Surviving violence

You have to understand something about surviving violence. It is always with you. It is something you will never get over. And just as you are never going to get over it you incorporate the experience into the fabric of your life. It becomes a part of you.”

This resonated with me. Trauma has always been difficult for me to explain to people, particularly when the perpetrators are family, what society calls loved ones.


Some music for peeps

I love this Simon and Garfunkel song. Music is often inspiring to me. The score to Alfred Hitchcock‘s film North by Northwest helped me write what was supposed to be a short story for a college writing class. It ended up on the path to being a novel. The composer, Bernard Herrmann, was a pioneering genius with quirky, eccentric musical tastes, much like the fantastic Ennio Morricone. That novel is one of my unfinished projects, which I should resurrect and complete. Wish me luck.

In The News

Art versus algorithms

In a new essay for Harper’s Magazine honoring Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese argues that streaming services have “systematically devalued, sidelined, demeaned, and reduced” the art of cinema by turning films into “content.” He distinguishes between human curation that highlights particularly meaningful works of art and algorithms that “treat the viewer as a consumer and nothing else.” Scorsese pleads with fans of film to do all that they can “to share our love and our knowledge with as many people as possible.”