Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Book, movie, magazines

 This book was first published 45 years ago [1971] and its sequel The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street followed three years later. They are both slender books by modern standards which is why you should look out for an edition that has both titles included in a single paperback.

It must've been a difficult format to adapt to a movie as there is little overt action but, as a documentary to the differences between the USA and UK during the immediate postwar decades it is a powerful piece and an entertaining read. The film is available on You  Tube.

I cannot recall where I found it but there is a website or blog devoted to letters in films ... which is what reminded me that I had always meant to read 84 CCR and had never gotten around to it. Here is one of the best movies of all time, Casablanca, where this letter, read in the rain, is a crucial part of the plot.

 I once heard that Hollywood  studios employed 'writer doubles' to produce notes like this which had to be'in character' and yet legible on screen --- even if the stars playing the role were illiterate.

All magazines begin life as a flat plan where each proofed and edited page is laid out and arranged in sequence on a single sheet before going to print. This example is from happinez, a Dutch quarterly which led me on an exploration of quarterly alternatives to the increasingly bland and repetitive offerings from the weekly and monthly press.Over the next few weeks I aim to introduce more examples of some that you may find interesting.

After reading Austin Kleon's weekly newsletter since the start of the year ... can't possibly describe it so link is on the  right here so that you may form your own opinion ... I have just ordered his book [below]   Even if you neither read nor want his book, the website is an object lesson in how writers of any genre can promote their books with zest and originality.

Happy Reading and thanks for being here.