So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked and to a large extent, worked well.
Every attack on Hilary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you….The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you—whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you.
Nora Ephron. This nuanced review in the NYRB by Francine Prose
"He said that when something ends, we must think that something begins. His advice is salutary, but the execution is difficult, for we only know what we have lost, not what we will gain. We have a very precise image—an image at times shameless—of what we have lost, but we are ignorant of what may follow or replace it.
I made a decision. I said to myself: since I have lost the world of appearances, I must create something else.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Blindness. Trans. Eliot Weinberger
I tried to get it into an HBO after school special about not using drugs but the filmmaker pulled it out. Whoever found a way to weasel it into the arrangement of a Judy Garland song, that’s somebody who really pulled off the ultimate, I think, because the movie stops and it’s the only thing that’s happening. I’ll never be able to pull that off.
Sound editors try to sneak the Wilhelm, Hollywood’s most famous sound effect, into every possible movie.
Oh my god I’m dying.
We are bedeviled in our time by a muddle about the words “modern” and “modernism.” Modernism is by now not modern at all—we are told a story about it that says if we have understood Sterne and James Joyce all sorts of writing become impossible. We have had postmodernism and its game-playing, which are also no longer modern. We need a word for modern which is not the same as “contemporary,” something to do with the nature of literary forms.
A.S. Byatt. A magus of the north, NYRB Oct. 10, 1013
JT, speak through me.