To answer your unasked question, yes, I deliberately suspended blog postings a year ago, actually I guess it was something like 18 months ago, in hopes that if I kept my mouth shut, electronically speaking, and tried to work behind the scenes to appeal privately and confidentially to higher administrative authorities things would change at Boston University. Well, I have kept off the internet, held the meetings, and made my heartfelt pleas, but unfortunately, things haven't improved, and in fact have gotten significantly worse since I stopped posting. I won't bore you with the details, but I will say that I intend to resume regular postings sometime in the next few weeks—most likely as soon as the teaching semester is over and I have a little more time to devote to it. Right now I am occupied with classes and even more “crazy busy” working on my three Robert Bresson books. They are my personal Mt. Everest, the hardest, longest (550 thousand words and counting, yikes!), and most challenging writing project I have ever worked on. But also the most fun scholarly project of my life. What a joy it is to have such a challenge. How lucky I feel I am to have an artist whose work I can pour every electron of my soul, heart, and mind into and know that the effort is not wasted. What an adventure. What larks!
Prof. (Film and American Studies)
Ray Carney is the author or editor of: Henry Adams, Mount Saint Michel and Chartres (VikingPenguin), Henry James, What Maisie Knew and The Spoils of Poynton (New American Library/Signet), Rudyard Kipling, Kim (New American Library); The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism and the Movies (Cambridge University Press); The Films of Mike Leigh: Embracing the World (Cambridge University Press); Speaking the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer (Cambridge University Press); American Vision: The Films of Frank Capra (Cambridge University Press); American Dreaming (University of California Press at Berkeley); Shadows (British Film Institute/Macmillan); Cassavetes on Cassavetes (Faber and Faber/Farrar, Straus); Autoportraits (Cahiers du cinema), The Adventure of Insecurity; Necessary Experiences; Why Art Matters; and numerous other books, essays, and editions, published in more than ten languages. Professor Carney is currently working on a three-volume treatment of the early, mid-career, and final films of Robert Bresson intended to transform the understanding of his work.