"Nothing makes you think about death quite like a birthday. For no writer is this a more appropriate paradox than for Mary Shelley, who was born on August 30th, 1797. Shelley’s most famous work, the reason why we remember her birth 217 years after it occurred, is Frankenstein, which tells the story of a young doctor who creates a living being out of dead body parts, leading to much sorrow.”
“When there is pleasure, there is often abandon, and mistakes are made.”
— Dave Eggers, What Is the What
“I am incredibly passionate about my life, I am absolutely unable to hide any emotion. If I wrote a book, I’d have to call it ‘P is for Passion’. I don’t go in for anything halfway. My feelings about things are instant, on the spot. And my heart is always, always on my sleeve.” - Kate Winslet
Writing with Light: Vittorio Storaro (1992) — a marvelous documentary about legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, one of history’s ten most influential cinematographers (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor, Reds, Il Confimista, 1900). Vittorio Storaro talks about his work, along with collaborators like Warren Beatty and Bernardo Bertolucci and peers like Nestor Almendros. On-set footage from Dick Tracy and The Sheltering Sky. Storaro explains his zany theories about light and colour, and gives a potted history of lighting in the cinema.
A cinematographer has to design and write a story, starting at the beginning, through the evolution to the end. That’s why I consider my profession is as a writer of light. —Vittorio Storaro
Vittorio Storaro recalls the photographic challenges he confronted during the tumultuous production of Francis Ford Coppola’s hallucinatory Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. Interview by Stephen Burum, ASC and Stephen Pizzello.
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"If there were a better, clearer, shorter way of saying what the fiction says, then why not scrap the fiction?" - J.M. Coetzee
Jonah Weiner on the final moments of David Chase’s iconic show:
“Conjecture about ‘what really happened’ to Tony is unavoidable, but it’s an unsolvable kind of conjecture that Chase carefully engineered, on a formal level.”
Photograph Courtesy Will Hart/HBO
“In the end, it wasn’t death that surprised her but the stubbornness of life.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides
William Greaves, October 8, 1926 – August 25, 2014.