Maybe I'll go out on adventures, soley on the basis on writing creative non-fiction.
I understand how this illustrates the affects of editing on writing sometimes, and I know you can't write and not be edited, but I still will hold on to that hope. Editing may be determinental to solo-writing, but I'm not sure if its the same.
I discovered that her voice transfer over pretty supremely into her words, which something I believe many writers stuggle with.
Her posts were well thought-out, yet sponatanoues, and (since I was also her in group), I understood and felt her group writing her view.
Also, the design is fantastic.
Hunter S. Thompson : A True American Hero
Who is Hunter S. Thompson?
Author Journalist, and Politician
Inventor of Gonzo Journalism
Key member of the New Journalism Movement
Author of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
Memorable Use of Point-of-View
The use of a point-of-view perspective is a key aspect of Thompson’s work; and is an imperative component to Gonzo Journalism.
This effect is perfectly shown in the opening paragraphs of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is considered by many as the high watermark of Gonzo.
Excerpt (colors don't translate over to this post)
“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive . . ."And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about 100 miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"
Then it was quiet again. My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process. "What the hell are you yelling about," he muttered, staring up at the sun with his eyes closed and covered with wraparound Spanish sunglasses. "Never mind," I said. "It's your turn to drive." I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.”
Analysis, Part one
Thompson’s unique use of point-of-view is exemplified in these highlighted phrases in many ways.
First of all - he pushes the devise of using point-of-view to it’s physical limits - the narrator is literally seeing things that are not there.
The fact that the narrator knows, and realizes, this, further characterizes him and helps drive the narrative and themes of the story.
Analysis, Part Two
Thompson’s expert use of the first person bleeds over into his use of dialogue.
The character is so far gone from the drugs, that when he speaks, he is not even sure he is speaking.
He does this by saying “I remember saying..” and “A voice screaming…” when the main character speaks.
The manipulation of dialogue is a direct bi-product of Thompson’s masterful use of point-of-view.
Thompson’s use of point-of-view had an incredible impact on Journalism, and therefore fiction.
By filtering reality through it’s writer (the narrator, Raoul Duke, is Thompson’s alter-ego), it created a unique form of story-telling, which lays somewhere in between fiction and non-fiction.
This foundation is almost entirely built on the ability to tell a story through the point-of-view of the narrator.
(an Awesome Picture of Hunter S. Thompson that says "Professionalism" underneath it.)
The idea of creating a seperate, fictional book, inside of a book, was very interesting to me. I like the idea of a subjunctive reality, and it was a rather inlightening philosphy.
Very well done.
That's it for now - I hope it's digable!
and go to When the Tin Man Needs a Heart, or 01 An Untitled Sonata, if you dig.
They are both screenplays I wrote and later films I directed based on the idea of the importance of conversation.
"What, I need an agent to get published by a big house?"
"But I can't get one if I'm not published?"
"That's a catch 22, you realize that right?"
"Yes, I know you published the book."
"Ye- yeah, you have a good day too."
I hang up the phone, and turn to my Obama-cia.
"Barack, I believe I want to publish my own book - indie style. You dig?"
[Mental Fist Bump]
Well, one of the first things I can think of is the scene in Dan Brown's Deception Point, where they find themselves on an oil platform surrounded by hammerhead sharks... as it sinks...at the critical moment in the story.
Usually, it would through me out of the story, citing the lack of realism as a distraction. But to the contrary, this lack of realism only played with the already extreme tone of the book, and I know only question it years later in retrospect. So I guess Dan Brown is good at that.
Also - the 'black' robots in Transformers 2... I'm not sure if they are just unbelieveable or it was unbelieveable that Michael Bay would actually put them in there... it was pretty racist. Also, Megan Fox's clothes never really get that dirty. Strange...
Anyway, here is my tentative idea/outline for project #2.
I am going to adapt my first idea, and create a story in which tension is built between two characers... one of which turns out to be a man, the other, a coffee maker. The tension will come with either the coffeemakers inability to talk, or the man's desire to destroy the coffeemaker because it won't talk. Or a combination of both. I haven't decided.
Anyway, it will resolve itself with either the realization that the man is lonely and crazy, or that the coffee maker is dead and bleeding coffee beans.
That's what I've got for now.
I believe my stengths lie in my ability to create conversational writing, which allows my words to have a distinct voice. Recently, I believe my weaknesses lie in fact that I am not angry enough, or angsty enough, as I like to be. This is my goal, at least recently, is to take my conversational strengths and add a bit of bite into them.
My three favorite authors are - JD Salinger, Hunter S. Thompson, and Chuck Klosterman.
I believe that Klosterman retains a very distinct and conversational voice, which I value. Thompson has a unique voice as well, but his words can hurt, add energy, create tension even when there isn't any. Salinger is, in my opinion, just a perfect writer... with a unique voice and beautiful storytelling technique.
I would love to find myself as some kind of cross between Salinger and HST, which I realize are on opposite ends of the spectrum... but I believe it can be done.
I felt like my older idea couldn't fit into Man v. Man conflict, so I am instead going with another idea, which I have written into a draft.
It's about a man watching another man and a woman talk. He narrates the story, seeing how both the man and the woman really want to have a true conversation, but can't, and therefore resolve not to talk at all.
The outside man views this, and reflects on it.
It's less crazy than my last idea, but it could be okay.
The following is a short sequence that I've written using an unreliable narrator. Feel free to comment.
I’m a bastard.
I thought you should know this before I got into this whole shitty situation, as it may be helpful to figure out what the hell I’m talking about. She, on the other hand, isn’t a bastard, just so you know too.
All I did was tell her how I felt. I figured being honest was the best way to cut it all off, but I guess she didn’t feel the same. When I told her, she started crying, and I calmly asked her to stop. When she didn’t, my inner bastard came out and I flipped some shit and walked out.
Now, three days later, I’m at her goddamn door and she’s not answering. Pisses the fuck out of me… does that sentence make sense? Fuck if it it doesn’t.
Anyway, I wrote her a letter and left. I think it was a nice one, but hell if I know. It could be heinous by your standards, but to mine it seems pretty damn cordial.
I got in my ford escort and got the fuck out of there.
I used a self-criminalizing technique to undermine my narrator. By the narrator admitting that he's unreliable, or at least skewed, it puts doubts in the readers mind. That, combined with an admitted skewing of the narrators perspective, also in turn let the readers know that it is in fact skewed, therefore making him even more unreliable.
Also, by not including any dialogue, I took away all the 'hard evidence' of the situation... giving the reader only the narrators point of view and inner thoughts of the said events, rather than any inkling of their true nature.
Therefore, I think I've mad a pretty unreliable narrator.
Here's what I've got.
I want to do a story where the conflict is between two men. One happens to do most of the talking, where the other talks, say, sparingly.
The conflict esclates, mostly about loniliness, and then is resolved.
The quiet man ends up being a coffee machine.
Hope you dig it.
This question seems to hold a good amount of weight when it comes to Creative Writing. Almost every narrative story has at least one character, and it is in those characters where we relate and remember, forgive and forget, and liken ourselves too.
But any John Doe with a pen and some paper can create a character... but it's only great writer's who create ones that are complex enough to become part of our lives after we put down the book.
What makes a character fully developed?
To me, I believe it lies within the author's ability to write what is not written directly on the page.
What I mean by this is that the some of the greatest characters in literature (Holden Caulfield, Seymour Glass, Zooey Glass, Franny Glass [I apologize for all the Salinger references... I can't help it]) have the majority of their emotions lie below the surface. Great writers (like Salinger) can give a character such complexity that them not writing something makes the character even deeper. Real people don't go around and gloat about their thought processes and problems, do they? No. So when authors try to develop characters in that vein it inevitably fails.
Although I sadly haven't read much of Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises is sitting pretty high on my to-read list), I believe that his iceberg philosophy of writing can be attributed directly into characterization. His characters in "Hills Like White Elephants" show this perfectly. They are so deep and personal but say so little.
Great characters are complex, but realistic characters who people can relate too. So, great characterization comes from achieving those goals.
Was (500) Days of Summer the best movie I’ve ever seen? As a reviewer, I’m supposed to say no… but I’m not sure if I can. I’m not sure if it was the best, but I am sure it’s pretty damn close.
(500) Days of Summer, directed by music video veteran Marc Webb, is funny, smart, and not pretentious. The script, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (of Pink Panther 2) is one of the most original of the decade. It provides the A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius generation an cinematic anthem for them to rally behind.
