Sources for a Film about Vaslav Nijinsky


Shhh!  Don’t tell anybody, but I’m working on a screenplay about art, love, innocence, arrogance and schizophrenia, focusing on the life and death of two artists: Vaslav Nijinsky and Friedrich Hölderlin.

It will be an open-source project, conducted on this blog, my twitter feed and my website, in the spirit of “As We May Think,” a 1945 Atlantic Monthly essay by Vannevar Bush. (Bush’s vision of the memex led to the development of the hyperlink and the World Wide Web.)

I’m starting with this post listing my initial sources, which I will update here until I can figure a way to best document on my website.

  • Nijinsky: A Life of Genius and Madness by Richard Buckle
  • The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky (ed., Romola de Pulszky)
  • The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky (ed., Joan Acocella)
  • Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend by Thomas Mann
  • Les Ballets Russes de Nijinsky (
  • Nijinsky 1912-L’Après-midi d’un Faune (full version)
  • Nijinsky and Rudolph Nureyev – L’apres midi d’un Faune
  • “The Castaway” by William Cowper
  • The Greeks and the Irrational by E.R. Dodds
  • Schizophrenia as a Human Process by Harry Stack Sullivan, M.D.
  • The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

I’m using these open platforms because it suits my purposes but to be honest, I won’t be unhappy if nobody follows my progress.  (I think I’m the best person to realize this scenario, but if circumstances make that impossible, I want to leave a record for somebody out there who can continue the work.)