The Lifeboat: Links - 27 Aug' 2021

Links №3

Dear wanderer,

I am humbly delivering the third set of links to you before the upcoming weekend starts, the last weekend this summer, by the way (fun news, eh).

  • The Dazzling Future by John, an essay about uncertainty and anxiety of our era, labels we hang on it and the artist’s role in all of it.

  • I enjoyed a lot A Primer On Screenwriting by Simon. It is a great introduction to screenwriting and its inner mechanics. And as one who reads and trying to write screenplays myself, I couldn’t agree more “Screenwriting is an underrated art form”. Probably, the saddest thing is there are thousands remarkable stories written for a screen but have never been filmed. So, at least, they should be read.

  • Kholstomer by Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy. It is a story told from a perspective of a horse questioning “norms” of human society. It widely employs the technique called ‘ostranenie’ (or defamiliarization) allowing us to see us, as humans, from an unusual angle and making familiar concepts strange, such as the way people own things, including horses.

  • Planet Of Cops, where Freddie Deboer explorers our modern society as a society of filters, a society of those who constantly denounce others, a society that assumes everyone is guilty in something by default, a society of cops.

  • Losing A Language by Charles Schifano, on Nabokov’s experience and struggles with foreign languages and writing. Charles discusses why a language is more than just words that require memory how it influences our thinking and writing style. As a Russian native speaker, I can confirm that writing/thinking/speaking in both languages is a completely different experience, and, moreover, results are also different (not quality but style and feelings). I can see it in my writing. The Dazzling Future, for example, was written in Russian, then translated to English, unlike other of my essays, which were written and thought through in English. I can see the difference as well as a couple other people who I talked to about it.

  • My favourite band Leprous (Norway) have just released their new album Aphelion t, which will occupy my ears for the next couple weeks. If you like progressive and experimental rock/metal, give it a try. It is very lyrical, melodic and sensual, outwardly simple, inwardly complex, composed by one of the best vocalists and musicians in contemporary rock music, Einar Solberg. I’ve been following them for almost 10 years now and I can see a remarkable growth in their approach to the craft, which goes beyond any genre. I’ll put one of the songs from the album at the end of this issue.

Stay tuned for a Sunday essay…

See you soon,

John