(500) Days of Summer tells of the relationship of Tom (Joseph Gordan-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) through their 500-day relationship, in random order. Yet, much like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 21 Grams, it maintains it’s dramatic art and leaves a lasting impact.
Both Gordan-Levitt and Deschanel provide landmark performances, especially Gordan-Levitt, who has and will continue to be a rising leading man in our cinematic landscape. You feel his every up and down, and you’re with him to the very end.
I’d be doing a disservice to you if I described the movies plot in detail, but know that it is exactly how the trailer describes it, however cheesy it may sound, “This is not a love story. This is a story about Love.”
God, I am certain that the cinematic hounds are going to reign in on me any minute for providing such a glowing review, free of any real critiques. If every aspect of criticism is actually part autobiography, then this is my WEINGARTNER by Nick Weingartner, and I am fully aware of it.
For all its worth, however negligible it may be to you, I suggest this movie with highest regards. I felt every reference, and felt as if I were literally attached to every actor. It was great film that said a lot, but it didn’t make a point of doing so. It was important, but it wasn’t self-important, and it will soon join the ranks of films like Garden State as a cult classic of a new generation. I mean, damn, there’s even a part where Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) looks into a car for his reflection and sees Han Solo… how can you beat something like that?
By all means, take or leave my advice. But I’ll tell you that if you choose the latter, you’ll be missing one of the best, most original and most beautiful films of not only the summer, nor year, but maybe the decade.
POST-SCRIPT (written many a while later): Have you ever seen a movie and been thrown into a fit of joy? That’s when I wrote this review, and I think that that says plenty about the quality of the film. I apologize for any over-hyping that may or may not have occurred because of this.
The movie is a tour-de-force. Duncan Jones’ (formerly Zowie Bowie) story and direction is immaculate, Nathan Parker’s screenplay is amazing, Clint Mansell provides his best since The Fountain, and if Sam Rockwell doesn’t get an Oscar for his performance as Sam Bell… well, let’s just say that I’ll lose all faith in the Academy.
I am confident enough to say that Moon has renewed my faith in film as a medium. After facing letdown after letdown and seeing pretension reeking havoc in independent and ‘art film’, I have been slowly becoming disillusioned with it all. But Moon is one of those movies that leaves you with a feeling when you leave the theater… it makes you think, appreciate, and actually view life a little bit differently.
Now I’m not going to belittle the film by cracking into its plot and such here. Just go see the film and experience it for yourself. I know I’m probably doing it injustice by hyping it up so much, but I can’t help myself. Even though the movie has already been reviewed by one of the websites I write for (JustPressPlay.Net), I find myself rushing home from the theater to whittle at my keyboard and hope to drum up some response that will represent the film for what it is.
It’s not perfect, but it’s damn near close, and if you have been finding yourself losing faith in filmmaking, then just get to your local theater, pay their outrageous prices, and sit down and watch this film. You will not regret it.
After I read books, I always write in the back (with the exception of classic hardcovers) the exact time, date, and place I finished them, and my thoughts on them.
With Europe already achieving in the creation of the Euro, and Former Mexican President Vincente Fox fighting for the Amero, how long will it take until the world comes under a single currency?
It's impossible to tell. But how would it effect us?
Currently, values of different types of money go up and down and effect everyone else. When the American dollar drops in value, so does the Canadian, Mexican and Japanese (usually) and when we travel we constantly have to change our money for their money and vice versa.
But if we operate in a world economy, what would be the harm of having a world currency? It seems as though it wouldn't hurt anyone, and it would probably stabilize the world economically for a bit, and keep countries all over the world from risking inflation.
One of my professors had talked about a time in Germany right before the Nazi Regime, where the German dollar was almost worthless, and it would cost hundreds of them just to reach the value for a loaf of bread.
This would of never occurred if it had been under world currency, and perhaps then the German people wouldn't have been exploited so much by Hitler, which would of had an effect on our world history as we know it.
Now, I'm not saying WW2 happened because we didn't share the same currency - that would be ridiculous. But I do think in a time where the American dollar is dropping in value daily, that we consider the option of establishing such a currency, or at least talk about it a bit.
This past weekend I spent in the library doing a 10-20 page paper on America's Health Care System and it's effect on the economy.
