A REDUCTIVE THEORY OF WRITING

Writers tend to fall into three groups: one, two, or more. This means, at root, they write about one one person, the interaction between two people, or describe big narratives with a large cast of characters. 

ONE: Franz Kafka, Ottessa Moshfegh, Lydia Davis

TWO: Mary Gaitskill, Norman Rush, Zadie Smith

MORE: Anton Chekhov, Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood

PEARLS BEFORE

I saw Pearl Harbor and The Explosions open for someone, maybe The Boomtown Rats. (That doesn't sound right.) I assume people find this kind of music corny. Live television is unusually hard, and I doubt many bands could sound this good in this situation now. Pearl is very good at moving, so dedicated that I can't figure out if she's a total dork or a completely suave kickboxer hero. Maybe being both is the goal.

COUNTING

From Sirius, Coleman Hawkins' last studio session, recorded on December 20, 1966 in New York.

DRIVING AND TALKING

Tom Hardy in "Locke," directed and written by Steven Knight, released in 2013. The director of photography was Haris Zambarloukos. Wish I had found this movie earlier.

AUGUST 30, 2011

Videos, rather than photos. Not just the look and shape of a person, but their movements, what they are or and aren't distracted by, their relationship to the world reflected in gestures intended to achieve other things.