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Arthur Meiselman

Columns and Writings from 2005 to Last Month

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FIFTEEN MINUTES BACKSTAGE
This practice was so prevalent, it became (as it usually does backstage) a superstition. Never start on time! To this day, there are managers who swear by it. | July 2017

2 PICKLES AND 20 PIECES OF GARLIC
Someone once said, "everything is 90% about sex and 10% about nothing else." Fair enough... better than if that were reversed. | June 2017

SLEEPING ALONE
I love to fall asleep with someone. I love to wake in the morning with someone. But, now, how long can I sleep with someone? | May 2017

WINDTALKING
We're inundated with children who cannot write with their prehensile thumbs and who mumble-speak through their numbed noses. | April 2017

BITS&PIECES: LALA IN LA LA LAND
Not having the vision to see a pig fly, a cat's ninth life, a unicorn's breath, an
omni-gendered human being, and a trans-human. | March 2017

AS THE WHEEL TURNS AND TURNS
A provocative, controversial, insider's look into the Hollywood "circus", the American political system, civil rights and the abuses of law enforcement. | February 2017

AWAKE WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS
In the new tv series, Westworld, his portrayal of a lead character offers a perception of a Master Actor at work regardless of the circumstances. | January 2017

WORDS FOR WORDS
He had a wonderful sense of humor and a zest for life, the cultures of the world and… baseball! A passionata passion for baseball. | December 2016

TENDERIZED GENDERIZED JAZZ
It's only the music, the lyricism of the music, the song of it all that matters. Something that most rock, most country, all rap and Bob Dylan never understood. | November 2016

WRITER
Since I can remember, even before I knew how to write,
I wanted to be a writer | October 2016

BITS & PIECES
Marrying the Merrisome Jane Eyre, About Horses
and A Bridge in Paris | September 2016

HILLARY IN THE MOVIES
In 1964 the idea of a Woman President
was as threatening as the idea of a woman's vote | August 2016

TOUJOURS L'AMOUR
A prose(d) poem or a poesied story | July 2016

SPACE
Why don't they call us? If you were they, would you? | July 2016

DAISY, DAISY
Give me your answer do! I'm half crazy All for the Love of You, | June 2016

C(Q)UE THE BORGIAS
The harvest from 1500-years Christian usurption of the glory and putrefaction of the Roman Empire | May 2016

ON THE BEACH
There is still time brother! | April 2016

2016 DÉ JÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN
What I saw was a revelation that took my breath into my head, one of many that awakened me that year. | March 2016

BODY AND SOUL
There is a price to be paid for the necessary rise of feminism. It is the loss of femininity. | February 2016

ANDREA DWORKIN
She was and remains one of the most important women, one of the most important voices in the twentieth century. |  January 2016

WISHING YOU
Fundamentalism derived from and integral to all religions, is the most virulent blank- stare terror of the plague. | January 2016

THE BLACKLIST
The Blacklist really never ended. It changed Hollywood (and other creative areas) forever. It unleashed an inherent strain of paranoia, xenophobia and bigotry . | December 2015

REMEMBERING IRIS CHANG
She was a diligent and perceptive historian who was also a gifted writer | November 2015

HIM ON STAGE
I don't want just a voice I want Him on stage not on the screen, on stage in real time. | November 2015

CONVERSATIONS SELDOM OVERHEARD - "ALIEN ILLICIT"
In a loft, in San Francisco, above the fog. Listen, in exactly three minutes the telephone is going to ring. That's the time to finish our little test.
You answer it. | October 2015

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
The prevailing art-form of the 20th century is expanding like the universe into an amorphous stew. | October 2015

PEBBLES AND POTATOES 
We're inundated with children who cannot write with their prehensile thumbs and mumble through their numbed noses. | September 2015

THE LION IN WINTER
At least 90% of the humans on this planet have never seen or touched a painting. | July/August 2015

MR. KANE & MR. WELLES
Seventy-four years ago, Orson Welles created 'Citizen Kane' and it remains the zenith, the apex of filmmaking | June 2015

