The Library Never Closes

Nerds unite!


One of the best final scenes in a film.  

The Last Days of Disco (1998, dir. Whit Stillman)


The Cosmopolitans (2014) opening credits during the pilot, “Chapter One: The Broken-Hearted”… Director: Whit Stillman, DP: Antoine Monod

Whit Stillman’s pilot on Amazon is so good and beautiful. Watch it now for free!


Gummo (Dir. Harmony Korine, 1997)
The Last Days Of Disco (Dir. Whit Stillman, 1998)

sex appeal.

The joy of the awkward pause


On the left, Alison Bechdel’s re-creation of a vintage paperback edition of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, The Price of Salt. On the right, the Norton edition released in 2004 (and made available as an e-book last month). The novel was originally published under the pseudonym ‘Claire Morgan’. Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are scheduled to star in the upcoming film based on the book.

Alison Bechdel—a serious Highsmith fan—was kind enough to mention our Highsmith recommendation engine on her blog(!):

Check out [Norton’s] great website. You can “choose your Highsmith” by answering a branching list of funny questions about what exactly you’re in the mood to read. And you can see a 3 minute promotional video with people like Joanne Schenkar and Terry Castle and me (Alas,no! I did not get to meet the infamous Castle or the mysterious Schenkar…we were all interviewed separately.) talking about Highsmith’s work.

You may remember us talking up Highsmith a ton last month.

  • (in summarizing the first chapter of the frozen book series-sequel-thing)
  • Me: So Elsa and Anna are out in Arendelle and it's basically about how Elsa is upset that everyone treats her differently because she's queen, but Anna makes it all better.
  • Friend: Is it a coincidence that 'queen' and 'queer' are one letter off?
  • Me: What?
  • Friend: "Everyone treats her differently because she's queen." *pause* "Everyone treats her differently because she's queer."
  • Me: ... One moment I have a tumblr post to make


"I don’t want to be loved very much, I just want to be loved."

The Dreamers

Louis Garrel / Eva Green / Michael Pitt

Bernardo Bertolucci | 2003

Fabio Cianchetti | Cinematography