“The Master”: Too Much Art for Oscar?

Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master

I'm grateful to David Dark, author of one of my favorite books — The Sacredness of Questioning Everything — for highlighting this article by Tyler Sage on Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master, published at The Los Angeles Review of Books.It is so refreshing, after reading a storm of hasty reactions, wild accusations, and complaints about this "difficult" work of art, to read such a thoughtful, patient, studious consideration of this film.Here's how it starts... … [Read more...]

David Dark “Provokes” at Laity Lodge

This weekend, I had the privilege of teaching a fiction workshop at Laity Lodge. I had a fantastic time, inspired by ten aspiring writers who turned in excellent samples for consideration and critique. I wish I could have kept on working with them for a whole week.But my time was also blessed by the presence of author David Dark, whose books Everyday Apocalypse and The Sacredness of Questioning Everything have become very important to me, worth reading and re-reading.Here's what Eugene … [Read more...]

Dark on Bell

Why do we need the word "hell"? … [Read more...]

Bazan, Brazen.

UPDATE: I just realized that I never posted THIS. Which is a thrilling profile of David Bazan, featuring excellent perspective from David Dark. … [Read more...]

Browser: A 4th of July surprise. Wilco loves you, baby. Jarmusch. Bono & the Virgin. Salinger. And the scariest video ever posted online.

Hi ho, Jeffrey the Blogger here. … [Read more...]

Caspian’s PG and David Dark’s Next

Did Prince Caspian get the right rating?Cinematical's Eric Snider thinks the "PG" is misleading. ... watch The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and marvel at how such a violent movie magically got the kid-friendly PG rating.I didn't know the rating before I watched it, and I didn't remember, off the top of my head, whether the first Chronicles of Narnia was PG. (It was.) As Prince Caspian unfolded, I noted that there was an awful lot of stabbing, throat-slitting, and other killing, … [Read more...]


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