This movie is amazing.
One day, I'll write more in-depth about how much of a genius Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel is.
No, I am not naked while writing this review.
So, I'm a little behind on the times.
As you might have already heard - I'm a huge fan of Neutral Milk Hotel.
I know I might be late on this, but if you haven't already heard of Jaydiohead - you need too.
Mixed by Max Tannone (formerly known as Minty Fresh Productions), the album mixes Jay-Z's words with Radiohead's music.
Reminiscent of course of DJ Danger Mouse's The Grey Album, which mixed Jay-Z's Black Album with The Beatles White Album, it brought the mash-up genre into the limelight, and they have since remained in the public eye with acts like Girl Talk, an artist whose music is entirely made of other peoples music.
Tannone's mix brilliantly marries the two artists beautifully, however opposed their music was to each other's before.
And the best part is, like most mash-ups, it's free.
So Download Max Tennone's Jaydiohead HERE.
And while your at it, download Girl Talk's most recently (and arguably best) album, Feed the Animals - HERE.
And, what the hell, get Danger Mouse's The Grey Album too. HERE it is. This one is harder to get off the internet because The Beatles are probably still pissed about it.
Hey all, I just arrived back from an amazing trip to the island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antillies!
It was awesome. Just 45 miles off the coast of Venezuela, it was warm as hell - which is a great change for someone based out of New York.
The island isn't as well known as it's Dutch counterparts- Aruba and Bonaire - and I'm not totally sure why. Inhabited by only 140,796 people (Thank you, Wikipedia), it is the largest of the ABC islands, with 144 square miles (thanks again) of space.
The largest city/town on the island is Williamsted, which is oddly more European than you'd assume. With a floating bridge, alleyway shopping and Amsterdam-style Cafes, it's obviously that the Dutch haven't left the island out to dry.
Half (or probably more) of the tourists there were Dutch, and from this I have deduced I will never be able to speak they're language.
But the cool thing about Curaçao and the other ABC islands is that they speak a language entirely unique - Papiamentu (or Papiamento, in Aruba) which is a combination of English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Indian Tounges, which linguistically dates them back to all of the countries that have settled there throughout history.
The island is beautiful. My family and I rented out a Jeep Wrangler (all the tourists get white ones, so I guess people knew what was coming when we started driving) and gave the island a tour.
Once you leave the more heavily populated area of Williamsted, the island is almost empty. The hills and terrain roll for uninterrupted miles and the beaches are very secluded. In fact, we may have found treasure on one of them (looks like a silver Galleon or something, but it could defiantly be fake) and the people were great.
Overall, the island seemed to be a combination of the Caribbean, Europe, and it's landscape reminded me a lot of Hawaii - specifically the islands of Maui and Kaua'i.
The only downside is that prostitution is legal there, and according to my wikipedia search, the island holds the largest open-air brothel of the entire Caribbean.
But I never saw it, and I think we only saw one prostitute, which is good.
Oh, and the drinking age is 18, and they import a brand of bear called Polar from Venezuela, and it's awesome.
So overall, my trip to Curaçao was great. I suggest the island to any and all travelers interested in the Caribbean.
It's alot of work to grow a beard - think about that. Oh, and that dude's medal is much more than a medal- it's a frisbee made of steel.
NICK WILL RETURN HOME IN 4 DAYS!
Do you have to hire people to help you walk down the isle? How would the groom kiss the bride? Too many questions.
NICK WILL RETURN HOME IN 9 DAYS!
Recently I finished Yes Man.
Today I attempted to do a New York Times Crossword Puzzle.
I am burnt out.
Lemonade is great. Iced Tea is alright. Snapple is wonderful.
So after I began my fervor about "Where the Wild Things Are", I looked into the credits and realized that it was written by Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers. So I asked myself, who is this Dave Eggers?
I may or may not be a fan of Che Guevara.
J.D Salinger is a genius for more than one reason I am sure, but for me there is but one - The Catcher in The Rye.
Below, I will attempt (key word, attempt) to listen my top (or high, for the sake of being clever) 5 movies, albums and books.
Due to the request of a fellow reader -- I will be writing about Corn Syrup. So Mikey, this goes out to you.
It's 3:27 AM and I just got back from seeing Watchmen.
Tonight, I will be seeing Watchmen at midnight.