A Bond A Week: The Wandering I
Jonathan politely nudged me in the comments section of the previous post about my distinct lack of follow-through on the promised "33 Weeks of Bond" project. It's true that it's been so long since I posted anything for that project that I can't remember when I last posted anything for that project: like James Bond cruising the mountains in his Aston Martin in Goldfinger, it's very easy for me to become distracted by other topics and passions, and I suppose I need to mumble the mantra he repeats to himself: "Discipline, 007, discipline..."
The truth is, I should never plan blogjects in advance, especially towards the end of the semester, as things will always get busy and there won't be the time to devote to them that they really deserve. Dennis had a nice line the other day about running one's blog, instead of letting the blog run you, and while this is a most addictive little toy, I've felt the need the last couple of weeks to set it aside for awhile and let life balance out a bit more. It's also been an intense time of catching up on other work as the semester comes to a close. While the next week or two should see posts return with greater regularity, I suspect the summer will be one of sudden bursts of posts, then silence, then sudden bursts, and so on.
And working in this distracted way is not inappropriate, perhaps, for thinking about the world's greatest fictional superspy, whose cinematic adventures are all about setting aside narrative thrust, order and coherence (the logic of literacy) in favor of explosions, spectacle, and fetish (the logic of the image). This weekend should see a Bond post again (as well as posts on a bunch of films-- Iron Man (itself very Bondian), The Visitor, Then She Found Me, etc.-- that I've seen recently), but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself and actually promise anything, only to leave you in the lurch. In the meantime, I'd guide you to Larry's cool post, which Jonathan linked to, and which heralds the return of the essential Welcome To L.A. blog, and to this typically fascinating post from Bully, who muses on the importance of cover imagery for the Bond books.