David R. Slavitt

David R. Slavitt is a poet and novelist. His most recent work is The Octaves: Poems (LSU Press, 2017).

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  • February 1991

    Playing With Wickedness

    There is a certain rightness to the way it turned out, with Henry and June being the first movie to get the new "NC-17" rating (which means that no children under the age of 17 are admitted, parents or guardians or no).

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  • January 1991

    Dreams, Ideals, and Jokes

    The plan was terrific—as many plans are. I'd go up to New York to see selected films of the Museum of Natural History's 14th annual Margaret Mead Film Festival, but I could also catch the new Akira Kurosawa film too.

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  • October 1990

    Dick Tracy and the Bad Guys

    I wanted to check out Dick Tracy mostly because the Disney stock had gone down four points and a fraction on the Monday after its first weekend's disappointing grosses of only $22.5 million.

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  • September 1990

    Crimes and Punishments

    Lust, greed, betrayal, murder, and revenge are not at all unusual as the subjects of movies, but Peter Greenaway's extension of these typical concerns to include cannibalism is a half-joking, half-serious gesture that reminds us of the Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedies of blood or even, before that, of the goriest excesses of Senecan theatrics. Who knows?

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  • Good Books That Sell Good
    July 1990

    Good Books That Sell Good

    Gore Vidal's "American chronicle" is a roman fleuve that looks beyond Powell's The Music of Time to Roger Martin du Card's Les Thibaults series of the 1920's and 30's, and what it demonstrates is that our assumptions about popular culture are incomplete, if not actually wrong.

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  • June 1990

    One Wiseman of Gotham

    The distinguished documentaries of Frederick Wiseman presuppose two things. First of all, there are the technical advances in film and cameras that allow him to shoot with less cumbersome equipment than would have been possible a generation ago and to do so in available light.

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  • March 1990

    The Aesthetics of Ruins

    Archaeology is an academic discipline different from most others in that it attracts tourists. Most laboratories and library carrels don't get busloads of vacationers dropping by in season, hoping for something entertaining to do between visits to the beach and forays into the bazaar.

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  • Epistles From the Master
    January 1990

    Epistles From the Master

    What an inspiring book this is! Even though the trials of the literary life are notorious and banal, there are few of us who are sufficiently hardened to the blows that we don't at least on occasion allow our guard to fall and make the mistake of taking the kicks and pricks personally.

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  • July 1989

    A Cultural Cincinnatus

    There are passages, even whole poems in Fred Chappell's new collection for which there are clearly precedents in, or one might say kinships to, the work of other poets.

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  • Pound Foolish
    April 1989

    Pound Foolish

    The question arises very early on and looms ever larger as one progresses through this thousand-page-long life: how did Humphrey Carpenter stand it? Pound's range was from loathsome or contemptible at the beginning to hateful at the apex of his career, and finally to pitiable at the end.

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  • January 1989

    Inspiration and Craft

    "Take these two books," is an entirely arbitrary prompting by an editor who happened to have them around on a shelf. Willy-nilly, here they are together, and one looks at them, shuffling through the poems, some familiar and some not.

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