Monday, April 23, 2007

Come on without

Life is always good when you're in a Dylan mood. I think that's pretty much an inalterable law of nature: death, taxes, Dylan = awesome. What I love most about him is that his body of work gets pretty close to bottomless: there's no reason to get bored or not find some new gem. I'm no completist by any means, but I could be fairly painlessly.

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In a funk continuing from yesterday: Saturday night I couldn't get to sleep, was cold, finally drifted off around 4:30 to nightmare-filled sleep. I stumbled around all day, muttering dire things, not eating much. Today's better by far after great sleep but I still feel stumbly wumbly.

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Vacancy has the best title credits in years, worthy of Hitchcock. The movie isn't.

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Sending One More out today, following days of manic revision. One more poem picked up by the good people at the Burnside Review. A fine journal and they accept submissions by email, so you've no excuse not to send.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, I totally felt the same way. I turned to my friend during the credits and said, "These credits are amazing." The movie, not so much. Very anti-climactic. I'm extremely paranoid and easily scared, but I felt calm throughout the entire movie. That means it failed, right?

Rachel Mallino said...

Congrats on Burnside, Paul. And I agree - Dylan = Awesome. I'll never forget an interview I saw with him and he said that in his earlier days of writing he honestly felt as if God was speaking through him and I actually believe it (yet I don't believe in God). Such a conundrum.

Paul said...

Yeah, way not so much. Let's list some of the cliches: troubled couple traveling after losing a child; emotionally constipated and, it's implied, probably frigid wife and husband who no doubt grieves for little Bobby but damn it, he'd like to get laid; said troubled couple pledging to start over after traumatic experience; creepy out of the way location/people/etc. The title credits/score is crackerjack, really striking. If I got in free, I'd go again, see that, then sneak into something else.

Anonymous said...

Try youtube, search Vacancy Credits. I haven't tried it, but damn, that website has everything.

Michael said...

RE: Dylan. "New Pony" off of STREET LEGAL. Check it out if you don't know it already.