Hello sophomore, my old slump…

So as I dig into Entry Two of Lives of Famous Catholics, I realize that I’m basically re-doing Entry One. A story about a film director (Guillermo Del Toro) pursuing a passion project (At the Mountains of Madness) that never gets made but nevertheless reveals something about his spiritual state, told from the perspective of a collaborator on the project (an illustrator). For that matter, Gaga Confidential also treats a failed artistic effort (The Secret Show), only it’s told from the perspective of an embittered fan who uncovers a link to a collaborator on the project (H.R. Giger).

I keep thinking back to the line from the opening to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History: “I suppose at one time in my life, I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.” Heh.


  1. Throw an intense guy with bipolar disorder and a fixation on white sperm whales into the mix and no one will ever notice…

    (Double Heh)


    • Broderick Barker says

      Quiet, you. Though of course, since At the Mountains of Madness is set in Antarctica, I’ve been thinking about whiteness and whales…

  2. Louise Orrock says

    That was also a good video with the person standing in the door.

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