the isherwood files

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guronsan:

David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, 1968

David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (Lithograph), 1976

Chris O’Dell, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy after the painting by David Hockney, 1976

guronsan:

Don Bachardy: Christopher Isherwood; Last Drawings

Don Bachardy, UNTITLED II, AUGUST 19 1985

Don Bachardy, UNTITLED III, OCTOBER 20 1985

Don Bachardy, UNTITLED II, OCTOBER 19 1985

Don Bachardy, UNTITLED IV, 17 NOVEMBER 1985

Don Bachardy, UNTITLED V, 29 DECEMBER 1985

Don Bachardy, UNTITLED III, 1 JANUARY 1986

Don Bachardy, UNTITLED I, 4 JANUARY 1986

I think that is Armistead Maupin with Chris and Don

I think that is Armistead Maupin with Chris and Don

cinnamonandpears asked: Do you have any recommendations for Mr. Isherwood's later works?

A Single Man, of course. And I loved A Meeting By The River.

How kind, how shy he is — searching painfully through the darkness of this world’s ignorance with his blind, mild, deep-sea eye. He has a pained, bewildered smile of despair at all human activity. “It’s inconceivable,” he repeatedly begins, “how anyone in their senses could possibly imagine —” But they do imagine — and Aldous is very, very sorry […]

He is still very much the prize-winning undergraduate, the nervous, fastidious, super-intellectual boy. Stupidity affects him like a nasty smell — and how eagerly he sucks at the dry teats of books! I see how utterly he must depend on Maria, how blessed must be the relaxation in her thin Belgian arms — and I like them both, much better than before. I think Aldous knows that I like him. This is our only bond. We talk such different languages. Every time I open my mouth he is obscurely pained and distressed. I am such a hopeless ignoramus, such a barbarian. “And yet,” I can imagine Aldous saying, “one supposes there is something….these young men who imagined they understood socialism, when, all the time, of course, one saw perfectly clearly —”

—Christopher Isherwood’s diary entry on Aldous Huxley, about six months after their first meeting. (via the-library-and-step-on-it)

Berlin Stories/Cabaret

cinnamonandpears:

Always read the book first: that is my general policy. However, I am actually glad that I saw the film Cabaret before tracing it back to its source. Cabaret is based on a musical based on a play (I am A Camera) based on a novella (Goodbye to Berlin). The author of the novel, Christopher…

toqoffice:

CABARET
Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey give iconic, Oscar winning performances in Bob Fosse’s brilliant CABARET (1972). The plot deals with a tragic affair between a would-be novelist and a cabaret chanteuse, set against the decadence of pre-Nazi Berlin in the early 1930’s. Based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood, shot on location in Berlin and adapted from the Tony winning Kander and Ebb musical, it also stars Michael York, Marissa Berenson and Helmut Griem. Filled with eye popping musical numbers, brilliant performances and Fosse’s subtle direction, CABARET is an unsurpassed musical achievement not to be missed!

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brownslair:

James Avati (1952) Goodbye To Berlin on Flickr.

James Avati

“Goodbye to Berlin”; Christopher Isherwood (1939)

Signet Books #937 (1st printing)

James Avati: painting for paperback cover: oil on board.

First published in 1939, Goodbye to Berlin is a brilliant evocation of the decadence and repression, glamour and sleaze of Berlin society in the 1930’s - the time when Hitler slowly starts his move to power. It is inhabited by a wealth of characters: the unforgettable and “divinely decadent” Sally Bowles; plump Fräulein Schroeder, Peter and Otto, a gay couple struggling to come to terms with their relationship; and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the Landauers.

Goodbye to Berlin has been popularized on stage and screen by Julie Harris in I Am a Camera and Liza Minelli in Cabaret

amospoe:

“A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence.I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.” ― Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

amospoe:

“A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence.
I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.” 
― Christopher IsherwoodA Single Man

distantheartbeats:

"The two of them absorbed in their books yet so completely aware of each other’s presence." 
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

distantheartbeats:

"The two of them absorbed in their books yet so completely aware of each other’s presence." 

Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man