SECOND REUNION
The Jew In The Box.. | May 2015

SCENE FROM AMERICAN SKYPER
Based on a true story. There are many truths in true stories.  February 2015

MANIC DEPRESSIVE
It was boring. It was flaccid. It was the Academy Awards. | March 2015

REMEMBRANCE
He saw it all, heard it all. He had seen it all and heard it all before.. | April 2015

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CATS PART 3
An ongoing history project sponsored by the Felines Forever Foundation. You can contribute your facts, opinions, fears and misinformation. Please do not send us photos, fur, stuffed animals or your pets. | January 2015

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COPYRIGHT PART 1
Possession is 9/10ths of the law and 10/10ths of possession. Notice of copyright has been found in the earliest writings including the hands in ancient cave paintings. | January 2015

HEAVEN
Ladies and Gentlemen and adolescents of all ages everywhere, good wishes for the coming year. | January 2015

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CATS PART 3
An ongoing history project sponsored by the Felines Forever Foundation. You can contribute your facts, opinions, fears and misinformation. Please do not send us photos, fur, stuffed animals or your pets. | December 2014

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COPYRIGHT PART 1
Possession is 9/10ths of the law and 10/10ths of possession. Notice of copyright has been found in the earliest writings including the hands in ancient cave paintings. | December 2014

ON COPYRIGHT AND CATS  
I don't know what is happening. And frankly, I don't care. | December 2014

WHAT'S NEW?
Google, a money-printing, identity-shifting video game. | November 2014

TORCH SONG
The burning heart - loneliness from love lost. | October 2014

NAKED TIZZY - KRINSKI'S "NUDITY"
Explicitly about sex and love but more of a mind's journey through life. | September 2014

DÉ JÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN
Our universe is expanding infinitely and Ridley Scott isn't planning to die. | May 2014

DARWIN MISSED HOLLYWOOD
What Michael Cimino wrought in 1980 is de rigueur today. | August 2014

$12 MILLION, $46 MILLION, SOLD! 
I find it difficult to write about temporal things that don't matter. | June 2014

AND IN THE BEGINNING
Brothers and Sisters here is my homily for today.  April 2014

SANTAYANA AND STAR TREK
Welcoming the future. Respecting the past. | February 2014

HOLLYWOOD POLITIQUE
The American film industry, especially Hollywood, is a montage of "Arts&Politics" and "Politics&Arts". It all began with the flood of immigration toward the end of the 19th century. | January 2014

HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST SHAME: THE BLACKLIST
About a man who refused to genuflect to the authorities who persecuted and prosecuted him. | December 2013

WAR FILMS AND NOVEMBER 22
What will we see through the distant window when America's most arrogantly insane war fades. | November 2013

MILLIONAIRES AND HOOKERS
Pay-for-sex is almost as old as human history. As someone once said, everything is 90% about sex and 10% about nothing else. | October 2013

HONG KONG NIGHTS AT 4:30 PM
Tricky little title isn't it? Comes from a remorseful Mekong Whiskey-Beaujolais hangover driven ditty written in a sweat-dripping room on The Peak. | August 2013

JOHN GARFIELD AND HAZEL BROOKS
John Garfield was a movie star in the 1940's and 50's, a counterpoint to Humphrey Bogart, a poster-man for the joyous angst, the bewildering urban stew of New York and its steaming boroughs. | July 2013

OF VIVALDI AND WOMEN
What do you know about self-possessed loneliness? Bone-aching, silent, time standing-still loneliness. An aloneness that the titillation of television or drugs or music, even suicide holds out no hands of hope. | June 2013

THE JEW IN THE BOX
He sat propped up against the back wall, one of his legs twisted away from him like a puppet's limb. His reddish and blue face was a mask smoothed and scrambled by the plastic bag over his head. | May 2013

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS BUT ONE REDUX
I'll keep it short with cloudy details because I haven't retold it much and I'm uncertain as to the outcome of the events and the relevance or danger of the facts today. | April 2013

BLUE EYES AT NIGHT
Two questions, seemingly unrelated and then again, not. What If This Is All There Is? and Whatever Happened To Martin Brest? | March 2013

