Jake Gyllenhaal ‘In Conversation’

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POST UPDATED with the glorious 86′ minutes-long video of the event. Thanks to GYLLENBABBLE who first got wind of this incredible treat and kindly PM’d me the link a couple of days ago. I’m sure you’ll be willing to read this book after hearing Jake read a particularly sensual passage…But seriously, ‘Another Country’ should be on everybody’s bookshelf.

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Yesterday night Jake Gyllenhaal and writer Colm Tòibìn were at Columbia University for a celebration of essayist, playwright, iconic writer James Baldwin, and a reading of his masterpiece ‘Another Country’. How I wish I were there. I hope someone caught in on tape, it must have been an inspiring, thought-provoking conversation. And if you haven’t read this book please do so.  ‘Giovanni’s Room’ was one of my favorite books until I read ‘Another Country’, which blew my mind and had me thinking about it for a long time. So much food for thought.

normal_005 Plot summary, from wikipedia

The first fifth of Another Country tells of the downfall of jazz drummer Rufus Scott. Rufus begins a relationship with Leona, a white woman from the South and introduces her to his social circle, including his closest friend, the struggling novelist Vivaldo, his more successful mentor Richard, and Richard’s wife Cass. Although the relationship is initially frivolous, it turns more serious as they continue to live together. Rufus becomes habitually physically abusive of Leona and she is eventually committed to a mental hospital in the South. Rufus returns to Harlem in a deep depression and commits suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

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The rest of the book explores relationships between Rufus’s friends, family, and acquaintances in the wake of his death.Rufus’ friends cannot understand the suicide, and experience some guilt over his death. Afterwards they become closer. Vivaldo begins a relationship with Rufus’ sister Ida, which is strained by racial tension and Ida’s bitterness after her brother’s death.

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Eric, Rufus’s first male lover and an actor, returns to New York after years living in France where he met his longtime lover Yves. Eric returns to the novel’s social circle but is more calm and composed than most of the clique.

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Everyone’s relationships become strained in the course of the novel. Ida starts having an affair with Ellis, an advertising executive who promises to help with her career as a singer. Cass, who has become lonely due to Richard’s writing career, has an affair with Eric after he arrives in New York. At the novel’s climax, Cass tells Richard about her affair with Eric, Eric and Vivaldo have a sexual encounter, and Vivaldo learns about Ida’s relationship with Ellis. The book uses a third-person narrator who is nevertheless close with the characters’ emotions.

20140502-165127.jpg This from a Tumblr user

so my buddies and I saw Jake Gyllenhaal tonight when he was talking about James Baldwin here and we walked him to his car and complained about UWriting and overall it was perfect he is beautiful forever fangirling 

Some ~quotes~

“I am speaking from an artist’s perspective” (I died)

“I’m probably the least intelligent person that ever attended Columbia” trust me bb you aren’t 

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