Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Preston Sturges!

Today marks what would have been, and still is for those who celebrate him and his work, the 110th birthday of cinematic legend Preston Sturges.

I bring him up on this blog as often as I can (if it's even remotely possible to relate something to Sturges, I WILL make the connection, guaranteed), but for those who don't know, Preston Sturges is one of the best writers who ever lived, one of the most gifted and important writer-directors of any time or any medium, an extraordinary human being, and my hero. He occupies a very special, and sizeable, place in my heart.

Preston Sturges is a constant source of inspiration for me. Not a day goes by that I don't look to him for artistic, literary, or personal guidance. Every time I think about writing something, every time I look at a blank computer screen waiting to be filled, every time I place my fingers on the keyboard, and every time I experience the exhilaration that surges through my mind and body when the gears click and the words start flowing, he's there. He is my muse.

Happy birthday, Mr. Sturges, and thank you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to an underappreciated genius. All my favorite comedies of recent years (Flirting With Disaster, Little Miss Sunshine, etc.) owe a great debt to Sturges, whose character-driven comedies overflowed with brilliant wit and provocative social commentary. Any self-respecting film lover can't afford to miss films such as The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve, Hail the Conquering Hero, and Unfaithfully Yours. Thank you Preston for making the world a whole lot funnier.