Mardi, 2 août. Craft beer stuff. With the film fest behind me, I am writing more about craft beer in anticipation of releasing my first beer novel, A Year in Beer, as an ebook. Lenn Thompson will be publishing my beer articles on his New York Cork Report since people actually read that. My first article on NYCR appeared yesterday: Long Ireland Beer Company Opens Tasting Room at Riverhead Brewery And in anticipation of more people using my beer guide with their smartphones, I've launched a mobile version of my beer guide web site.
Lundi, 25 juillet. Film festival. Since last Thursday, I've been attending the Stony Brook Film Festival. I've been very busy with the festival, so much so that I'm not getting to write very much. This morning I did get around to writing mini-reviews of all the films I've seen so far. So far my favorite film has been Roadie by Michael Cuesta and starring Ron Eldard (not to be confused with the 1980 film by the same name starring Meatloaf. Roadie has played a few other film festivals (Sundance, Tribeca) and has garnered some decent reviews. It reminded me (slightly) of a Rohmer film: conversation driven.
Ron Eldard as Jimmy Testagross in Micheal Cuesta's film Roadie.
Vendredi, 24 juin. Novellas and films. Beginning with issue four of The Angler I will be changing the focus of the magazine to better reflect my interests, or my two passions: fiction and film. While I'm still concerned with social issues and idling (subjects that will no doubt come up in the context of the stories and films I choose to write about), I admit that I'm more interested in writing about film and literature than I am about beer and fishing (although I still enjoy drinking and brewing beer and fishing and lazying about on the beach with a good book). Read more...
Haydée Politoff in La collectionneuse.
Vendredi, 17 juin. Writing my thoughts about Rohmer's film La collectionneuse. Plus Bloomsday / Joyce and Proust.
Jeudi, 9 juin. For nearly a month now I've been writing a web book about the films of Éric Rohmer. Last week sometime, I finally posted the chapter on Suzanne's Career. And this morning I put together the beginnings of a chapter (lexia) on Proust, which (at the moment) is filed under something old.
Bertrand (Philippe Beuzen) and Sophie (Diane Wilkinson) at a café in Rohmer's Suzanne's Career.
The writing should be at least as good as cheese. Don't aim for anything worse than good cheese. What if the reader doesn't like cheese? Read at least a page of Ulysses each day. This site needs a user's manual. For now how about this: "The Labyrinth as a Metaphor."
Why don't I blog anymore? Why I don't blog anymore. I blog, therefore I am? Blog, blog, blog... I can't hear you! For me it was an octopus' garden, a yellow submarine, and a glass onion. Now it's a pineapple under the sea. The writing life. The reading life. Simplify. One's readers may be time delayed. Attempting self-definition. The stage is dark, but the actor is blinded by the light and can only imagine the audience that remains silent in their seats.
Reading is more important than writing. Is blogging dead? Who are the gatekeepers? Looking forward to a more readable web. Too much information?
I've got more books that I want to read already on my selves than I'll be able to read before I die. Why am I looking for something else to read?
The philosophy of moveable type? The Electrics? The 140 character novel. The quantum novel. David Markson.