Pierrot le Fou

Pierrot le Fou is the third of four Jean-Luc Godard films on the BFI’s list of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time. The two previous films are Breathless and Contempt. Histoire(s) du Cinema is still to come.

After attending a boring party, Ferdinand Griffon (Jean-Paul Belmondo) leaves his wife and children to run off with his ex-girlfriend, Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), who had been conveniently baby sitting while he was at the party. They travel across France and head toward Italy engaging in romance, crime sprees, political intrigue and song-and-dance numbers. Godard plays light and loose with film genres creating a disorienting yet compelling narrative. As with his previous films, Godard employs unconventional editing and techniques, such as tinting parts of the film and having characters break the fourth wall to speak to the audience. Given the experimental nature of the film, it’s not surprising that Godard doesn’t provide a traditional conclusion; however, the ending feels more false than daring.

Pierrot le Fou is a smart and entertaining movie, but the interesting techniques employed by Godard are better represented by Breathless and Contempt.

Unfortunately, Pierrot le Fou is currently out of print. I was able to get this via Netflix and it is also available through Amazon Streaming.

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July Reading Update

I finished July still ahead of my pace to read 30 books this year.

As I mentioned last month in reference to CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, I had seen Flavorwire’s list of 25 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh and checked-out from the library a couple of the suggested short story collections in anticipation of our flight to Vegas. In addition to the George Saunders’ collection, I checked-out Grace Paley’s The Little Disturbances of Man. Like Saunders’ collection, I found Paley’s work excellent in spots but overall found it a decent if not particularly captivating read.

I also read Tamas Dobozy’s Siege 13, which was fascinating. It was an interesting book to read shortly after reading Milan Kundera’s The Joke. Both focus, to some extent, on the encroachment of Communism in Central Europe post World War II, Kundera’s novel focusing on Czechoslovakia and Dobozy’s story collection on Hungary. Unlike Kundera’s story which takes place entirely in Czechoslovakia, many of Dobozy’s stories revolve around characters who subsequently fled to Canada.

The third book I read in July was a free ebook I downloaded as part of my Amazon Prime membership, Natalia Sylvester’s Chasing the Sun. I started following Sylvester on Twitter several months ago, so it was interesting to read about her upcoming first novel and then have the opportunity to read it as soon as it came out. Set in Peru in the early 90′s, Chasing the Sun is a literary page turner about a wealthy industrialist whose wife gets kidnapped. What makes Chasing the Sun unique is that their marriage is not a particularly happy one which keeps the novel from being an overly simplistic and emotionally easy journey.

August Reading Update

August Reading Update

I finished 20 books by the end of June:






July Round Up

Because I often write in various places, I’ve decided that I would like to create an index of sorts every month to help keep track of what I’ve done where. So for July 2014:

On Being and Formulating:

On SuperPlus Eats:

In addition to using this monthly post to keep track of where I am blogging and getting published, I’ve decided to also use to as a way of posting updates about other writing projects that have yet to see the light of day. Sometimes this list doesn’t accurately represent my time spent on writing.

I found out (a couple of months ago, actually) that my short story, “The Day When JoAnna Cowley, Without Warning, Quits Her Job,” was accepted for publication in The Casserole.  I haven’t gotten any details yet about exactly when, but based on my experience with small literary magazines, I know to be patient. This is a Canadian journal, so I guess that makes me an international writer.

I had King’s Long Search enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program, which offers some bonuses (such as free promotions and inclusion in Kindle Unlimited) in exchange for exclusivity. My initial free promotion when I first published King’s Long Search netted nearly 100 downloads. A second yielded about 20. Since the free promotions seem to have diminishing results, I decided I would be better off forgoing that option so that I can make the book available elsewhere. So, King’s Long Search is now available from Barnes and NobleOyster Books and Smashwords. It should be forthcoming for iBooks and Kobo eBooks.