I sometimes get the feeling that some people feel the need to explain how much they love books to you, they’ll talk about smelling the pages and spending hours reading or hanging out in bookstores. These kinds of people tend to make me want to shake them and yell in their faces to cut it out. Your enthusiasm is noted, truly, but it’s not a competition and I also just don’t believe you when you’re trying so hard. With this book, I kind of had these feelings over and over again. I get it, you like books, appreciate reading and find the beauty in the written word, but do you have to shove it down my throat? Ugh, enough already.
Where others might describe this as cheerful, charming and tender, I’d prefer words like twee, unnecessarily cutesy and exasperating. For such a short book it takes a while to get going, and the first half feels quite disjointed from the second. In the beginning so much time is spent on describing his feelings towards the pulping machine, which he calls The Thing and his loneliness and sad, weekly phonetical to his mother that when he finds the flash drive/diary it doesn’t really feel like the same story. Continue reading »
A few weeks ago a friend remarked on how few books I actually enjoy. It made me think that maybe it’s time that I stop looking for new things – be it authors or genres, and stick to what I know I like so that I can make better choices and ultimately read more books that I’m more likely to enjoy. That being said, even though I enjoyed this book I didn’t find it life changing or life affirming, nor do I ever see myself reading it again.
A little while ago we saw the latest Pixar movie, Inside Out and unsurprisingly it was an emotional roller coaster and for days (and now even weeks later) I find myself looking up interviews with the writers and still images of the movie. While I was in the wormhole I came across The Pixar Theory by Jon Negroni which explains how all the Pixar movies are connected in the same universe.
This theory includes all the movies the studio has created: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. It’s too recent to be included in the video below, so here’s an article explaining how Inside Out fits into this theory. Some of these are very easy to believe, while others are definitely more of a stretch of the imagination. Either way, it’s just a bit of fun that even the Pixar staff enjoy.
This is an annual update, mostly for myself, where the list of worthwhile shows are whittled down and only the good ones are left standing. It makes is easier when keeping track of what to keep an eye out for when the next season comes around.
I’ve always tried to read more books than watch tv, but the truth is that when it’s colder I just don’t want to let my arms outside the blanket to hold a book. It would be a complete lie if I said there wasn’t comfort in lying wrapped in front of the box being fed a story – the only problem is sifting through the many available options to find the ones that appeal to you most. We all have different tastes, and like music preferences it’s essentially a personal choice. Continue reading »
Greg Climer is a fashion designer and faculty member at Parsons School of Design in New York who is knitting a watchable scarf. The proof of concept is the video below which shows that as incredible as it sounds, a scarf can actually be used as a film reel. The film reel, or test scarf took a year and half to make, and is as long as a New York City block (which I’m told is pretty long…). Continue reading »