Anthony Lane reviews David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”:
“Why doesn’t the movie claw us as ‘The Social Network’ did? Who could have predicted that a film about murder, betrayal, and deception would be less exciting than a film about a Web site?”
Illustration by Owen Freeman / Twentieth Century Fox
Pretty much agree with all these thoughts about Gone Girl (and The Two Faces of January).
Still on the fence about seeing this film. Gillian Flynn’s book was a total thrill ride; then again, it had Amy Dunn at the center rather than Ben Affleck.
His accent is a strange thing—it seems not issue from a specific place but instead is ladled up from a transoceanic stew of dictions and impediments.
S (Ship of Theseus), J.J. Abrams & D. Dorst (V.M. Straka)
…you haint no objections to sharing a harpooner’s blanket, have ye?
Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale
An ongoing list of things I didn’t expect while reading Moby-Dick:
140427 Moby Ready, Or, the Launch of the Summer of The Whale
This summer I’ll be reading the literary classic “Moby Dick, Or, The Whale” by Herman Melville. I’ve already begun my analog record, “Moby-Notebook”, using a Nov. 2013 Field Notes Brand “Cold Horizon” Ltd. Ed. notebook; which, though not listed in the Practical Applications section of the inside back cover, seemed entirely fitting for Whaling Adventure Tale Commentary [after all, Melville himself wrote, “A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it.”].
As it’s always a pleasure to read a beautifully made book, I chose the drop dead gorgeous Penguin Drop Caps edition of “Moby-Dick” (publ. 2013), marking progress with an appropriately themed Anchor Bookmark / 6” ruler from Night Owl Paper Goods.
Our companion volume on this reading journey is Dan Beachy-Quick’s “A Whaler’s Dictionary” (Mpls: Milkweed Eds, 2008), which I hope will be helpful for explicating all the whaling arcana in Melville’s weighty tome.
We set sail 1 May 2014. Follow along on twitter via hashtag #TCMoby and the blog Beth Babbles About Books: #TCMoby. I’ll also try to post a few progress reports here on tumblr.
I’d like to smell this object.
"Maybe the world was like a revolving door, it occurred to him as his consciousness was fading away. And which section you ended up in was just a matter of where your foot happened to fall." — Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, p. 411
131208 The [Analog] Bookshelfie Project
a book based on a digital project based on analog Fuji Instax photos
131129 The Bookshelfie Project, a set on Flickr.
The Bookshelfie Project* was inspired by a Twitter exchange with @ColinCorneau. Keeping the ‘H’ in shelfie. *Excludes coffee table books.
The Joyce scholars, with notable exceptions, were characteristically aghast, like a consternation of moles caught in a bright light.
I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.