two weeks ago, i started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. i’m not a hoarder or anything that extreme, but like Travis Bickle, “one of these days i gotta get myself organizized.”
stage one, clothing: complete. besides developing an obsession with folding clothes so that they stand up, balanced and compact, this meant letting go of my Ichi the Killer, Drunken Master, Hard Boiled, and The Killer t-shirts. they still “spark joy” but sadly don’t actually fit me very well. same goes for my 20-year old Softies and Velocity Girl t-shirts.
stage two, books: ongoing. as per KonMari protocol, currently all the books i own are piled on the living room floor, and eventually i will hold each in my hands before choosing if it should be kept or discarded. several art, design and film books will likely be keep-worthy, but my shelves were also stuffed with volumes that i just never got around to reading, and never will. sorry, hardcover Edward Tufte collection.
through the process of emptying bookcases and peering into old boxes and crates, i also uncovered two decades worth of magazines, posters, vinyl and CD packaging, and assorted/unsorted marketing collateral that i designed — along with some interesting curios, like these oldskool paper ad slicks for Wong Kar-wai’s Fallen Angels and Happy Together:
don’t know how i wound up with these, as i didn’t work on the marketing of the films (though i did for WKW’s Chungking Express, Ashes of Time Redux, Days of Being Wild, and In the Mood for Love). plus, these look to be from around the late ’90s — before my time, so to speak — when advertising artwork in magazines and newspapers was still often laid out on art boards, manually, via cut and paste. note the blank spaces for venue and showtimes.
anyhow, that i didn’t even know i had these is a sign they’ve already served their purpose. will deal with this and the contents of other “mystery marketing boxes” at either the Paper or Komono/miscellaneous Konmari stages.