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Barry Jenkins on Adapting ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
I will say,” Jenkins clarifies regarding Baldwin’s view of America, “it’s not a kind contempt, but it is a constructive contempt. He was writing with the belief that the American ideal, or just America itself, was salvageable, that this idea of greatness in America was actually possible, but through rigorous interrogation.”
writing  film  movies  creativity  literature  1970s  nyc  america 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Kim Stanley Robinson: The Good Anthropocene – Locus Online
The thing about climate change is it’s usually pretty slow. While it will include some quick catastrophes that just slap you in the face, like a big hurricane or fire or flood, it’s more often slow, like the five-year drought we had in California.
climate  literature  books  futurism  science  sciencefiction  writing  nyc  weather 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The Beat Generation: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Diane di Prima look back at an American cultural movement - Washington Post
More than a half-century after their emergence, the Beats still offer up wild style, a sense of freedom and wonder for the natural world almost unrivaled in postwar literature. But their work has perhaps been more misinterpreted than nearly any literary group in history — partially because there was no consistent ideology binding them. As Ferlinghetti put it succinctly: “The Beat Generation was just Allen Ginsberg’s friends.”
arts  poetry  1950s  1960s  sanfrancisco  bayarea  writing  history  literature  california 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Seeing the Future in Science Fiction : The New Yorker
By 1964, when I was negotiating puberty in the chill deeps of the Cold War, history itself had become the Atomic Disintegrator. In those years, I was drawn to science fiction (and mainly to its prose forms) for the evidence it offered of manifold possibilities of otherness. To a curious, anxious, white male child coming of age in an incurious and paranoid white monoculture, there was literally nothing like it—though a great deal of science fiction, possibly the majority of it, I was starting to notice, depicted futuristic monocultures that were dominated by white males. The rest, however, had as much to do with making me the person I am today as anything else did. Things might be different, science fiction told me, and different in literally any way you could imagine, however radical.
sciencefiction  literature  newyorker  fiction  identity  1960s 
june 2012 by allaboutgeorge
The Millions : Embracing The Other I Am; or, How Walt Whitman Saved My Life
This is why Walt Whitman, or you, or I can cock our hats as we please indoors or out, because no matter who we are, we are just as good and just as necessary as everyone else. But for me it also offered a route out of my endless, self-constructed maze of Self. If there is no wall between I and you, if we are all one and the same, what’s the point of hiding one from the other? Why not acknowledge that part of myself that wanted to die? Why not tell someone that while I never wanted to drink again, I was afraid I might lose my mind if I didn’t? Why not tell my parents I wasn’t the perfect son I wanted them to think I was? Why not sit in a church basement full of strangers, as I did once toward the end of that summer, crying like a baby because a woman had left me and I couldn’t blame her? Why not, if only for this one day, dare to be fully and completely alive?
poetry  literature  behavior  fiction  attention 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
‘The Walking Dead’ Unleashes Zombies on AMC - Review -
The one good thing about the walking dead is that they don’t drive.

All it really takes to outrun a zombie is a car. Also, a bullet to the head will stop one cold. And that may explain why so many men prefer zombies to vampires: zombie stories pivot on men’s two favorite things: fast cars and guns. Better yet, zombies almost never talk. Vampires, especially of late, are mostly a female obsession. Works like “Twilight” and “True Blood” suggest that the best way to defeat a vampire is to make him fall so in love that he resists the urge to bite. And that’s a powerful, if naïve, female fantasy: a mate so besotted he gives up his most primal cravings for the woman he loves.

Vampires are imbued with romance. Zombies are not. (Zombies are from Mars, vampires are from Venus.)
zombies  television  amctv  fiction  story  gender  men  women  literature 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
James Franco Fiction - Just Before the Black by James Franco - Esquire
I sit in the driver's seat of my grandfather's old DeVille. It is night out and cool. Me and Joe, we just sit.

We're out in front of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course pro shop. It's a tan building with white trim. It's where Joe and I work during the day.

