I’m trying to keep to the resolution that I’m not going to over-think these non-film-related blog posts and just write the first thing that comes to my mind as and when I get a chance to sit in front of a keyboard… but the trouble is that when I do find a moment to myself, my brain is absolutely and utterly overwhelmed by responses to and views on the many, many things happening around me at the moment. 

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On Guard

I spend a great deal of time telling myself what not to write about. Or, to be more precise, what I feel I shouldn’t write about. I’m pretty sure it was Krzysztof Kieslowski – still my favourite director, in case anyone’s interested – who said that he abandoned documentaries in favour of fictional features because the latter allowed him to be more truthful. I believe he was referring to the very specific issue of exposing intimacies and personal situations that one simply couldn’t film in a fly-on-the-wall, documentary format. But I think his statement also hints at the notion that fiction is a kind of shield. A layer of protection. For the author.

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Guess What… I’ve Got A Book Coming Out!

Okay people, I’ve got a scented cat that’s itching to get out of its bag. For the last two years, I have been writing an anonymous perfume blog (www.Persolaise.com), the success of which led to my being commissioned to write a perfume guide. It’s called Le Snob: Perfume and it’s due to be published in October… so if you’d like to find out more about … Continue reading Guess What… I’ve Got A Book Coming Out!

Best Films Of The Year + Hitting The Pause Button

Some of you already know why, in 2011, this blog was devoted almost exclusively to film reviews: various other writing projects have caused me to be extremely busy since about mid-2010 and I needed to think of something that would allow me to keep DariushAlavi.com ticking over and wouldn’t entail my spending hours agonising over what each subsequent post should be about. Film reviews seemed like a neat, … Continue reading Best Films Of The Year + Hitting The Pause Button

Frida Kahlo And Blogging

The other day, I spent some time using Blogspot’s ‘random blog’ feature. All sorts of unexpected things came up. Teenagers moaning about exam revision. War correspondents painting grim pictures of fractured countries. Holidaymakers giving day-by-day accounts of their bicycle journeys around Europe. I found myself clicking on ‘Next Blog >>’ in an increasingly obsessive manner… – and then I remembered that I’ve got a well-rehearsed … Continue reading Frida Kahlo And Blogging