Uncanny Valley : Adventures in the Narrative

Uncanny Valley : Adventures in the Narrative

Details

Author(s)
Lawrence Weschler
Format
Paperback | 272 pages
Dimensions
153 x 229 x 22.86mm | 426g
Publication date
11 Oct 2012
Publisher
COUNTERPOINT
Publication City/Country
Berkeley, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
1619020513
ISBN13
9781619020511
Bestsellers rank
1,564,065

Description

Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler's articles have intrigued readers throughout his long career. He examines everything, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and his insights are illuminating. Uncanny Valley continues the page-turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animators to fashion a credible human face, the endlessly elusive gold standard of the profession. Other highlights include profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with a hilariously harrowing bout of writer's block; the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he is forced to revisit his work on Apocalypse Now in the context of the more recent Iraqi war film Jarhead; and the artist Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures. With his signature style and endless ability to wonder, Weschler proves yet again that the "world is strange, beautiful, and connected" (The Globe and Mail). Uncanny Valley demonstrates his matchless ability to analyze the marvels he finds in places and people and offers us a new, sublime way of seeing the world.


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