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS BUT ONE
This is a story that was told to me by a college chum of mine who later became an intelligence operative for the American government. | December 2012

ACTOR? LET'S SEE YOUR LICENSE
For our own quality assurance, we try to license everything that is important to us, except giving birth to and raising children, of course. | November 2012

FIVE REASONS WHY CINEMA IS DYING
Well it's not really dying. Rather, the prevailing art-form of the 20th century is expanding like the universe into an amorphous stew. | October 2012

LINGUA THAI
For a time in the last century European languages dominated international communication. Speak them appropriately at the appropriate occasion and you were considered 'civilized'. Speak them not, and you were considered 'provincial', 'back-water', 'second class'. | September 2012

SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED
Something momentous has happened. It should have been shouted in large black type across the front page of the New York Times and other news media around the world. It wasn't. | July 2012

ON THE STREET 
Perspectives: IMAGES - Glyphs | On The Street | July 2012

THE STRANGER 
Perspectives: WRITINGS - Monologues | The Stranger | There is a sadness that floats on the sea in the afternoon. It has always seemed that way to me. | July 2012

CONVERSATIONS SELDOM OVERHEARD - THE ACTOR
Perspectives: Writings - Dialogues | Conversations Seldom Overheard - The Actor | A director and his lead actor in the wings just before curtain rise. | June 2012

MEMORIAL DAY - A TIME TO LOVE, A TIME TO HATE-REDUX
The challenge of True Believers, of Fundamentalism, all Fundamentalism, Christian, Jewish, Islamic is its mindless, degrading nostalgia. | June 2012

A FABLE FROM THE 'WAR ON WOMEN'
Perspectives: Writings - Dialogues | On a lazy, warm, cloudy, summer's afternon a boy and a girl play hide-and-seek. | May 2012

THE DANCER INTO POET 
Selena Zachai | Lorca took everything into his mouth and his nose and his eyes and his tongue. He is the most sensual poet of the 20th century. If he were alive I would smash my way to lie with him to hear him breathe and sing. | May 2012

SEA FIRE
Perspectives: Writings - Monologues | From The Lyriana Nocturnes - April 2012

CONVERSATIONS SELDOM OVERHEARD
Perspectives: Writings - Dialogues | Salvation | April 2012

THE APPARENT EUGENE O'NEILL
The Apparent Eugene O'Neill | Only in America. | April 2012

LIMA PERU NOT OHIO
In my arrogant Manhattan innocence, I had made a naive mistake and so did my editor. I went to Lima in April, on a Friday, Good Friday, which provided a challenging scenario. | April 2008

YO-YO MA AND VIVALDI
I have seen and heard the magnificent Yo-Yo Ma play Vivaldi live at Carnegie Hall. And now I hear him again as I sit spinning on the cd, drinking in the laser light. What he and Vivaldi accomplish is the carrying of music as close to the edge of merged media experience without betraying its purity. | July 2007

CONVERSATIONS SELDOM OVERHEARD
Perspectives: Writings - Dialogues | Shadowtalk | March 2012

TRIPTYCH: "THE 99%"
Perspectives: Writings - Glyphs | Triptych: The 99% | March 2012

FADE TO WHITE 
I point you to David Mackenzie's Perfect Sense, a beautifully crafted but seriously disturbing film about losing the arts of life. It fades to white before it fades to black.. |  March 2012

ARTEM SECUNDUM SUUM CUIQUE
There is no obscenity in the arts. There is only a perspective that deems and labels out of ignorance, fear, politics, financial gain, and severe self-displeasure. Obscenity is in the mind of the beholder. | January/February 2012

SINGERS OF SONGS
A continuous dimension I travel through is music. It is the balance to my visual world and a purveyor of intimate and relentless privacy. In that dimension, of all the singers I have ever heard, seen, enjoyed, opera, theatre, jazz, pop, only two linger and hover above all the other voices. Both are American. | December 2011

THE Q FACTOR
George Santayana and others aphoristically proclaimed that to ignore history is to be doomed to repeat it. True? Perhaps, with this caveat: the human species is a collective of behavior, habitual, ritual, repetitive behavior, not doomed to repeat its history, rather self-programmed to recycle itself and its history. | November 2011

