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Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination.

—Christopher Isherwood (via messgala)

People Magazine (1984): After 31 Years, Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood Are Still a Portrait of Devotion

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‘[At first] Isherwood’s close friends refused to take Bachardy seriously. “Chris had all sorts of friends who regarded me as his bauble,” he says. “People who had known Chris for a long time would talk to him as though I wasn‘t there.” When it became clear that Bachardy was no passing fancy, Isherwood’s friends gradually accepted him. Now their good pals include Gore Vidal, Truman Capote and artist David Hockney … Bachardy must also put up with Isherwood’s countless retelling of the rich stories of his glory days. “I know all the ways he can tell them,” says Bachardy. In fact, he has taken to rating a story each time he hears it again.’

Fascinating interview from 40 years ago by Carole Wallace, People, 21:20, 21 May 1984.

Isherwood died in January 1986, aged 81. 

Don Bachardy turned 80 last week on 18 May 2014.

voxsart:

Corduroy.
Christopher Isherwood, by Allan Warren, 1972.

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Corduroy.

Christopher Isherwood, by Allan Warren, 1972.

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1937.
W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood.

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1937.

W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood.

hipinuff:

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without graduating, briefly studied medicine and then turned to writing his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. Between 1929 and 1939 he lived mainly abroad, spending four years in Berlin and writing the novels Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye To Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based. He moved to America in 1939, becoming a US citizen in 1946, and wrote another five novels, including Down There on a Visit and A Single Man, a travel book about South America and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the late 1960s and ’70s he turned to autobiographical works: Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind, My Guru and His Disciple and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.In this final volume of Christopher Isherwood’s diaries, capstone of a million-word masterwork, he greets advancing age with poignant humour and an unquenchable appetite for the new. Isherwood journeyed and changed with his century, until, by the 1980s, he was celebrated as the finest prose writer in English and the Grand Old Man of Gay Liberation. The mainstays of his mature contentment, his Hindu guru, Swami Prabhavananda and his long term companion, Don Bachardy, draw from him an unexpected high tide of joy and love.Gifted friends both anonymous and infamous take a turn through Isherwood’s densely populated human comedy, sketched with ruthlessness and benevolence against the background of the Vietnam War and the Nixon, Carter and Reagan White Houses. Bachardy’s burgeoning career pulled Isherwood into the 1970s art scene where we meet Rauschenberg, Ruscha, and Warhol (serving fetid meat for lunch) as well as Hockney (adored) and Kitaj. Frpm Hollywood and the worlds of music and letters enter John Huston, Merchant and Ivory, John Travolta, John Voight, Elton John, David Bowie, Joan Didion and Armistead Maupin.These are the most concrete and the most mysterious of his diaries, candidly revealing the fear of death that crowded in past Isherwood’s fame, and showing how his life-long immersion in the day-to-day lifted him, paradoxically, toward transcendence. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/christopher-isherwood/liberation-diaries-vol-3-9780099575474.aspx#sthash.39597BEH.dpuf

hipinuff:

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without graduating, briefly studied medicine and then turned to writing his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. Between 1929 and 1939 he lived mainly abroad, spending four years in Berlin and writing the novels Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye To Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based. He moved to America in 1939, becoming a US citizen in 1946, and wrote another five novels, including Down There on a Visit and A Single Man, a travel book about South America and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the late 1960s and ’70s he turned to autobiographical works: Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind, My Guru and His Disciple and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.
In this final volume of Christopher Isherwood’s diaries, capstone of a million-word masterwork, he greets advancing age with poignant humour and an unquenchable appetite for the new. Isherwood journeyed and changed with his century, until, by the 1980s, he was celebrated as the finest prose writer in English and the Grand Old Man of Gay Liberation. The mainstays of his mature contentment, his Hindu guru, Swami Prabhavananda and his long term companion, Don Bachardy, draw from him an unexpected high tide of joy and love.

Gifted friends both anonymous and infamous take a turn through Isherwood’s densely populated human comedy, sketched with ruthlessness and benevolence against the background of the Vietnam War and the Nixon, Carter and Reagan White Houses. Bachardy’s burgeoning career pulled Isherwood into the 1970s art scene where we meet Rauschenberg, Ruscha, and Warhol (serving fetid meat for lunch) as well as Hockney (adored) and Kitaj. Frpm Hollywood and the worlds of music and letters enter John Huston, Merchant and Ivory, John Travolta, John Voight, Elton John, David Bowie, Joan Didion and Armistead Maupin.
These are the most concrete and the most mysterious of his diaries, candidly revealing the fear of death that crowded in past Isherwood’s fame, and showing how his life-long immersion in the day-to-day lifted him, paradoxically, toward transcendence. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/christopher-isherwood/liberation-diaries-vol-3-9780099575474.aspx#sthash.39597BEH.dpuf

yirmeyahuatticus:

This kind of thing is one of my favorite parts of theatre.
(Excerpt is from Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood.)

yirmeyahuatticus:

This kind of thing is one of my favorite parts of theatre.

(Excerpt is from Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood.)