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Do you know that magical Max Fleischer animation from the ’30s? (“I’m gonna dunk!”) It’s probably on YouTube (yes it is), and I’ll reward myself with it after I’ve caught up with, you know, my job. All the sleeplessness and doubling up this past week has been worth it, because it was a thrilling festival, inspiring and humbling, and there’s more to say about it. So Martin, Toby, and I (filmmaker Quin and poet and fiction writer Tiffany are done with their reports; scroll through a few pages and read them all) will continue to post till we run out of notes, or until our eyes start crossing, whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, here’s Glynnis MacNicol (I am jealous of your fantastic name) on the Annie Proulx and Junot Diaz event (and Quin’s take).

Another blogger reviews the Lucinda Williams show, and is working on a David Remnick/Semour Hersh and a David Denby/Seth Rogen/Judd Apatow post. I was at those discussions as well—in the same venue and with equally intent audiences, which probably did overlap slightly—so will start working on decoding my elliptical symbols.

Best news of all: pretty soon, a brand-new Ask the Librarians! I saw a lot of stars this weekend, but none compare to Erin Overbey and Jon Michaud, in my book.


Much better than the Fleischer’s color cartoons are their bizarre black-and-white cartoons of the early 30s. Betty Boop had a flock of important musical guests (Cab Calloway, Rudy Vallee, etc.) and a free-form Surrealist style that is unmistakable. As the Disney paradigm took over the animation field, the Fleischers lost their panache.

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