June 2021

Page turner

Quentin Tarantino turns his most recent film into a pulpy page turner

Some of these opinions may be too similar to those of Tarantino: “Once Fellini has decided life was a circus, Cliff said arrived. “There is a list of Cliff Akira Kurosawa’s favorite movies. Regarding the cinematography of the 1967 Swedish film“ I’m Curious (Yellow) ”:“ Cliff wanted to lick the screen. ”

We find out how Dalton and Booth became friends. Booth saved him from a fire on the set by telling him, “Rick, you’re standing in a puddle. Just fall. We learn how Booth got his pit bull, a movie star. He was given the dog, a fighting champion, to pay off a debt. Booth accompanies some of the fights.

In the movie, Booth refuses to let the dog eat until he takes the first bite of his own dinner: macaroni and cheese in a box. Of this dish, Tarantino writes, “The directions say to add milk and butter, but Cliff thinks that if you can afford to add milk and butter, you can afford to eat something else. “

Oh, and Booth killed his wife. In the film, this plot point is left open and has been the subject of much debate. Tarantino, luckily, doesn’t care if Cliff is lovable.

The murder scene is absurd in its excesses, of course. Tarantino rarely lets a murder go to waste. Violence is the wax on which his skis roll. He knows how to fill the rectangle of the screen – or a page in a pulp novel.

The couple are on a boat. Tired of being put down, Booth impulsively shoots his bikini-clad wife with a harpoon gun, essentially ripping her in half. He immediately regrets it. He holds the two parts of her together for seven hours as they lovingly recount their entire relationship. When the Coast Guard arrives and tries to move her, she crumbles and dies.

If I wanted her at that moment – her upper half, that is – slowly hoisting a huge handgun and shooting Cliff in disbelief in his bronze forehead, well, that’s it. a different novel.

In “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Tarantino makes it seem easy to tell a story that turns the pages, which is the hardest thing of all.

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Page turner

Physicist Brian Keating – The Hypothesis of God is a “Page Turner”

Photo: Brian Keating, by Brucelieberman, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

UC San Diego physicist Brian Keating had another fascinating conversation with our colleague Stephen Meyer about Meyer’s new book, Return of the hypothesis of God. The host was Justin Brierley’s consistently excellent interviewer for the radio and podcast program Unbelievable? Check it out below. Keating is funny, intelligent and sweet. He offers this about Meyer’s “page turner” with his “hermetic logic”:

Stephen’s book presents a plan. You might not agree with this, but you have to come to terms with hermetic logic. I faced him because it’s so engaging. And it’s hard to think that a 579 page book [long] is a page turner. But he is. And [in reading the book] you have to grapple with this fundamental question: which came first? The universe or information? I spent a lot of time thinking about it and the conversation continues.

Really, Return of the hypothesis of God is 576 pages long, but why quibble? ??

I think Keating is right in his assessment, but most scientists wouldn’t have the guts, generosity, or daring to praise a smart design book in this way. (Although check out the list of scientific endorsers of Meyer’s book, including Nobel Prize-winning physicist Brian Josephson.) Keating’s own position on the question of God remains enigmatic. But the last time he and Meyer met on Brian’s podcast, In the impossible, he described himself as an “agnostic”. Now he says he “was an agnostic” in the past tense.

There are many other topics of interest here, including Steve Meyer’s phrase “basic theism” – which is the metaphysical position that the book defends, not a specific religious view – and Keating’s statement on the goal of his work which is to convert seemingly unsolvable “mysteries” into potentially solvable “puzzles”.

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