I am currently seeking publishers' interest in a book of personal
reflections on films. I hope the attached will spell out in more rigorous
detail what this project entails, but briefly it shall consist of a series
of short pieces in which writers recall specific viewing experiences while
reflecting on the film itself. In an age of overwhelmingly domestic
spectatorship, THE SENSE OF CINEMA will be an attempt to locate aesthetic
appreciation within the history of reception. The foregrounding of this
'exterior' history, so to speak, we feel may usefully augment and perhaps
challenge prevailing historicist accounts of cinema.
We hope that the attached makes our aims clearer. I am writing now
specifically to call for writers. What we envisage is a book situated
somewhere between the academic tome and the bedside reader genres
containing pieces by academics, journalists, researchers and others, each
of whom writes on whatever titles they wish. We have approached four
publishers so far and none wish to commit themselves, although they have
expressed interest and Wallflower even have something similar in the
pipeline (which I take to be a healthy sign).
We look forward to your thoughts...
Richard Armstrong & Neil Archer
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