Monday, August 13, 2007


Jacques Rivette, on the set of Out 1, 1970:

Image from The Wit of the Staircase by Theresa Duncan, July 10, 2007:



  1. Confirmation bias.

    "The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him."

  2. My good man, I deleted your first comment because skimming it quickly — and after opening the attached link in a new tab — I figured I had come across some kind of bot thing, and junked it. In examining the link further, I saw that the Orwell piece it contained was, in fact, his stupid essay about "writing clear English prose." So I then understood that your post was an obnoxious, venomous take-off on the Godard post.

    I've never found anything I like in the fine, common-sense prescriptions of either E. B. White, or George Orwell. If I had to make an alliance with any writer's work, I'd feel safer in the company of Flags in the Dust.

    Now go bother some folks other than me. And don't be such a pathetic anonym before the lucky lot; sign your smug little quotations with your real name.


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