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David Licata
The island off the coast of America known as Manhattan.
He's a writer. He's a filmmaker. He's a writer. He's a filmmaker...
Interests: this, that, the other.
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I know when people recommend I listen to a podcast, I never get around to it. But honestly, give this one a listen. Seriously. Maybe at the gym or something. My time should be freeing up soon, so when I think of something to write I'll post. Then we have to get that Yearley guy involved
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Great post. It has inspired me to play guitar facing my window. I recently listened to a podcast very related to this. It's a story about Keith Jarrett and his refusing to perform a concert because the piano was in such bad shape, and David Bowie and Brian Eno recording their Berlin records. I will leave it at that and not spoil it. I think you will like it very much. (It's 30 minutes.) https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pushkin-industries/cautionary-tales/e/66123572 P.S. Nice to see the ol' E.C. back in action. And I like the new design, too.
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Inspiring. Thank you Rolando.
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Beautiful. Thank you for writing this.
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Really beautiful, Roland. We should all have such encounters with such people.
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Really beautiful, John. Thanks for writing this.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2016 on Still Life with Bus Driver at Extra Criticum
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Did you see the article in The New York Times about vertical videos, Vertical Video on the Small Screen? Not a Crime by Farhad Manjoo? Give it read. I’ll wait. Oh, there is so much to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Extra Criticum
Nice choices! The Ten Commandments surprises me. I thought you might be more of a Cleopatra man!
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2015 on The Wolfpack Game at Extra Criticum
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This is not a review of the documentary The Wolfpack. But I will say it’s excellent and you should see it. Seriously, go see it. But no, instead of reviewing it I’d like to pose a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Extra Criticum
Love it! Thanks, Bruce.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2015 on Pet Peeve - A Haiku at Extra Criticum
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Feh, my second line has 8 syllables instead of 7. I could have written: Dialogue? Subtitles? No. But screw it. Staying as is.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2015 on Pet Peeve - A Haiku at Extra Criticum
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Yeah, I really don't get it. It's like online dating, when the person on the other end posts photos of themselves 10 years and 50 pounds less ago. How do they expect the person to react when the reality presents itself?
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2015 on Pet Peeve - A Haiku at Extra Criticum
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Thank you, Amy F. Such high praise, I'm not worthy. I blush. Bow my head.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2015 on Pet Peeve - A Haiku at Extra Criticum
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Foreign film trailers No dialogue, no subtitles Who are they fooling? Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Extra Criticum
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Thanks for reading, John. It's a good film and well worth the 96 minutes it runs. If you haven't seen Antonio Gaudi by Hiroshi Teshigahara, check it out, it's really special. No talking heads until the very end. Just Gaudi architecture and music and a virtuoso behind the camera. Kind of stunning.
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Would you like to contemplate time, continuity, community, creativity, and spirituality while seeing beautiful images of an architectural marvel? If yes, have I got a film for you: Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation, directed by Stefan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Extra Criticum
John, when I'm not consumed by jealous rage because you're such a talented writer, I am inspired by you.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2014 on On Courage and Inspiration at Extra Criticum
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"When a long, consuming writing project ends, that safe space disappears for a while. More terrifying still, I have to take the thing I wrote in that warm safe place and send it out to be judged by the world. It is a prospect that fills me with dread. I feel exposed, a little raw." Good god, is that ever the truth. There some kind of grief thing that happens with me. Or maybe it's akin to sending your child off to college (not that I'd know). There's a what-do-I do-now-that-you're-gone feeling.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2014 on Between Projects at Extra Criticum
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When Roland Tec asked if I’d be interested in spending a weekend in CT with him and John Yearley, writing, I was onboard. I liked the idea from the start, but I also wasn’t sure what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Extra Criticum
Thanks, Roland. I'm excited to see where this story goes from here. Will Kyu work for said educational institution again over the winter break? Next summer? Will he pursue his interest in film after he graduates? He's smart and talented and has the whole big world at his feet. It'll be interesting to witness the decisions he makes. Stay tuned.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on A Good Idea at Extra Criticum
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Great piece and great comments. I really have nothing to add except, you know, this blog is wonderful. Still and always.
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Speaking of ideas, here’s a good one: write emails to people (friends, people you’ve fallen out of touch with, friends of friends, complete strangers, anyone, really) who work in fields you're interested in pursuing and ask... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Extra Criticum
How many times and how many ways can I say it: I love your writing, John. This piece is an inspiration. Maybe I'll start watching those films I've not watched for whatever reason. Wild Strawberries being one of them. And sometimes that one image is enough, as we discussed about Monika and her gaze into the camera. Thanks, my friend.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2014 on My Late Night Cinematheque at Extra Criticum
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I'll have to add this to the ever expanding list of books I will probably never get around to reading, just because that list is so damned long and my life is so damned short. And because I'm a slow reader. I wish I had something more to say about your comment, other than, as always, thanks for the thoughtful comment.
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I met essayist Randon Billings Noble at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As I remember it, all of our conversations were either about music (she studied classical violin and plays piano) or "nonfiction." That's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Extra Criticum