Dogmas and Daydreams

He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster.

—George Orwell, 1984

Scene from My Left Foot (1989).

Scene from My Left Foot (1989).

Just for the record, the problem with art school is that it can teach you technique and craft, but it can’t give you talent. You can’t buy inspiration. You can’t reason your way to an epiphany. Develop a formula. A road map to enlightenment.

—Chuck Palahniuk, Diary: A Novel

The way cables pull aside a theater curtain, your every smile is an opening night. A premiere. You unveiling yourself.

—Chuck Palahniuk, Diary: A Novel

What you don’t understand you can make mean anything.

—Chuck Palahniuk, Diary: A Novel

Intertitle at the beginning of José  Luis Guerin’s En Construccion (2001)

Intertitle at the beginning of Jo  Luis Guerin’s En Construccion (2001)

From Le Mépris

  • Prokosch: It's the end of the film industry.
  • Paul: The film industry will last forever.

Stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris (1963).

But at that moment, though he did not know it, he was verging with astounding rapidity toward something quite different.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, Head and Shoulders

I don’t want to live—I want to love first, and live incidentally…

—Zelda Sayre, Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald