john berger and susan sontag on story-telling

In their 1983 Talk to Me (which can be seen here), artist and art critic John Berger and writer, philosopher, essayist and filmmaker Susan Sontag deliberate each other's, and articulate their own, versions and definitions of the art of story-telling. Sontag claims that at the 'very centre of the whole enterprise of story-telling there is the…

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a guide to mourning the end of summer

Cher recently tweeted 'Was Wondering If We Should HANG ON 2 SUMMER & KEEP DANCING ...OR ....SOB OUR WAY INTO FALL'. Below is an unranked list of novels and films that feel inspired by warmth and melancholy to mediate the transition from summer into autumn.     1. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) 'I want…

navigating joan didion’s sense of nothingness and nihilism in 2018

"I had...a technical intention...to write a novel so elliptical and fast that it would be over before you noticed it, a novel so fast that it would scarcely exist on the page at all"  — Didion Joan Didion's beautiful and unnerving 'Play It As It Lays' (1970) speaks to raw and intimate dialogues of existence. 48 years…