Notes & Conversations

The Notebook: Issue 16

Hi there,

Welcome to the 2019 February issue of ‘The Notebook’.

This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,

interviews, video clips and other stuff

I found interesting and feel worth sharing.

I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.

If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…

Here it goes…

A Book Worth Sharing:

Grotesque” by Natsuo Kirino  

The book is a little difficult to get into. But once you get past that… you’ll not regret it.

Here, in her own words…

“I really enjoyed writing it, but I feel like it’s a bit difficult to get into. There’s this constant issue of the narrator’s ambiguity and the question of whether or not she’s actually reliable. It’s like Rashomon: Can the information she gives be trusted? Or is it a lie? Grotesque was a hit in Japan, but I was really surprised. I thought it was more of a self-indulgent work that would never become popular the way it did.”

Read the complete interview here

A Movie Worth Sharing:

Roma” by Alfonso Cuaron

This film is on Netflix. So anyone can watch it with Netflix subscription.

But read Austin Kleon’s comment about watching the film on a big screen…

“The picture was striking on the big screen, but I thought the sound was actually what made it worth seeing in the theater.

Much has been made over seeing Roma on the big screen — the filmmakers have even posted a guide to TV settings for getting the best picture. I’ve yet to hear anyone argue that you should go to the theater for the sound. I don’t see a guide to sound settings. That—the perfect ambient sound in a large theater like the Capitol in Gordon Square here in Cleveland—is what I doubt you could get at home from your TV, without expensive speakers.” – Austin Kleon

An Idea Worth Sharing:

Stay Alive, Get Weird

Well, just click the link above…

A Quote Worth Sharing:

“And people get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were words… As if you had a meaning, as if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are [the] meaning.”

-Alan Watts ( Via ‘Kevin Rose’ )

Random Stuff:

Coolest Things I learned in 2018

There are many gems here. My favourite two…

Old Status Symbols:

  • Luxury goods
  • Position of authority
  • Busy-ness
  • Endorsed by establishment

New Status Symbols:

  • Fitness
  • Position of influence
  • Flexible schedule
  • Creative Output
  • Self-actualization
  • Independent

How camera lenses change the shape of your face

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Thanks for reading.

Take care and have a nice month…

Krishnendu

The Notebook: Issue 15

Hi there,

Welcome to the 2019 January issue of ‘The Notebook’.

This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,

interviews, video clips and other stuff

I found interesting and feel worth sharing.

I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.

If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…

Here it goes…

A Book Worth Sharing:

Travails with the Alien: The Film That Was Never Made and Other Adventures with Science Fiction” by Satyajit Ray (Edited by Sandip Ray)

I knew that Satyajit Ray wanted to make a science fiction film at one point in time. But I never knew that he wanted to call it “Avatar”.

Take a look at the photo below. It’s the cover page of the draft treatment. He had three names in mind… ‘Avatar”(written in Bengali), ‘Martian Tales”(written in Bengali) and “The Alien”.

This is a meticulously researched book on how and why this movie never got made.

“But there’s more to this book—a collection of essays, letters, drawings, articles, short stories and interviews—than the “Alien-E.T.” controversy. Chiefly, it showcases Ray’s boundless passion for science and science fiction.” – How E.T. came home: Satyajit Ray’s science fiction

There’s also the script of the film. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Grab this book if you want to know the mind of a genius and his creative process.

A Movie Worth Sharing:

Moe No Suzaku (1997) by Naomi Kawase

One of the most beautiful and haunting Japanese films I have ever seen. “Suzaku” was Naomi Kawase’s debut feature and it won Camera d’Or ( best new film) at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

(On October 23, 2018, it was announced that Kawase had been selected by the IOC to shoot the official film for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.)

An Idea Worth Sharing:

The Internet is Like Tokyo

“If you go to Tokyo, you’ll see there are all sorts of really, really strange shops. There’ll be a shop that, only 1970’s vinyl and like, 1980’s whisky or something. And that doesn’t make any sense if it’s a shop in a Des Moines suburb. In a Des Moines suburb, to exist, you have to be Subway, you have to hit the mass-market Immediately.

