Scott Esposito spends a lot of time reading three polymaths (my favorite kind of nonfiction writer), and especially my new fave Lawrence Weschler. Jonathan Raban and Geoff Dyer are also discussed at length.
Panels & Pixels has a long interview with Larry Gonick, the cartoonist behind The Cartoon History of the Universe, which taught me more history than any number of high school history classes. Among other things, the conversation alerts me that volume 4 is out. Rejoice!
Film critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Keith Ulrich sum up 2006 in film and video, discussing Miami Vice and Inland Empire at length. If that was all they did, it’s be worth reading. Their long, thoughtful, forward-looking conversation, however, discusses the future of cinema and the coming advent of high-definition video as the norm for creation, the advent of computers and iPods as the norm for viewing, and much, much more. There’s lots to argue with here, and this is essential reading for anyone who cares at all about the movies.
Proving that great minds think alike, Noel Murray and Scott Tobias have a similarly wide-ranging conversation at the Onion’s AV Club, focusing more on how we view movies, and the aesthetic/formal considerations therein than on how movies get made. Again, this is vital stuff for movie lovers.
Girish waxes rhapsodic on a subject dear to my heart—revisiting favorite movies.
Michael gives an overview/summation of his 2006 in cultural discoveries and enrichments.
A few months ago, I mentioned in passing that we wouldn’t start seeing good reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day until a few months had passed, everyone had taken a deep breath, and got down to the hard, joyful task of actually reading the book in-depth. The Millions proves me right. There’s also a wiki devoted the book, which helps out a lot.
And, finally, a 2000 interview with Whitney Balliett.
That is all.