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But I can't help the feeling...

Rather than another travelogue, this morning I shall quickly write the more regular sort of entry, as we were in all day yesterday and the weather's cooler and we long to be out of doors. I'll get to the Watch Hill entry later, maybe late tonight, maybe tomorrow. This getting behind thing is a bitch.

Bill Schafer at subpress has informed me that only 25 copies of the limited edition of Alabaster now remain, so if you mean to order it, you may wish to do so very soon. The limited is signed by me and Ted and comes with an extra Dancy story, "Highway 95," in the form of a chapbook.

One hundred years ago today, director John Huston was born (he died in 1987).

I've got to look at the settings on the iBook. For some reason, it's importing photos from the camera at 72 dpi instead of 300 dpi, and I'm not happy with the resolution of the images I posted yesterday.

You should have a look at the new chapter of The Adventures of Boshen and Nesuko, as sovay, robyn_ma, and I appear in supporting roles (as Sept whores, no less).

Last night, we watched Terrence Malick's breathtaking The New World (2005). I've been a great admirer of Malick since The Thin Red Line (1998). Well, actually, I've been a great admirer of his since Days in Heaven (1978), but only recently realized he directed that film. The New World is a beauty and a delight, sheer visual poetry. Malick's ability to tell terrible stories and imbue them with such beauty amazes me. In this case, the story of Pocahontas (played by Q'Orianka Kilcher) and her love for John Smith (Colin Farrell) and John Rolfe (Christian Bale). The cinematography is perfection, seeming almost to weave motion from still photography, and the screenplay (by Malick), which layers spoken dialogue and internal monologues is also very, very fine. See it. Malick is surely one of the most under appreciated directors of our time. I'm very sorry that I missed The New World in theatres.

Right. Time to get dressed and have a few little adventures...

Oh, wait. Once again, here are the links to order the mmp of Threshold and the tpb of Daughter of Hounds from Amazon.com. Your preorders will be greatly appreciated.

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robyn_ma
Aug. 5th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
The problem with Malick is that he works in a highly expensive medium subject to the whims of the marketplace and, more to the point, the need to make films of a certain length. I found The Thin Red Line gorgeous yet wildly incoherent, and I'm sure this is because it was originally much, much longer — characters were seemingly forgotten about right and left in the released version. I prefer his earlier, smaller films, because working with a tiny story he can embroider more successfully and doesn't get hung up so much on plot — kind of like David Lynch did with The Straight Story.
setsuled
Aug. 5th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
because working with a tiny story he can embroider more successfully and doesn't get hung up so much on plot — kind of like David Lynch did with The Straight Story.

Are you saying that Straight Story was a tiny story Lynch embroidered successfully or that it was a movie in which he got hung up on plot?
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greygirlbeast
Aug. 6th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
The problem with Malick is that he works in a highly expensive medium subject to the whims of the marketplace and, more to the point, the need to make films of a certain length. I found The Thin Red Line gorgeous yet wildly incoherent, and I'm sure this is because it was originally much, much longer — characters were seemingly forgotten about right and left in the released version.

Though I can't say I've ever had this problem with his films, I think I see what you mean. Personally, I love disjointed narratives on a grand scale (surprise, surprise). But I will say that the story telling in The New World was a bit tighter than that of The Thin Red Line, staying focused primarily upon Pocahontas and the two Johns.
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chris_walsh
Aug. 5th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
And soon one of those limiteds of Alabaster will be mine! MINE!!! (Oops. Over-exuberance. Please forgive me.) I order the limited edition, plus Poppy's D*U*C*K. Thank you for the heads-up; I thought I was too late to get the limited.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 6th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Thank you for the heads-up; I thought I was too late to get the limited.


Thank you!
robyn_ma
Aug. 6th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
To my great relief, I see that I pre-ordered Alabaster (limited) back in January. I honestly wasn't sure if I'd ordered it yet until I checked my records. Now I can rest assured that a copy will soon arrive so that I can hold it and sniff it and rub it on my face and eventually read it.

I did not just say that. Shut up.
chris_walsh
Aug. 6th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
How 'bout hug it and pet it and call it George?
setsuled
Aug. 5th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
One hundred years ago today, director John Huston was born (he died in 1987).

Definitely one of my favourite directors. Though I still haven't seen his Moby Dick. I'm particularly fond of The Misfits.

You should have a look at the new chapter of The Adventures of Boshen and Nesuko

It's kind of you to mention that. I guess a lot of people wanted to see you with pointed ears because I don't think Boschen and Nesuko has ever before gotten as many hits from one of your posts has it did this time.

(as Sept whores, no less)

Heh. It only occurred to me rather late in the game that some of the people I was drawing just might take issue with that.
robyn_ma
Aug. 5th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
'I guess a lot of people wanted to see you with pointed ears'

Really, who wouldn't?
setsuled
Aug. 5th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
Heh. Well, knowing about your hatred for elves, I'm kind of relieved you didn't mail me some anthrax.
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greygirlbeast
Aug. 6th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Really, who wouldn't?

Have I never posted any of those photographs? Hmmmm....
sovay
Aug. 5th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. It only occurred to me rather late in the game that some of the people I was drawing just might take issue with that.

Hey, I was flattered . . .
setsuled
Aug. 6th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad, then. Upsetting the Faerie Queen of Sofas can only mean a life of discomfort.
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greygirlbeast
Aug. 6th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
It's kind of you to mention that. I guess a lot of people wanted to see you with pointed ears because I don't think Boschen and Nesuko has ever before gotten as many hits from one of your posts has it did this time.

Glad you got lots of hits.

Heh. It only occurred to me rather late in the game that some of the people I was drawing just might take issue with that.

Oh, frell. I've been an alien whore so many times now I can do it in my sleep (so to speak).
stsisyphus
Aug. 6th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
You should have a look at the new chapter of The Adventures of Boshen and Nesuko, as sovay, robyn_ma, and I appear in supporting roles (as Sept whores, no less)

I was going to say this in an earlier post, but I knew there was something uncanny about those seemingly random extras. They didn't seem like...the usual sept girls.
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