Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Murch with Ondaatje

Over a decade ago I purchased a copy of Koestler's The Act of Creation.  The shifting interests of the day have led me to continually skip this book whenever I choose something new to read, and to this day it remains unread.  Beyond the brief blurb on the back of the book I could not adequately describe what the book is about.  However, I can clearly remember what I hoped to find it in when I made that initial purchase.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered an exploration of the act of creation in what presents itself ostensibly as a film book: The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje.  While the book is in fact a series of transcribed conversations, it is so much more than the subtitle indicates.