From the books and movies that inspired Guillermo del Toro, to his must travel guide (with all the spooky intel), here is what GDT is feeling.
Right now, Guillermo del Toro is everywhere. The group art show dedicated to his work may have recently ended, but with the October 16 premiere of his latest movie Crimson Peak, del Toro has kept busy with a press tour. Today, Bergdorf Goodman also unveiled the Fifth Avenue window they dedicated to the new gothic romance.
All this extra attention on del Toro couldn’t be better timed. We’ve decided to declare October the month of del Toro, Oct-Toro-ber if you will. After all, it’s pretty perfect that his birthday falls in the same month as Halloween, considering he’s the creator of some of the spookiest creatures in cinema.
In honor of his 51st, we are looking at the books, movies, and other influences that have impacted his life and art, according to his Twitter. Below are 13 things that have shaped del Toro.
Crimson Peak opens in theaters on October 16, 2015.
People are superficial. They're going to judge your book by its cover.
Source: El Malpensante
Brevísimo manual para jóvenes editores
Mucho muy lejos me hallo de poder contar experiencias como las de mi admirado Maxwell Perkins, pero ni siquiera ese verdadero Maxwell Smart se refirió nunca a su cuidadosa labor de zapa; lo que se sabe es por su correspondencia privada, hecha pública después de su muerte. El trabajo conjunto con un autor –el corte, pulido, escarmenado y musicalización de un original, la paternidad de las ideas, la organización de un conocimiento para transmitirlo por escrito– es de una intensidad y una intimidad tales que, como los secretos de familia, se resiente al ser expuesto a la luz del día. A la espera de la demencia senil que me hará contar lo que no debo y enseñar lo que no sé, entonces, vayan apenas unos consejos de buena fe para quien se inicia en este oficio de corte y confección invisible.
“Creative individuals are more likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other one, too. A predisposition to psychological androgyny.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
The Art of Science Learning
Ideas / by Maywa Montenegro /
It’s no secret: American children are behind in math and science, and falling faster by the year. For a group of innovative thinkers gathering in Washington DC, restoring “STEM” in America must go beyond multiplication drills, beyond the latest in computer apps. It’s time to re-imagine science learning altogether, they say: it’s time for wood and clay, watercolor and chalk.
Alain de Botton’s ‘Art as Therapy’ Will Change How You View ArtAlain de Botton’s ‘Art as Therapy. When a bestselling philosopher tells you that art is the most important thing in culture today, you’d best listen up. But which philosopher would ever make such a bold statement? Alain de Botton. I’ve been a fan of his writing for years now, but his most recent project is quickly becoming a favorite. Art As Therapy asks (and answers) the question “why art?”