“…there’s something terrifying about the prospect of someone else owning you. We’re not used to thinking of our genes as our “selves,” the way that we think of our bodies or thoughts, but it takes no more than a high school education and an eye on the news to know how much our genes have to do with our lives. The clones are not literal slaves of Dyad, but Cosima’s worsening condition suggests that their lives are in Dyad’s hands. When someone has a gun to your head, or medicine in their hands, they may as well own you regardless of what the law says. The idea that the law might actually protect this sort of extortion challenges our notions of self-ownership.”—'Orphan Black and the Paradox of Self-Ownership' via Overthinking It (via orphanblack)
“Promoting has got a bit of a bad rap, because it’s associated with bragging. But if we can flip that to make it a celebration of everyone’s work, then the mission becomes bigger than the project itself.”—Ingrid Veninger, The Animal Project interview
“There were no rehearsals. Sometimes, I would email them with questions. This is an example: [imagine a lover wanted you back and you loved them, but were full of uncertainty. and they followed you to florida (yes, florida). and you said to them, “you don’t want me back, you only like the idea of us being together”. but they persist. so… you give them a list of 5 things to complete. and you say, “if you still want me back after doing this list… i will come back to you”. what would the 5 things on that list be? can you email me?]”—Ingrid Veninger: The Animal Project #ink5Q
Canadian Filmmaker John Greyson is an esteemed colleague, a ground-breaking filmmaker and beloved professor at York University here in Toronto. Please take a moment to read this and help us apply pressure to Canadian and Egyptian officials for his immediate release from a Cairo prison where the circumstances of his arrest & detention are unknown and mystifying to his peers - for four days now. Thank you for your time & consideration of this important appeal for public action on behalf of a great artist.
“There’s an old joke. Two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort, and one of ‘em says: “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know, and such… small portions.” Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life.”—Alvy, Annie Hall - Screenplay by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
Every morning you climb several flights of stairs, enter your study, open the French doors, and slide your desk and chair out into the middle of the air. The desk and chair float thirty feet from the ground, between the crowns of maple trees. The furniture is in place; you go back for your thermos of coffee. Then, wincing, you step out again through the French doors and sit down on the chair and look over the desktop. You can see clear to the river from here in winter. You pour yourself a cup of coffee.
Birds fly under your chair. In spring, when the leaves open in the maples’ crowns, your view stops in the treetops just beyond the desk; yellow warblers hiss and whisper on the high twigs, and catch flies. Get to work. Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair.
“I don’t do director’s commentary tracks on my DVD releases. I know people enjoy extras, but now, with all the add-ons, the film just seems to have gotten lost. We’ve got to guard the film itself. It should stand alone. You work so hard to get a film a certain way; it shouldn’t be fiddled with. Director’s commentaries just open a door to changing people’s take on the number one thing - the film. I do believe in telling stories surrounding a film, but to comment as it’s rolling is a sacrilege.”—David Lynch, Catching The Big Fish (2007)
“I used to have a lot of ideas about writing, but as time has gone on I’ve had to acknowledge the difference between my ideas about it and reality. What actually occurs when I write has no form or principle, I don’t know what’s going to happen or how it will happen, and most of the time I’m either happily or unhappily surprised by what’s going on as opposed to being in charge of it.”—David Guterson, How I Write - The Secret Lives of Authors
Just woke up from a big 12 hour sleep feeling happy because I had dreamed of giant blue men hugging skyscrapers and turning into statues, … possibly presaging my new decision to exert my own will from now on and not just follow everybody like I been doing…”— Jack Kerouac, Selected Letters 1957-1969