But in Tokyo, where there’s 30-40 million people within a train ride of a city, then your market is 40 million. And within that 40 million, sure, there, a couple thousand people who love 1970’s music and 1980’s whisky. The Internet is Tokyo. The Internet allows you to be niche at scale.

Niche at scale is something that I think young people should aspire to.”  – Derek Thompson (via David Perell)

Read the complete article here

A Quote Worth Sharing:

“Everybody enjoys what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy, and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when they walk into the room. Everybody wants that. It’s easy to want that. A more interesting question, a question that most people never consider, is, “What pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for?” Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.” ― Mark Manson

Random Stuff:

Avatar Director James Cameron’s Daily Routine for Endurance and Stamina

Here is a typical day of James Cameron’s regime:

— 05:00 — pre-workout — green smoothie (spinach, apple, orange, banana — heavy on the spinach, and you can see the recipe below)

— 06:00 — 1 hour workout — usually kickboxing, yoga or light weight training with high intensity intervals

— 07:30 — breakfast — sometimes tofu “scrambled eggs” or a quesadilla made with plant-cheese, sometimes red beans and rice — always a protein shake made with fruit, nut butter, pea protein — use this to wash down supplements (hemp oil capsules, MSM for supple joints, vitamin D) — B12 is a sublingual tablet — and a cup of Oolong tea

— 11:00 — mid morning snack of fresh fruit (grapes, watermelon, berries) on set

— 13:30 — lunch — bowl of soup plus any one of the scores of great lunch dishes prepared by Brad and Sandy, our vegan chefs at the studio — mexican fiesta, Indian, thai, Italian (pasta, pizza, lasagna), burgers (Beyond or Hungry Planet) — these are comfort food dishes with a conscience

— 16:30 — mid afternoon — a green salad, on set

— 20:00 — dinner — a very light meal, sometimes a plant-based burger, sometimes just some humus and pita and a handful of olives, sometimes an avocado chopped up with salsa — plus always a glass of wine for stress reduction

He is currently in production on Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Read the complete blog post here

Thanks for reading.

Happy New Year,

Krishnendu

The Notebook: Issue 14

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Swimming Pool Movie – Ludivine Sagnier (Image used without permission)

Hi there,
 
Welcome to the December issue of ‘The Notebook’.
 
This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,
interviews, video clips and other stuff
I found interesting and feel worth sharing.
I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.
If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…
Here it goes…
 
A Book Worth Sharing:
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murakami
If I have to choose one Haruki Murakami fiction, I’ll choose this one…
“Wind-Up Bird” is part detective story, part Bildungsroman (a novel dealing with one person’s formative years or spiritual education), part fairy tale, part science-fiction-meets-Lewis Carroll. Like “A Wild Sheep Chase” and “Dance Dance Dance,” it features a very ordinary man as its hero – a passive, affectless sort of guy with a lowly job and even lower expectations. Like those earlier novels, it sends its hero off on a long, strange wild goose chase that turns into a sort of Kafkaesque nightmare.”
– Michiko Kakutani
 
Read the complete review here
 
A Movie Worth Sharing:

Swimming Pool” by Francois Ozon

One of my favourite Francois Ozon films…
 
“You’ll have to take your eyes off teen temptress Ludivine Sagnier to navigate the psychological twists in Francois Ozon’s thriller. It’s almost worth it. The French director is a major tease, as proved by the way he blended song, dance and homicide in last year’s 8 Women.”
 
