New web site:
Thanks to a friend, Terry, a new web site is about to be launched into
an unsuspecting world. It will cover a great deal of my life and the activities
of the atelier. Check it out. Feedback solicited.
Sunday dinners: They continue.
Cathy Monnet, Antonia Hoogewerf, Mary Bartlett, Barbara Sherman have been
the principal chefs this past year. There have been others including Evgenija
Demnievska (who cooks a wonderful meal on her birthday, the 4th of December),
Norbert Vishnesky (who cooked the 29th of May and will cook again on the
8th of January), Choi (from Korea and who a friend introduced), Jodi Poretto
( who escaped Katrina and came to Paris to cook a fabulous dinner on the
2nd of October), Galina Prokhorova (cooked a Russian feast), Soula Parassidi
(prepares a Greek feast), Dominique Ferry, Jamie Bissonnette (mades a
pasta, chicken and broccoli dish) & Richard Cambridge (who produced
a great green salad) and even yours truly.
2005 began with a wonderful exhibition of paintings by Sabine Kölmel,
followed by an exhibition of photographs by David Turner, then came paintings
by Evgenija Demnievska. The current exhibition, paintings by David Szafranski,
is up until the end of January 2006. Future shows to include John Flattau
(photography), Peter Van Straaten (drawings), Martin Lacroix (paintings),
Susi Wyss (drawings), Harry Robinson (photography) and Mischa Richter
White Washing Fences: Howard
Aster, of Mosaic Books in Toronto, has edited and published a Festschrift
honoring yours truly. Over 30 friends have contributed essays, photographs
and drawings. They are flattering, funny, tender and silly. If you would
like to have your very own copy (and no home should be without one) do
not hesitate to ask. It can be signed to you or to anyone else. The price
is right. (15 euros plus postage)
Trips: In 2005 there were trips
to India in February (with Antonia Hoogewerf, Karolina Blåberg,
Martin Lehberger and Alladine Lacroix), to Barcelona in March (with John
Flattau and a pretty blonde friend), to Edinburgh in August (with Séamas
McSwiney, Antonia Hoogewerf, Varda Ducovny, Karolina Blåberg, Stanley
Cohen and hundreds of others), to Frankfurt in October (with Howard and
Jeanette Aster) and to London in November (with Séamas McSwiney).
Newsletters were produced to cover these events and the people encountered
in each voyage. Some of these newsletters can be found on the new web
site. In 2006, there will be more travel. Edinburgh Festival and Frankfurt
Book Fair for sure. Maybe another sojourn to India for the Film Festival
in Calcutta next Autumn. Bangkok calls because Jesper loves the city so
much. And The Ukraine: Lvov, Kiev and Odessa beckon.
Awards: Stanley Cohen and The
Scone Foundation presented me with an Award the 22nd of August 2005 at
the Scottish Arts Club as "a Living Archive". A superb dinner
for a bloody cold that I cannot shake off, all seems to be as it should
be. I take my six pills daily. I try to take walks about the city. I see
Doctor Slattery from time to time. He always reports I am fighting fit.
And says I have another good fifty years in me.
Projects: If the Traverse Theatre
agrees, I will produce Bremner Duthie's musical homage to Kurt Weill next
August. And if the Traverse does not co-produce us, there is every possibility
that we will find another theatre to do so. It's a knock-out performance
to a fantastic composer.
Cooking for 100: The book which
celebrates the Sunday dinners! Edited by the three principal chefs, Cathy
Monnet, Antonia Hoogewerf and Mary Bartlett. We plan to publish in early
2006. A new title, Throwing a (Huge) Party - The Jim Haynes' Cookbook,
it will focus on the menus that have been cooked here over the years.
If you would like to help make this happen, send us your order for a copy
(or copies) at the pre-publication price of 20 euros and a contribution
toward the postal costs.
John Calder/Jim Haynes: We
did our double act in Edinburgh at the Scottish Arts Club (August 26th),
again in London at John's bookshop next to the Old Vic Theatre in The
Cut (the 3rd of November) and in Paris at the Village Voice Bookshop (the
29th of November). Pressure is being applied for us to do it again. Maybe
here at Atelier A2.
Handshake Editions: Two books
are in the process of being published. Both books will be in constant
revision. One, entitled, Tales of Love, Lust, Adventure and Other Happenings,
is available now (with contributions from Benny Puigrefagut, Isabelle
B, Doug Smith, Michael Joiner, Xaviera Hollander, Karen Grushka, Christopher
Olsen, Charles Egan, Danielle Egan, Alladine Lacroix, Yoko Sueoka, Karolia
Blåberg, Kathleen O'Hara, David Turner, Corneliu Mitrache, and Peter
Cyrus) and can be ordered. We welcome others to contribute to this saga.
Anything that you might like to write about that befell as a result of
attending a Sunday night dinner.
