Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative

Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative By Lawrence Weschler, Uncanny Valley Adventures in the Narrative Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies Lawrence Weschler s articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines from th
  • Title: Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative
  • Author: Lawrence Weschler
  • ISBN: 9781582437576
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative By Lawrence Weschler, Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler s articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.Uncanny Valley continues the page turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years TShuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler s articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.Uncanny Valley continues the page turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animators to fashion a credible human face, the endlessly elusive gold standard of the profession Other highlights include profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with a hilariously harrowing bout of writer s block the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he is forced to revisit his work on Apocalypse Now in the context of the recent Iraqi war film Jarhead and the artist Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures.With his signature style and endless ability to wonder, Weschler proves yet again that the world is strange, beautiful, and connected The Globe and Mail Uncanny Valley demonstrates his matchless ability to analyze the marvels he finds in places and people and offers us a new, sublime way of seeing the world.
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    1. Lawrence Weschler

      Lawrence Weschler, a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California at Santa Cruz 1974 , was for over twenty years 1981 2002 a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies He is a two time winner of the George Polk Award for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992 and was also a recipient of Lannan Literary Award 1998.His books of political reportage include The Passion of Poland 1984 A Miracle, A Universe Settling Accounts with Torturers 1990 and Calamities of Exile Three Nonfiction Novellas 1998.His Passions and Wonders series currently comprises Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin 1982 David Hockney s Cameraworks 1984 Mr Wilson s Cabinet of Wonder 1995 A Wanderer in the Perfect City Selected Passion Pieces 1998 Boggs A Comedy of Values 1999 Robert Irwin Getty Garden 2002 Vermeer in Bosnia 2004 and Everything that Rises A Book of Convergences February 2006 Mr Wilson was shortlisted for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and Everything that Rises received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.Recent books include a considerably expanded edition of Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, comprising thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin a companion volume, True to Life Twenty Five Years of Conversation with David Hockney Liza Lou a monograph out of Rizzoli Tara Donovan, the catalog for the artist s recent exhibition at Boston s Institute for Contemporary Art, and Deborah Butterfield, the catalog for a survey of the artist s work at the LA Louver Gallery His latest addition to Passions and Wonders, the collection Uncanny Valley Adventures in the Narrative, came out from Counterpoint in October 2011.Weschler has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, and NYU, where he is now distinguished writer in residence at the Carter Journalism Institute.He recently graduated to director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, where he has been a fellow since 1991 and was director from 2001 2013, and from which base he had tried to start his own semiannual journal of writing and visual culture, Omnivore He is also the artistic director emeritus, still actively engaged, with the Chicago Humanities Festival, and curator for New York Live Ideas, an annual body based humanities collaboration with Bill T Jones and his NY Live Arts He is a contributing editor to McSweeney s, the Threepeeny Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review curator at large of the DVD quarterly Wholphin recently retired chair of the Sundance formerly Soros Documentary Film Fund and director of the Ernst Toch Society, dedicated to the promulgation of the music of his grandfather, the noted Weimar emigre composer He recently launched Pillow of Air, a monthly Amble through the worlds of the visual column in The Believer from lawrenceweschler

    412 thoughts on “Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative”

    1. Weschlerian As Weschler writes, a sort of companion to Vermeer in Bosnia, so thoroughly heterogeneous, but with interesting intersections and leaks It s Weschler I can t not love it.


    2. In probing into the difficulty of making realistic CGI faces, Weschler provides a wonderful metaphor for the elusive and mysterious nature of art making.



    3. This was my first attempt at reading book length Weschler He is, I must say, a compelling journalistic voice, with a strong kinship to other New Yorker style commentators John McPhee, Susan Orlean, etc But at this most interesting and entertaining, he s abandoning that style in favor of something wilder, subtler, and in keeping with writers like Eco or Sebald But hey, it s all still decent enough, and sometimes he soars to dizzying heights look no further than his essay on Bill Morrison s Decas [...]


    4. not recommended as a jumping off point for Weschler s work everything that rises read everything that rises but if you are a kevin kelly trademark True Fan there is a lot to love here the Walter Murch apocalypse now jarhead essay is superb, as is the on the ground reporting from the International Criminal Court negotiations in Rome.


    5. Can t get enough of Mr Weschler This was my bedtime reading for the last year or so Delighted to see Marcel the Shell with Shoes on in the epilogue As always, his writing makes me feel so enthralled to be alive and privy to this world that we ve created.


    6. I enjoy Weschler s studies I still don t understand Mr Wilson s Cabinet of Wonder This one made me want to read about film editor and sound designer Walter Murch.


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