We sit here because it's dark here, and there are no lights outside this building. We're stopped for no reason except that the night is still going and we're drunk, and who wants to go home, ever, and this spot is as good as any to just sit in the shadows and let life slow.

My window is cracked, just a bit, and the air plays on my forehead like a cold whisper.
books  fiction  literature  writing  story  toread 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music Is Science Fiction: An Interview With The Lisps | Lightspeed Magazine
Over the past two weeks, I’ve exchanged several e-mails with The Lisps. In the interview that follows, we touch on topics such as self-help songs, The Difference Engine, string theory, and, of course, The Singularity.
music  songwriting  sciencefiction  writing  creativity  art  indie  rock  literature  books  science 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Finding self in another culture - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee
"When an Indian American writer portrays India, a reader will already have seen five other portrayals in other books and inject what they've seen before," she explained. "That leads readers to overlook other aspects of an immigrant experience."
india  writing  fiction  literature  books  sacramento  identity  culture 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
James Wolcott on Cultural Snobbery |
In my bohemian days (the exotic reek of incense haunts me still), I owned a jukebox—a huge honker, a neon-trimmed sarcophagus—which I studiously stocked with 45s to showcase the catholicity of my pop sensibility, from the Supremes’ “Up the Ladder to the Roof” to Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” to Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” to the Clash’s “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.” I was fond of that machine, despite the mockery it inspired, because it was like having a custom-built twin. “Male record collectors seek mastery over a body of music, almost always as a way of establishing a masculine identity,” Krin Gabbard argues in his psychosocial study “Hipsters and Nerds.” (Oh, so that’s what I was doing.) “The collector makes conscious and unconscious connections to the masculine codes in the music, but he also works at acquiring a commanding knowledge that can be carefully deployed in the right surroundings.”
music  social  business  books  technology  culture  pop  movies  publishing  literature  aesthetics  identity  fashion  gender 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt -
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wired Magazine: Novelist Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He's the King of the Worlds
"I could never get that idea, the notion that society in general is becoming aliterate, out of my head. People who write books, people who work in universities, who work on big projects for a long time, are on a diverging course from the rest of society. Slowly, the two cultures just get further and further apart."
literature  libarry  writing  reading  books  fiction  culture  science  history  society  academia  education  philosophy  interview  sciencefiction  time  future 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jennifer Nix: Resurrecting Literature: Sustenance for the Progressive Soul
"When people ask me why I put photos in The Lazarus Project, I say it is in the hope President Bush would flip through my book. Its main character is not a pet goat, but there is a picture of boobs in it."
bush  literature  history  creativity  writing  fiction  public  social  chicago  war  europe  iraq  police 
july 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
What Is Jhumpa Lahiri's Hook? -- New York Magazine
"Does John Updike get asked this question? Does Alice Munro? It’s the ethnic thing, that’s what it is. And my answer is always, yes, I will continue to write about this world, because it inspires me to write, and there’s nothing more important than
identity  creativity  writing  fiction  literature  novels  shortstory  story 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Twilight of the Books: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker
"[T]he N.E.A. reports that readers are more likely than non-readers to play sports, exercise, visit art museums, attend theatre, paint, go to music events, take photographs, and volunteer. Proficient readers are also more likely to vote."
books  culture  education  literature  newyorker  reading  television  usa  society  science  publishing  psychology  history  toread 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BLDGBLOG: Comparative Planetology: An Interview with Kim Stanley Robinson
"I’ve been working all my career to try to redefine utopia in more positive terms – in more dynamic terms."
toread  sciencefiction  archaeology  architecture  cities  environment  fiction  interview  interviews  literature  reading  science  writing 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Taste of Fame: Entertainment & Culture:
"I never thought that this would be the way. I never thought it would be food. But if you think about it, I'm the kind of girl who thinks about what she’s gonna cook for dinner when she’s finishing her lunch."
marketing  newyork  london  literature  food  fashion  cooking  television 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Call Me by Your Name - By André Aciman - Books - Review - New York Times
