(Glory was all the pay I wanted,"" said the juiced, jaded ...)
Glory was all the pay I wanted,"" said the juiced, jaded old bullfighter to Botsford as they sat in a hotel room in Madrid and talked of cabbages and kings and Love and Death and Spain and how the bull must die so the matador can live and how Hemingway ""drank a lot and was a liar in all sorts of ways"" and didn't know much about bullfighting apart from the bravura. Wisdom, lust, the killer instinct -- it's all in the blood, eh, amigo, says Luis Miguel Dominguin who was gored at least 20 times while he was the prince of the matadors in Spain during the '40's and '50's. Yes, yes, he reaped many pestas which he freely disbursed to his predatory relatives and his sycophants and his whores and his children, but never forget ""there is a clear and beautiful emotion in killing"" and ""fighting bulls is a sexual act"" and there was a time when both pretenders to the Spanish throne sent their cards to Miguel and Picasso asked to paint his portrait. Lots of machismo and chestthumping, gypsy dancers and the strains of Carmen and those smoldering fires in the Spanish soul. Ole -- if you enjoy this bloody mystique; otherwise just plain old Yankee bull.
(O Brother! described as "extrodinarily direct and true," ...)
O Brother! described as "extrodinarily direct and true," portrays the life of a con-artist infatuated with his mother, with sex and charm, and inhabiting a world of pure fantasy which reality always returns to destroy. Olga and Snow tells of a Russian waif who is bedded by a series of extraordinary figures fromthe Soviet Union in the 1930s and 1940s. La Francoise is here published for the first time in English as a tribute to his friend Geogres Simenon.
(The Mothers are the women in Jim Mounts's life: his adori...)
The Mothers are the women in Jim Mounts's life: his adoring (and rejected) mother Felicita (ironical name for her, "happiness"), and the four women he has loved and lived with: Louise, Maria, Natasha, ( a rich mans wife) and Francine. Mount see that when "girls" become "Mothers" something changes in them. Botsford's portraits are seething, often terrifyingly intense and mysogynisitc. The are also deeply loving, life-giving, and generous.
(Józef Czapski (1896-1993) was an artist, author, critic, ...)
Józef Czapski (1896-1993) was an artist, author, critic, and one of the founders of the influential Polish emigré monthly Kultura (published in Paris until 2000). But who was the real Czapski? This cahier is a bold attempt by Keith Botsford to answer this question. Violating convention, he attempts to write Czapski's autobiography, or a ‘biography from within’. Besides Czapski's own words, twelve of his paintings bear testimony to this momentous life.
Botsford attended Portsmouth Abbey School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1950. Two years later Keith earned his Master of Arts degree in French Literature from Yale University.
He studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music, Japanese at Columbia University and the law at Holborn College in London.
Botsford served in the United States Army in counter-intelligence in 1946. He began his career as an assistant professor at Bard College in 1953. Five years later Keith was appointed an assistant to the rector of the University of Puerto Rico, where he taught Comparative Literature, founded the Honors Program and also directed the University of Puerto Rico's television program.
In 1962, he worked with the Congress for Cultural Freedom spending three years in Latin America while based in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Keith moved back to England in 1965 and became Deputy International Secretary of PEN International, where he organized the Bled Round Tables, the first to which Soviet writers were invited.
Also he served as a director of the Ford Foundation’s National Translation Center at the University of Texas from 1965 to 1970. In addition, Botsford held the position of a professor of English at the same university. Then in 1971, he took a position of a sports journalist with The Sunday Times, where he worked until 1992. Keith was a feature writer and columnist on gastronomy for "The Independent". Botsford was also a features writer and the United States correspondent for the Italian newspaper "La Stampa".
In 1998, he worked as a professor of journalism, lecturer in history and assistant to the president John Silber at Boston University and held it until his retirement in 2006 as a professor emeritus.
In addition to his teaching and writing career, he composed a number of chamber works, a ballet, choral music and part-songs. Also he worked in film, theater and television with John Houseman.
Nowadays Keith is an editor of News from the Republic of Letters.
(Glory was all the pay I wanted,"" said the juiced, jaded ...)1972
(The Mothers are the women in Jim Mounts's life: his adori...)2002
(O Brother! described as "extrodinarily direct and true," ...)2000
(Józef Czapski (1896-1993) was an artist, author, critic, ...)2012
(The champion automobile racing driver, Alan Jones, depict...)1984
On December 19, 1949 Keith Botsford married Ann Winchester, with whom he divorced in 1968. They have 5 children - Aubrey, Clarissa, Giannandrea, Josue, Flora. Then he married S. E. Weekes. They have 2 children - Matthew and Polly. On February 4, 1984 Keith married Nathalie Favre-Gilly. They have 2 children - Thomas and Xenia (deceased).