Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Drew Pierce, Iron Man 3 co-screenwriter with director Shane Black, discusses the writing of the Trevor Slattery reveal in this Vulture article. There’s also a jpg of the screenplay! This is one of my favorite Marvel movie scenes. And jeez, I just discovered All Hail the King — where have I been?

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

What an internet treasure. Standard Ebooks is — according to their web site — “a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces lovingly formatted, open source, and free public domain ebooks.” These are some beautiful, consistently-designed ebooks. The epub version works a charm in iBooks.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

An inviting tour of the Hebrew writer’s oeuvre as Shai Agnon is translated into English. [via aldaily.com]


Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Nicholas Dames’s Publications page. The man is Professor of Humanities at Columbia University and a mine of gems.

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

“You can’t cross the species barrier but, by bumping up against it, you can learn things.” In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman surveys ventriloquism of the soul. “Tolstoy’s animals teach us to be good,” he explains. “Joyce’s teach us to be alive.” [via aldaily.com]

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

If you were troubled by the song persuading Ariel to remain under the sea, here’s why.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

A good time, as we await Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to review the rather horrible Continuity of the Planet of the Apes.

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

All literature writes the character of the wise man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Andrew O’Hagan on Norman Mailer rather than on A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon, the book he’s supposed to be reviewing. “They had Ancient Evenings, his vast Egyptian tome (I read the first ninety pages) and The Naked and the Dead, which was filled with the word ‘fug’ and seemed both plain and good.”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

David Horovitz interviews Yossi Klein Halevi about his new book, Like Dreamers: The story of the Israeli Paratroopers who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. The friendship between these two gifted greying Anglo-Israelis is warming.

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Wow. Dan Kois, a senior editor at Slate, heads to Portland for a week of serious karaoke.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Check out the Moby Dick Big Read, British persons each reading a chapter of the novel. Tilda Swindon reads Chapter 1, Loomings; Stephen Fry reads Chapter 10, A Bosom Friend. Nice.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Finally, a clear-headed review of Skyfall over at FT: “New director Sam Mendes wants to combine a Bourne-like lack of quips and frippery with Christopher Nolan-ish solemnity and gigantism.” Why eschew what you view as your own franchise’s banalities only to take others’?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Andy Ihnatko, MacTech Conference attendee, on the group tour of Disney Animation, an advance screening of Wreck-It Ralph, and John Lasseter’s desk. [via TidBits]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Making of The Spy Who Loved Me by the BBC for the Open University, 1977. Episode #1: Cubby Brocolli, Producer. #2: Ken Adam, Production Designer (“not indispensible”, “preferable”, “unique”, “important”). #3, Barbara Bach, Bond Girl.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A brief step into the fascinating question of early-life memory. Lots of comments as well, some are interesting.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

On the rise of the ebook and how it’s just another step in the increasing convenience of distributing a written work, just as books typeset on paper are.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Friday, August 26th, 2011

After Steve Jobs’ resignation, the Daringfireball round-up of anecdotes: Dave Winer, David Cairns, Vic Gundotra,
Allen Paltrow, Jonathan Berger, Marc Hedlund.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

24 and Lost are dead. Long live 24 and Lost!
From The New York Times and the Huffington Post.

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Beginning of Wisdom

Leon R. Kass


The book of the Book. I am biased but there is just so much here, and the good doctor is such graciously juicy writerly company. I especially like the Babel treatment.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Of monsters. A nice Sunday-morning read. “The monster concept is still extremely useful, and it’s a permanent player in the moral imagination because human vulnerability is permanent.”

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

JJ Abrahms on Charlie Rose. Charlie at 28:20: “Lost. People that I know love it, love it, love it.”

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Michael Caine easy, free, articulate and enthusiastic on Charlie Rose.

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Indulge in the transcript of the 5-day, 9-hours-a-day “Raiders of the Lost Ark” story conference with Lucas, Spielberg and Kasdan.

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004

Only artists, and especially those of the theater, have… taught us the art of viewing ourselves as heroes… Perhaps one should concede a similar merit to the religion that made men see the sinfulness of every single individual through a magnifying glass.

Friedrich Nietzsche