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longformorg: A profile of 25-year-old Lena Dunham, showrunner and star of HBO’s Girls. Emily Nussbaum | New York | Mar 2012 “I tell her that I’m intrigued by the scene in Tiny Furniture in which Charlotte tells Aura that because their mothers are so successful, they must be assholes. That dialogue came straight from a conversation with another childhood friend, says Dunham. “I...
Nearly two years ago, I interviewed Mike Leigh. I had been warned that he was tough and less than generous with answers, and that most of all, I should come prepared, that the conversation might hit jams. That said, minus a slight stumble near the end, he was incredibly pleasant, sweet even—talkative yet precise. I wonder if my impression has much to do with how we started off. I was...
J. Hoberman: "The Inner Light of Terence Davies"
“Indeed, both grew up in provincial cities (Leigh in greater Manchester, the son of a doctor, and Davies in Liverpool, the youngest of ten children) and both are in some way outsiders. Leigh is a Jew, Davies is gay; neither man will ever be mistaken for Sirs David Lean or Richard Attenborough. Although the irascible Leigh did accept an OBE in 1993, Davies went out of his way to insult the...
Arguably, a bad habit:
Whenever someone walks into the theater late, I lose my concentration until that person finds a seat in the dark. Instead of becoming frustrated though, I take extra notice of the screen, trying to perceive it as the latecomer might, entirely out of context. This image is the first that he or she will see, no matter how warped or unclear. While momentarily viewing alongside this person...
Richard Brody & Kenneth Lonergan:
One of Margaret’s best qualities is its logical mapping of actions and events: the proximity of school to subway to a parent’s work to home, from a friend’s apartment to the park, is to a degree, what matters most in adolescence. Lisa’s geography is familiar and marked in such a way that it motivates the manner in which she walks or flirts after school. But when she is...
"Whit Stillman and the WASPs" by CHIP BROWN
“Stillman remains as adept at confounding expectations as he was in 1969, when, a Harvard freshman, he escorted a debutante to the Junior Assemblies ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York with a Students for a Democratic Society button tucked under the lapel of his white-tie-and-tails. His preferred place to write is Dunkin’ Donuts. He says he has no assets but finds having no assets to be...
Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 "Bling Ring" VF story:
“At her lawyer’s office, a week before her arraignment, Neiers denied any involvement in the burglaries. “I’m a firm believer in Karma,” she said, “and I think this situation was attracted into my life because it was supposed to be a huge learning lesson for me to grow and expand as a spiritual human being. I see myself being like an Angelina Jolie,” she said, “but even stronger, pushing...
Meringue, cartoon fish, o umlaut, Hayden Christensen, pink pearl apples, Calla lily, hand-blown glass bong, Seven of Nine, Verner Panton S Chair
“If F. Scott Fitzgerald had been born in 1966 instead of 1896, his predilection for heroic sports fantasies, his familiarity with the cruelties and joys of prep school life, his keen sense of social stratification, his chronic financial woes and his reliance on the monetary rewards of commercial fiction and Hollywood might well have led him to write a movie like ”D3: The Mighty...
The Dancing Pavilion
On this first, truly warm day, without hesitation my mind wanders to Book Two of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, “The Hired Girls”: That impatient type of anticipation I only associate to seasons changing (summer ranking first, of course) or retrieving someone at the airport (I haven’t in years), is landscaped exactly in this passage. So much so that ever since reading it five...