The founder, with Marc Lafia, of Art+Culture, Daniel fancies himself a reader of texts, whatever their form—novels, philosophy, the smile of a stranger, film, art, giggles, sighs, whiskey. To read, he imagines,is not to interpret but to engage, to enjoy, to... [more]
The founder, with Marc Lafia, of Art+Culture, Daniel fancies himself a reader of texts, whatever their form—novels, philosophy, the smile of a stranger, film, art, giggles, sighs, whiskey. To read, he imagines,is not to interpret but to engage, to enjoy, to digest. He therefore is careful about what he reads, sticking only to those things that promise delight, complexity, multiplicity, joy. Trained in the rhetorical arts at UC Berkeley, Daniel has taken his hermeneutic acumen on the proverbial road, taking up new media, contemporary art, and now this technical/business engine, ArtandCulture.com. He is as influenced by Kierkegaard as he is by Deleuze, by Nietzsche as well as by Nabokov, by David Lynch as well as by Matthew Ritchie. He really likes tequila, neat with a pilsner back, thanks.
In this film, Bunuel gives us the delirium of the moving image. The image is not a document; it is not a record: it is a multiplier, not just in the sense that it doubles this world but in that the image itself is multiple. This film careens. Its giddy with the possibility of itself. And what's so surprising is that this possibility, this multiplicity, does not give way to chaos. One of the conspicuous components of the film is its contrivance, its control, its steady timbre. As dreams defer, they multiply and as they multiply the fold the texture of the world onto and over itself. Which is to say, the dreams are not just random meanderings but workings over of the film itself, a metabolic engine, a dream machine.
Just watched Band of Outsiders again -- it is so fucking funny, smart, groovy, the men impossibly cool. Suddenly, it seems so obvious why and how Tarantino calls his company, A Band Apart. Plot is distinctly secondary to dialogueâ€”dialogue that does not drive the plot in the least. It is all posturing, play, meander, and cool.