I am a girl in seventh grade and I have a funny feeling about one of my teachers. I am afraid I might be in love with her or something. My friend says she feels that way about her cousin. I’ll bet a lot of girls — and boys — feel this way. Could you please write a book about it?
P.S. You don’t have to. Maybe it is only me who feels this way.
“1. Trust your aesthetic instincts.
2. Don’t let production design be hindered by realism.
3. Don’t let cinematography be hindered by realism, either!
4. Don’t let sound effects be hindered by, you got it, realism.
5. Let your influences guide you.
6. But don’t let your influences guide you too much.
7. If you’re going to shoot improv, use two cameras.
8. Expressive visual elements carrying over a cut make images cut smoothly together.”—Thelma Schoonmaker on the craft of filmmaking via one of her unquestioned masterpieces, ‘Raging Bull.’
“There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” (Actually, he said “There but for the grace of God goes John Bradford,” but the switch to the pronoun makes it work for the rest of us.) The second comes from Albert Einstein, who disparagingly referred to quantum entanglement as “spooky action at a distance.” And for the third, I go to Ice Cube, the chief lyricist of N.W.A., who delivered this manifesto in “Gangsta Gangsta” back in 1988: “Life ain’t nothing but bitches and money.”—When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America
“8. Expressive visual elements carrying over a cut make images cut smoothly together.
Schoonmaker showed, slowed down, a fascinating sequence of shots from a fight scene in the film in which Jake knocks down an opponent. In the scene, tons of flashbulbs are going off, illuminating Jake and his opponent in their flare for a few frames. Showing the scene slowed down, Schoonmaker illuminated how cutting from one shot with a flashbulb flare to a second shot with a flashbulb flare made the cut look extremely smooth.”—Thelma Schoonmaker on the craft of filmmaking via ‘Raging Bull.’
“Like, they think I’m real slutty, like “Oh, she got a song called ‘Pussy,’ I know what she wants. She wants these two fingers.” Why would I want a stranger to ever finger me? Buying my album for $12 doesn’t mean you get to finger me when I come to your city.”—Iggy Azalea on why she wears double underwear to her own concerts now. (via emilyvgordon)
“The difference between a Not Writer and a Writer is the difference between someone who *could* write and someone who *does*. A Not Writer is someone who experiences blocks and obstacles and timing issues and lets them prevent him or her from actually writing. A Not Writer may certainly be creative, insightful and capable of writing lyrical prose, but most of the time they’re too busy Not Writing to get any Writing done. That’s such a shame, such a waste, and that’s the reason I so often deploy Tough Love upon those who ask for advice.”—
“The stories listed below are, to the best of my research, all PUBLIC DOMAIN in the United States,” writes the collector in an introduction to the long list, a quick scan of which reveals a who’s who of respected names in science fiction from the mid-twentieth century and earlier, from Piers Anthony to John Wyndham.
In between those two sci-fi eminences, you’ll also encounter a few possibly unexpected names, like Henry James, Jack London, Guy de Maupassant — yes, the very same Henry James, Jack London, and Guy de Maupassant, who seem to have used just enough of the adventurous and the supernatural in their fiction to fit into the spirit of the collection, if not quite into the genre boundaries. But even if you want to stick to sci-fi and sci-fi only, you’ll certainly find plenty of the finest shorter-form work with which to treat yourself. Perhaps “I, Mars” by none other than Mr. Martian Chronicles himself, Ray Bradbury? Alternatively, if you prefer the “harder” side of the tradition, behold the offerings from Foundation series author Isaac Asimov,
Johnny Carson’s first appearance as host of ‘The Tonight Show’ was filling in for then-host Jack Paar, before Carson eventually became the permanent host in October of 1962. The tradition of guest hosts continued and flourished under Carson’s 30-year tenure as the host of ‘Tonight.’ Letterman, Rivers and Jay Leno were all mainstays of Carson’s guest host stable and all three went on to host their own shows (with Leno, controversially, succeeding Carson on ‘The Tonight Show’).
Kermit the freaking Frog even once guest hosted ‘The Tonight Show.’ He interviewed Vincent Price.
“We saw a scruffy, robe-wearing, boozing Don put on his full Don Draper drag, from hair to tie to shoes, just to briefly greet Dawn at the door. She knows he’s not working, so he’s not literally trying to fool her, but it was fascinating to see Don trying so hard to maintain the illusion of his status to an audience consisting solely of his black secretary, whom he appears to trust a great deal, meaning it probably really was for her benefit, and not to avoid gossip. That gussying-up process demonstrated a strange, twisted respect for her — and concern over what she thinks — to which it would probably be hard for him to admit.”—Shirley, This Is The Dawn Of A New ‘Mad Men’ (via npr)