Friday, October 17, 2014

News from afar

I just thought I'd link to a couple of posts that have come my way related to the Wake. One can be found in the sidebar here anyway, but as that at some point will disappear, I'll just mention that PQ has posted a YouTube that he learned of from his Austin Wake group. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet--it's fairly long--but I will be. It's a discussion by Terrence McKenna about the Wake, and I suppose it's a small world kind of thing that it was filmed at Esalen, which is retreat center just a few hours down the road from Santa Cruz in Big Sur. It's from 1995.

Here's the link to the video on PQ's site, Finnegans, Wake! which is always worth dropping by in any case. 

The other comes from Kathleen Kirk's site Wait! I Have a Blog?! Kathleen is describing her current read, which is a biography of Joseph Campbell called A Fire In the Mind. Most Wakers who have made any headway with the Wake at all will have at least some familiarity with Campbell's work A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake, which he wrote with Henry Morton Robinson. If you're like me, though, you don't know that his wife, Jean Erdman, composed a dance theatre piece based on Finnegans Wake called "The Coach with Six Insides." Perhaps not entirely surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be any video available of this, although I see that there are some rare LPs out there. It doesn't really seem like quite the right format to get what's going on, but I could be wrong. Wake fans, you may want to see what else you can track down about this one.