Thursday, October 14, 2010

Everywhere You Go: Black Swans

Books, theories, movies, songs, etc. 

Click here for clips from Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. His rotoscope version of Philip K. Dick's book makes brilliant use of Thom Yorke's "Black Swan."  

Mike Whybark, Seattle Film Blog webmaster, also recommends Bruce Sterling's 2009 story "Black Swan." 

When I asked him about a possible connection between the story and Yorke's song, he pointed me to this link about The Black Swan Theory. That entry, in turn, leads to Nassim Nicholas Taleb's 2007 book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. 

I tell you: black swans are everywhere these days! 

P.S. One more. Click here for Bert Jansch performing "The Black Swan" at Chicago's Empty Bottle in 2006. Thanks to ratzkywatzky for the tip!

Endnote: Black Swan opens in Seattle in December (venue TBA). Poster image from First Showing (click for more).

1 comment:

ratzkywatzky said...
Bert Jansch's recording of Black Swan, if you want to add some Scottish folk music to the list.