Thank you, Lignan
3 November 2023 | 10:17 pm

DB here: On 2 November, Lignan University of Hong Kong conferred upon me an honorary doctorate. My health situation kept me from attending, but I sent a statement of thanks. I’m grateful for the honor, and for Professor Darrell Davis for reading it at the ceremony (pictured above). Here it is. I am deeply proud […]

Crime spree
4 September 2023 | 11:04 pm

Patricia Highsmith (from Loving Highsmith, 2022). DB here: Crime fiction, whether in words or pictures, is a bigger category than we might initially think. There are whodunits, hardboiled detective stories, police procedurals, suspense thrillers, and stories of gangsters, professional crooks, and petty scoundrels (e.g., Elmore Leonard’s world). That’s a lot in itself. But since every […]

Another dispatch from Ennui-sur-Blasé
25 August 2023 | 1:48 pm

           DB here: Hardcore Wes Anderson admirers will be happy to learn of the latest entry in the series of massive auteur monographs devoted to the work of the director. After a synoptic volume, The Wes Anderson Collection, there followed one devoted to The Grand Budapest Hotel and another to Isle of Dogs. Now we […]

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