Sadly, I am falling behind. I do not think I will catch up but I am going to do my best for the last week of course. I want to comment once more on how this approach of a page goal versus a total number of books has led me down paths I otherwise would have likely passed by.
For example, my brother sent me a book for my birthday called The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz. The book is large– one might refer to it as a coffee table book, perhaps. Here is the front cover:
Inside you will find lots of pictures– sets, photos of Wes as a young man, LA, costumes, Bill Murray– and of course, his friend, Owen Wilson. I love Wes Anderson films– I greatly enjoy his perspective and humor. I know very little of Wes Anderson, but what I do know is that is for a very specific reason– he is extremely private. He’s not a limelight kind of writer/director. There’s just not a lot ‘out there’.
This book is a great example of Wes Anderson hiding in plain sight. I told my brother, “No one actually READS this book! They go through the photos– wow, ou la la, and maybe catch a few words here or there.” I’m actually reading the very in depth interview that is the text within this large, photograph rich book. The interview is between him and a long time friend who is a journalist. The interview is revealing and deeply personal. I feel so lucky to have spent a few hours with just the first 80 pages. I am looking forward to slowly peeling apart each of his films with these interviews in mind.
The book is broken up into each of his films. I finished Bottle Rocket and am somewhere in the middle of Rushmore I think. I don’t even want to rush through this book so if I don’t meet my page goal, oh well! I am enjoying the ride way too much to worry about it.
2 comments on “Week 9: 1,598 pages or 80%; probably not getting an artificial “A” this ‘semester’!”
Wow, this sounds like an amazing book! Like being literally in the middle of a Wes Anderson movie–which of course is exactly what it is. And yes, this is a book not to be rushed through. What an excellent birthday present! And how true that the number of pages read is only a small measure of what those pages actually contain–sometimes it’s so important to read less or slowly in order to enjoy more…
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It really is a phenomenal piece of art. I am now in the middle of The Royal Tenenbaums and must write a final entry since I am late!