My favorite line from a lovely, Ghibli film in which an old man holds up an ordinary stone with a green glint shining through a crack: “It’s called beryl. You find it in emerald ore. You are like this stone. Rough. Unpolished. Still natural. I like stones that way. But making violins or writing stories … Continue reading Whisper of the Heart
Art is art is art. Every field offers and lends itself to others. Music and poetry. Painting and comics. Films and books. The last two are essentially identical except in the methods of reception: watched or read, respectively. But the reason that so man books become films is they both tell stories, often using tricks … Continue reading Every Frame A Painting
Radio 3: Music To Draw To by Kid Koala Here I present to you, thirty-minutes full of winning concentration power. Guaranteed to take you off to that dreamscape where creativity flourishes under the twin suns of beat. And while I’ve got you here, if you’re not feeling particularly introspective, instead check out Kid Koala’s Scratchcratchratchatch. … Continue reading Kid Koala’s Music To Draw To: Quiet Time Mix Vol. 1
Breaths are a natural rhythm. Steady, too slow some say, but the involuntary initiative of the living, the biological, the breathing. All other functions sound of the machine I am. The whirr of blood passing through veins of twisted metallic tubes, running past muscular fibers. Pushing oxygen. Pulling carbon dioxide. Cleaning the inner walls of cells manufactured. A … Continue reading Absinthe Dreams IV
A 3-minute interview with the author of the Lemony Snicket series, Daniel Handler, in which he details the origin of his pen name, snippets on his writing process, and why mothers often steer their children away from him in public.
No, you pervert, not that kind of porn. You’ll find no scantily clad ladies lounging on shelves here. This is all about the books and their respective resting places. From home bookshelves, to bookstores, to libraries, and beyond. If you love reading, you surely find something to inspire your next reading place here.
“Making films is all about–as soon as you’re finished–continually regretting what you’ve done. When we look at films we’ve made, all we can see are the flaws; we can’t even watch them in a normal way. I never feel like watching my own films again. So unless I start working on a new one, I’ll … Continue reading Hayao Miyazaki on Perfectionism
Only rare people, and even these individuals on the scarce occasional happenstance, lay themselves bare. Ignorance encourages speaking one’s mind, but even then only when the voiced opinion is guaranteed either vigorous support or ruffled feathers. Gross opinions, populars thoughts, politically correct topics are simple to voice one’s opinion on, but what lingers deep, under … Continue reading On Characters
If you’re anything like me, I love taking trips into other media that illustrate the life of a writer or artist: the day-to-day struggles, the victories, the stumbling blocks. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear easy to make writing exciting enough even for documentaries, at least not ones that are primarily biographies. So it’s not surprising that … Continue reading How Ian Rankin Writes
I’m trying to catch up on all the classics I’ve missed. Tired of all the slop passed off as summer blockbusters nowadays. So check out Time’s top 100 movies of all time. I’m going through them one at a time, crossing each off my list as I go. Each title will be accompanied by my … Continue reading All-TIME 100 Movies| Full List | TIME.com