When not watching movies (a situation I try to avoid), I listen to Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Django Reinhardt, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Frank Sinatra, and Luciana Souza. I like to read George Eliot, Cornell Woolrich, Ruth Rendell, and Don DeLillo. I have two daughters who are both smart, strong, and independent young women. It looks like their mother and I did something right. Among other things, I have been a bookseller, a projectionist, and worked for some years in the Film Department of MOMA. Born in NJ, lived in NYC for a long time, San Diego for a few years. Since then lived in the burbs and the boonies. My dream is to live within walking distance of Film Forum, but I’m not holding my breath.
Band of Outsiders
The Deep Blue Sea
“I think one of the problems with my early criticism is that it assumes you’re supposed to be able to follow everything and then get this meaning of a scene. I don’t see how or why anyone should be expected to get the meaning of an event in a movie or a painting. That’s a place where criticism goes wrong: it keeps trying for the complete solution. I think the point of criticism is to build up the mystery. And the point is to find movies which have a lot of puzzle in them, a lot of questions.” —Manny Farber