“You still have to think your way through the film, the machine does not do the thinking. You have no more options on the Avid than you do on the Steenbeck. It’s a function of the mind not the machine. The machine doesn’t create options. Only in the sense that you can do fades on an Avid you can’t do on a Steenbeck, but that’s almost irrelevant.”—Frederick Wiseman to Daniel Kasman - so much for the beauty of analog editing. http://feedly.com/k/1bQxg4p
“Fanatical readers tend to be broken people. The type of person who goes to see four movies a week alone is a broken person. Any medium that allows someone to spend monastic amounts of time by him- or herself, wandering the gloaming of imagination and reality, is doomed to be adored by lost, lonely people. But let’s be honest: Spending the weekend in bed reading the collected works of Joan Didion is doing different things to your mind than spending the weekend on the couch racing cars around Los Santos. Again, not a criticism. The human mind contains enough room for both types of experience. Unfortunately, the mental activity generated by playing games is not much valued by non-gamers; in fact, play is hardly ever valued within American culture, unless it involves a $13 million signing bonus.”—Tom Bisseml on Grand Theft Auto V - http://feedly.com/k/15t28B1
“Writers’ lives seem interesting after the fact because writers have irradiated and transformed their own experience. But there is nothing intrinsically interesting about them. Writers spend more time inside at a desk than anyone except office clerks.”—Phyllis Rose via Andrew Sullivan http://feedly.com/k/19kJonF
“Business models that treat journalism as a tool primarily for advertisers will kill journalism in the end. Because I mean by journalism not a platform for entertaining corporate-sponsored listicles, but an established fourth estate that readers trust as independent, transparent, and truth-seeking. If journalism is so enmeshed in selling things that ads and editorial are one hard-to-define mush, then its core value – independent editorial judgment – is inevitably debased.”—Andrew Sullivan hits the nail on the head. http://feedly.com/k/180KHe4
“I try to write on the premise that no one is going to read my work. Because there’s this terrible impulse to grovel before the reader, to make them like you, to write with the reader in mind in that way. It’s a terrible, damaging impulse.”—Katie Kitamura via Andrew Sullivan. http://feedly.com/k/14URNAU
“Early this year, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, made headlines by telling his fellow Republicans that they needed to stop being the “stupid party.” Unfortunately, Mr. Jindal failed to offer any constructive suggestions about how they might do that. (…)
Nonetheless, Republicans did follow his advice. In recent months, the G.O.P. seems to have transitioned from being the stupid party to being the crazy party.”—Paul Krugman. OUCH. http://nyti.ms/16K6eb8
“When the young directors of the French New Wave burst onto the scene, in 1959 and 1960, they quickly found that their plan to “take over” the French movie industry (as Eric Rohmer put it) was a double-edged sword. Regardless of their artistic intentions and ingenuity, they were subject to the norms of the industry—the demands of producers, the caprices of stars, the wrath of critics, the law of the box office. It was a fearsome arena that these young intellectual gladiators entered naïvely, on the assumption that its lions were decrepit and would slink away quietly. In retrospect, the sixties come off as a glorious moment of innovative French filmmaking, but the New Wave directors all faced varieties of deep trouble, many of which come to the fore in “Contempt,” where Godard poses a terrifying question: What the hell is an intellectual doing in the movie business and why in the world does he think he can survive it?”—The godlike Richard Brody, on Godard, Hawks, “Le Mépris” and film.
“As he navigates a way back to his home planet, Riddick mopes around, slays amphibious water monsters, and injects himself and a hyena pup with a kind of performance-enhancing serum. At about the 35-minute mark, competing bounty-hunter teams arrive for Riddick’s head. All one can say to that is bwah-ha-ha.”—Wesley Morris is god, or whereabouts. http://feedly.com/k/18ILf5W
“The kinds of truth that art gives us many, many times are small truths. They don’t have the resonance of an encyclical from the Pope stating an eternal truth, but they partake of the quality of eternity. There is a sort of timeless delight in them. And it’s that timeless delighting, the timeless rightness of a little thing or the resonant rightness of a bigger thing—that’s what it can do. Let a blind up for a moment.”—The late Seamus Heaney.
“In a time of violence, the task of poetry is in some way to reconcile us to our world and to allow us a measure of tenderness and grace with which to exist.”—Meena Alexander in World Literature Today via Andrew Sullivan at The Dish.
“Each novel encryption effort generated anxiety. When Mr. Zimmermann introduced the Zfone, an encrypted phone technology, N.S.A. analysts circulated the announcement in an e-mail titled “This can’t be good.” ”—Big brother is watching everybody. http://nyti.ms/1dV982u
“We need the humanities not because they will produce shrewder entrepreneurs or kinder C.E.O.s but because, as that first professor said, they help us enjoy life more and endure it better. The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough.”—Adam Gopnik hits the bullseye.(Via Jessie Roberts at The Dish.)
“I read a few months ago that Gloria Steinem hates “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and would be glad to picket it. Well, there’s the big difference between Steinem and me. She sees the show as a distortion of women, while I see it as a revelation of the deep truth about female sexuality. Right there is the proof of why feminism has faded. Those second-wave feminists had a utopian view of women — they constantly asserted that anything negative about women is a projection by men. That’s not what I see on “Real Houswives”! It’s like the Discovery Channel — sending a camera to the African savannah to watch the cheetahs stalking the gazelles! What you’re seeing is the primal battles going on among women. Men are marginalized on these shows — they’re eye candy, to use Obama’s phrase, on the borderlines of the ferocity of female sexuality.”—
“As long as there are clusters of people bent on avoiding what is most popular, within those clusters people will compete for status through conspicuous consumption of art and fashion, music and movies, furniture and gadgets, signaling to insiders the quality of their taste or the ingenuity of their search for the authentic, and signaling to the outsiders that they are not one of them. Whether you are a Juggalo in Kentucky or a Kogal in Tokyo, the internal affairs cool police are always on the prowl for posers.”—YANSS Podcast – Episode Five « You Are Not So Smart(Thank you, Andrew Sullivan)
Here’s my challenge. If you can’t wake up every day and, using your 100% original equipment God-given organic brain, come up with the three most important things you need to do that day – then you should seriously work on fixing that. I don’t mean install another app, or read more productivity blogs and books. You have to figure out what’s important to you and what motivates you; ask yourself why that stuff isn’t gnawing at you enough to make you get it done. Fix that.
I had been looking for a way to express a similar idea. That being, increasingly, my to do list is full of the things I park there that otherwise get in the way of what I’m actively focused on. It’s less a “to do” list and more of a “to don’t” list. I park them there because, for the moment, I do want to forget them.