You can learn a lot about someone from their punctuation. A lack of periods announces a poorly organized mind. A properly employed semicolon or dash suggests a subtle dignity. But nothing exudes tackiness like the exclamation point.
The exclamation point is the dullard’s last gasping plea for…
I love these ten “rules of thumb” painted on the wall of furniture-maker Wendell Castle’s studio, and hope that more than one apply to Princeton Architectural Press books. At least number seven: “If it’s off-beat or surprising, it’s probably useful,” I think that’s a pretty fair description of most of what we do.
I especially like number 10.
A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
Glam rock perfection.
Jodorowsky’s Dune: this doc should prove very interesting, indeed.
“In 1974 the iconoclastic Chilean filmmaker responsible for such conscience-altering [sic (consciousness-altering?)] cult classics as El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre signed on to make a film version of Dune that would be financed and produced independently of the Hollywood studio system. With a starting budget of $9 million Jodorowsky assembled a creative team that consisted of influential artists such as Jean “Moebius” Giraud, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, and Dan O’Bannon and set about writing the screenplay adaptation of Herbert’s beloved novel. The director’s casting wish list was a cornucopia of international talent that included David Carradine, Charlotte Rampling,Mick Jagger, Gloria Swanson, Orson Welles, Alain Delon, and the legendary surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Jodorowsky’s son, Brontis Jodorowsky, was to play the film’s young hero Paul Atreides, and British rock group Pink Floyd agreed to compose and perform the Dune soundtrack. After two years of pre-production the film ran into a shortage of funds and was shut down due also to the sprawling nature of Jodorowsky’s script and a lack of interest from the major American movie studios.
Jodorowsky and his cast and crew were sent packing, but all was not lost: during his time working with Giger, Dan O’Bannon — also a budding screenwriter and filmmaker — became entranced by the Swiss painter’s nightmarish artwork and was influenced by the imagery to write the script that would become the original Alien. Jodorowsky and Moebius would later use the ideas they developed during their time working on Dune to create the comic book series The Incal.
Jodorowsky’s Dune, directed by Frank Pavich, takes a look back at the enormous amount of preparation that the filmmaker and his first-rate creative team put into making Jodorowsky’s grandiose vision for the project a reality through interviews with the filmmaker and several of his surviving collaborators, including Giger and Foss.”
Tonight instead of writing I got schooled in sausage making and bacon curing at @saveonmeats. Took away some serious loot to boot.
Progress Report: today’s word count, 655; Chapter 1 complete. #thecartographernovel #writing #novels #fiction