Premiere: Philip Seymour Hoffman - No Man Is An Island (On New Babylon)

"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language..." (John Donne, Meditation XVII)
Thus spoke Donne, one of the 16th and 17th century's most positive people, who only descended into darker pieties after the death of several children (after which he wrote but did not publish a compassionate defense of suicide, while still a clergyman) and his beloved wife. Philip Seymour Hoffman transmits that sentiment in "No Man Is An Island (On New Babylon)", a title originally inspired by Donne. Animated primarily by a spoken quotation from a 1963 interview with gypsy politician Vaida Voivod, espousing an unbounded view of humanity and of human interaction, unencumbered by crass political division.

If you don't buy the tape (out now on the inimitable Kassette Klub), at least considering reading more of Donne.

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