Monthly Archives: December 2012

Pretty Wise

Umberto Eco wrote a great essay about the film, Casablanca, in which he suggested that the movie was great because it shamelessly exploited cliches from all cinematic genres and let that run wild “on the pitch”, as it were. We … Continue reading

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Frivolity

It’s Boxing Day. If you didn’t do injury to your stomach by over-eating on Christmas Day, you can do your liver no favours today with tipples and carousing. Here’s one of my favourite SCTV skits of all-time which I neglected … Continue reading

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Length Matters

I like poems. I like novellas. They are forms that should force the writer to say his piece and get out. The reader should not be forced to endure the vanities of a writer. The reader is there to enjoy … Continue reading

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New Music

To take my mind off writing, I banged together a remix of Kenneth Thomas’ Russian Lights, a track with interesting possibilities. What fun.

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Newtown

All I have to say, I will say in a poem. MUZZLED EXISTENCE there are no answers in the clouds or in the waves for the fury of madness speaking in the tongues of lead and blood we are helpless … Continue reading

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Shilling

Orson Welles produced a lot of films. He also consumed a lot of gourmet vittles and fine wine. No doubt the former subsidized the latter. At some point he must have wanted to make a movie rather badly because he … Continue reading

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The Artist Endures?

Woody Allen doesn’t know writer’s block. He is constantly writing movies and produces about one a year. I have found myself still interested in his work, primarily how he tries to square the spirit of the times with his own … Continue reading

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