Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative


Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative Essays

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Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler’s articles have been captivating readers ever since his days at The New Yorker. Here, he furthers that vivid trajectory, collecting the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animation 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; the artists Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures; and a pair of young identical twin artists who may just have made one of the biggest breakthroughs in the depiction of physical reality since the Renaissance. Sources and Image Credits. 304p.

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