Read Viewed Consumed 2020-11

November saw Short Story Month to its conclusion—in which I wrote about a story that I had read that day—and imagined a month of film consumption in which I’d write each day about a movie I’d viewed. At this moment that seems impossible.

11/1
Anna Seghers, Transit, 5 pp.: This is the novel on which Christian Petzold’s 2018 movie of the same name is based. Petzold is a filmmaker whose work I’ve been meaning to work through. So far I’ve only seen Yella (2007), but I was impressed it.
Alain Robbe-Grillet, “The Replacement”
Mercè Rodoredo, “Rain”
Nathalie Sarraute, “XXII”
Jean Stafford, “Children Are Bored On Sunday”

11/2
Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, 5 pp.

French phenomenologist maurice merleau-ponty, whose phenomenology of perception i currently read, of whom it is very difficult to find an image online that is not of him alone
Maurice Merleau-Ponty

11/3
Great British Baking Show, 8.6

11/4
Anna Seghers, Transit, 20 pp.
Merleau-Ponty, 10 pp.

Presentism

11/5
Merleau-Ponty, 5 pp.

11/6
GBBS, 8.7: Goodbye Lottie. We’re going to miss that makeup display. And your acerbic, funny comments.

11/7
The Rise of Skywalker (2018)
Rode with Lucian and friends into East Falls, where upon arriving we learned that Biden had won, or perhaps more importantly, 45 had lost.

11/8
Attack of the Clones (2002): Not as painful as The Phantom Menace, but still painful. The only interesting part of this movie is the perhaps excessively complicated conceit that Palpatine is both working with the trade federation to provoke a war and at the same time pretending to lead the Republic against them. And Count Dooku’s confession to Obi Wan that the Republic was being led by a Sith lord.
Seghers, 10 pp.

Still of the arrival of the emperor in return of the jedi. Strongly reminiscent of nazi aesthetics.
The Nazi aesthetics of Star Wars are concerning

11/9
NYRB on Denise Riley and grieving

11/10
Merleau-Ponty, 15 pp.

A film viewed along with a book read.
In a Lonely Place (1953): One of my favorite noirs

11/11
Hughes, In A Lonely Place, 20 pp.: This novel is painful, but not painful to read.
NYRB: several intellectuals on the election
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954), 50 minutes

11/12
Merleau-Ponty, 10 pp.
NRYB on Dorothea Lange, Ihlan Omer
In a Lonely Place (1950), 50 minutes
Hughes, 30 pp.

Toshiro mifune as musashi miyamoto

11/13
Return of the Jedi (1983): A chapter of my memoirs will be devoted to his movie and its meaning. It will probably be mediocre.
Hughes, 30 pp.
GBBS, 8.8

11/14
Samurai: Musashi Miyamoto (1954), finished
Hughes, 40 pp.

11/15
Hughes, finished
In A Lonely Place (1950), finished

Still from in a lonely place
In a Lonely Place

11/16
Read the NYRB on Wilmington race riots: Needed historical memory.

11/17
Transit, 15 pp.

11/19
Tolstoy, 20 pp.

11/20
Enemy at the Gates (1999): The violence Hollywood has done to Stalingrad … I will not compare to how Hitler and Stalin made it suffer. None of that suffering was clear from the film.

Enemy at the gates: november consumption
Enemy at the Gates

11/21
NYRB on Trumpian zombie GOP, North Korean lit, and the death of Manet
Tolstoy, 5 pp.

11/22
Seghers, 20 pp.

11/23
N+1 on net neutrality, office design poverty
Seghers, 15 pp.

Still from sudden fear (1953)
Sudden Fear

11/24
Seghers, 25 pp.
Tolstoy, 5 pp.
Sudden Fear (1952)
Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020): […]

11/25
Seghers, 20 pp.

11/27
NYRB on Rod Serling, grand illusions

Rod serling
Famous for The Twilight Zone, but only through cultural miasma

11/28
The Pool Shark (1915): W.C. Fields. Hmmm. It’s no Buster Keaton.
The Hole (1962)
Seghers, 20 pp.

11/29
Seghers, 40 pp.

11/30
Finished Transit
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood