Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - Peter Matthiessen

A one-time commercial fisherman off Long Island, Matthiessen still casts for striped bass along the beach at Sagaponack.
Peter Matthiessen Documentary, "No Bounderies," by Jeff Sewald to be shown at BAM, Wednesday, February 18th.

Fans of Peter Matthiessen's will want to go out to Brooklyn for the premiere of this engaging film — an intimate look at the life of the American novelist and environmental activist. Matthiessen won this year's National Book Award for Shadow Country, a revision of his previously-published trilogy about Florida pioneer Edgar J. Watson. "No Bounderies" explores Matthiessen's interest in Buddhism, ecology and the rights of indigenous peoples as reflected in both his fiction and non-fiction work.

Q&A and book signing with author Peter Matthiessen and director Jeff Sewald:

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
Tickets: $11 per screening for adults; $8 for seniors 65 and over, children under twelve, and $8 for students 25 and under with valid I.D.
Tickets available by phone at 718.777.FILM
George Plimpton and Peter Matthiessen, founders of The Paris Review.
Photographed on July 4th, 1973.
"Deep in a novel, one scarcely know what may surface next. let alone where it comes from. In abandoning oneself to the free creation of something never before beheld on earth, one feels almost delirious with a strange joy."
"I like to hear and smell the countryside, the land my characters inhabit. I don't want these characters to step off the page, I want them to step out of the landscape."
It is its very evanescence that makes life beautiful, isn’t that true? If we were doomed to live forever, we would scarcely be aware of the beauty around us. Beauty always has that element of transience that is spoiled when we draw clumsy attention to it. The great haiku poet Basho wrote, “How blessed is he who sees the cherry blossoms fall and does not say, ‘Ah, time is passing.’” He has let go of all such concepts as time passing in order to enter deeply into this moment.
All photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.