Ship’s Log

Ivor Novello Silently Stole My Heart

Ivor Novello was such a proto-goth heartthrob. Like, throw a blazer on him and muss his hair up and he’d be ready to win the hearts of sensitive girls with very active tumblr accounts. But he’s actually got this really interesting history that I didn’t know much about. I know way more about Noël Coward. … Continue reading “Ivor Novello Silently Stole My Heart”

The Work of References in Fiction

Let me begin by saying, I loved The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily. Totally loved it. That’s the five star beginning and end point. But nothing is ever that simple when you really start thinking about a book. It all goes back to this issue I keep thinking about: who are these books for? … Continue reading “The Work of References in Fiction”

Teleprinter In A Box?

What. The. Hell. Is. This. Thing. (???) Let me back up for a second. Last night/this morning, I watched Hitchcock’s The Lodger which is an absolute FEAST of typefaces and text design starting with the beautiful censor card, the opening sequence, all the intertitles, basically any time text appears onscreen…INCLUDING in this bizarro magic box … Continue reading “Teleprinter In A Box?”

What Heaven Looks Like: Comments on a Strange Wordless Book

I read the strangest book a few months ago. I read it somewhat quickly because it was due back at the library, but I’ve been thinking about it since I finished. I bought it just so I could keep perusing it. I pick it up and just stare at it from time to time. It’s … Continue reading “What Heaven Looks Like: Comments on a Strange Wordless Book”

Another Year, Still Can’t Win

Well, it’s official. Another year in the NaNoWriMo losers club. But it’s a pretty awesome club, because you still have a ridiculous amount of writing that’s off your plate (about 30K for me), and you find that you remember: actually, you kind of like writing when you give yourself permission to focus on it. And, … Continue reading “Another Year, Still Can’t Win”