Things I want to send my kids to show what's caught my attention while reading, watching, listening....
Daddy where is your car & who are all these poor people?
Singapore Public Transport and Expats…..
"Some Facebook posts made by a Briton, Anton Casey, are creating a storm in social media today (20 Jan). Casey apparently used public transportation after his Porsche was sent to the workshop. He then posted a picture of his son in an MRT train" with the caption quoted above on Facebook.
Shows he deeply admired, like “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and “Deadwood,” made him realize that his hunger for fiction was being fed more fulsomely by television than by the contemporary novels he was reading.
Having watched both “Broadchurch” and “The Killing” recently, I tend to agree.
It’s also that series thing — that you start when you’re a kid — reading series, now watching series. Today you get to combine the two in shows like “Game of Thrones” — where the books were far more compelling, but I still enjoyed the shows.
The quote is from the new show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, who shifted from university professor teaching fiction and literature to script-writing and California. The series, which he totally controls (no writing room), started as a novel.
Here he is on one of his rules of storytelling:
“The voice may lie to you, but the image never will. So the audience can see for themselves where reality does not sync up with the story being told. And maybe the reason it doesn’t sync up is because it’s nothing nefarious. It’s the slipperiness of memory. It’s how we recolor the past with our own present desires and needs for rationale. And those kinds of explorations are the things I’m interested in and am obsessed about.”
The mismatched cops and the ritual murder are just means to that end. “I think of genre as a marketing tool,” he said.
Even a modest dose of skepticism about the teaching of thinking could save organisations many millions of dollars currently spent on quacks. And I think any school program would be improved if it was systematically cleansed of all activities whose purported virtue is the enhancement of thinking abilities, provided the freed-up time was used to pursue worthwhile subjects in greater depth.
Researchers in this field trace the history of the idea that standing up is good for you back to 1953, when a study published in the Lancet found that bus conductors, who spend their days standing, had a risk of heart attack half that of bus drivers, who spend their shifts on their backsides.
You’re doing the right thing, Martha. And I’m going back to my experiment with standing.
Ah, if only I could have such a classy one…