Category: writing

The Genius and the Loser

…two sides of the same coin? I wasn’t previously familiar with this filmmaker, but I followed a link on facebook and stumbled across his work: This two-part essay video is a more narrative and less quantitative approach to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule, and it echoes what successful people from Ira Glass to Craig Ferguson have said publicly at various points:…

On Boredom

Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away. His nesting places–the activities that are intimately associated with boredom–are already extinct in the cities and are declining in the country as well. With this the gift for listening is lost and the community of listeners disappears. For storytelling is always…

Death on Screen

A young writer over at The Onion AV Club describes how the real death of a loved one has ruined most movie-death for him, at least temporarily: For Abrams and his writers, death is little more than a screenwriter’s tool to evoke emotion, and that cavalier attitude toward one of the universal human experiences makes everything about his film feel hollow.…

Must See TV

I’m taking a break from television. For a couple of reasons. I just finished re-watching The Sopranos – all of it, six seasons worth, which works out to roughly 70 hours of television. It’s so good, really a great artistic achievement. And, also, a 70-hour investment. I came late to the brilliance of our generation’s television – I watched a lot…

Big Data and Faith

Finally, secular progressives have something they can believe in. Because Gaia is just too new-agey and earth-mothery for most of us, meditating at the Zen center is actually hard work, Christianity is too darn patriarchal, the outer space adventures are over, and messing around with genetics is actually more terrifying than anything else. Thank goodness for Big Data, coming along…

GoPro and the Film Journal

Again from the New Yorker (I may have to renew my subscription), a wide-ranging discussion of the phenomenon of the wearable camera. As, personally, a huge fan of the work of Jonas Mekas, one of the major film journal-makers of the American Avant-Garde Cinema, this raises some interesting questions about the documentation of life as art. The article paints, at…

Notes on the Hinterland

Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very thought renews the fear. -Canto I, Dante’s Inferno When you’re an explorer sailing into uncharted territory, the…

The Archetype of the Suitor

I am fascinated by The Bachelorette and The Bachelor – long-running shows on ABC wherein a pool of eligible single people compete with one another for the attention, and ultimately, “the hand in marriage” of a desirable, always hetero, partner. When I (rarely) admit that I find these shows fascinating, I always end up struggling to justify it. What is the…

Otherzine Article

An older post from this blog, about Local, Whole, Slow Media, was accepted for publication as part of Otherzine, an online publication about experimental film. I’m posting the link here mainly so I don’t lose it, but feel free to check it out!