March 13, 2017No Comments

You took Godard’s famous quotation and changed it around—film means lying twenty-four times a second.
Although no one ever bothers to quote me to the end. Film means lying twenty-four times a second—in the service of truth. 
Film, of course, is always a lie. It never tells the truth. But film, more so than any other form of art, conveys the impression that we are beholding something real."

August 26, 2012No Comments

“When I was a young man I was always hunting for new metaphors. Then I found out that really good metaphors are always the same. I mean you compare time to a road, death to sleeping, life to dreaming, and those are the great metaphors in literature because they correspond to something essential. If you invent metaphors, they are apt to be surprising during the fraction of a second, but they strike no deep emotion whatever. If you think of life as a dream, that is a thought, a thought that is real, or at least that most men are bound to have, no? ‘What oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed.’ I think that’s better than the idea of shocking people, than finding connections between things that have never been connected before, because there is no real connection, so the whole thing is a kind of juggling.”

Jorge Luis Borges

July 26, 2012No Comments

February 20, 2012No Comments

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty.

Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.”

— Henry Miller 

November 4, 2011No Comments

“One of the ways of surrendering freedom is to actually have convictions, and a way of further surrendering freedom is to spend quite a bit of time acting on those convictions.”

— Jonathan Franzen


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