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Two or Three Things I'm Dying to Tell You (edition 2005)

by Jalal Toufic

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Title:Two or Three Things I'm Dying to Tell You
Authors:Jalal Toufic
Info:The Post-Apollo Press (2005), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 143 pages
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Two or Three Things I'm Dying to Tell You by Jalal Toufic



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I only read one of the essays in this book, the one about watching Rear Window and Vertigo as a double feature. I love the idea of unusual pairings in pop culture. Chuck Klosterman does this a lot. But Toufic's pairing isn't that unusual. They are both Hitchcock movies starring James Stewart. What starts out as maybe a whimsical idea begins to take shape as a truly philosophical look into both movies. He explains the nature of the different names of James Stewart's characters in the movie(s), and the more you read, the more you believe. ( )
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"What was Orpheus dying to tell his wife, Eurydice? What was Judy dying to tell her beloved, Scottie, in Hitchcock's Vertigo? What were the previous one-night wives of King Shahrayâr dying to tell Shahrazâd? What was the Christian God 'dying' to tell us? What were the faces of the candidates in the 2000 parliamentary election in Lebanon 'dying' to tell voters and nonvoters alike? While writing (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film and Undying Love, or Love Dies, I, a mortal to death, was dying to tell these books' readers and myself about diegetic silence-over, which produces a dead stop and reveals the occasional natural immobilization of the living as merely a variety of movement; and an unreality that sometimes behaves in a filmic manner (for example, lapses in hypnosis, schizophrenia, and undeath permit editing in reality), inducing the undead to wonder: 'Am I in a film?' as well as a significant number of other anomalies. This new book contains two or three additional things I am dying to tell its readers as well as the poet Lyn Hejinian and myself" (Jalal Toufic).

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