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Folliet Poem: FOOTFALLS ENCORE for Beckett’s 110th


+in honor of the 110th anniversary

of the birth

of Samuel Beckett

13 April 1906+

“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”

(1st line of his 1st novel, Murphy, entered in 1st of Murphy

manuscript notebooks 5/9/1935)

when every shoe hurts

no shoe fits like a glove

right foot left foot right foot left foot

become painful acts of love

just do one foot at a time

like all the other times

right foot first every time

left foot second every time

until the last footfall-

left or right as it may befall

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Culture Change And Intellectual Decline

When the last world war ended in 1945, Europe was gutted, short of all the means of maintaining a normal existence, except that, pre-war, the lower classes had rarely shared normality as the middle-classes knew it. Suddenly there was an equality of diet, dull but not unhealthy, a shortage of clothing, houses and all luxuries, but a general sharing of what there was, and only the rich, taxed to the hill, really complained. Anything was better than war and that had ended. At the same time there was a flowering of high culture. Concerts were packed. So was opera and ballet, new literature was eagerly discussed, art exhibitions were full, and the BBC had started the Third Programme, which enabled everyone to hear on the radio good music, interesting and educational discussions and talks for a small license fee, and generally there was an interest in education, the higher levels of which had become available to all who could pass exams. read more —>

ONE blogs – MARTIN BELK – BECKETT SUCCESS: ‘FILM’ and the art of conversation

Yesterday ONE Magazine hosted a successful West End Festival event. John Calder, Samuel Beckett’s publisher and friend joined a standing-room only crowd at the Grosvenor Theatre, Glassgow for a screening of FILM – Beckett’s one and only ventures into celluloid – starring the late Buster Keaton. read more —>