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'Blade Runner 2049': Why some science fiction writers are tired of dystopias -
“The utility dystopian fiction used to serve was to bring problems to our attention and seek solutions. But the danger is that these stories can become a collective act of despair in response to current events.”
story  fiction  movies  attention  aesthetics  sciencefiction  scifi 
october 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Maximus Clarke talks with William Gibson about his “speculative novels of last Wednesday” : Maud Newton
The surprising thing about it — I almost said the insidious thing, but I’m trying to be anthropological — the surprising thing, to me, is that once we have our gramophone, or iPad, or locomotive, we become that which has the gramophone, the iPad, or the locomotive, and thereby, are instantly incapable of recognizing what just happened to us, as I believe we’re incapable of understanding what broadcast television, or the radio, or telephony did to us.
I strongly suspect that prior to those things we were something else. In that regard, our predecessors are in a sense unknowable. Imagine a world without recorded music: I always come to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to imagine that, because I have become that which lives with recorded music.
music  writing  technology  futurism  aesthetics  attention  identity  television  ipad  transportation  sciencefiction  novels  fiction 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge Books | Sex and the (fortysomething) single girl
I've found that characters I've based on real people, if I've disguised them physically, people don't recognize themselves. It's hilarious. They just don't. It never occurs to them that I'm writing about them, because they're not blond. They're not 52. They're not rail-thin or overweight.

So people recognize their physical profile, but not their psychological profile?

Absolutely. And when the two go together, they recognize themselves physically and then they see what I'm saying about them. I've offended a couple of people. But I've never had a person recognize him- or herself whose physical description I've altered. I find that fascinating.
writing  fiction  style  aesthetics  identity  creativity 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
All About Bob: Alt-rock legend Bob Mould talks about his music, his writing and the uncertainty of life: Feature Story at Metro Weekly magazine - News articles from Washington DC newspaper
Rarely can we predict how life is going to go. There are parts of it that are autobiographical, certain lines or stanzas are things that literally happened to me. And then there are things that are completely observational, things that I've overheard at a bar or things that friends have confided. Inside of that, the needle goes back and forth between the two. As I've gotten older, I've realized that in art or in storytelling, there's really not that much difference between fiction and non-fiction. The job is to stand back and let the story unfold. It has to have an emotional connection so that you can tell that story. That's the core of where I'm at as a writer now. That's how life goes. You hope it's going to end better this time, whatever it is. Whether it's something as simple as a conversation, or something as complicated as the passing of a parent or a loved one, you hope the next time you're better equipped for the ending.
songwriting  story  writing  fiction  nonfiction  death  aesthetics  identity  music 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Zack Snyder, 'Watchmen's' watched man - Los Angeles Times
"Twenty years ago my parents wouldn't know who the X-Men were, and now everybody knows that stuff," Snyder said. "It means that deconstruction of the superhero is something you can do. All those movies have led to a point where we can finally have 'Watchmen' with a Superman character who doesn't want to save the world and a Batman who has trouble in bed. Essentially, I want to kill the superhero movie because now we can."
movies  film  fiction  aesthetics  story  comics  cinema 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Lauren Groff - Rooms
I have a friend who writes outdoors. He likes the fresh air, he says, the light, the thousand shifting changes in the world. Outside, his imagination can go wild, like a pet cat that escapes and imagines itself feral until kibble-time.

This friend is the kind of person who makes you drunk with exuberance, and after I heard about his method, I decided that I, too, would become a plein-air scribbler, sunburnt and prolific. For an afternoon, I sat at the park down the street and waited for inspiration to descend like Glinda the Good Witch and touch me with her twinkly wand.

Instead, the white sky above was too much like a blank page, infinite in possibility, and, terrified, I slunk on home. I do best in small, dark places, and would probably write well in a closet, if it weren't for the indignity of sitting amongst the coats.
writing  fiction  shortstory  story  creativity  space  work  aesthetics  memory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Wesley Morris' "How gay is that?" - The Boston Globe
To get more decent gay comedies or dramas, a filmmaker needs a delicate balance of frivolity and gravity, and reserve and recklessness - fearlessness, not too many speeches, and a respect for an audience that considers itself no different from other paying customers. Talent and a certain moderation are excellent tools to start transforming more movies you wouldn't see into movies you would.
gay  cinema  film  movies  aesthetics  identity  writing  fiction 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - Notes on Narrative
"All the same, you may find much of what follows to be nothing more than common sense. But think of it as a pleasant, country-weekend drive right into the center of a fellow writer's professional advice."
story  writing  fiction  creativity  aesthetics  criticism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
007 reborn: Exclusive extract from Sebastian Faulks' "Devil May Care"
"This Bond, this solitary hero with his soft shoes and single under-powered weapon, was a man in dreadful danger. You feared for him. And the style was clean, journalistic, devoid of cliché; it was occasionally playful, but it was never arch. It was fun.