FROM ROME TO BANGKOK - ITALIAN STYLE
Festival review. | July 2011

MINE VAGANTI
Film review. | July 2011

UP THE CARRIAGE TRADE !- REDUX
I'll take the lower class audiences, they make a playwright's writing-agony worth agonizing over, they make an actor's performance worth its salt and they don't give a damn about directors and dramaturgs and all the other frou-frou functionaries who get in between them and the live bodies on stage. On with the show! And I'll take the upper class audiences too, of course. | October 2011

ORSON WELLES
Seventy years ago, Orson Welles created Citizen Kane and it remains the zenith, the apex of filmmaking. It completed the migration of theatre into cinema. No film before or since defined the nucleus of cinema, the art form of the 20th century, as this seminal 1941 masterpiece did. | September 2011

THE STORY OF BLUE
Alan Blue didn't die last week. He probably will, soon. He isn't old and he isn't young. He has been a wayfarer through his life, one who never changed. He was an errand boy, a clerk, a waiter, an actor, not a husband nor a father or a relative. | August 2011

THE ACADEMY AWARDS
To many people, worldwide, the American Academy Awards is the most important and prestigious event of its kind. Important? No question an Academy Award is worth a small fortune, before and after taxes. Prestigious? Define prestigious. | March 2011

KUBRICK REMEMBERED REDUX
As each year goes by, more and more people realize what film artists have known since the 1960's: he was and remains singular among the handful of unique filmmakers in the 20th century. | Fenruary 2011

THE LOSS OF SILENCE/EAT AND BE HAPPY
This, then, is the holiday season that closes the first decade of the 21st century. It is also the 100th anniversary of one of the most glorious years in Western history, 1910, a year of exciting promise, breathtaking art, panoramic smiles. 2010 is not like that. | December 2010

VISAGE
I live in an ugly country. not the latent, panoramic beauty of America's countryside, rather it's cities and towns. Unlike many places in Europe or Asia, American cities, for the most part, have no center, no town plaza or square. | November 2010

SHADOWS-2
How could you possibly love someone else's life more than your own? The open heart of your own life lying in someone else's hands, helpless, beating, unafraid. How is that possible? | October 2010

THROUGH THE MYTH-MAKING GLASS LIGHTLY
In America, the art of cooking has nothing to do with survival, it's a key therapy in mental healthcare, it's entertainment. Americans do not eat to survive, they eat to consume, and they are consumptive. | August 2010

MINDING BOOKS
In a Thai village, a few years ago, I sat in a little, outdoor bar in the heat of the afternoon, drinking a cold beer. Sitting next to me, a villager, a farmer, taking a break.Between my broken Thai and his fractured English, we managed a reasonable conversation. At one point, he reached into his shoulder pack to get a cigarette and a book fell out. It was a paperback, yellowed and dog-eared. | July 2010

FIRST THINGS LAST
The reason I collect these works of art and non-art is because they are part of my time continuum. They exist with me in the present, spread out in all space/time directions, and they are my friends. | May 2010

THE QUIVERING MUSE OF CUISINE
Journeying into a cuisine is an addiction, seldom a curse, mostly a delight. I've had as many addictions as you've had, probably more. | June 2010

THE PASSING OF A LIFE
Earlier this year, a friend and colleague, Julius Krinski died at 81, in Jomtien, Thailand. A Hungarian/Australian expatriate, he was a remarkable man - an author, a Bon Vivant, and a world-class lover. With a poignant sadness, I remember an interview with him in 2005. | April 2010

VIEWINGS AND AN ACTOR'S LAMENT
I decided not to avoid the timely viewings of as many of this year's Oscar nominees that I could take. I took the five leading contenders: The Hurt Locker, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, Avatar and Crazy Heart. The first four can be categorized in a simple phrase: they are video games. | March 2010

THE A****R  
Time to turn to The Animating Life Giver. Time to create a new actor, a shape-shifting anthropamorphoid with no baggage, who doesn't have to pee no matter how long a rehearsal lasts. | February 2010

