September with Peter Sellers at Washington Square

Second time's a charm as we settle in for the second month in a row in beautiful Washington Square Park. Theme-wise, I am suggesting we honor the memory of a man who was born on September 8th in 1925, Peter Sellers.

Bring a reading that is somehow inspired by this comedic, dare I say, genius. Don't feel too constrained by this suggestion--as has been the custom of our group, chosen readings may be many, many, many degrees of separation away from the day's theme, so the possibilities are pretty much limitless and need not be comedic. A quick inventory of just a few of his films and roles will illustrate this: "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb" may beget: Kissinger, the Cold War, politics, Terry Southern, etc. "Lolita" could sire Nabokov, obsession, Russian authors, or even cross-country road trips. Inspector Clousseau of the "Pink Panther" series, obviously, all things French, detective stories, and such. And then there's Chauncey Gardiner of "Being There" fame (gardening? presidential advisors? television? Jerzy Kosinski? Postmodern fiction?).


If you need further inspiration, a quick visit to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sellers can provide other reading-relatable details of the man, his life, and his work. Or perhaps this clip of Sellers reciting the Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" in the style of Sir Laurence Olivier in the role of Richard the III [http://youtu.be/xLongUBPm5Y] may even inspire something Shakespearian.

Of course, you are encouraged to bring along edible tidbits and/or beverages to share, along with a blanket, perhaps, and a folding chair or other such sitting/reclining aide that could do your muscles and bones a good service.


We also ask you to bring along $2 to add to Edward's European Vacation Fund (just kidding--it's to offset the organizer's obligatory tithe to the MeetUp organization [though maybe any leftover profits could fund a not-quite-all-expenses-paid holiday in Daly City]).

 

http://youtu.be/cfzXqwvtoEE

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  • Laura

    As usual, a lovely afternoon.

    September 8, 2013

  • Edwin

    Beautiful afternoon albeit chillier than expected...here's what was read:
    Laura: selection from "being There" by Jerzy Kosinski
    Diane: selection from "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
    Kenneth: 2 poems - one by Robert Frost; sorry don't remember the titles of either nor the 2nd poet ..perhaps, Ken you can fill in the gaps
    I read 2 blog entries from Roger Ebert about the movies Being There and Dr. Strangelove.
    Thanks to Joe and Susan for joining us.
    And lest I forget, a welcome to our newest member, Monty, who regaled us with selections from: the Call of the Wild by Jack London, the Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Cujo by Stephen King.

    September 8, 2013

    • I'sa R.A. C.

      The Robert Frost poem was The Most Of It. I read Dancing On The Grave Of A Sonofabitch by Diane Wakowski. I also read Wanda Coleman's In That Other Fantasy Where We All Live Forever.

      September 8, 2013

    • Laura

      Monty enjoyed meeting everyone and he was a bit disappointed that Joe didn't take him home.

      September 9, 2013

  • I'sa R.A. C.

    Great time. Susan's reading from Lolita see how it trips off the tongue?

    September 8, 2013

  • Laura

    Edwiin and I are here in the shade, sipping something pink - a gorgeous afternoon!

    September 8, 2013

  • I'sa R.A. C.

    On a slow bus thru Chinatown. Just turned into Columbus. There soon

    September 8, 2013

  • Susan E.

    Joe and I are planning on trying to make it. We've been at my company's retreat in Monterey all weekend, but they're supposed to have us back in the city by about 2:00 PM today (Sunday), so we'll try to wander over when we get there, although I'm sure it will be somewhat late.

    September 8, 2013

    • Edwin

      good news...we'll read slow

      September 8, 2013

    • Laura

      That would be great, I hope you can make it, guys! I'm bringing my new doggie and "Being There."

      September 8, 2013

  • Diane

    Hi all. I just saw this posting. Yay. (I seem to NOT be receiving notifications via email - have to fix that somehow.) I'm a bit torn. The San Francisco free Opera in the Park is happening in GG Park that same afternoon.
    But I may vote for you all. I can always pay a million bucks to go see the regular opera performances later in the fall.
    I'd like to read something from Lolita - unless someone else has dibs. If not that, A Spaniard in the Works (great idea).

    September 5, 2013

    • Diane

      LOL. Monty Python couldn't have said it any better themselves. So… This is supposed to be Gary Oldman posing as Sid Vicious? This looks like a John Waters film. Am I far off?

      September 7, 2013

    • Edwin

      its a tribute to Gary Oldman's performance in "Sid and Nancy," that you would think it was he, but actually the clip I shared is the real Sid Vicious. If you look at the other suggested videos on the right of the you tube page, you'll see Gary Oldman's rendition...

      September 7, 2013

  • Edward

    Probably won't make this one, folks. I have a backlog of things I need to deal with. Have a nice time! And knock one back for me.

    September 5, 2013

    • Diane

      Awww.

      September 7, 2013

    • Diane

      That's a disappointment. :-)

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to be there, and am looking forward to it, but I will be driving up from Monterey, and it will depend on traffic, and of course whether I can find parking when I get there, and if I am bringing up artwork that I may not be able to leave in the car. Also, Laura and I talked last time about perhaps having the meeting in a shady spot if possible--could we maybe do that this time out of the burning sun, or at least partially out of it? I'd love that. See you all soon, I hope!

    September 4, 2013

    • Edwin

      I will try to secure a shady spot for us

      September 7, 2013

  • Laura

    It's a great subject! I'm not that adept at spinning and I admit - I'm stumped for something to actually read aloud. I'd love to compile clips of awesome Peter Sellers stuff. I've come to repair your phone. Does your dog bite? And that Richard III clip is amazing. I'm a big Python fan and the Goon Show a huge influence on, well, everything. The weekend after he died I was driving from LA to Cambria and my friend and I spent a lot of that long drive laughing about Peter Sellers movies. We figured he'd be pleased. Okay, that's enough babbling. "I like to watch."

    September 3, 2013

  • Edwin

    September 2, 2013

  • Edward

    I'm a big "Goon Show" fan (Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Peter Sellers). UK radio show that was a key influence on Monty Python. Also, the Beatles loved the Goons (producer George Martin worked with them pre-Beatles--you can hear that influence on "Sgt. Pepper's"). Here, via our beloved YouTube, are the Pythons on the Goons (really interesting clip):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z-tccjbhMc
    And here's a sample Goon Show episode:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVrgmwWHqo8
    And if you've got iTunes, check out Goon Show Radio (I used to listen to this for hours on end when I was in design school working away in my studio):
    http://goons.fabcat.org/
    Great invite write-up, Edwin! :)
    Kritika, why don't you record a reading, post it to YouTube, and we can fire it up on an iPad and check it out. You could film yourself, or just do the audio and slap up an appropriate still. This could be our first multinational readup. :)

    August 19, 2013

    • Edward

      Oh and see John Lennon's presumably Goon-influenced writing too: "In His Own Write" and "A Spainiard in the Works" (with drawings influenced by none other than James Thurber).

      August 19, 2013

  • Edward

    Richard II clip was great fun. Cheers.

    August 19, 2013

    • Edward

      Whoops. III.

      August 19, 2013

  • Kritika G.

    Absolutely LOVE the theme! Good one Edwin. I immediately started thinking of inspiration..my favourite Sellers movies like Wrong arm of the Law, The Party, Dr. Strangelove, though I think I'd pick a movie which was directly based on a very famous classic which boasted of an ensemble British cast which included Sellers..no, I'm not telling which one. My lips are sealed =)

    August 18, 2013

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