Happy Birthday Etgar Keret!
Etgar Keret (born August 20, 1967) Israeli short story writer, memoirist, humorist
Read the Wikipedia article here.
Listen to Etgar Keret at the 2015 Edinburgh Book Festival
(with Alain Mabanckou)
(Etgar Keret is introduced and speaks at minute 15:00. He reads from his memoir at minute 22:00)
Read about the house named for Etgar Keret in Warsaw, Poland.
Read about Keret’s 2015 Memoir: Seven Good Years
Happy Birthday Alejandro Iñárritu!
Alejandro González Iñárritu
photo by Antonio Zazuela Olmos
(born August 15, 1963) – Mexican film director, screenwriter – Amores perros
, The Revenant
Read the Wikipedia article about Alejandro González Iñárritu here
Iñárritu on Internet Movie Database
Here is an interview with the director about his film Amores perros.
“Narratively, it was difficult to make sure that people can get all the stories and understand how the pieces fit together. The car crash was a very tough scene, and the dogfights were especially hard. Emotionally, it was a very intense piece, so to get that intensity all the time and maintain the right tone wasn’t easy. Sometimes, shooting on location can be a little unpredictable, but I work hard in pre-production. I arrived to the first day of shooting almost wanting to go to the hospital. I was completely exhausted, because I believe in being thoroughly prepared, and I want to spend my time during the shoot focusing on the scene and the actors. I don’t want to screw around with stupid things, like bad locations or whatever. ”
Iñárritu talks about his Oscar-winning film Birdman in this Variety article.
Inarritu: “From the time we open our eyes, we live our lives in a Steadicam form, and the only editing is when we talk about our lives or remember things.”
Inarritu analyzes a scene in Birdman
Happy Birthday Lawrence Wright!
Lawrence Wright (born 1947 – U.S. nonfiction author, screenwriter – The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.
Read the Wikipedia article about Lawrence Wright
Visit Lawrence Wright’s website
Listen to a 2016 Old Globe Theatre podcast interview of Lawrence Wright here
“I think of my characters as donkeys. This seems like a pejorative term but a donkey is a beast of burden, and he can carry the reader into a world that he’s never been in, and he can carry a lot of information on his back…” (at minute 16:30 of podcast)
Watch this 2007 Google talk by Lawrence Wright
August is Women Writers in Translation Month!
Read more about it here and here
Happy Birthday Heinrich Harrer!
|Heinrich Harrer (born July 6, 1912) – Austrian mountaineer – Seven Years in Tibet (1952)
Read about Heinrich Harrer here and here and here
Read excerpts from Seven Years in Tibet