An Idea Worth Sharing:
 
 
“The first time I heard a mathematician use the phrase, I was sure he’d misspoken. We were on the phone, talking about the search for shapes with certain properties, and he said, “It’s like looking for hay in a haystack.”
“Don’t you mean a needle?” I almost interjected. Then he said it again.
In mathematics, it turns out, conventional modes of thought sometimes get turned on their head. The mathematician I was speaking with, Dave Jensen of the University of Kentucky, really did mean “hay in a haystack.” By it, he was expressing a strange fact about mathematical research: Sometimes the most common things are the hardest to find.”
Read the complete article here
 
A Quote Worth Sharing:
 
“The real problem with humanity is the following: We have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous.”
— E. O. Wilson ( Via David Perell )
 
Random Stuff:
 
 
“Seth Godin recently noted the following on his always insightful blog:
“The Mona Lisa has a huge social media presence. Her picture is everywhere. But she doesn’t tweet. She’s big on social media because she’s an icon, but she’s not an icon because she’s big on social media.”
This perfectly sums up a point I often find myself trying to make when arguing that people don’t need to engage social media to advance their career.”
Read Cal Newport’s complete blog post here
 
Thanks for reading.
Take care and have a nice month…
 
Krishnendu

The Notebook: Issue 13

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Hi there,
Welcome to the November issue of ‘The Notebook’.
This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,
interviews, video clips and other stuff
I found interesting and feel worth sharing.
I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.
If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…
Here it goes…

 

A Book Worth Sharing:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck By Mark Manson

“The opposite of every other book. Don’t try. Give up. Be wrong. Lower your standards. Stop believing in yourself. Follow the pain. And oh yeah, kill yourself. Each point is profoundly true, useful, and more powerful than the usual positivity. Succinct but surprisingly deep, I read it in one night, then read it again a month later.”

That’s what Derek Sivers wrote in his blog. And he is right. You can read it in one night and you will want to reread it again.

Read Derek Sivers’ complete review here

Another one…

“More than a practical guidebook to choosing what’s important in our lives and what’s unimportant, it’s a brutally honest and much needed reality check about our personal problems, fears and expectations. It’s a bold confrontation of self, our painful truths, faults and uncertainties, without all the positive airy fairy fluff we’ve been spoon-fed to believe by self-help gurus.

Think positive?

“Fuck positivity,” Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.”

Seek happiness?

“The path to happiness is a path full of shit heaps and shame,” he remarks.

By far, my favorite quote in the book.” – Tree Franklyn

Read the complete review here

 

A Movie Worth Sharing:

Dust In The Wind By Hou Hsiao-hsien

This 1986 masterpiece from Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien is a must-watch for all film lovers. I have watched it at least three times and will watch it again.

‘Dust in the Wind’ is a great starting point if you’ve never seen a Hou Hsiao-hsien film.

 

An Idea Worth Sharing:

The ‘real you’ is a myth – we constantly create false memories to achieve the identity we want

This is kind of unnerving and yet, a profound truth…

 

A Quote Worth Sharing:

“Twitter makes you love people you’ve never met and Facebook makes you hate people you’ve known your whole life.” – Ed Latimore

 

Random Stuff:

How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It)

Screenwriter Eric Heisserer shares notes and extracts from early drafts as he breaks down how he adapted Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life.

 

Thanks for reading.

Krishnendu

 

 

 

 

The Notebook: Issue 12

Hi there,
Welcome to the October issue of ‘The Notebook’.
As I was down with Dengue, I could not send
the September issue of ‘The Notebook’.
Sorry about that…
This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,
interviews, video clips and other stuff
I found interesting and feel worth sharing.
I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.
If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…
Here it goes…
A Book Worth Sharing –

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable” By Amitav Ghosh

One of the best books I have read on climate change.
The Great Derangement, which is based on a
series of University of Chicago lectures, is about
humanity’s insane inaction in the face of climate
change. And one of the central points Ghosh
makes is this: “When future generations look back
upon the Great Derangement they will certainly
blame the leaders and politicians of this time for
their failure to address the climate crisis.
But they may well hold artists and writers to be
equally culpable — for the imagining of possibilities
is not, after all, the job of politicians and bureaucrats.”
– Reviewed by Ananya Bhattacharyya
A Movie Worth Sharing –
One of the most underrated films of recent time.
Guillermo del Toro ranked “Zodiac” #1 on his list of
the best movies Fincher has ever made, saying he
watches it “at least twice a year.”
Read, Guillermo del Toro’s analysis of “Zodiac” in 13 tweets.
An Idea Worth Sharing –
Why AI poses one of the biggest threats to democracy!
Thanks for reading.
Krishnendu

