-- Paul Auster, from The Book of Illusions. Faber and Faber, 2002.
STILL: From Upstream (1927), the formerly lost John Ford film -- one of 75 American silent films recently discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive. Auster on silent films: "It struck me that I was witnessing a dead art, a wholly defunct genre that would never be practiced again ... They were like poems, like the rendering of dreams, like some intricate choreography of the spirit, and because they were dead, they probably spoke to us more deeply than they had to the audiences of their time."