Aug 21, 2005

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery.
--George Orwell

I don't know if he actually said it or not. The problem with finding quotes online is that they've often been diluted and/or misattributed so many times that you're really just getting the quote people want to repeat, not anything someone actually said. In this case, it's me who wants to repeat it.

I found it while taking a break from the screenplay to see if I could find out if this quote...

Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works

...was ever actually uttered by Hemingway. I've loved this quote since high school, but I've never found a footnote to actually tell me where it came from. I have a suspicion it's simply the stuff of legend, a pithy masterpiece that Hemingway probably would have said, had he gotten the chance, but never did.

Then again, does it matter?

Aug 14, 2005

I still can't say enough about The National. Alligator is a damn fine album on its way to being great. Some proof if you're not convinced:

If you've ever had a deadline to meet and struggled with that pressure, check these lyrics.

I won't fuck us over, I'm Mr. November
I'm Mr. November, I won't fuck us over

I wish that I believed in fate
I wish I didn't sleep so late
I used to be carried in the arms of cheerleaders

I'm the new blue blood, I'm the great white hope
I'm the new blue blood
I won't fuck us over, I'm Mr. November
I'm Mr. November, I won't fuck us over


Reportedly written as the band struggled with finishing the very album I've been praising. Since when is self-fulfilling prophecy a good thing?