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Sep 18, 1992

Cagliari, Italy

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The Best Mysteries of Isaac Asimov
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Nightfall
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The Hearing Trumpet
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Ordeal By Innocence
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I am now 33 years old, and it feels like much time has passed and is passing faster and faster every day. Day to day I have to make all sorts of choices about what is good and important and fun, and then I have to live with the forfeiture of all the other options those choices foreclose. And I'm starting
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[P]rofessional athletes are in many ways out culture’s holy men: they give themselves over to a pursuit, endure great privation and pain to actualize themselves at it, and enjoy a relationship to perfection that we admire and reward […] and love to watch even though we have no inclination to walk that
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Laura Palmer in Fire Walk with Me is both “good” and “bad”, and yet also neither: she’s complex, contradictory, real. And we hate this possibility in movies; we hate this “both” shit. “Both” comes off as sloppy characterization, muddy filmmaking, lack of focus.
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[A] commercial movie doesn’t try to wake people up but rather to make their sleep so comfortable and their dreams so pleasant that they will fork over money to experience it […]. An art film’s point is usually more intellectual or aesthetic, and you usually have to do some interpretive work to get it,
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[Y]ou can always trust a man with multiple pens.
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As [Lewis] Hyde […] puts it, “Irony has only emergency use. Carried over time, it is the voice of the trapped who have come to enjoy their cage.” This is because irony, entertaining as it is, serves an almost exclusively negative function. It’s critical and destructive, a ground-clearing. […] But irony’s
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There’s an obverse way, of course, to make commercials resemble programs. Have programs start to resemble commercials. That way the ads seem less like interruptions than like pace-setters, metronomes, commentaries on the show’s theory. Invent a Miami Vice, where there’s little annoying plot to interrupt
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When everybody we seek to identify with for six hours a day is pretty, it naturally becomes more important to us to be pretty, to be viewed as pretty. Because prettiness becomes a priority for us, the pretty people on TV become all the more attractive.
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The U.S. generation born after 1950 is the first for whom television was something to be lived with instead of just looked at. Our elders regard the set rather as the flapper did the automobile: a curiosity turned treat turned seduction. For younger writers, TV's as much a part of reality as Toyotas
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[T]he pop reference works so well in contemporary fiction because (1) we all recognize such a reference, and (2) we’re all a little uneasy about how we all recognize such a reference.
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Despite the unquestioned assumption on the part of pop-culture critics that television’s poor old Audience, deep down, “craves novelty”, all available evidence suggests, rather, that the Audience really craves sameness but thinks, deep down, that it ought to crave novelty.
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Television offers way more than distraction. In lots of ways, television purveys and enables dreams, and most of these dreams involve some sort of transcendence of average daily life. The modes or presentation that work best for TV – stuff like “action”, with shoot-outs and car wrecks, or the rapid-fire
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TV is the epitome of Low Art in its desire to appeal to and enjoy the attention of unprecedented numbers of people. But it is not Low because it is vulgar or prurient or dumb. Television is often all these things, but this is a logical function of its need to attract and please Audience. […] Television
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Its is ironic that […] products presented as helping you express individuality can afford to be advertised on television only because they sell to enormous numbers of people.
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Lonely people tend […] to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.
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If we want to know what American normality is – i.e. what Americans want to regard as normal – we can trust television. For television’s whole raison is reflecting what people want to see.
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The sharply precise divisions and boundaries, together with the fact that […] balls can be made to travel in straight lines only, make textbook tennis plane geometry. It is billiards with balls that won’t hold still. It is chess on the run.
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Gli stoici, dei quali voi fate la parodia, eran uomini ragguardevoli, ma la loro dottrina si arrestò fin da duemila anni fa e non è più andata innanzi di un ette, né più si muoverà, perché non è pratica e non è vitale. Ha avuto fortuna solo presso una minoranza che passa la sua vita a studiare e assaggiare
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Quando per lungo tempo guardi il cielo profondo, senza staccarne gli occhi, i pensieri e l’anima, chi sa perché, si fondono nella coscienza della solitudine. Cominci a sentirti irrimediabilmente solo, e tutto ciò che prima consideravi vicino e familiare diventa infinitamente lontano e privo di valore.