A tale of two novels

You need to be a vessel with a sharp prow to get into the film world.

Iris Murdoch, Under the Net

IMG_1508I managed to send my screenplay off to a competition in England – after much trouble trying to pay electronically. It seems because I was in the U.S. recently (dollar purchases) and live in Mexico (peso purchases) and the competition was in England (pound purchase) the computers thought I was an internet scam artist.  There are two more competitions that I am considering:  one in Oaxaca and another in the United States.  After those two, I think I am done shopping that script.

Filmy negligence

Somewhat mirroring the general population, slightly more than half of movie-goers are female in the United States.  Yet,

Behind the scenes, women accounted for 6% of directors and 10% of writers working on the top-grossing 250 films in 2013. These percentages are actually lower than those recorded in 1998. For all of the talk about gender diversity on various blogs and industry panels, little has changed in more than a decade. How can this be?

Martha M. Lauzen and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Variety (18/3/14)

The novels

I’m reading Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net and  Len Deighton’s Mexico Set  (from which I’ve also quoted, but only to show how history can prove an author wrong) in small chunks:  Murdoch because nearly every paragraph reveals or expresses some insight into human nature; it is so dense with elegant sentences that show the workings of the mind that if I am to remember any, I must read her in small doses.  Her book, published 60 years ago, does not read as if it has aged; Deighton’s novel from 30 years ago, on the other hand, seems dated by historical events, changes in technology and the world’s political structure.  Much of his book would have rung true had I read it then. It is somewhat like watching a James Bond movie starring Sean Connery:  the technology may have been state of the art at the time, and the villains might have seemed evil, but now it all looks innocent and of little substance.

An early mash-up:  Tom’s Diner

Suzanne Vega + DNA


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