Golden Rules of Moviemaking from Jarmusch, Buscemi, Van Sant, Smith, Payne

Jim Jarmusch Rule #1: There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form. Anyway, I would personally never presume to tell anyone else what to do or how to do anything. To me that’s like telling someone else what their religious beliefs should be. Fuck that. That’s against my personal philosophy—more of … Continue reading Golden Rules of Moviemaking from Jarmusch, Buscemi, Van Sant, Smith, Payne

The Lottery, Shirley Jackson (1948)

The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days and had … Continue reading The Lottery, Shirley Jackson (1948)

Important Questions to Ask Yourself before Writing

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is … Continue reading Important Questions to Ask Yourself before Writing

Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment, Erdedy’s Wait, Infinite Jest

I’ve chosen to blog this particular passage, which runs ten pages in lenght, for a few reasons, the most honest reason being its unrelenting frankly honest potrayal of a person in the midst of a serious marijuana dependancy. Erdedy’s chapter has him eagerly awaiting the delivery of 200 grams of high-resin weed, of which he will force himself to smoke in its entirety in one … Continue reading Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment, Erdedy’s Wait, Infinite Jest

Death of an Author, Roland Barthes

In his story Sarrasine, Balzac, speaking of a castrato disguised as a woman, writes this sentence: “It was Woman, with her sudden fears, her irrational whims, her instinctive fears, her unprovoked bravado, her daring and her delicious delicacy of feeling” Who is speaking in this way? Is it the story’s hero, concerned to ignore the castrato concealed beneath the woman? Is it the man Balzac, … Continue reading Death of an Author, Roland Barthes

Author’s Note: A Scanner Darkly, PKD

This has been a novel about some people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. They wanted to have a good time, but they were like children playing in the street; they could see one after another of them being killed–run over, maimed, destroyed–but they continued to play anyhow. We really all were very happy for a while, sitting around not toiling … Continue reading Author’s Note: A Scanner Darkly, PKD