July 9th, 2007

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Back in the saddle again!

Friends--I'm returned from Readercon and trying to catch up on a million things. But rest assured that all four members of the mighty Inferior 4 + 1 met, and discussed many exciting new ventures, such as a list of potential guest-bloggers, overlooked Sixties Novels, and commentaries on the general madness of mankind.

Keep watching this space.

Main duties fall to the Two Pauls for a few weeks, however, as Liz and Lucius are off traveling.

Let us begin!

Readercon is a success due mainly to the heroic efforts of the organizers. One such is the tireless David Shaw, who has been following the thread about very-low-budget films. He chimes in now with some great titles:

Here's a list of other films we missed, listed as Title (Director) Cost:

Clerks (Kevin Smith) $28K
Return of the Secaucus Seven (John Sayles) $40K
Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch) $25K (donated by Paul Bartel, who had just sold Death Race 2000!)
She's Gotta Have It (Spike Lee) $175K
Eraserhead (David Lynch) Lynch won't name a figure, but he built all the sets and props himself
Chan Is Missing (Wayne Wang) $20K

Not as well-known (but seen on the festival circuit):
Laws of Gravity (Nick Gomez) $38K
The Living End (Greg Araki) $23K
Following (Christopher Nolan) $12K (the movie before Memento)
Clean, Shaven (Lodge Kerrigan)$60K
Grief (Richard Glatzer) $40K
Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane (Joe Carnahan) $7K

I'm sure there are more.

-- David Shaw (mrbelm on LJ)

By the way: Charles Brown (celebrating his 70th birthday at the con with a swinging party!) mentioned that our RSS feed seems to strip off essential bits--such as who wrote which post! So until we get that fixed, we're signing each post.

Paul DiFi, over and out!


Just back from a full weekend of panel discussions, convivial conversations, and Irish car bombs.  Inferior 4 member Lucius Shepard, as one of two Readercon guests of honor (the other being Karen Joy Fowler), figured prominently in all of the above.  I had the pleasure of being on a panel devoted to the Shepard ouevre, with Michael Swanwick, Graham Sleight, and moderator John Langan.  All perspicacious critics but none of whom could say, like Yours Truly, that a character bearing his name had appeared in a Shepard story . . . and suffered a punch in the eye for his trouble.  A special Inferior No-Prize to anyone who can name that story!

One of the things we agreed on about Lucius's work was how, whether it's ostensibly science fiction or fantasy, it all seems set in a coherent universe -- a universe determined less by any conventional world-building than by a kind of stringent moral vision . . .  Is it coincidence that, in a certain light, or perhaps shadow, Lucius resembles Dostoevsky?

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