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Flannery O'Connor
Writing by hand

I wrote this entry by hand and edited it as I typed. I don’t know the science behind it, but apparently handwriting energizes neural pathways in the brain that typing does not. So I am stuck, stymied on my current opus. Why not try handwriting? Handwriting is so enjoyable. There is an esoteric pleasure in […]

Begin Again, dir. by John Carney, starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. A truly joy-filled movie about artists.

Art is pain. Art is misery. Art is the exposing oneself to the slings and arrows of outrageous critics. Give me a break. Art is joy. Art should be joy. If art is pain (and it is), then baring the soul should bring catharsis, and catharsis clears the way for joy. Art is also the […]

Meisje_met_de_parel

“90% of directing is casting.” – Elia Kazan “I never said all actors are cattle. What I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.” – Alfred Hitchcock Actors terrify me. I am not one, and while I count actors among my closest friends, I really don’t understand them. I have taken acting classes […]