We have a generation of white people who want nothing more than to distance themselves from being white. They need to believe that the earth is being destroyed by evil white people, culture is ruined by the wrong kind of white people, and that history’s sins were committed by distant relatives. And so by eating at ethnic restaurants, travelling, trying to save the world, you can say that “I’m part of the solution, if everyone were like me, the world would be so much better.” I think that attitude lends itself to pretty easy satire.
I like this bit from an interview with Ellen Lupton, talking about common design pitfalls: “My students avoid printing out their work, to save time and money, but then they are disappointed that it doesnÄôt look good. I explain to them that everything looks good on the screen, because of the glowing light and the way we are constantly adjusting the scale of the image to suit ourselves. The same layout may die on the printed page.”
There are two ways of traveling. One is with a tour guide, who takes you to the crap everyone sees. You take a snapshot and move on, experiencing nothing beyond a crude visual and the retention of a few facts. The other way to travel requires more timeÄîhence the need for this kind of viewing to be a long-form series or miniseries, in this bad metaphorÄîbut if you stay in one place, say, if you put up your bag and go down to the local pub or shebeen and you play the fool a bit and make some friends and open yourself up to a new place and new time and new people, soon you have a sense of another world entirely. WeÄôre after this: Making television into that kind of travel, intellectually.
A panel interview with Seth and Chris Ware conducted by Ivan Brunetti, told in comics form. I love the way that Gordon McAlpin, the cartoonist, mimicked each of their styles when they had the floor.
“I remember saying once, I canÄôt understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems; itÄôs like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife. Whoever I was talking to said, TheyÄôd do that too, if their agents could fix it.” Phillip Larkin in the Paris Review.
I’d never thought to look for it before, but I wish I had: interviewer Charlie Rose has an amazing online archive.
A couple weeks ago, NPR hosted an awful interview with Sigur Ros. Incredibly painful to watch. They recently followed up, bringing in music writer Jancee Dunn to help with a director’s commentary to find out where all the suckage came from.
Hugh MacLeod has 10 questions for Seth Godin. Seth on wealth: “Look, there are 8 million millionaires in the USA. Why do these people go to work every day? Why not downsize appropriately and just sit on the beach? Because they’re too smart. They realize that the purpose of living isn’t to bake in the sun until you die.”