Gilles Deleuze on Cinema - What is the Creative Act? (1987)
This 45 minute talk at a conference in 1987 on the “act of creation” in cinema is perhaps the most intimate capture of Gilles Deleuze on film besides the Abécédaire interview. Gilles Deleuze speaks continuously and fluidly in a raspy but gentle and sincere voice that betrays much reverence for the work of figures such as Bresson and Kurosawa, particularly as concerns what Deleuze claims to be an absolute need of theirs to adapt the works of Shakespeare and Dostoevsky for film. Other figures discussed include Syberberg, Straub and Duras, along with a discussion of Foucault and disciplinary societies. Deleuze concludes with a meditation on what he calls the “mysterious connection between the work of art and the act of resistance.”
Oh, Deleuze, so wonderful.
The wonderful Peter Wortsman, in rakish headwear, holds up an autographed copy of his Tales from the German Imagination at the LA Times Festival of Books!
“I don’t think attention to detail is incompatible with an expansion and deepening of what we apprehend. A good starting point for a life well lived is continual effort to enlarge, as well as to deepen, the boundaries of our imaginations and our knowledge to all the dimensions and details of the real world. Thoreau, who wrote that ‘in wildness is the salvation of the world,’ was a visionary and a radical, but he was not a woolly thinker. It was Thoreau—not the supposedly practical folk around him—who refused to believe that Walden Pond was bottomless and actually took the trouble to measure its depth with a plumb line. As Richard Feynman later said, ‘Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.’”
—Caspar Henderson, “Imagining the World: In Search of the Fantastic,” in The Chronicle Review
“I have often been asked to which batters I have found it hardest to pitch.
It is the general impression among baseball fans that Joseph Faversham Tinker, the shortstop of the Chicago Cubs, is the worst man I have to face in the National League. Few realize that during his first two years in the big show Joe Tinker looked like a cripple at the plate when I was pitching. His ‘groove’ was a slow curve over the outside corner, and I fed him slow curves over that very outside corner with great regularity. Then suddenly, overnight, he became from my point of view the most dangerous batter in the League.”
Christy Mathewson, Pitching in a Pinch
Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week
An interesting little clip (in Arabic) featuring writer Hassan Blasim and an evocative musical soundtrack. Come read “The Green Zone Rabbit” by Blasim in the April 2013: Iraq, Ten Years Later Issue of Words without Borders.
Meet Hassan Blasim, whose incredible book of stories, Corpse Exhibition (translated by the wonderful Jonathan Wright), will be coming out as a Penguin Original next April!
“Now she’s leaving
Left the abbeys
She’s been dreaming
—Devendra Banhart, “Für Hildegard von Bingen”
Seems like Devendra has been reading some Selected Writings from that visionary “Sybil of the Rhine”: Hildegard of Bingen.