Monday, February 21, 2011

From hard-boiled fiction, this...

"In Love With Raymond Chandler" by Margaret Atwood (poetry reading)

I claim Philip Marlowe as a fictional crush and his Hollywood world of the thirties and forties as part of my imaginary biography. Margaret Atwood's poem builds a wing, or two, onto what I thought I saw in Raymond Chandler. I'm just going to sit over here and be delirious.

20 comments:

Claire Beynon said...

Sitting and delirious with you, Marylinn. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Claire - I'm glad for the company, thank you. xo

Laoch of Chicago said...

I liked Raymond Chandler but always thought that Dashiell Hammett was a better writer.

Antares Cryptos said...

Thank you for sharing this. :)

I need to go and hug some furniture.

Vespersparrow said...

Marylinn, where do you find these delightful things? A wonderful piece of Atwood. Sigh. Quite wonderful. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Laoch - Now I have to revisit them both to see what I've overlooked.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Antares Cryptos - You are welcome. Truly, what is more gladdening than being shown what ELSE is to be found in favorite works?

Marylinn Kelly said...

Melissa - It was pure chance, a sign for me that this was a day of good aspect. It has me sighing as well.

Kass said...

I love this on so many levels. From the opening Edward Hopper, through the enthusiastic enchantment with furniture to the seductive Vettriano pose, this Tom Bodlam does a great job.

Kass said...

I meant Tom O'Bedlam of the Spoken Verse channel on YouTube. Quite interesting, in the light of what Melissa has been posting.

Robert the Skeptic said...

Wow, that was... erotic.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Thank you for letting me know more about this...I knew the Hopper but not the ending art, nor who was doing the reading. I found the piece by chance among other things. Now I will look further into the Spoken Verse channel. Tom O'Bedlam,hmm... yes, in light of Melissa's work.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Robert - Will furniture ever seem the same again?

Donna B said...

Holy Smokin' innuendos!!! Consider me delirious with you and Claire...

As to Laoch's comment about Dashel Hammett, wasn't he living with Lillian Hellman? I remember their story in the movie, Julia.

I really enjoyed this. It was delicious. I am going to listen to it again, only this time, with my eyes closed!

Marylinn Kelly said...

Donna - I'm so glad you enjoyed it. One of the many things I wish I'd written...aren't we glad someone did so we can be delirious over it. (fans self)

Radish King said...

Marylinn, this is absolutely wonderful. I'm sorry this is the first chance I've had to listen to it (busy week.) Erotic and funny and rich with description. I longed for more images and less text since my brain was reading the text ahead of the voice but nonetheless what a terrific piece.

I agree with you about Hollywood of the 30s and 40s a time that needs more scrutiny more (research?) that needs more light shed on it. Such a fierce and weird almost baroque era.
x

ps. Have you read the book Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates? I bet you'd love it. It's by Joyce Carol Oates. I guess you could call it an historical novel about Marilyn Monroe but it is such a great period piece about Hollywood and the big studios.

Jayne said...

Can't blame you one bit!
Marylinn, you have great thing going on over here. Glad I stumbled in. ;)

Radish King said...

ps. Sorry for repeating myself repeating myself in my post. Too early for thinking much less typing!

Marylinn Kelly said...

Rebecca - Happy that you got to hear/see it...all the unknowns, just waiting to delight us...I had no idea. I have not read BLONDE and will look into that, too.

In the 50s an earlier Hollywood still existed and we seemed to drive over there a lot. Reading Chandler and immersion in my aunt's old Photoplay magazines hooked me for life. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Jayne - Hello, welcome. I'm so glad you stumbled in. You picked a choice day. The only credit I can take is happening upon the clip.