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- CURRENT NEWS & INFORMATION
- Kenneth Anger (Filmmaker)- 1999 Cosmic Player Plate (December 28)
- New Cosmic Team- 1999 Numidia Journals (December 20)
- New Cosmic Team- 1999 Sweepland Curveballs (December 19)
- New Cosmic Team- 1999 Mindland Brains (December 17)
- Maya Deren (Filmmaker)- 1999 Cosmic Player Plate (December 9)
- 1999 Bolex Poetics- Same Old New American Cinema (December 8)
- Ayn Rand to Lead Capitalists (December 1)
- November 1998 News (Archive)
- October 1998 News (Archive)
|December 28, 1998|
|Kenneth Anger (Filmmaker)- 1999 Cosmic Player Plate|
Anger uses filmmaking like a magician uses a wand. His preoccupation with the occult and sexuality give his films a very psychodramatic quality. The astute film historian P. Adams Sitney writes that "the recurrent theme of the American avant-gade film is the triumph of the imagination. Nowhere is this clearer than in the films of Anger."
Anger has been playing cosmic baseball since 1985 and has a career batting average of .246 with 239 homeruns. He was an original member of the Visionville Beasts.
|December 9, 1998|
|New Cosmic Team- 1999 Numidia Journals|
The late 20th century has been called the "information age." Journalism is the work of gathering and disseminating "news," a particular kind of information. In the United States the history of journalism begins with the postmaster James Campbell and his newspaper the Boston News-Letter first published in 1704.
It is claimed that for a democracy to work, informed citizens are necessary. The appearance of the "penny" newspapers in the 19th century made news widely available to citizens and encouraged literacy. By the 20th century the "mass media" was providing so much "news" the condition of "information overload" became a reality. And, of course, the distinction between news and propaganda, always a fine line, has become even less clear as information has become a valuable commodity with pecuniary importance.
The JOURNALS replace the thematically similar Newshole Muckrakers in the cosmic Underlreague beginning with the 1999 season.
|December 19, 1998|
|New Cosmic Team- 1999 Sweepland Curveballs|
The shape of a curveball in baseball can be described by a parabola, itself a famous curve. Arthur "Candy" Cummings is credited by official baseball's Hall of Fame as being the originator of the curveball pitch. He developed it in 1864 and used it in a baseball game for the first time in 1866. According to sports journalist and historian Martin Quigley, it is the "honest curveball and its crooked cousins [that] are the most important equalizers of the magical differences, in inches and fractions of inches and of seconds and milliseconds, between safe or out, win or lose."
|December 17, 1998|
|New Cosmic Team- 1999 Mindland Brains|
The three or so pounds of gray and white matter that sits inside our skull and presumably generates what we call our minds and personalites has been the source of wonder and perplexity at least since the time of Hippocrates. Plato called the brain "the divinest part of us and lord over all the rest." (Timaeus). We call computers "electronic brains" because we think such machines resemble the function of the brain. The brain, it seems, is the heart of our consciousness, personality, our innate self.
The neurophysiologist Sir Charles Scott Sherrington offers perhaps the most poetic metaphor for the brain when he calls it an "enchanted loom."
|December 9, 1998|
|Maya Deren (Filmmaker)- 1999 Cosmic Player Plate|
In 1943, in collaboration with Hammid, Deren made Meshes of the Afternoon. A taut psychodrama about dreams and suicidal violence, Meshes is considered one of the first American avant-garde films made. Deren would complete five more films before she died on October 13, 1961, three of which are included in the Anthology Film Archives group of "essential film art.".
In addition to her interest in film and dance, Deren traveled to Haiti (1947) to study its culture and the voudoun religion. In 1953 she published Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti. In 1955 she founded the Creative Film Foundation designed to support independent (non-Hollywood) film-makers. She was a tireless promoter of the personal experimental film giving lectures and screenings throughout the 1950s.
Deren's 1999 Cosmic Player Plate includes a complete filmography, selected bibliography, external links to other sites, her official cosmic playing record and a commentary section. Deren joined the Cosmic Baseball Association in 1983 as a rookie pitcher for the Vestal Virgins. She played with the Virgins until 1988 when she took a nine year hiatus and returned in 1997 to play for the Bolex Poetics.
|December 8, 1998|
|1999 Bolex Poetics- Same Old New American Cinema|
New American Cinema had its roots in the avant-garde films of the 1940s and 1950s. The film historian and theoretician P. Adams Sitney is credited with establishing the beginnings of American avant-garde film practice with the work of Maya Deren. Deren and her husband made Meshes of the Afternoon in 1943. It is a psychodrama about a young woman's apparent suicide. From Deren through Kenneth Anger, Harry Smith, Stan Brakhage, among others, the thread of experimental film activity unwinds until observers like Jonas Mekas recognize a coalescing of ideas and then finds the right label. Of course, the historian's need to classify things does an injustice to work, events and ideas that are remarkably individualistic. Nevertheless, some thirty years later we find the New American Cinema, its filmmakers, its documents, its films ensconced within the academy, bronzed like an old artifact in a museum.
This could very well be the last season that the concept of the New American Cinema dominates the Bolex Poetics. The team was founded to honor an avant-garde movement that can only be considered avant-garde in retrospect. Despite the addition of a rookie, Brian Frye, to the team, it is clear that Frye's work is in the mainstream tradition of the old New American Cinema and not something new under the sun.
While the tensions between the film and video artists continue to exist, the synthesis that will emerge from that debate should help promote a plunging forward with new ideas and new recognitions. It is reasonable to assume that the synthesis is happening right now. It is a question of looking for it, not looking back at it.
|December 1, 1998|
|Ayn Rand to Lead Capitalists|
Drucker immediately announced the hiring of Ayn Rand as the new Capitalists Field Manager. Rand, who played outfield for two seasons with the Alphatown Ionians, had expressed an interest in managing Drucker's team when the Ionians released her at the end of the 1998 season.
Drucker had also let it be known during the past season that he planned to purge the team of its academic economists. He was quoted as saying that, "Economists have always suffered from one big inherent defect. They love humanity but they hate human beings." (in John J. Tarant, Drucker: The Man Who Invented the Corporate Society. 1976.)
So, goodbye to Keynes, Ricardo and Veblen and hello to a number of CEOs of the Fortune 500. The 1999 Capitalists have eleven rookies and nine of them are chief executive officers of U.S. or multinational corporations. The other two are directly related to Ayn Rand and her Objectivist philosophy.
Does Drucker know something the rest of us don't? Or is he just another team owner gone mad?