"After the release of Splendor in the Grass,... →
Warren Beatty In Love by Alex Carnevale for This Recording “I think I will be a few more weeks over here in the old world before New York – But who knows, they may call me back to accept an academy award for last year… Love, Warren”
What I love most about watching old movies?
You can hear people’s shoes when they’re running places.
A trove more baiting than Gregory Peck’s Wikipedia page? Cannot think of one. Its patterned mix of pop culture gospel, topical concerns, Hollywood hyperlinks, downright perfect names, and my favorite—unambiguous California (collegiate) trivia—is undeniable. Some favorite descriptions & other consuming hyperlinks: “Missouri-born Bernice Mae “Bunny” (née...
"Sontag had disliked her childhood with a bizarre,... →
James Camp on Sempre Susan
A couple questions:
Is saying you’re not a boy-crazy girl, a sign that you are a boy-crazy girl? (This example seems different from other examples of lying to one’s self) What do people get from watching concert films?
So Long, Marianne →
jessenoahklein: Last night, after SXSW pretty much killed all of us, we were having spaghetti and tomato sauce. I put on an album. Around a week before I was riding the bus to work an unpaid job (is it still called work?) when I listened to ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’. Now, I’ve known who Leonard Cohen is for over…
“A lot of the kids I met at camp were from LA and they seemed to not have any identity beyond their family’s industry connections. “Bob Dylan just bought my stepmom a BMW,” said one boy, chatting me up on Shabbat. I didn’t know how to deal with these new species of boys. My ideal male was small town and scratched off the letters on the back on his Toyota pickup truck so it just said...
One scene in Miranda July’s The Future has outlived nearly every movie I saw at SxSW. It remains in that part of my brain reserved for unrelated thoughts that are on the verge of yoking together. I feel especially lucky that this reaction happens more often than not—that seemingly opposite entities (like a feeling and its nostalgic physical incarnation, or a quote from a long ago essay...
"It felt like every day was a yoga class in anger;... →
Greta Gerwig on her role as Rose in Alison Bagnall’s The Dish & the Spoon
Nightlife used to be so integral to culture,... →
In Which These Novels Thrill All Thinking People
“Our middle-aged narrator, Lambert Strether, over-thinks, under-acts, and witnesses the conversations of fin de siècle Paris like a stoned 15-year-old. Experiences seem to pulsate with alternating immensity and insignificance, giving way to “the terrible fluidity of self-revelation.” He’ll convince you that certain capitalized verbs and italicised pronouns have the power to...
“I wrote this piece in the Huffington Post that went up yesterday, I hope you read it, I’m proud of it, but it mentions this Carlos Casteneda quote which says, “You can make yourself happy or you can make yourself miserable, but the amount of work required is the same.” And I like that. There’s work that goes into making yourself miserable just as much as there is...
2 unrelated film thoughts:
Second year in a row I attended a screening the day after the Oscars for a film that will play at SxSW. Second year in a row I evesdropped on conversations about ‘office pools’ and ‘so-and-so’s dress,’ ‘his terrible acceptance speech,’ etc. Like watching a boy-girl film where the initial flirtations are terribly awkward and unrealistic, and involve minutes...