Thursday, October 26, 2023

le Carre's Con Job

John le Carre aka David Cornwell was according to his biographer Adam Sisman a serial philanderer. The Secret Life of John le Carre is Sisman's followup to his 2015  authorized biography. If you conjured the notion of le Carre living a totally ascetic life on a cliff in Cornwall, far from the temptations of the flesh, you’re off the mark. He, of course, was in good company. V S. Naipaul and John Updike are just two amongst the legions of literary lotharios. Naipaul was also a renowned sadist. But it begs the question of genius and infidelity. To be a literary whiz kid do you have to become polyamorous? Does polyamory lead to being shortlisted for the Booker? According to Sisman, le Carre used his lovers as models. When he finished a book, he was finished with them. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. Apparently le Carre's father pulled cons too.It’s reminiscent of Picasso whose varying periods corresponded to his muses. Plutarch and Dante by comparison both only had one. Oh yes le Carre had an at home wife or mother just like Beckett whose partner, Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil, was also left in the dust. However, the real question relates to an artistic process that requires the painter or writer to kill off his models in order to begin another period or work.

and listen to "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac

and watch the trailer for Erotomania which will be featured in the Nihilist Film Festival

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