Quotes galore

I can’t read a novel without keeping notes, writing down quotes, and/or keeping track of themes throughout the chunky bundle of paper. Let’s just say it’s a fortunate–unfortunate side effect of reading literary studies, and literatures in English.

Anyway, to at least make some good use of those notes, I’ve created The Canonical Notes. With goodies like the following:

He had heard that women often love unattractive, simple people, but he did not believe it, because he judged by himself, and he could only love beautiful, mysterious and special women.

All with MLA references provided, and easy-to-use links to the source material at Amazon. Go check it out at canonicalnotes.com.

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Can’t get enough of Arthur Sales. Seriously. Normal service will resume in five, four, three …

Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards

84th Academy Awards

84th Academy Awards

It seems that my interest in films has slipped significantly this year. Now, this is not entirely my fault; in my opinion, for critically-acclaimed and perfectly-executed films, this was not the worldwide film industry’s best year. Just look at the nominees, for Christ’s sake. But it doesn’t matter. We are a month away from the 84th Academy Awards, and the nominees have been announced (by the lovely Jennifer Lawrence).

In last year’s tradition, I am just going to post the link, while still giving you a quick overview of the most important and renowned category:

Academy Award for Best Motion Picture

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse


“O Niki de Saint Phalle! / We knew that Boston could be beautiful, / But it was not until you came along. / Where were you, fairest of them all?”

— Chorus (Sam & Henry).

Just click on the link: The Construction of Boston. Or, links: Facebook, Twitter, and Martian Prince.

Bouffées d’affadissement

“Often, the idea that there can be a wide range of translations of one text doesn’t occur to people—or that a translation could be bad, very bad, and unfaithful to the original. Instead, a translation is a translation—you write the book again in English, on the basis of the French, a fairly standard procedure, and there it is, it’s been done and doesn’t have to be done again. [However, …]”

— Lydia Davis.

Not the biggest Davis fan, but she does make some excellent points in The Paris Review.

Film Trailers 101

Take note, Hollywood; this is how you do trailers. I don’t need to see the plot compacted in two minutes, I want to be teased, drawn in. (And it looks like a great stop-motion film, as well.)