Saturday, June 15, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 436


The writer who has spent some time in the collection and subsequent analysis of material is liable to feel ready to start putting it all into a script. But the result can be disappointing if what is really needed is a story, a concept. The data may be at hand, the subject has been explored and represented, but what about the idea? It remains to be found... There is, of course, no practical system for assuring that a good idea will come next. Good ideas, feeble ideas, marvellous ideas - they all seem to have life of their own, arriving unannounced. In fact one way to discourage their visit is to be too impatient. It's not so much something you do, it's something that happens. Why then does it seem to happen more to brilliant men and women than to stupid ones? The answer may be because of the two earlier stages. Materials collected and then placed in a frame of reference are stored in memory, and the more that is accumulated the more likely the inspired short-circuit will spark. But it may not be all that accidental. What has been called 'sideways thinking' may be more a kind of relaxed mental state than a deliberate act, one that can be recognised and to some extent cultivated.
Paul Cronin (2005) On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 435

Crafted Convo network television has given way to the Internet, it has become easy for people to create their own idiosyncratic mix of sources.
Henry Farrell

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 434

Synthe Tic Talk Time

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take.
That's why it's your path.
Joseph Campbell

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 433

Torch/Torque the Noggin

In what lies the significance of human life in which machine power has grown to be the destructive factor that it now is in the hands of the Money Power? There will come a universal margin of leisure, greater rational freedom for the individual than any known by previous civilizations - but that only if the creative artist is there in his true place, the machine in his hand as a tool. Money should have no power whatever in itself. Employment is not enough! What a man [sic] wants, if democracy works, is not so much employment as freedom to work at what he believes in, what he likes to do.
Frank Lloyd Wright,
The Living City, 1963

Recommended: On Being, with Krista Tippett, for great conversations.
                          CBC's Tapestry, with Mary Hynes, same.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 432

At Least This Got Said

My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.
Jane Austen