"'Ultimately, the real site of nostalgia is not the place that was lost or the place that was never quite had in the first place; it is the text that must record that loss.'"
memory  history  relationships  love  novels  literature  writing  biography 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
India's Cheeky 'Chick Lit' Finds an Audience -
"They inhabit a world where women enjoying a drink in the bar are not social outcasts. They are not tragic figures because they are single."
women  india  feminism  writing  novels  identity  work  jobs  literature  english 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
eMusic Spotlight - Lolita: The Demons of Desire
"The discrepancy between the real and the imagined ideal appears constantly in human life, but it is never more poignant or more universal as when it appears in love or sexual desire."
books  toread  novels  criticism  sex  literature 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dana Gioia Online - Fallen Western Star
"In 1899 San Francisco was a major literary center–a city where influential new trends emerged and young writers achieved national reputations."
literature  bayarea  sanfrancisco  usa  writing  fiction  journalism  media  california 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge - columnists - The original cyberpunk still adores his gadgets
"[C]ivilized man is so enveloped by his own artifacts and technological whims that he has forgotten himself, has lost the ability to perceive them as 'signatures' or signs, has become subject to them and spends his days ignorant [...]"
novels  literature  society  futurism  technology 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Thrity Umrigar
"This morning on NPR, I heard a line I'd not heard before. It said: History is written by the winners. Literature is written by the losers."
literature  history  radio  writing  fiction 
august 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
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
Seeking Signs of Literary Life in Iran - New York Times
"Like booksellers everywhere, the proprietors are brimming with recommendations. When I bought a Virginia Woolf novel not long ago, one confided, 'If you give me a week, I can get you Joyce Carol Oates.' "
books  novels  iran  women  reading  identity  middleeast  literature  history  politics  community  culture 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Safety first on the shelves | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
"Zoe Margolis wrote on these pages last week in favour of the Blooker, a prize for books that began as blogs. But even she had to admit that the award attracted fewer than 100 entries. The musical equivalent would dwarf that number."
books  literature  fiction  writing  uk  novels  marketing  music  pop 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
After Shootings at Virginia Tech, Many Find Solace in Poetry
"My average poetry reading gets 300-400 people. On tour, about 1,000 people. Am I a rock star? No. Could I go to Yankee Stadium to read? No. I like libraries. … I am not [legendary rhythm and blues singer] Aretha Franklin."
poetry  english  language  public  social  literature  fiction  music  sports 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge | Is there life after Bush?
"You use power so you can make life better; it isn't life itself. Obsessing about power or politics takes your mind away from the things that really matter."
aesthetics  2008  politics  bush  identity  power  republicans  democrats  culture  art  literature  science  religion  sports  friendship  love 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker: Primo Levi's "A Tranquil Star"
"Al-Ludra oscillated, but not regularly: not like a pendulum; rather, like someone who is at a loss between two choices."
fiction  shortstory  literature 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties - By Robert Stone
"If the memoir makes just one outright policy statement, it’s in protest of neverending public burning not only of individuals but of the idea that consciousness is private, and not a domain for armed agents of the state."
drugs  books  nonfiction  memory  literature  1960s 
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
WaPo: Black Men And Women Of Their Words
"There is a multiplicity of message. We are black writers, but we express our individual stories. It's messier now. You never know what black writing looks like now. When you open a black book, you never know what you might get."
writers  fiction  nonfiction  novels  washington  writing  literature  black  race  art  story  identity 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired 14.11: Very Short Stories
"We'll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work."
creative  english  fiction  humor  literature  memory  minimalism  poetry  reading  scifi  shortstory  story  writing 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
HousChron: Director likens King's Men failure to 'getting hit by truck'
"That's the thing you worry about with great books. The poetry in them is part of their power, and in film you have to transfer a lot of those words and energy. A lot of great books don't translate that well."
cinema  lousiana  usa  politics  aesthetics  literature 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge

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