A book of secret things
On the whole, good and great fiction is not written by beautiful people who feel successful. It’s written by the person who is most overlooked, all their life, and who understands things about the human condition which is very different from that of the experience of the twenty-five year old part-time model. Every author has a professional deformity – club feet, an uncomfortable religious inheritance, short stature, or incurable alcoholism, take your pick. Writers are always outsiders, and our nearest kindred isn’t someone in Hollywood but the bag-lady who rootles through dustbins muttering to herself. — Amanda Craig
TBT to one of the last projects I was working on at the film archive - the preservation of Lauren Bacall’s original 16mm home movies from the 1950s.
Most of the footage was as boring as anyone else’s home movies, but occasionally I’d be winding through the film and suddenly OH HAI DAVID NIVEN.