Berryman is a character of literary history who was a mix of eccentricity, emotional instability, and revelatory genius. And his persona was all of his own creating: for example, this native Oklahoman insisted on speaking in a fabricated British accent, usually in the higher registers of his voice.
Hollywood never made a movie about Djuna Barnes, and by now there's no point, since the only person who could have played her was Greta Garbo. Like Garbo, Barnes was extremely beautiful, extremely talented, occasionally lesbian, and all she wanted was to be alone. In fact, she probably never would
Viewed from one angle, Alain Resnais functioned as a condensation of film production -- writing, directing, shooting, and editing his own films. But looked at from another angle, Resnais embodies a kind of schizophrenia, a multiplication of roles dispersing his voice and being through time and space.
Billie Holiday's troubled life colored every phrase she sang, and she brought her listeners to moments of joy that soothed the worst heartache. No matter how lousy a hand life deals you, one song from Billie reminds you that she had it worse and still, somehow, remained beautiful. The woman whose sou