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David Ulin on Theresa Duncan

LAT book editor David Ulin joins the chorus of elderly beaus who loved the late Theresa Duncan’s work.
Blogging at Jacket Copy, he references the posthumous TS Eliot poem that appeared on New Year’s Eve. He says:

I was an admirer of Theresa Duncan; her blog, the Wit of the Staircase, was one of the smartest, least predictable aesthetic experiments on the Internet, a mash-up of intellectual rigor, artistic attitude and fan-girl obsession, filtered through a world-weary yet endearing voice.

No mention of the plagiarized entries, which even Ron Rosenbaum acknowledged.

Update:

Ulin’s comments on blogs as compliations sidesteps the plagarism question.

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Updated: Beck Interview about “Alice in Wonderland” Film in 2003

UPDATE

The resourceful Richard found the original interview, and translated the best part. From the August 5, 2003 issue interview of Beck by Sandra Cesarale

What about [your debut] movie?

It will be full of energy and full of characters: some kind of Alice in Wonderland set in the 70s. It still doesn’t have a title. The director is a friend of mine and it will be her directorial debut. But I trust her. We will begin shooting in the Fall.

Now, deals fall apart and Hollywood friends aren’t. But why did Beck go to such lengths to deny the whole thing to Vanity Fair?

More Duncan/Blake drama. Beck denied ever discussing acting in Theresa Duncan’s film, Alice Underground in Vanity Fair, but long ago, and far away, he mentioned a project that sounds a whole lot like it in an interview with Corriere Della Sera

Beck allegedly told Italien newspaper Corriere Della Sera (the story is not on the paper’s terrible site and CDS is not indexed by Lexis Nexis) that he’s going to play in a movie this fall, “a kind of Alice in Wonderland” taking place in the 70s. The director a female friend of his and it’s her first film.

Small world or creepy coincidence: the Italian interview is cited by Emmanuelle Richard, who’s a friend of FBLA. Turns out, she was the first journalist (or one of the first) to get Beck to admit to belonging to the church of L. Ron.

E.R: Are you Jewish? AND scientologist?

B.: Well, my grandfather was a Presbytherian [sic] minister. My mother was Jewish and she raised us Jewish as well, but during the summer, I used to go stay with my grandparents and I’d go to Church. My parents were scientologists probably from the 60s… so I grew up around that too. I had a lot of influences.

Did Beck’s auditors wipe out too many memories?

Earlier:
Jeremy Blake’s Unfinished Work in Corcoran Show
Jeremy Blake Show Reviewed in NY Sun
Wit’s Autopost: Theresa Duncan Blog Lives On
Jeremy Blake Show Opens at Corcoran Gallery
Theresa Duncan, Jeremy Blake Screenplay Offered
Malcom McLaren: Jeremy Blake Was Gay
Newsweek On Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake
The Independent Obit of Jeremy Blake
Scientologist Leader Says Theresa Duncan Had Bizarre Delusions
Theresa Duncan Blog Remembered in LA Times, Again
How I Got That Story: Chris Lee, Kate Coe on Theresa Duncan
LA Times on Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan
Theresa Duncan on Journos: “I Talked Rings Around Them”
FBLA’s Kate Coe Lays Theresa Duncan Myths To Rest
Update: Theresa Duncan’s Death Confirmed
Theresa Duncan, Filmmaker, Reported Dead
If Los Angeles Was a Perfume…..

Wit’s Autopost: Theresa Duncan Blog Lives On

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Either there’s a ghost or a prankster at the late Theresa Duncan’s blog, The Wit of the Staircase where a new posting has appeared.

An editor’s note says that there’s a New Year’s Eve post coming up, as well.

Duncanologists can dissect the story of Basil Rathbone and a mysterious phone call, as originally told by Dick Cavett, as well as the timing of the post. Or they can say to hell with it.

Tonight’s PBS Frontline offers a look at the funeral home of Thomas Lynch, whose books inspired Six Feet Under, and whose firm buried Duncan. Uncanny, but a coincidence to be relished.

(And in a similar way, Mickey Kaus quotes the late Cathy Seipp.)

Sundown on Sunset: Missing in Action

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That Sam Zell video? Missing from the TimesLink page and even staffers can’t view it. Makes ya think.

Also lost in cyberspace: Theresa Duncan’s post about art world ingenue Anna Gaskell. Scrubbing by a chum?

Dooce is in town, but no sightings yet.

Winkle Paw–no proof of political hanky-panky. But Dimple Paw? Whole ‘nother story.

Augusten Burroughs admits that Running With Scissors is not a memoir. It’s a book.

Theresa Duncan on Journos: “I Talked Rings Around Them”

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Anthony Ramirez of the New York Times was one in a long line of journalists who were dazzled by the late Theresa Duncan’s real intelligence, beauty and wit. He replies to Amy Alkon’s questioning why he didn’t check out Duncan’s claims to a degree from the University of Michigan, and an impressive sounding thesis (neither did Chris Lee at the LA Times). He wrote:

but a point of information: most people don’t lie to us or need to, especially in a light feature story about children’s cd-roms. if ms. duncan had seemed emotionally troubled at the time, or something else seemed amiss, we probably would have checked her resume. but there are only so many hours in the day and she wasn’t exactly running for high office.

One of the many people interviewed for the LA Weekly piece, film editor Jonathan Alberts recalled Duncan as coming back to work one day after an interview and saying

I talked rings around that guy!

More from Alberts, who was the editor of The History of Glamour below:

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