June 5, 2005 |
When Virginia Spencer Carr wrote to Paul Bowles in 1991 explaining her desire to be his biographer, the novelist granted Carr permission but added that he was sure there would be "no malevolence" in her effort. By return mail, she writes in her biography's introduction, she assured him, "I was a straight arrow when it came to the truth, and that I had not a malevolent bone in my body."
November 25, 2001 |
Paul Bowles, poet-novelist-translator-composer-traveler, made his quirky mark in all those fields but dominated none of them in his long life, which spanned most of the last century. He seemed to invite criticism that he was a dabbler, putting much of his craft and ingenuity into concealing his artistry.
September 20, 2001 |
Owsley Brown's graceful "Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles," which opens Friday at downtown L.A.'s Grande 4-Plex, 345 S. Figueroa St., reminds us that Bowles devoted the first half of his artistic career to composing music before settling in Tangier in 1947 to become the celebrated writer of "The Sheltering Sky" and other works.
November 19, 1999 |
In exotic post-World War II Tangier, the composer, translator, poet and writer Paul Bowles presided over a dazzling salon of expatriate American Beat writers whose counter-mainstream literature, often an acquired taste, won admiration.
June 21, 1998 |
I have a theory that the easiest way for a minor talent to become famous is to be the only celebrity in a city that everyone wants to visit. Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon, Constantine Cavafy in Alexandria and Paul Bowles in Tangier. . . . In reading "You Are Not I," Millicent Dillon's frustrating attempts to spend some time alone with Bowles, I recalled my own single effort in the late 1980s when I went to interview him for Vogue.
May 30, 1996 |
Frieder Schlaich and Irene von Alberti's moody, gorgeous-looking "Halfmoon" is composed of three Paul Bowles short stories introduced by Bowles himself and dealing with the themes of temptation and revenge. They emerge as graceful, insightful vignettes set in beguiling exotic locales that add up to an exquisitely wrought, sophisticated diversion.