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funny that a telegram to pascal covici should come up on letters of note (and then be brought to my attention by toctoc).

pascal covici, as it states on his wiki page, was the dedicatee of shirley jackson's 1962 we have always lived in the castle. i do quite like the cover to my 1963 popular library paperback by agatha christie coverist william teason.

on july 19th, neil gaiman's blog entry concerned the shirley jackson award, and he says:

"(shirley jackson was an amazing writer. i've talked about her a few times on this blog. if you haven't read we have always lived in the castle or the haunting of hill house or read any of her short stories (the most famous is "the lottery" unless you're me in which case it's "one ordinary day with peanuts" you have missed out on something marvellous. the library of the americas recently brought out a shirley jackson book edited by joyce carol oates with 21 stories and several of the novels in it, so you do not have to go and hunt for them in dusty second-hand bookshops any longer. although you can if you like. there are more than 21 stories, after all.)"

on halloween 2006, penguin released a deluxe edition of we have always lived in the castle (which i don't own) with an introduction by jonathan lethem (me & lethem go way back). on that same day in 2006, penguin also released a deluxe edition of gravity's rainbow, which i do own.

on page 47 of my edition of we have always lived in the castle, the phrase "wild strawberries" is used.

on july 18th, letters of note published two letters written by ingmar bergman in may of 1960, one attempting to decline the oscar nomination for wild strawberries (1957).

in the wee hours of july 18th, i made reference to my swedish friend ingmar in an entry here, prompted by a song i'd heard on the radio that morning.

well, as it's written on the back cover of my edition, what i am holding is no mere book--it is an item of black magic.


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Jul. 21st, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
In '60 he'd have been declining the nomination for Virgin Spring, which went on to win. Creepy, well-directed, but minor as Bergman because scripted by somebody else.
Jul. 21st, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
to clarify, the letter shows him attempting to "return the 'certificate of nomination'" for ws, (i see now) after the awards ceremony. it looks like he was just late in responding.

interestingly, the other letter protests the exhibition of virgin spring at cannes, and he states that (as of may 1960) the two pictures of his own that he "loves most" are virgin spring and summer interlude, for which he had a co-writer. i haven't seen either (yet). i guess one ought to give the creator's favorites priority over the critics' favorites.
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
I think he later came to dislike it. Virgin Spring came in a boxed set my wife got me and I don't intend to watch it again till life's all digital, if ever, if you'd like a copy. Summer Interlude I've never gotten my hands on.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
i appreciate the offer, but i have access to a copy. making the time is always the obstacle. godard loved si, it says. i could make a similar offer to send you a digital copy of that.

whose advice do i trust, 1960 ingmar, or post-1960 ingmar?
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