“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone to far.” The Buggles/Who Killed the Radio Star I thought it would be fun to revisit a post I wrote way back on November 15, 2009 called Cocaine Cowboys & the Future of Film. I wrote it the day after I watched my […]

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Original style arises out of personality and the freak accident of the artist’s particular aesthetic experience—the fortuitous combination, during a writer’s childhood of (let us say) Tolstoy, Roy Rogers, and the chimpanzee act at the St. Louis  Zoo. Only after the style has begun to assert itself does the writer’s intellect make sense of it, […]

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When forced to work within a strict framework the imagination is taxed to its utmost—and will produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom the work is likely to sprawl.” Poet and Playwright T.S. Eliot 

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I was eighteen and an aunt gave me a copy of Mixed Company, a book of his (Irwin Shaw) collected stories. I’d never read a word by him, never heard his name. But I remember the lead story in the book was The Girls in Their Summer Dresses. About a guy who looked at women. […]

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“It’s like a good news, bad news joke. The bad news is, you get thrown out of an airplane. The good news is, you’re wearing a parachute. the bad news is, your rip cord breaks. The good news is, you have a back up ‘chute. The bad news is you can’t reach the cord. Back […]

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I worked in a video store for like ten years, which is probably the best film school you can go to…and I get this phone call. They say, ‘My name is Andrea McCall and I work at Dreamworks. I read your script and I was wondering if you could come in for a meeting.’I went […]

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I’ve always felt that if you look at what lasts, in cinema and in art in general, it tends not to be a modernist or postmodern approach with ironic distance and narrative dysfunction. It would be easy for us to find self-reflexive poets from post-Virgilian Rome, but nobody reads them except for graduate students. In […]

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“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” Marilyn Monroe James Gray is a working writer/director who back in 1994 made his first feature film at age 24, and his latest film (The Lost City of Z) is hitting theater this month. But […]

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“Every ring is a team story, and this is the Cubs story.” Miran Armutlu, Master Jeweler Last week the Chicago Cubs received their World Series rings. Everyone in the organization got a ring, not just the players. That’s a total of 1,908 pieces. That’s 1,908 stories. Here’s the only one I have a loose connection […]

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I took this photos a few days ago on the Valencia College campus in Orlando and it seems like a fitting colorful Easter day/springtime photo. It’s golden trumpet tree that blooms in the spring here in Central Florida. Especially pretty on blue sky days. Scott W. Smith

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