CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING
Dir. Jacques Rivette. 1974. 193 minutes.
We had the opportunity to see a print of this last night.
Beautiful, fun, unlike anything else.
Also an endurance event.
THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
Spend the rest of the afternoon listening to The Carnival of the Animals. This version is accompanied by verses by Ogden Nash, narrated by Noel Coward. Recorded in 1949.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. 1972. 167 minutes.
You’ve gone long enough without seeing this movie. Watch it this week.
You’ve heard some people say that time seems to pass faster as you grow older because as you age, each unit of time (an hour, a day, a month) represents a smaller and smaller proportion of your life in total.
A month when you were six was 1/72 of your life, but a month now? The fraction is so small, it’s gone, it’s poof! Or so they say.
Does this explanation feel adequate to you?
NEW YEAR 2012
You’ve already let 11 days slip by. FOCUS.
Steve Reich, It’s Gonna Rain (Part I), 1965
Sloppy thinking gets worse over time.
EXCERPT: DAVID FOSTER WALLACE SYLLABUS
If you are used to whipping off papers the night before they’re due, running them quickly through the computer’s Spellchecker, handing them in full of high-school errors and sentences that make no sense and having the professor accept them ‘because the ideas are good’ or something, please be informed that I draw no distinction between the quality of one’s ideas and the quality of those ideas’ verbal expression, and I will not accept sloppy, rough-draftish, or semiliterate college writing. Again, I am absolutely not kidding.
Don’t just go through the motions. Don’t accept dogma. Look for ways that you might be wrong, don’t look for ways to prove you’re right. Think. Express your thoughts with as much precision and care as you can muster.
As much precision and care as you can muster.