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July 31st, 2007

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09:35 am
Two quick questions designed to start arguments in the comments:

1) Is J.K. Rowling the most significant female writer in human history?

2) Now that Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni are dead, who is the greatest living filmmaker?

Discuss below.

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Date:October 30th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)

A very late response

Sorry this is so late, but I'm just catching up with your blog after a few months. My vote for most significant female writer in human history goes to Anne Frank. Once again, it's not literary talent that gives significance. Her diary put a human face on a tragedy that most people didn't want to acknowledge and continues to be read by children all over the world, ensuring that we don't forget what happened because it's inconvenient or because so much time has passed, and more importantly, hopefully instilling tolerance as a value in those kids. As for question #2 I don't have a definitive vote, but I think that Guillermo Del Toro is certainly in the running. Sure, not all of his films are the greatest, but The Devil's Backbone, Cronos and Pan's Labyrinth are a strong foundation for an argument. If he continues to make a film along those lines every few years he'll be the one.

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