As writers, we all share a passion for reading. Writing, like reading, is a solitary endeavour. Just today I described the bittersweetness of the writer’s life as akin to the ‘lonely ecstasies of masturbation’. And then this gem of a short film lept onto my computer screen.
Relive the joys of reading, the ways that words and stories possess a life of their own. Maybe you still experience this passion. Or perhaps you lost it long ago, ground down by the pestle of technical writing or the Sisyphean enterprise of copywriting, a boulder that you pray with all your soul will perchance roll back on top of you and crush you so that you never have to write sales copy for kitty litter again. Regardless, press play and lose yourself momentarily in this Spike Jonze short – where book covers come alive in the bookstore-to-end-all-bookstores, the Parisian monument that is Shakespeare & Co.
Title: Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die by Your Side)
Directed by Spike Jonze
Hand-cut Felt Characters by Olympia Le-Tan