From Larissa MacFarquhar’s 2003 Profile of Quentin Tarantino:
“For every monologue he writes about an old movie or TV show, he writes one about European hamburgers or tipping waitresses or eating pork. … The love of minutiae, like the love of pop culture, is a form of nostalgia—a junk-food version of Proust’s madeleine. But, unlike madeleine-nostalgia—nostalgia for a lost world, an unrecoverable childhood—minutiae-nostalgia is nostalgia for a world that still exists, for a life you’re still living.”
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One of the problems with the idea that America needs a “Conversation On Race” is that it presumes that “America” has something intelligent to say about race. All you need do is look at how American history is taught in this country to realize that that is basically impossible.
I have had conversations with very well-educated people who, with a straight face, have told me that there are Black Confederates. If you ask a very well educated person how the GI Bill exacerbated the wealth gap, or how New Deal housing policy helped create the ghetto they very likely will not know. And they do not know, not because they are ignorant, stupid, or immoral, they do not know because they are part of country that has decided that “not knowing” is in its interest. There’s no room for any sort of serious conversation when the basic facts of history are not accessible. It would be like me demanding a conversation on Vichy France—en Français.
—The always on point Ta-Nehisi Coates. The quote is taken from a blogpost which points out how some of the problems found within the Brad Paisley/L.L. Cool J song, “Accidental Racist,” can be traced back to our lackluster history education. (via thirdgenerationexile)
Available today from the Criterion Collection: John Ford’s My Darling Clementine
“Affecting and stunningly photographed, My Darling Clementine is a story of the triumph of civilization over the Wild West from American cinema’s consummate mythmaker.”
- New 4K digital restoration of the theatrical release version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- High-definition presentation of the 103-minute prerelease version of the film
- New audio commentary featuring John Ford biographer Joseph McBride
- New interview with western historian Andrew C. Isenberg about the real Wyatt Earp
- Comparison of the two versions by film preservationist Robert Gitt
- New video essay by Ford scholar Tag Gallagher
- Bandit’s Wager, a 1916 silent western short costarring Ford and directed by his brother, Francis Ford, featuring new music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
- NBC television reports from 1963 and 1975 about the history of Tombstone and Monument Valley
- Lux Radio Theatre adaptation from 1947 starring Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs
- PLUS: An essay by critic David Jenkins
Anonymous asked: The Secret History, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Murakami,
Here is what our staff recommended for this reader. If you want a reading recommendation from the NYPL, ask us on Tumblr.
I might say the reader likes language and story, with character-based interest too, and with some psychological suspense or even unreliability in the mix. Or, just, generally meaty books that grab you with inner ruminating intrigue. I’d recommend trying The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon for some intrigue and a picture of someone confronting questions of hidden reality from a big-name writer. I’d also recommend The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera, for language, fantastical yet deep, pondering, and relatable examinations of reality, and characterizations. —Jill Rothstein, Andrew Heiskell Library
I’m guessing this reader likes college settings with lots of intrigue and suspense, in addition to character building and language style. I think some of the other well-known authors of Japanese literature might fit the bill, or titles set at universities, especially novels with gothic or mysterious overtones, and bildungsroman. Try Ryu Murakami’s Almost Transparent Blue and 69, Kenzaburo Oe’s The Changeling, Banana Yoshimoto’s The Lake,Campus novels and more campus novels. —Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market
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