The second book is entitled
Women's Liberation: A Definition and it is a one-sentence book
plus a four sentence footnote. We would like to publish it in as many
languages as possible. (One language per page.) If you would like to translate
it into your language, let me know. The one sentence text is: "Women's
Liberation is the recognition by both women and men of the need and the
right of each and every woman to assert herself." The footnote is
an elaboration of the verb, to assert.
Visitors and house
guests: As usual 2005 brought lots of visitors and house guests, far
too many for me to list here and now. A friend and Olga Kovshanova have
been staying here most of the year. Both have been extremely helpful in
the atelier and they both will continue to live here in 2006. Visitors
include: Martin Walker, Ernie Eban, Alek Stefanovic, Sasha Stefanovic
Innocenti, James Ragan (who left me two books of his poetry, Lusions
and Womb-Weary), Isaac Flattau, Lucia Sconosciuto, Angelo Quattrochi
and his beautiful daughter, Silva, Jesper Haynes, Lucia Bobacheva, Alexander
Krylov & Anna Sinitsyna, Martin Belk, Angela Bartie & Tommy Callan,
Kevin Lescroart (who painted the toilet and bathroom), Natasha Perova,
Allison Hunt, Misha Aster & Soula Parassidis, Marion Winik (with her
clans), Harry Robinson, Jodi Poretto, The Cluj fellows ( Sevan Székely,
Paul Vekony, & Radu Ariesan) and Dafina & Nicolas Gasparin.
Friends in the News: Alan Furst's
new book, The Foreign Correspondent, will be published by Random
House the 5th of June. He is also coming to Paris in March. Cara Black's
Murder in Montmartre will be published in March and she will be
in Paris to give a reading at Shakespeare & Co the 20th . Michael
Shea's new book is called The Freedom Years and its launch date
is early March. It is published by John Wiley under their Capstone imprint.
Larkin McLean has a new CD out entitled X-Rated Musical (and you
can check it out at LarkinMcLean.com). I am now reading Marion Winik's
collection of essays, Above Us Only Sky, and it is terrific. Doug
Kennedy read recently from his new novel, State of Union, which
I look forward to reading. Earl Kemp has a Homage to Maurice Girodias
on his web site. I have always wanted to publish a homage to Maurice who
I consider one of the most important publishers of the 20th century. Now
I don't have to do it. Thanks, Earl. Maria Rankov continues to look after
the affairs of Goran Bregovic and she has invited me to attend his production
of Karmen the 27th of December in Paris. (The last time I attended
a Bregovic concert was in Cluj in Romania in April 2003 and it was one
of the best concerts I have ever attended in my life. I would love to
help get Karmen into the Assembly Rooms next Festival.) Hazel Rowley's
new biography, Tête-â-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and
Jean-Paul Sartre, published recently in the USA. Hazel will present
the book, a story of a relationship, in the Village Voice Bookshop the
12th of January 2006. Karen Moller's new book, Technicolor Dreamin'
- The 1960s Rainbow and Beyond is coming out in Canada in February
2006. Jennifer Paull's new book, Cathy Berberian and Music's Muses
will be published in London in April. Charles Marowitz posted me his new
book, How to Stage a Play, Make a Fortune, Win a Tony, and become a
Theatrical Icon. Corneliu Mitrache's novel, La Traversée
du Styx, is available now in France from most good bookshops. I had
the pleasure to witness Steve Krief defend his Ph.D, L'humour et la
representation dans l'oeuvre de Lenny Bruce, in early December. Lenny
Theatre: Two wonderful productions
this year. One in my home. An Act of Will, written and performed
by Michael McEvoy, completely destroyed the myth of Shakespeare. The plays
were all written by Christopher Marlowe. If you wish to see An Act of
Will in London, Michael will be performing it at John Calder's bookshop
on Thursday, the 19th of January. On the 1st of October I saw a wonderful
production of Mabou Mines Dollhouse that completely knocked me out. Maude
Mitchell, who played Nora, is fantastic. Directed by Lee Breuer, they
are currently making a world tour. Try to see them. They, too, should
be in the Edinburgh Festival
Legal Situation: Still not
settled. I curse the day I walked into Emile-the-Rat's office and asked
him to help me with a few legal problems. He made everything 100 times
worse. Thank you, Will Reed.
Last words: I try to keep the
End of the Year Report to two pages. I know that I have left out a lot
of information and people. It is inevitable that it should be thus. Nevertheless
I hope that you all have had a good 2005 and that 2006 will be even better
for you and for everyone on our dear old Planet Earth. I hope that our
paths cross somewhere in the coming days, weeks, months. I hope that your
health stays superb. I hope that you have lots of love in your life. Let's
hope that sanity prevails and we stop killing each other. Let's accept
each other's right to live a long and happy life on this over-crowded
Space Ship called Earth. I look forward to getting your news, getting
feedback on the new web site and to breaking bread with you and to exchanging
hugs and kisses. Over to you now.