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Feb 23, 2013
» The Making of Pulp Fiction
Great piece that shows how genius doesn’t come out of nowhere and just how many elements have to come together and how much wheeling and dealing has to go down to make it happen. Harvey Keitel:
“There’s great talent out there, and they should be seen and heard. We don’t have to keep repeating the same movies and sequels, ad infinitum. An example like Quentin should be a call to arms. Of course, people say, ‘Oh, so-and-so would have made it anyway.’ That’s almost like saying the world is fair, and the cream will rise to the top. That’s bullshit.”
Filed under: filmmaking
Nov 27, 2012
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
(cf. Brian Eno
: “Instead of shooting arrows at someone else’s target, which I’ve never been very good at, I make my own target around wherever my arrow happens to have landed. You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre.”)
Jul 10, 2009
Gay Talese on writing on shirt boards
I want to be forced to work slowly because I don’t want to get too much on paper….I take a long time…..I don’t use notebooks. I use shirt boards….I cut the shirt board into four parts and I cut the corners into round edges, so that they can fit in my pocket. I also use full shirt boards when I’m writing my outlines. I’ve been doing this since the fifties.
The whole interview, like Matt says, is a must-read. Love the bit where Talese says he never had any confidence, like John Updike, “who had tremendous confidence in himself because his mother said, You’re the greatest little shit in the world. You’re so wonderful, wonderful, wonderful—and he believed it.”
Talese at one point is asked when he found out he had talent, and he says, “Never. All I have is intense curiosity.”