Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-04-24

  • .@evanhughes in the @awl on the passing of LJ Davis, novelist of Brooklyn gentrification before Lethem was on the scene. http://t.co/WDRNFc2 #
  • Keith Richard (as he was still known, having temporarily dropped the "s" at the end of his name) looks considerably older than 35. #wny11 #
  • Jagger removes his linen blazer to reveal a torn T-shirt. Shades of Richard Hell? He's got on some killer orange parachute pants. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell is lecturing today on Allen's MANHATTAN. Feel free to follow along/chime in from home. (Though #wny11 students should be *here*.) #
  • .@cpatell's opening slide reveals that in 1979 he was graduating high school, while @_waterman, in AZ, was watching Mork & Mindy. #wny11 #
  • Preview: @cpatell's @333books on SOME GIRLS opens w/ a moving high school anecdote. Have a feeling the Stones may make a cameo today. #wny11 #
  • @opheliacat Stones on SNL in 1978. #
  • .@cpatell: Allen's film, coming out at end of 70s, stages a defense of NYC. Wants students to think abt it cf. White's HERE IS NY. #wny11 #
  • Setting stage, NYC in 70s: in 76, tall ships come into harbor, bicentennial pageantry. But lots of fretting abt NY financial crisis. #wny11 #
  • Watching a brief clip from Burns abt financial crisis. The iconic image that wraps up this moment: http://bit.ly/eJejno #wny11 #
  • A post from Ephemeral New York on the famous Ford headline: http://bit.ly/fPJs4m #wny11 #
  • From TIME magazine on the same crisis: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,914214,00.html #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: Robert Moses had tried to align NYC with the rest of America (cars, etc.); resistance crystallizes NYC's un-Americanness. #wny11 #
  • By the 70s NYC didn't seem so modern anymore. It was decrepit, broke, crime-ridden. "Shattered" captures this: "Bed bugs uptown" etc. #wny11 #
  • @opheliacat That's a crime. #
  • Now watching the famous chase scene from FRENCH CONNECTION. New York crime rates made for good crime thrillers, anyway. #wny11 #
  • FRENCH CONNECTION: driver down. Hackman's flooring it. This scene will be ripped off often, most by Spiderman & remake of Pelham 123. #wny11 #
  • Another 70s clip: "Waaaar-iors …" #wny11 #
  • We used to show these two clips to contextualize Frank Miller's DARK KNIGHT, which we've not taught in recent years. 🙁 #wny11 #
  • @_jakemoore Maybe in future versions. #
  • Trivia question: What's the name of the gang leader who's killed at the beginning of THE WARRIORS? #
  • Hint: @cpatell said his freshman roommate at Harvard assumed he would be African American before they'd met. #warriors #wny11 #
  • Cyrus talking abt Allen's prior film, ANNIE HALL, by way of prepping us for MANHATTAN. Think abt the LA/NY exchanges in the former. #wny11 #
  • MANHATTAN: B&W, Allen shoots it in anamorphic widescreen. Self-consciously retro. Stipulated film would always be shown in letterbox. #wny11 #
  • Allen's invoking celluloid skyline/cinema history as he starts his defense of NYC. Compare use of Gershwin in the opening sequence. #wny11 #
  • Tweeting his own lecture: RT @cpatell Trivia: what is the name of the gang leader killed at the start of THE WARRIORS? #wny11 #
  • Now watching opening sequence of MANHATTAN: http://youtu.be/uyaj2P-dSi8 << NB Ike settles on the "coiled sexual power of jungle cat." #wny11 #
  • @opheliacat 59th St. #
  • @opheliacat http://www.gonemovies.com/WWW/Drama/Drama/Manhattan9.jpg #
  • .@cpatell: opening montage, skyline as establishing shot, recalls early days of film, NYC as culture center, pre-Hollywood. #wny11 #
  • Allen's film as inadvertent documentary in the shots it foregrounds as shorthand for NYC. What's gone? Yankee Stadium, for starters. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: Ike's voiceover suggests a highly subjective take on "Manhattan," but he's eventually drowned out by Gershwin & fireworks. #wny11 #
  • What are the larger values invoked via the cinematic grandeur of the opening sequence's finale? Irony? Nostalgia? NYC chauvinism? #wny11 #
  • The opening sequence gives way immediately to the claustrophobia of Elaine's. Pseudo-intellectual chatter. #wny11 #
  • On Elaine (RIP): http://bit.ly/hpSX9c #wny11 #
  • Ike's 42, Tracy's 17. Possible to get past that plot point post-Soon Yi? He's dating a girl who does homework. #wny11 #
  • #wny11 MT @amandamccc I was struck by what's still there: the Met's Temple of Dendur. How could it be there in the 70s? #
  • RE: intellectual culture. Allen as part of @newyorker literary/intellectual/humor tradition. Allen indebted to SJ Perelman. #wny11 #
