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#787: The Future Is Ours, Part Two

March 11, 2013

Notes from the Manager

There’s a term coined by Timothy Leary — “set and setting” — in reference to the context in which people take psychoactive drugs: the idea being that the mindset and the setting in which you do the drugs has an effect on your experience of the drugs’ effects. If you’re in a good mindset and a good setting, you’re more likely to have a good trip. If you’re in a bad mindset and/or a bad setting, you’re more likely to have a bad trip.

I believe that this idea is true of movies, too, to an extent: with the right set and setting, nearly any movie-watching experience can be more enjoyable (if not enjoyable, exactly). Comedies are more fun when you’re sitting in an audience that’s enjoying itself. Horror movies are more fun with an audience that’s scared out of its wits. Movies that are “so bad they’re good” can be fun with a group of people sitting around to rip on them with… for some people, anyway. (Me, I can’t get into that shit; I always feel like I could be watching something that was legitimately good instead. Life is too short.) And so on.

My point here isn’t just about an audience, though, but of the projection and the theater, too:

As funny as I think that clip is, I think Lynch is being a bit of a curmudgeon here. I wouldn’t watch a movie on my smartphone, either, yet I have seen and loved a great many movies on my iPad mini and a good pair of headphones, which is high enough resolution that held at a normal distance from my head the screen is actually bigger than my TV. But yeah. A bigger screen is more immersive, which nearly always makes for a better experience. Even if the movie itself isn’t.

I digress. See you Friday!


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“Autobiography” (excerpt)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

So I finished my Master of Fine Arts degree—technically as of March 31, although I’m still working on a couple of assistantships. But I got my diploma in the mail today.

This is one of the weirder things I did in grad school. It was a project I did for a Graphic Design Studio class, and the only stipulation was that you had to make a collection of… something. I chose to do a “collection” of twelve books that shaped who I am as a person. Not necessarily books that I still hold dear, but that really connected with me when I read them.

So, I call it an autobiography, although obviously it’s not. I decided to make a story scroll using clippings from these books, cut and pasted to build a NEW story (a creation story). I made scroll handles for it from wooden dowels (painted bronze) and bronze drawer handles on all four ends.

It was roughly 6¾ feet long if you completely unrolled the scroll, so I’ll only show the first bit here. You can click through to the Patreon page I posted it on a couple of years ago if you want to read the whole thing. I made it public so anyone can see it.

The books are (in no particular order): The Book of Job, translated by Stephen Mitchell; The Illustrated Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking; Cages by Dave McKean; Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood; Epileptic by David B; Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechen; Justice League: A New Beginning by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire; Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson; The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts; and The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. (The Pooh books are technically two separate volumes, so it’s really thirteen, but I now own a single-volume collection of them. I also read Justice League in the issues first, not TPB, so whatever.)

Enjoy! Or just kind of squint your eyes and wonder why this is something that graduate students spend their time doing. But hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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