Movies and Tv…for the YA reader

    My son turned me onto the delightful Brit filmmaker Mike Leigh. Probably most famous for his recent MR TURNER, we also watched HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. The film has an interesting take on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) [from wiki] : a stock character type in films. Film critic Nathan Rabin, who coined the term after observing Kirsten Dunst's character in Elizabethtown(2005), describes the MPDG as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imag...

It Follows film and the horrors of Detroit

It follows Detroit I had a great time with a buddy of mine who appreciates horror movies watching IT FOLLOWS. The charm of the movie is partly in its amateurish messiness, which if it had been a bigger budget movie would have been worked out. Given its low budget indie quality I felt forgiving like I would if I knew the filmmaker or he was a relative. It’s hard to put my finger on why I sensed it had been filmed in my native Detroit. I read later in a review something about “distinc...

Surreal notes on AWP 2015 Minneapolis

  Oh, there are a lot of people here. Some say 12,000. Some say 15,000. How many are published? How many are teachers? How many just love books? Wow there are so many people here. That's bad in a way, there are so many writers. Maybe there are more writers than readers? I heard someone say that. No, it's a good thing, it shows how much interest there is in writing! Tornadoes seem to be an image jumping forth from my psyche. Why a tornado on top of a  tornado? Maybe because it's so hard to wr...

Ten Things I’d Like to Find on Pluto

  Check out my contribution: "Ten Things I'd Like to Find on Pluto." Pluto New Horizons for a Lost Horizon: Astronomy, Astrology, and Mythology Edited by Richard Grossinger, Contribution by Richard C. Hoagland, Robert Kelly, Rob Brezsny and Dana Wilde http://nabcommunities.com/shop/pluto/ Description: Encompassing astronomy, mythology, psychology, and astrology, Pluto offers a wealth of knowledge about our most famous ...

notes on David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY

  How the hell does David Lynch get away with transmigration of souls as the core theme? True, he dresses it up in LA caper mode/ "moll" and leather coats and toughs and guns and porn, and all the trappings of classic B thrillers, but at the core there's this "demon" guy (Robert Blake before he murdered someone in real life)... who orchestrates the identity switch For what purpose?   [vsw id="https://youtu.be/hvGvjnqSKF8" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autopla...

This week's watchings

my son turned me on to the "australian" slap (not to be with the american slap coming soon to broadcast tv) https://youtu.be/_WP8I0T9xnk Danger5 the parody of 1980s action team films... season 2 on netflix   https://youtu.be/xYXHzOqnMpk finally getting to David Lynch's Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me https://youtu.be/rOW9hkPLeAY Reading tom drury THE END OF VANDALISM Painting continuing "biomorph" theme

Micheal Meyers, Ricky Gervais, David Lynch and John Cleese on creativity

Michael Meyers on Creativity [vsw id="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJ5nspoJ5A#t=1m54s" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity [vsw id="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJ5nspoJ5A#t=1m54s" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] John Cleese on the Origin of Creativity [vsw id="http://youtu.be/yAwDWe7OIF8" source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] Comedian Ricky Gervais Tells a S...

A series of Dear letters

      Dear Saul, You are some kind of new hero, Bob Odenkirk, funnier and trickier than the show that birthed you.. will we be able to stand in one-to-one relationship with you (so funny!)  or will this be a one night (season) stand? You are smarter than you look.. we sense it... (thanks to Vince Gilligan)   Dear Ben Lerner, You are smart smart smart but I don't think I have the patience for your book. Oh, sad sad sad me... will I finish it or toss it before book cl...

What I Learned this Week

Infinite Jest was finished (yeah, I know passive voice) by two people I respect. This goes against the grain of the popular joke for it being the book you put on your nightstand to impress a potential lover as was recently done on Man Seeking Woman. It has a lot to do with Canada and 12 Step Progams. Parks and Recreation did an homage to it. (They must have read it then.) It has also appeared on The Affair as a book no one reads I learned that acrylic markers will not automatically translate...

Projects Updates: Writing, Graphic Novels and Painting

Apologies for being a typical blogger who doesn't blog. I'll explain. I thought the easiest update would be to update you on what I'm doing project-wise. BARDO ZSA ZSA Bardo Zsa Zsa has gone through a VERY SERIOUS REWRITE which is odd to say as it's a "fun" book, but i re-wrote it in CURSIVE (for those of you who don't know what that is, it's script, it's handwriting, it's what they used to teach in school...) Then I'm putting it into a Word Doc, importing it into Scrivener (my go-to writing pr...