23 April 2017
The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar
This is one of my all-time favorite books. Samatar creates and populates a lushly described, fully realized world and society undergoing change and upheaval, splitting the story into the personal narratives of four women who each relate differently to the events of the story: a soldier, a scholar, a poet, and a socialite. This is a story deeply concerned with the art of story-telling, preservation, and transmission. If nothing else, pick it up to experience some amazingly gorgeous prose. N.B.: this is a companion novel to A Stranger in Olondria, which I would also highly recommend.07 March 2017
13 February 2017
There’s no way around this so I’ll just say it up front: this is a gloriously strange film. It is not for everyone, and that is perfectly fine.
The film follows an actor as he goes about his day, being driven from shoot to shoot by his initimable driver. The film is alternatively surreal and realistic, funny and disturbing, logical and wildly odd. It’s shot and edited tightly; no shot feels out of place or misused.
The one thing that’s missing from the film is the camera. The main character is an actor who plays multiple roles over the course of the day, but where is the camera filming him? It only adds to the sense of strangeness and exhaustion that pervades the film, this sense that he is performing for nobody.
This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of brief reviews of movies and books.12 February 2017