Quote of the Day: Colum McCann

The following is a quote from the AWP Writer’s Chronicle (As dear blog readers can deduce, self has yet to make it out the door. It is 3:24 p.m. and hailstones are coming down. Suffice it to say: the possibility that self will make it out the door today is increasingly remote).

Self wishes she could quote from a less well-known writer, but one must take one’s quotes where one finds them. The quote is from an interview with Colum, conducted by Andrew Scott (And — ach, ach, ach! Self has just gotten hot chocolate spray on her laptop screen! Why oh why must self’s life be such an unending vale of tragedy and woe?)

Scott (interviewer): How do you define sympathy, and how do you create “sympathetic” characters?

McCann: Really, I want for my characters to be honest. That means complication. Because nothing is simple, not even simplicity.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Oh, the Hotness!

Self has made several attempts to leave the house, but the following factors are holding her back: a) an extreme — bordering on irrational! Almost frickin’ crazy! — dread of long lines and traffic cams; b) a program on TV (bio.com?) on the early careers of Clive Owen and Keanu Reeves!

Among a plethora of fascinating revelations about the aforementioned gents, self learns that:

  • Clive’s first attempt to break into Hollywood movies was a dismal failure.
  • When first offered the role of the bank heist leader in Spike Lee’s “Inside Man,” he was unsure about accepting because it meant keeping his face in a ski mask 3/4 of the time (and dear Clive, not being an idiot, was very well aware of the fact that his face is a very very strong reason for his appeal!)
  • Keanu Reeves was 22 when he made “River’s Edge” (also known as the “Mother of Dark Teen Movies”, based on a true-to-life case): within months, he had an agent, and was cast in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (“Party on, dudes!”)
  • He has a long scar on his abdomen from a motorcycle crash that nearly killed him (in his 20s).

Self needs to get a move on! She has to drop by Barnes & Noble to look up books, she has no more eggs in the fridge, she needs to mail out another set of stories, and she needs a smog test! Not to mention: she needs to get more Thermacare heat wraps for her aching neck!

But, there is still time to drop one more bomb:

In the latest issue of the Stanford Center for East Asian newsletter, there is a picture of self’s erstwhile Chinese philosophy prof, David Nivison. Almost 30 years ago, self was convinced he was 80. Imagine her surprise to see his picture, looking exactly as he did when she was in his class! He is now a professor emeritus, but he has just organized a workshop on the “Riddle of an Ancient Chinese Book, Zhushu jinian” (the Bamboo Annals)

Self is convinced:  Prof. Nivison must be a vampire  —  BWAH HA HA HAAA!!!

Stay tuned.

Stella Has a San Francisco Show!

January 2009: self is in the Philippines to attend Stella’s exhibit opening at Silverlens.

Fast forward to this month: Stella is in a group show at Rayko Gallery on Third Street in San Francisco.

The show, Geography, runs from Dec. 17 (next week!) to Jan. 18, 2010.

Way to gooo, Stella! Self feels sure this is only the start of many many more for you.

Here’s the official announcement:

December 17 – January 18, 2010

Opening Reception:  Thursday, Dec. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.

Rayko Gallery
425 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Now’s your chance to see her lovely, evocative photographs up close, dear blog readers. Go!

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