  • Roger Angell, Allen's editor at @newyorker: It took Woody quite a while to get Perelman out of his system. #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell now placing Allen in relation to Borscht Belt humor/vaudeville/Jewish comics/Tin Pan Alley entertainers. #np Dangerfield #wny11 #
  • I don't get no respect at all. #dangerfield #wny11 #
  • Elaine May, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce. You know something's wrong w/ Mary when she says she disdains Lenny Bruce. #manhattan #wny11 #
  • @blackburnrecs I'd love to bring it back. What would you drop from the syllabus to make room? #
  • .@cpatell reading from Encyc Judaica on Jews' impt to American pop culture. "They received in return an education in urbanity." #wny11 #
  • Ike, like Woody Allen, embodies complexity of NYC: cultural greatness/megalomania and anxieties alike. #wny11 #
  • Quoting Allen: NYC is nerves, blood, noise. More conflict than in LA, where it's pleasant. "All those people sitting in their tubs." #wny11 #
  • Now showing clips from ANNIE HALL to underscore Allen's assault on California/Hollywood. Here's Paul Simon's cameo. #wny11 #
  • Ike: "I don't respond well to mellow. If I get too mellow I'll ripen and rot." Would rather watch holocaust films. #wny11 #
  • I'll have my people set up a meeting with your people. Meeting, meeting, meeting. He gives a good meeting. #LA #wny11 #
  • VPL. Oy. #wny11 #LAversusNYC #
  • Allen once said to Groucho Marx: I don't know how you live in CA, a man of your piercing intellect … #wny11 #
  • By contrast: the clip of the 59th St Bridge. I once saw MANHATTAN in LA at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Crowd applauded this shot. #wny11 #
  • On watching MANHATTAN in LA: http://www.greatwhatsit.com/archives/694 #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell: MANHATTAN takes the romantic comedy/romantic relationships and uses them as a way to meditate on modernity. #wny11 #
  • Now watching final scenes from MANHATTAN. Ike goes through a list of things that make life worth living. Taperecorder as shrink. #wny11 #
  • We've thought/argued a lot about this scene over the years: http://youtu.be/h5owXCZ0CDg For example: http://bit.ly/eGYssW #wny11 #
  • His list concludes w/ Tracy's face. Music comes in: Gershwin's "He Loves and She Loves." Then to "Strike Up the Band" as he runs. #wny11 #
  • And finally, "But Not for Me." #goosebumps #sucker #wny11 @cpatell reminds us that Speed Levitch used this song as a theme. #
  • "I'm legal, but I'm still a kid." #manhattan #wny11 #eewww #
  • Were we supposed to be comfortable with Ike & Tracy's relationship in 1979? #wny11 #
  • Exit music: Ramones, "Rock & Roll High School." #wrap #wny11 #
  • #wny03 !! #wny11 MT @LarsonRichard @pwhny Saw that movie for the first time because of your class (the first year you taught WNY). #
  • @LarsonRichard And to think, when you took the course Twitter hadn't even been invented. #
  • @literarychica Great! We're doing DO THE RIGHT THING a wk from Wednesday. Btwn now and then, Kushner's ANGELS. #
  • Thx @TeriTynes @WillWiles @nickkauf @literarychica @LarsonRichard @opheliacat & any others I missed for playing along remotely. #wny11 #
  • RT @cire_e: @pwhny LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; #wny11 (?) #ontheroad #kerouac #
  • MT @cire_e: @pwhny New York gets god-awful cold in the winter but there's a feeling of wacky comradeship in some streets #wny11 (?) #kerouac #
  • @literarychica Wow, thx for kind words. #
  • @LarsonRichard Especially cheering to hear right now. @cpatell will be in Abu Dhabi next yr and WNY will be temporarily on hold. #
  • @literarychica Kushner a good fit for your topic, which sounds great, btw. #
  • RT @lwarr The Simon-Allen rivalry is funny because they're basically different versions of each other #wny11 #anniehall #
  • RT @lwarr Also Paul Simon is just the tiniest bit shorter than Woody. #men #wny11 #
  • .@tanehisi on Edith Wharton. This may be the first time I'm prompted to use the #swag tag. #
  • Yup. MT @ro_bot_dylan Broken lines, broken strings, Broken threads, broken springs, Broken idols, broken heads, ppl sleeping in broken beds. #
  • .@NYTOpinionator: We shouldn't have accepted theatrical model of life received from “American Family”/reality TV. http://nyti.ms/hC9nS2 #
  • It's an interesting blog post, great clips, though we shld be historicizing Am Fam rather than equating it w/ our reality TV culture. #
  • Thanks, @epicharmus, for the link to that Times post. You are all reading his Built Manhattan blog, right? http://builtmanhattan.tumblr.com/ #
  • What would mean to reject theatrical model of everyday life? It's been with us for a lot longer than reality TV. http://bit.ly/2lsTkY #wny11 #
