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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Beckett's Last Tape

A supposedly esoteric new show at Paris' Pompidou Centre presents Samuel Beckett as "a lasting cultural force", featuring memorablia, portraits as well as inspirations and influences -- from Chaplin to Irish artist Sean Scully. Interestingly enough, "none of the films shows Beckett himself, who was notoriously private: he married in secret, did not attend his own Nobel Prize ceremony and never allowed himself to be filmed. The closest viewers can come to experiencing the writer firsthand is a three-minute audio recording of him reading an unidentified text in his raspy lyrical voice, which plays on a small speaker near the exit."


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