DEATHWATCH REVISITED
As I prepare to plunge back into the real-time of theatre, I'm drawn to an acting experience which left me with an immutable rock to stand on. At its core, an understanding, a truth that is as clear today as when I first perceived it. | December 2009

IN SEARCH OF HEAVEN'S GATE
It is the worst film ever made and released. Worse than any of the spewings of Quentin ("the only way to cut a film is with a bread knife") Tarantino, or Martin ("how do you tell a story?") Scorcese, or Steven ("isn't directing just like producing?") | October 2009

A TRADITION OF ONE
I wrote the following column, some years ago, as an ode to young dreams and happy times and in small part to capture the image of the young and happy Niko and I offer it again in his memory. | November 2008

THE TERROR OF THE FADING BOOK - AN UPDATE
The hope of galloping technology that I described a year ago, though not so immediately galloping, continues to emerge. It is the great black & white hope. | September 2009

AROUND MIDNIGHT WITH MANFREDO FEST
Midnight was the time when I slid into a deliciously dark, smokey jazz club in Chicago and was bewitched by a blend of music I hadn't heard before. | June 2009

CABBAGES AND KINGS
They babble. Incessantly. Text messages and emails and voices into little mobiles stuck in their ears and blogs and twitters and facebooks and youtubes and newscasts and talk shows and press conferences. | April 2009

GOING TO THE MOVIES... REDUX
With all of the laughter, cheers, boos, singing, and, yes, chit-chat, rather than a disturbing distraction, it all became one engaging, live experience. | February 2009

ARS-EXITUS ACT PROBAT AND KURT WEILL
January 2009 | Special Issue

OWNING PICASSO
I have a friend who owns a Picasso... and not much else. Which one? Don't ask, don't tell. He acquired this painting via less than legal and righteous means. | December 2008

REALITY: STAGE IT AND CAGE IT
An 'avatar', a virtual creature who embodies the above-described reality of Reality in the media... the candidate for the Vice-Presidency, Sarah Palin. | October 2008

LESTER COLE
He was a New York playwright, a prolific screenwriter during Hollywood's golden years, a leader and the most vehement member of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten. | September 2008

THE AGE OF ATLANTIS... REDUX
For those of you who have written to me from time to time about the 'lady from atlantis', i have some sad news: she died last week at the age of 79. The last time i saw and spoke with her earlier this year. | December 2007

JULIET AND HER ROMEO - REDUX 
Earlier this year, I met Tariz, again, in Bangkok. Her company was in Singapore and she was up north at a festival of international artists. They had not returned to the U.S. since the time I saw them. | May 2005

FAKES, FORGERIES AND THE MADNESSES OF CROWDS  
Fakes, Forgeries and The Madnesses of Crowds | October 2007

AN ESSENCE OF ACTING |
An Essence of Acting | April 2007

INGMAR BERGMAN
The Music of Saraband | June 2007

ACTORS AND INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Actots And Intelligent Design | | September 2005

KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA
Krakatoa, East of Java | January 2005

VITA BREVIS, ARS LONGA|
Vita Brevis, Ars Longa and Anything Goes means a distinctive
View of the Arts. | January 2007

CORRIDA OF ACTORS 
Corrida of Actors | March 2007

ANTHONY HOPKINS UNWIRED! 
December 2006

THE IRONY OF BEING MOZART
He was a genius, as if I've ever been able to define this word,
which I haven't. | October 2006

'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE |
Cinderella and the Marquis de Sade, a delirious idea. | November 2006

RIDLEY SCOTT
The Kingdom of Heaven with Ridley Scott | September 2006

BILLIE HOLIDAY
Billie Holiday | July 2006

SOMEWHERE IN TIME
November 2005

Plays| Screenplays | Stories

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At The River's End: Chanchala

In The Eyes of a Stranger

Reunion

The Lyriana Nocturnes

Night Songs

Bolero (Variations On a Theme of Maurice Ravel )

The Ballad of the Flowering Heart

Jody Thomas Doesn't Want To Die

Hello And... Goodbye!

The Thing Man

DAYS WITHOUT NIGHTS
aladdin’s Electric Lamp
madelín de Rumba


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