Sunday, February 03, 2008


1. I read a bunch of really good short stories Friday night.
2. Allen and I went to see The Diving Bell and the Butterfly this evening.
3. We were both largely disappointed in the movie.
4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is based on real events. It about a man who has a stroke and then has "locked in" syndrome. His only way to communicate was by blinking one eye. In this way, he was able to dictate his memoir.
5. We were disappointed, but I'm still glad I saw it. You really can't come out of the movie without in some way being thankful that you are not that man. That isn't the only point of the movie, but that is the very human reaction people are likely to have to it.
6. I read something I disagreed with in The New Yorker. I may write about it tomorrow.
7. I thought a lot about a story I am working on.


ggw07 said...

re. "I thought a lot about a story I am working on."
This is one of the best things you have said about writing. It is simple, but so true. This is the difficult task. When real deep thinking is done, the writing pours out. At least that's my experience.

ggw07 said...

The Charlie Rose interview with the Diving Bell and the Butterfly director, Julian Schnabel, was terrific. He spoke about being a painter, his reaction to his father's death, and how it all relates to the film. I want to see it.



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