Thursday, December 07, 2023

PicGall 20

Clip from PicGall 20

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From a series of minute-galleries of recent photos taken in Seoul and Yongin, Kyonggi do. 

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

On Literature and Cinema


Cinema and literature are art forms that are proudly distinct from each other, yet — at least from point of view of moviemaking — inextricably linked; movies, after all, need scripts.

But on an important level, literature needs cinema as well. For ‪one thing, literary writing is becoming simpler; “script-like”. For another, arguably, the sensibility of writers is becoming more and more focused on scene creation … on depicting setpiece situations in which we observe the surface of characters’ actions, this accompanied (sometimes) by the monologue of one character’s interior monologue.

It’s a perfectly fine narrative strategy. But it raises a question: why not acknowledge the obvious? Why not make literary works into “movies”? 

Ex 1:



Monday, December 04, 2023


 Clip from Why Are Some People So Nice?

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Canlit and the Hyper Modern 2

 CanLit and the Hyper-Modern 2


Canadian letters has always been good at highlighting environmental issues; it’s not a controversial issue, and artists, by their nature, tend to be sensitive to ecological concerns. 

However, concern is often contradicted by behaviour, especially when one’s career is at stake. 

The reality is that conventional book production has a significant carbon footprint, and so does book promotion. 

Yet authors need to make a living. How to square this circle?

Sunday, November 26, 2023

CanLit and the Hyper-Modern 1

AI is in the process of being replaced by artificial general intelligence — known by the acronym AGI.

Many novelists have dealt with this potentiality — most famously, perhaps, Arthur C. Clark in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Stanley Kubrick adaptation of that novel was so groundbreaking as a work of cinema that it’s eclipsed the novel’s place in the cultural firmament. But it was a novel that inspired the movie.

In Canadian letters, there have been speculative fiction examples. But not nearly with the same cultural impact. Why?