writing  creativity  aesthetics  1950s  uk  novels  fiction 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Lara Vapnyar’s Writing Mixes Food and Fiction -
“Beginning writers often don’t give their characters enough particulars. Food is something that readers can understand.”
food  writing  creativity  aesthetics  russia  nyc  fiction  cooking 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
After the Apocalypse - The New York Review of Books
"The horror writer is not content to report on death as the universal system of human weather; he or she chases tornadoes. Horror is Stoicism with a taste for spectacle."
books  criticism  fiction  literature  reading  scifi  reviews  writing  creativity  aesthetics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: It's Not You, It's Your Books
“I think sometimes it’s better if books are just books. It’s part of the romantic tragedy of our age that our partners must be seen as compatible on every level.”
books  essay  literature  nytimes  reading  relationships  fiction  nonfiction  love  aesthetics  identity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ian Fleming’s reflection on the limitations of love - Times Online
"[T]he quantum of solace, he says, is a precise figure defining the comfort, humanity and fellow feeling required between two people for love to survive. If the quantum of solace is nil, then love is dead."
cinema  love  relationships  marriage  movies  aesthetics  sex  writing  fiction  mathematics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Love is the drug | Extracts | Guardian Unlimited Books
"[... T]he peculiar magic of the love song, if it has the heart to do it, is that it endures where the object of the song does not. It attaches itself to you, and together you move through time. [...]"
music  love  relationships  songwriting  aesthetics  beauty  writing  fiction  creativity 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Affairs of the heart | Features | Guardian Unlimited Film
"This thing called reality is unsystematic, like seven or eight phonographs playing at the same time, each with its own tune, forming a chaotic whole . . . Neatly formulated visions of creation, whether political or philosophical, are bound to irritate."
creativity  art  china  writing  fiction  cinema  books  novels  movies  relationships  love  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
criminal odes - / in print
" 'She put her mouth close to my ear so that her breath was warm again on my cheek, as it had been in the car, and whispered the vilest epithet of which the English language is capable. Then she walked out to her cell.' "
fiction  crime  criticism  reviews  aesthetics  creativity  novels  shortstory  story  writing 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Jesse Ball
"[...] I saw the book there in its cloud of myriad causalities and felt the shape of it, felt how it might be, how it was. Thus the sensation of writing it down was one of surprise and recognition, a process of unfolding."
writing  fiction  creativity  beauty  aesthetics 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge Books | Now romancer
"Somewhere now there's a team of people working on something that's going to profoundly impact your life in the next 10 years [... T]hey don't know how it's going to change your life because usually these things don't go as predicted."
books  interviews  scifi  writing  fiction  aesthetics  creativity  futurism  novels 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
When Great Art Meets Great Evil - New York Times
"Usually nowadays when there’s a reference to classical music, I find it very stereotyped. It’s meant to almost caricature the way classical musicians might seem. And I don’t know if that has anything to do with what happened in the Second World War
classical  music  aesthetics  identity  writing  fiction  books  novels 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz Messenger - Haruki Murakami- Books - Review - New York Times
"Inside my head, though, I did often feel as though something like my own music was swirling around in a rich, strong surge. I wondered if it might be possible for me to transfer that music into writing. That was how my style got started."
books  fiction  japan  jazz  literature  music  writers  writing  creativity  aesthetics  identity 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: In Rap, Inner War Can Be a Trap
"Jay-Z knew how to hide sound in sense. His lyrics often sounded like plainspoken prose; it was only later that you noticed the hidden rhyme patterns and rhythms. By contrast, T. I. hides sense in sound."
hiphop  songwriting  aesthetics  identity  marketing  creativity  music  georgia  atlanta  writing  fiction 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
FIRST THINGS: Stephen King's American Apocalypse
"There is nothing aesthetically glorious about King’s prose—he is no student of Nabokov, to put it mildly—but there is something defiantly plausible and distinctively American about how his characters tend to regard the world."
literature  usa  novels  aesthetics  identity  writing  fiction  religion 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: In the Prime of Their Time
“ 'I can't do this anymore,' he says. 'It's over, it's the last time, I mean it.' No does not mean no to Grace. 'If it's the last time,' she replies, out of breath, 'can't we at least finish?' "
women  television  aging  aesthetics  beauty  sex  love  fiction  story 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The New York Observer: Tony's Blackout
"It’s the perfect use of suspense. You are trapped, not wanting anything to happen, but wanting something to happen. It’s very vicious. You’re left with any number of imaginings. What the fuck happened? Which shows you’re bloodthirsty also.”
cinema  film  writing  fiction  television  story  aesthetics  newjersey 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Proximity to Darkness
"Michaels's sentences, musical in their attention to rhythm and phrasing, were his greatest stunts and assets. 'She didn't like me,' a story begins. 'So I phoned her every day.' 'My name was Phillip, my style New York City.' "
story  writing  fiction  nyc  judaism  comedy  humor  aesthetics  language 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Sherman Alexie
"When you know music well enough — and I know it just well enough to hear the stuff inside the music — it's almost always the mistakes that are more interesting, the deviations, the errors, the recovery, the experiment inside the song."
writing  music  aesthetics  identity  race  humor  comedy  creativity  sex  books  novels  fiction  story  creativecommons 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How an Invisible Man Was Seduced By His Visibility
"As a novelist, he had lost his way. And he had done so in proportion to his distancing of himself from his fellow blacks."
writing  fiction  black  race  social  books  novels  identity  aesthetics  reviews 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve Q&A: Mike White
"You get tired of seeing the same types of people all the time in movies, because studios want more people to relate to them. I just want to see believable people. Once you get past people's public presentations of themselves, we're all kind of weird."
identity  cinema  marketing  creativity  aesthetics  writing  fiction 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Gumshoe Adrift, Lost in the ’70s - New York Times
"This private eye is so private that he seems always to be talking to himself, mumbling a running commentary on the action in an attempt to convince himself, against the evidence of the world’s near-total indifference to everything he says or does [...]
cinema  1970s  aesthetics  identity  noir  fiction  creativity 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Questions for Nathan Englander - The Fabulist - Deborah Solomon - New York Times
"A novel is not a long short story, and I had to learn how to write one. It was so important to me that my novel not feel like, 'Oh, look at these linked stories that don’t crumble when you lay them side by side.' "
novels  writing  fiction  shortstory  judaism  usa  argentina  creativity  story  aesthetics  identity 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How to Speak a Book
"Everything we write — through any medium — is lost in translation. But something new is always found again, in their eager years. In Derrida’s fears. Make that: in the reader’s ears."
writing  fiction  nonfiction  novels  shortstory  aesthetics  creativity  identity  technology 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Tales of the Out & the Gone. By Amiri Baraka
"No one could be anywhere unless they didn’t yet exist. What existed changed and changed. The buildings rotted and the people disappeared. Reappeared. And the people whose metaphor had been stolen could not imagine what was going on."
books  fiction  reviews  newjersey  writing  shortstory  poetry  literature  aesthetics  identity 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Advertisements for myself | Salon Books
"What we truly want from a personal ad can never be put into words, so what we're left with is a set of acronyms ("DJW ISO SWM") with a few hobbies attached. This is a language game par excellence."
language  relationships  newspapers  media  love  marriage  men  women  writing  nonfiction  fiction  philosophy  aesthetics  identity  improvisation  creativity 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
PF: Peter Bjorn and John: Writer's Block
"If lyric poetry is, as Czech novelist Milan Kundera recently wrote, 'the most exemplary incarnation of man dazzled by his own soul and the desire to make it heard,' surely the pop song is the highest incarnation of all-consuming love [...]"
songwriting  music  pop  rock  aesthetics  fiction  poetry  novels 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Romance Novel Reviews - Smart Bitches: Come for the Dominican Bitches, Stay for the Man Titty
"Making judgments about the state of intellectual quality for a big, diverse group of people based solely on something like what we read is a silly idea, mmkay?"
books  novels  fiction  feminism  women  gender  aesthetics  men  marketing  sex 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYRoB: Margaret Atwood's Tale
"Canada suffers from no such split, since it was founded not by idealists but by people who'd been kicked out of other places. Canada was not a city upon a hill, it was what you had to put up with."
usa  canada  identity  aesthetics  writing  novels  fiction  criticism  books 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters: Walking Away From It All: The New Great American Fantasy
"So how could McGruder give up the strip, and voluntarily relinquish some of the spotlight we’re all supposed to want? Didn’t he get the memo? Well, maybe he did. But maybe it was the same memo Dave Chappelle got."
aesthetics  identity  television  humor  comedy  fiction  newspapers  sustainable  creativity  work  jobs  copyright 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Michael Frayn's "While you are sleeping"
"The story, like the dream [...] develops a logic of its own that begins to generate events of its own accord. The author finds himself in the same position as his characters, swept along by events he can no longer control."
dreams  sleep  health  aesthetics  memory  fiction  novels  playwriting  cinema 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: John Fowles, British Author of Ambiguous Endings, Dies at 79
"I began because I have always found it easy to fantasize, to invent situations and plausible dialogue; partly because I have always rejected so much of the outward life I have had to lead."
writing  novels  uk  cinema  fiction  aesthetics 
november 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Prospect UK: Raymond Carver's "Principles of a Story"
"Some writers have a bunch of talent; I don't know any writers who are without it. But a unique and exact way of looking at things, and finding the right context for expressing that way of looking, that's something else."
shortstory  fiction  writing  novels  aesthetics 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Sera Gamble's "Blue Star"
"So she ran. People run. For as long as they're alive, there are things they run from. It's a luxury of being alive, running."
fiction  aesthetics  beauty  shortstory 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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