Wrong solitude vinegars the soul,
right solitude oils it.
How fragile we are, between the few good moments.
Coming and going unfinished,
puzzled by fate,
like the half-carved relief
of a fallen donkey, above a church door in Finland.
What’s the impulse behind art? It’s saying in whatever language is the language of your work, “If I could move you as much as it moved me … if I can move anyone a tenth as much as that moved me, if I can spark the same sense of mystery and awe and surprise as that sparked in me, well that’s why I do what I do.
Yes, the girl who played Jordan Baker was amazing. There were times when all the other lead actors in Gatsby looked like they were in costume, performing the 1920s. But she seemed, at all times, as if she had somehow time-travelled directly from that era.
Coming Soon of the Day: Neil Degrasse Tyson Will Host the Sequel of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
Though it’s been quietly in the works since 2011, Fox has officially confirmed that Carl Sagan’s monumental 1970 sci-ed miniseries Cosmos: A Personal Voyage will be getting an updated sequel next year, which will consist of 13 episodes produced by Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and hosted by one of the Internet’s most celebrated astrophysicists, Neil Degrasse Tyson. Fox is hoping the show will have as much as of cultural impact as Carl Sagan’s original series, which still remains one of the most watched PBS series in the world to this day.
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BEST NEWS OF THE YEAR.
BACK THEN? I couldn’t get anybody to watch it, for the life of me. I think livejournal was like the only place I could even find anybody to talk about it with!
It just seems like this weird foregone conclusion nowadays that the show was always this thing everybody loved. But it wasn’t. A few of us loved it, hard. But it was a hard show to love if you jumped in mid-way through, because so much of its genius and hilarity came from the way it built on previous episodes, jokes, and throughlines, rewarding those of us who showed up each and every week a thousands times over.
Anyway, yeah, I’m being the TV equivalent of the I Liked that Band Before They Were Famous guy, and I don’t like that guy either, so I’ll stop. But still! (And also, long live Netflix, seriously. They had already changed my life in so many ways, and now they’ve actually managed to resurrect one of my very favorite shows of all time, and in a whole new, intricate and intriguing all-episodes-at-once way that could be a game-changer all over again. I officially forgive you for Quikster, dudes.)