': Dangerous Corner (1932), Time and the Conways (1937), I Have Been Here Before (1938).

Review of a production of Dangerous Corner.

Review of a production of Time and the Conways.

Review of a production of I Have Been Here Before.



Thinking of proper names and their various aspects or types of synonym: anonyms, pseudonyms, allonyms and necronyms... I've been particularly fascinated by the allonym (usually defined as 'the name of another person assumed by a writer') ever since I read the following passage by Jalal Toufic (which, I should add, he qualified last November, by stating that only objects possessing both consciousness AND a proper name, thus only objects that are conscious of their own death, are in a position to self-liberate).

"It is not enough to find an artwork beautiful; with artworks as with other objects (I am less proficient than Buddhists at doing this with the latter), it is a matter of letting the 'object' *self-liberate*, and to attain that one often has to pass by the allonym of the object and hence also by one's own allonym (the danger here is the encounter with the double, the latter insididiously trying to pass his name for the allonym), *only then* reaching the failure of interpellation. All this takes (*and gives*) time.)"

Thinking of such action, one (already) imagines the world as considerably larger when one witnesses or observes the presence of one's own allonym. In my case the allonym being the Paul Perry that I am paying to type this (or the person, also named Paul Perry, who's paying me). Note the 'paying' part is important. For allonyms to be allonyms they must invest -- 'more or less' heavily -- in each other.

The Shakespeare Allonym.


Researching 'strange wills' I've come across these two reports:

"Juan Potomachi in 1955 left £30,000 to the Teatro Dramatico Theatre provided his skull could be used in Hamlet."

"In his will, a man who'd been gas lighter for a Philadelphia theater for 44 years ordered his head removed and prepared so that it could serve as the skull of Yorick in performances of Hamlet there."

... this wonderful 19th c. essay written by Sabine Baring-Gould,

and the titles of two books:

Weird Wills And Eccentric Last Wishes by Michelle Lovric

The Weird and Wonderful World of Wills by Eamonn G. Mongey.


Escaped: one white plastic barrel containing mysterious objects of a biological origin. Last seen rolling down a series of steep streets (with me in hot pursuit). Possibly lost in nearby gully.


Don't you wish more 'post contemporary art exhibition' websites were as simple as this one? (Update: Shit... It seems the designer has gone and added a trendy purple logo. This, in my opinion, completely ruins the effect.)




The Last Will and Testament of Henri Bergson

"In 1937 Bergson wrote his last will in which he says that he would receive baptism in the Catholic church were it not for the growth of anti-semitism: he was to remain among the persecuted.

(...) "On 3 January 1941 Bergson died in occupied Paris from pneumonia contracted after standing for many hours in a queue to be registered as a Jew."

(Source: Kolakowski, Bergson.)


There is solace in the recognition of a return, in the recognition of a pattern, in the arrival at a previous point of departure. Today I've returned to May 28th's entry on backward causality. Today (and Monday) I'm back at the Rijksakademie.

Al-Ghazali's critique of cause and effect:

Overview of al-Ghazali's 'The Incoherence of the Philosophers -- Concerning the Natural Sciences'

An Evaluation of a Selected Portion of al-Ghazali's 'The Incoherence of the Philosophers'


Heard yesterday at the Rijksakademie: "I respect my first idea."

A page covering Pierre Klossowski's biography, writing and art.


The Space of Untimeliness

Untimeliness. Impatience. The moment arrives when one can no longer continue in the same vein. Rupture. One forces (or is forced to make) a break.

Untimeliness nestles in the center of the Zeitgeist just as impatience nestles in the heart of the patient. Is not impatience inevitable? Can anything (can any event) ever really be 'untimely'?

In 1848 an Alamut-like rupture occurred in the Gardens of Badasht:

The Unveiling of the Babi Poetess Qurrat al-`Ayn Tahirih in the Gardens of Badasht

"...[S]uddenly the figure of [Qurrat al-`Ayn ], adorned and unveiled appeared before the eyes of the assembled companions. Consternation immediately seized the entire gathering. All stood aghast before this sudden and most unexpected apparition. To behold her face unveiled was to them inconceivable. Even to gaze at her shadow was a thing which they deemed improper, inasmuch as they regarded her as the incarnation of Fatimih, the noblest emblem of chastity in their eyes...That sudden revelation seemed to have stunned their faculties. [One of the participants] was so gravely shaken that he cut his throat with his own hands. Covered with blood and shrieking with excitement, he fled away from the face of [Qurrat al-`Ayn]. A few, following his example, abandoned their companions and forsook their Faith..."

Babism (a precursor to the Baha'i faith) references:

Encyclopedia of the Orient

Browne's article on Babism in 'Religious Systems of the World: A Contribution to the Study of Comparative Religion' (1890 edition)


Super interesting Nietzsche: The Four Great Errors from 'Twilight of the Idols'.

  1. The error of confusing cause and effect.

  2. The error of a false causality.

  3. The error of imaginary causes.

  4. The error of free will.


Untimely Life

Two days ago I wondered: "Can anything (can any event) ever really be 'untimely'?" and just now I've thought of something: Nietzsche's 'Posthumous Man' ("Some are born posthumously.") and Al-Ghazali's corpse which sits up "and writes learned volumes in a well-ordered script."

Untimely are the living dead. (Nietzsche's 'Untimely Meditations': written by a dead man.)

One's last will and testament is the perfect expression of untimeliness. Testamentum omne morte consummatur. (Every will is perfected by death. A will speaks from the (un)time of death only.)

Typically it is in one's last will and testament that one speaks with the greatest power and authority:

"What a remarkable document a will is! It is the voice of a man now dead, coming back in the hush of a darkened house-from the vault, low and hoarse as an echo. It speaks, and people hearken; it commands, and people obey; law supports and enforces its wishes; no power on earth can alter it."

(Sabine Baring-Gould, Strange Wills)

Nietzsche: "Posthumous men--I for example--are understood worse than timely ones, but heard better. More precisely: we are never understood--hence our authority."


Zinda Laash (The Living Corpse) 1967.

The Hotspot. I was taken to Hotspot for icecream on one of my last evenings in Islamabad without realising that they had such a cool web presence -- or even crazier given the extent of my film research while in Islamabad -- without realising that they put enormous energy into collecting, reviewing and screening bollywood and lollywood cult films. Aaargh. How on earth could I have missed this?

Hotspot reviews of 5 films I'm interested in...

Zinda Laash (1967)

(The Living Corpse.) Lollywood vampire film (BW) directed by Khwaja Sarfraz. Available soon on DVD.

Do Gaz Zameen ke Neeche (1972)

(Two Yards Underground.) "Ground breaking South Asian horror film" directed by the Ramsay brothers.

Don (1977)

Reviewer compares this film to Face/Off and Psycho! Directed by Chandra Barot.

Gehrayee (1980)

A child is possessed by evil. Directed by Arunavikas.

Bandh Darwaza (1990)

Vampire film directed by the Ramsay brothers.

(More Indian vampires: 29 August 2002 and 8 September 2002.)


Speaking of 'untimeliness' I saw Nicolas Roeg's 'Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession' when it first came out and was showing in the theatres in Canada (1980 or 1981). At the time I thought it was a very disturbing film. It appears that others thought so too. The film has been been buried by its distributor ever since.


From Rick Trembles' Motion Picture Purgatory (comic-art reviews of films for the Montreal Mirror) comes a review of Last Year at Marienbad.

(Happily anticipating my new Powerbook G4 1ghz (superdrive) currently en route from Taiwan I've just ordered the DVD of Last Year at Marienbad from Amazon.) Online Writings


N. and I watched Julio Medem's Tierra. Found the concept and bits of the dialogue interesting but overall were left disappointed. Maybe need to see more of his work?

October 2002

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