As I see it, life is an effort to grip before they slip through one’s fingers and slide into oblivion, the startling, the ghastly or the blindingly exquisite fish of the imagination, before they whip away on the endless current and are lost for ever in oblivion’s black ocean
Mervyn Peake (1911 - 1968), artist, illustrator, poet and author
via a wonderful post at Giornale Nuovo
hells bells, two heroes of mine in the one post..
Jacques Tati was once asked by a bumptious American journalist how he felt about only making four films in twenty year. "I feel very privileged," he replied. "I have made four films. Most people never make any at all."
And the Gormenghast books are just wonderful. I don't agree with the people who say that Titus Alone should be ignored. He apparently wrote the stories of all three books out very carefully at the beginning and stuck to them. The last volue was the desperate labours of a man trying to put it all down before he was beaten by a truly terrible brain disease. He must have had one of the most painful lives of any major British writer.
Posted by David Tiley at January 18, 2004 02:00 AM
that's a great quote, David. It was good to read Tati on Tati at Tativille. A hero.
and MP may yet be another.
Posted by boynton at January 18, 2004 06:00 PM