  • Getting ready for today's #wny11 part I of Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA. Thinking abt community, identity, history, legacies of immigration. #
  • A guide to some of the Kushner-related material from our blog: http://bit.ly/atyPKY #wny11 #
  • @_waterman lecturing on Angels in America today #wny11 #
  • @lwarr because @cpatell is in Abu Dhabi today; @pwhny in good hands. #wny11 #
  • Transitioning from 70s to the 80s via Patti Smith–>Grace Jones for our lecture prelude #wny11 #
  • Prior: Not a conventional woman. Belize: Grace Jones? #angels #wny11 #
  • This a pretty good history of gays in New York for anyone who's interested http://t.co/c4QlqMI #wny11 #
  • Randy Shilts' And the Band Played On is also a pretty good history of AIDS in New York and SF #wny11 #
  • Theatricality of everyday life: How do we understand performance? #wny11 #
  • Performance is also interesting when you think about tension between out and closeted gay characters. What is Roy Cohn performing? #wny11 #
  • AIDS epidemic is perfect dystopian moment for Kushner's play. Confluence of personal and political choices and consequences #wny11 #
  • Play is also conscious of the rise political correctness and its relationship to identity #wny11 #
  • Ginsberg as a prophet figure for "Angels." He needs to be the crazy poet yet wants to participate #wny11 #
  • What is the role of theater in mediating themes like history, identity, and community? #wny11 #
  • Watching HBO 'Angels' "Drag is a drag" dream sequence #wny11 #
  • Pay attention to the way Prior is always "performing:" drag, prophet, lines from movies. #wny11 #
  • "Imagination can't create anything new, can it?" Can it? #wny11 #
  • Think about how "contamination" works in 'Angels' as something toxic, inexorable, and revelatory #wny11 #
  • @ultramaricon True #wny11 #
  • Feather floating represents possibility in writing for creation of new stories #wny11 #
  • New York pre-dates San Francisco as a "gay city." See previous tweet about "Gay Metropolis" #wny11 #
  • Appiah on Contamination: "conversations that occur across cultural boundaries" #wny11 #
  • 'Angels' as an Early 90s period piece that reflects a post-Reagan-Bush I anxiety #wny11 #
  • Reagan's silence on AIDS lead to people referring to the epidemic as "Reagan's Disease" in some circles #wny11 #
  • What would Olmsted have thought of Central Park as a site for anti-nuclear bomb activism? #wny11 #
  • Reagan's "Star Wars" looks like the cheesiest video game ever #wny11 #
  • It's easy to laugh at Reagan's conflation of fantasy and reality, but Kushner does some interesting things by blurring that line #wny11 #
  • Reagan as performing masculinity in 'Angels' in the eyes of Joe and Roy Cohn #wny11 #
  • Relationship between gay activism and gay theater in the 1960s-1970s #wny11 #
  • Think about 'Angels' and the history of political theater (O'Neill) and meta-theatricality (Tyler and Doctorow) #wny11 #
  • RT @lwarr: @pwhny Mondale won my kindergarten class's mock election in 1984. I cried when Reagan won the real election #wny11 #babynerd #
  • From the Reagan doc I used in #wny11 today: NYC as a set of symbols to be mobilized by all sides: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5wLsUl3vfk #
  • @ultramaricon Which is one reason I found the @NYTOpinionator piece on "Am Fam" to be puzzling. http://nyti.ms/hC9nS2 cc @epicharmus #wny11 #
  • RT @lwarr: @pwhny Part 1 of this Frontline series on AIDS documents the 80s and Reagan's role in the disease http://to.pbs.org/gReEKS #wny11 #
  • @FlyingHubcap We certainly still live with its effects. #
  • @ThirteenNY @PBS Weds 10 pm RT @cityroom Documentary Celebrates Olmsted, a Creator of Central Park http://nyti.ms/gDdGTG #wny11 #
  • #wny11 RT @EverythingNYC Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright Headline Downtown's River to River Festival http://enyc.me/fABTAV (@GabrielaDNAinfo) #
  • #wny07 #wny11 RT @CitySnapshots ANGELS IN AMERICA. SEE IT. http://tonicruthirds.com/2011/04/20/angels-in-america-must-see/ #
  • Just a NY conversation rattling round my head. RT @cire_e New York Style http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/americanvarieties/newyorkcity/ #
  • The full American Experience doc on Reagan: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/video/reagan_01_wm.html#v129 #wny11 #
  • Join the conv on Kushner, cosmopolitanism, & how to read Angels in America 20 yrs after its first performances: http://bit.ly/i7DKB9 #wny11 #
  • .@cpatell weighs in with a new post abt Kushner, cosmopolitanism, & emergent lit: http://bit.ly/fuaISC #wny11 #
  • @ashleyanndarcy Sweet tribute. I love the moment in Dream of Life when Patti meets Michael's mother backstage. #