The Notebook: Issue 11

Hi there,
Welcome to the August issue of ‘The Notebook’.
This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,
interviews, video clips and other stuff
I found interesting and feel worth sharing.
I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.
If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…
Here it goes…
A Book Worth Sharing –
I want to gift a copy of this book to all the
people I know!
If only I had enough money!
If you want to read only one book this year,
then read, “ Ego is the Enemy”.
A Movie Worth Sharing – 
Richard Linklater took more than 12 years
to make this epic ‘coming of age’ film.
“The film director sculpts in time, Tarkovsky said,
and Linklater, with no guarantee about how his
raw material would turn out, has sculpted this
monumental study of a boy.”
Read Peter Bradshaw’s complete review here
I’ll always remember the last line of dialogue…
“. . .it’s constant, the moments, it’s just — it’s like
it’s always right now, you know?
An Idea Worth Sharing –
“By and large, your success will be the sum of
the decisions you make over your career.
The problem is it’s not easy to get better at
making decisions.
A decision journal helps you collect accurate
and honest feedback on what you were thinking
at the time you made the decision.
This feedback helps you see when you were
stupid and lucky as well as when you were
smart an unlucky.
Finally, you can get the feedback you need to
make better decisions.”
Although I have not used the journal until now,
I have found this very interesting and useful concept.
Check the complete blog post here
A Quote Worth Sharing –
– Carl Jung
Random Stuff –
Japanese architect Tadao Ando has concealed
a huge stone statue of the Buddha within a hill
covered in lavender plants at the Makomanai
Takino Cemetery in Sapporo.
It is the perfect example of “seeing is believing”.
Thanks for reading.
Krishnendu

The Notebook: Issue 10

Hi there,
Welcome to the July issue of ‘The Notebook’.
This is a list of books, movies, blog posts,
interviews, video clips and other stuff
I found interesting and feel worth sharing.
I hope you’ll like some of the stuff I am sharing.
If you have any feedback, please drop me a line…
Here it goes…
A Book Worth Sharing –
This is the best book I have read, on cinema,
ever.
I can recommend this book to anyone.
People who are not even associated
with cinema, will find it mesmerizing.
Here’s the New York Times review,
published in 1983.
If you have not read it yet, get a copy.
A Movie Worth Sharing –
This is one of my most favourite films and
one of the best lesbian romance I have ever seen.
The film won the Palme d’Or
The actresses were also given the Palme
as a special prize.
At Cannes, the film shocked some critics
with its long and graphic sex scenes.
Kechiche dedicated the award to “the youth of France”
and the Tunisian Revolution, where “they have
the aspiration to be free, to express themselves
and love in full freedom”.
The judging panel included Steven Spielberg,
An Idea Worth Sharing –
I came across this article on Farnam Street Blog.
Here’s what it is about…
“Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett’s mentor
and teacher, gave them a quiz…
“He gave us a quiz,” Buffett said, “A true-false quiz.
And there were all these guys who were very smart.
He told us ahead of time that half were true and
half were false.
There were 20 questions.
Most of us got less than 10 right.
If we’d marked every one true or every one false,
we would have gotten 10 right.”
“It was to illustrate a point, that the smart fellow
kind of rigs the game.
The point, if I have one, is that most of us
are amateurs but we refuse to believe it.
This is a problem because we’re often
playing the game of the professionals.
What we should do in this case,
when we’re the amateur, is play not to lose.”
A Quote Worth Sharing –
“Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day whispering,
‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ”
Random Stuff –
Thanks for reading.
Krishnendu