Craft Notes: Michael Ondaatje/Luc Dardenne

From Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table:

Recently I sat in on a master class given by the film-maker Luc Dardenne. He spoke of how viewers of his films should not assume they understood everything about the characters. As members of an audience we should never feel ourselves wiser than they; we do not have more knowledge than the characters have about themselves. We should not feel assured or certain about their motives, or look down on them. I believe this. I recognize this as a first principle of art, although I have the suspicion that many would not.

Another week’s roundup

The latest in my Love, Recorded column: “Yes, Honey.”

I tell her I will lose weight with her after the baby is born. Though five to eight pounds will come out of her and become a person, automatically. I think I am imagining this incorrectly.

Also, a story of mine in the latest issue of Storyglossia: “At Least I Felt Bad Afterward.”¬†Thanks, Steven McDermott!

It took a lot out of me to be nice and I needed to dump my self-respect.

And I made a page at about.me: http://about.me/salesses.

Lastly, I wrote a post on the Good Men Project blog about one of the stories that we published. The post was supposed to be part of a four-post series for Short Story Month, but due to some GMP scheduling issues, it is only one.