Thursday, September 2, 2010

I, Noir


  1. Curtis,

    Interesting. This set has a certain Rorshach quality.

    In such tests, it seems one should, to appear "normal", seek a well-adjusted, properly socialized, preferably "happy" interpretation.


    I saw:

    1 The Future
    2 The Present
    3 The Past

    (Perhaps one ought to be getting out more...)

  2. Your Rorschach remark is interesting. I remember being made to take the test twice when I was a teen-ager. I found it incredibly boring, but I was as sincere as possible in making my responses, which apparently caused the testers to conclude that I was less than a perfectly socialized, normal individual. The evaluations I received made my father extremely angry (at me, I’m afraid). I must say that I posted I, Noir while in a fairly black mood, but I felt immediately better once it was up. Coincidentally (or not), I had just finished a long period reading and re-reading Dante’s Inferno, so maybe all of that crept up on me. I spent a long time on it because I had never read it before, was loving it, and wanted my next reading to be more fluent, which I expect will be the case. I’ve just moved on to the Purgatorio and am keeping in mind your positive observation about Edwin Denby always reading and having a copy of the Paradiso with him. I think your 1-3 rankings and descriptions of the images are spot on. The Ray Milland shot is taken from The Ministry Of Fear, which I’ve never seen, but would like to, although I suspect it won’t convey the parlous atmosphere of that moving, but imperfect novel, well enough. As for getting out more, I completely endorse that. One of the problems with modern workplace tools, such as the laptop computer and the Blackberry email device, is that there’s really no “getting out” at this point; you’re always “in” and tethered. In fact, you worry when you don’t feel a tug on the leash. Happy Labor Day weekend to you and Angelica. Curtis