With great pleasure we present the cover of our forthcoming book, Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (Bloomsbury), and with ecstatic joy we announce that the book’s introduction will be written by Cheryl Strayed.
(You can pre-order here, here, here, or here, Mom.)
Man that is a gorgeous cover. Love the shading and colorful burst on the tip.
"What if God is a fictional character in the book we’re writing, but doesn’t realize it. How would you break the news to him?"
Russell Banks, The Art of Fiction No. 152
"One reason that I don’t look at my films again once they’re finished is because I’ve already learned from them what I’m going to learn and watching them over again doesn’t teach me anything. There’s a quote by the French poet Paul Valéry; he said, ‘a poem is never finished, only abandoned.’ You could edit a film for the rest of your life and still keep changing it and changing it, but at a certain point it leaves your hands and you send it off to military school, or whatever; it’s gone, it’s on its own, you know. You kick it out of the house and it’s gone, and it has to live in the world itself. I have a personal motto that it’s hard to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going. I really believe that intuition is the real guide. Therefore to me my work as a filmmaker is a process and there is no destination; it’s like the Buddhist saying, the path is the destination. I really feel that way. I loved it when they asked Kurosawa, when he was in his eighties, when would he stop making films, and he said, ‘as soon as I figure out how to do it.’ It’s very hard to say specific things you learn from each particular film, but the experience of making the films is the end result. And the film itself is something you kind of leave in your wake as the result of the process." — Jim Jarmusch
(Source: strangewood, via mattfractionblog)
A Word About The Creator of Rocket Raccoon -
So the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer was sweet. We all love Rocket Raccoon. He’s a raccoon that shoots a gun, after all! Who could say no to that?
But he didn’t spring, fully formed, from the ether, despite what people may think happens with artwork on Tumblr. He was…
Bill Mantlo is a legend and if you’re going to see Guardians of the Galaxy you should donate to help pay for his hospital bills, because he gave us the awesome thing such as a raccoon with a machine gun.
All literature, highbrow or low, from the Aeneid onward, is fan fiction….Through parody and pastiche, allusion and homage, retelling and reimagining the stories that were told before us and that we have come of age loving—amateurs—we proceed, seeking out the blank places in the map that our favorite writers, in their greatness and negligence, have left for us, hoping to pass on to our own readers—should we be lucky enough to find any—some of the pleasure that we ourselves have taken in the stuff that we love: to get in on the game. All novels are sequels; influence is bliss. —
Michael Chabon in Maps and Legends, quoted by austinkleon in this post.
I’m writing a bit of a jam session, and have been asking—am I writing fanfiction? And yeah, I guess I am, because I’m writing something that I’ve been wanting to write since high school and it is tremendous fun.
It’s been a pretty blah year for the books I’m reading so far. I realized last year that I don’t read enough women so I’m trying to alternate. For every male writer I follow that book up with a female writer, because in years past I haven’t done that—in fact in 2012 I only read three books by women—and last year I read eleven out of forty-six. So a little better, but I could do better. This year so far I’m not really sticking to that: four male-written books and two books by women.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by
Robert Gabraith J.K. Rowling: Reminded me quite a bit of Crooked Little Vein, but instead of it having creative sentence turns it’s about the death of a model and a four hundred page detective novel that labors along like its protagonist. Pretty sure that a reason to read a J.K. Rowling book just because it’s Rowling is not really a good reason anymore.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I’ve read this book, it’s called Something Wicked This Way Comes, and that’s why it was an okay read. It sent me back to being twelve again. While the setting has shifted and this book is about a competition between magicians and how this develops the circus, I felt nothing for the characters when I finished it. They seemed like props, avatars for plot. This feeling is something that really terrifies me, mostly because I’m worried that most of my characters are also nothing more than plot entrance points and it creates okay books, but not books that I feel any reader would feel the compulsion to finish.
The System of Comics by Thierry Groensteen: Really interesting, because the French comics critic uses Barthes’ semiotics to dissect comics. I’ve been looking for exactly this for a while now, and it makes perfect sense to use the study of symbols to break down comics. A fascinating, if not required, read if you’re someone like me who is attempting to talk about comics at the higher-ed level. The only problem I had, as Bart Beaty talks about in his introduction, is that I’m not familiar with any of the comics Groensteen talks about.