Grossman:Writing allows me to explore situations that are impossible for me to explore in my life. And yet they are very active parts in me. Emotionally I am an extreme person, and writing makes it possible for me to go on.
Jonathan Shainin:What do you mean by extreme?
Grossman:Intense, not afraid of extremity in other people, intrigued by the interior lives of other people, especially in the suppressed places. I’m always questioning what I observe. All the time I see the cracks, wherever I look—even before what happened to me. It’s a way of seeing, and I cannot say I chose it, but I surrendered to it quite happily because I think it’s an accurate view of the fragility of life. Anything that is calm and safe seems to me like an illusion.
Dozens of audio documentation about the life and art of Andy Warhol, recorded 1962-1987. The archive includes many rare interviews, phone conversations with Brigid Berlin and Viva, a lecture by David Cronenberg on Warhol, a tour through the various audio tapes Warhol made during his lifetime, a reading by Bob Colacello of his memoir in The Factory, Holy Terror and a conceptual interview piece where the artist erased every word Warhol said except his iconc “uh, yes” and “uh, no.”
“There are countless ingredients that make up the human body and mind, like all the components that make up me as an individual with my own personality. Sure I have a face and voice to distinguish myself from others, but my thoughts and memories are unique only to me, and I carry a sense of my own destiny. Each of those things are just a small part of it. I collect information to use in my own way. All of that blends to create a mixture that forms me and gives rise to my conscience.
I feel confined, only free to expand myself within boundaries.”—Ghost in the Shell
Ellis:At first I thought it sounded ridiculous. Then I thought, Why not? It might be fun. Unfortunately, there’s no tragic material to work with. They’re all very well off and very nice and they live in castles. They’re married to beautiful women. No one died of a drug overdose. I guess it would be a “rise, barely fall, and then rise again” biopic. But I grew up with their music and something about it resonated with me.
Jon-Jon Goulian:It certainly sounds like more fun to work on than a Joy Division biopic.
Ellis:Yeah, and definitely more fun than writing a script about the suicides of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake, which I just finished, or a TV series about murderous romantic obsession that I created for HBO — very intense, personal projects. But I love the shark movie and I love Duran Duran, and those projects might not seem “serious” for a novelist to engage in, but I’ve realized that as you get older you just don’t give as much of a shit as you did when you were younger and feeling your way through society and caring about what people think about you.
"Tom Hiddleston is Adam, Tilda Swinton is Eve and Jim Jarmusch is a genius.
This is a director that tells us all we need to know without doubting our intelligence. He allows us to fall into the depths of the film without worrying about a perfectly neat beginning, middle and end. He even stops his characters from following tedious and predictable patterns, because after all, they’re too old for that.
This is a movie for film lovers and pop culture enthusiasts. It is a vampire film that takes advantage of its time span; cultural references dating back hundreds of years can be found at every corner. Only Lovers Left Alive does not focus on blood and gore, it is not a thriller nor a horror, it doesn’t even truly focus on the world of vampires.
Instead, Jarmusch studies the eternal, he explores the quiet, perhaps boring, every day life of a modern, intelligent and ancient being who has, quite literally, seen it all.”
“How foolish of me to believe that it would be that easy. I had confused the appearances of trees and automobiles and people with reality itself, and believed that a photograph of these appearances to be a photograph of it. It is a melancholy truth that I will never be able to photograph it and can only fail.
I am a reflection photographing other reflections within a reflection.
To photograph reality is to photograph nothing.”—Duane Michals
“It is not about conquest or forced capture.
It is not about glands or instincts or the split-second shiver and clench of leaving yourself; nor about love or about whose love you deep-down desire, by whom you feel betrayed.
Not and never love, which kills what needs it.”—[Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace]