Unity

UNITY This weekend I went to see Florian Zeller’s comedy called La Verdad. Or, Truth in English. I first read this kid’s novels a few years ago. At the time, I was a sad little neurotic boy who enjoyed taking a form of Portuguese pleasure called saudade:...

The Newsroom

I really enjoy THE NEWSROOM, but. But. Now we have a problem. The problem started a few weeks ago: a friend of mine–a woman!–mentioned that she didn’t like the women on the show, “We can do better,” she said. I didn’t know what that...

Starwars

STARWARS A son and his mother read in different parts of the house. They yell at one another. –Hey mom! –I’m reading! –I know: me too. –Are you? –Listen to this opening sentence– –I’m reading my own book!...

Serious

SERIOUS The art of high modernism assumes a tragic worldview: it is serious. Think DJANGO UNCHAINED and, well, any art movie. Any serious film. Any serious writer. Any real novel. Anything worth any attention in the last 100 years. Harold Bloom. I was watching an...

Mamet

MAMET I’ve been reading the Cambridge Companion to David Mamet. Here are some interesting quotations: “Thematically, Mamet’s universe is strongly reminiscent of that of Jerome Bosch. Thematically and formally, [his plays are] also close to the...

Guilt

GUILT Since 18, I have replaced action with psychoanalysis or what actors call The Method, which is to say, I have replaced action with guilt. My guild expressed itself in my not having done enough or not having understood enough or undergone enough of the emotional...