One of the many curses of getting older is recognizing that life, whether we want it to or not, moves forward and we have more experiences and, undeniably, get older. And for some of us as we get older, we wonder who we are. England’s Daniel Kitson’s latest piece, After the beginning. Before the end. … Continue reading Daniel Kitson: Barrow Theater July 7, 2013
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates What’s that saying “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? or is it “What the fluck”? Either way, today I am launching my first digital magazine entitled wait(er). As the name suggests, it is a magazine devoted to stories about the front … Continue reading Left of the Dial*
My first job when I moved back to New York City, ten years ago, was working in a subsection of the financial services industry. Getting a root canal, sans anesthetic, would be less uncomfortable then trying to describe the banality of that job and industry. Suffice it to say, I was miserable. Against almost everyone’s … Continue reading Losing the Gamble
“I have learned that having faith is trusting in advance what will only makes sense in reverse.” – Phillip Yancey In life, you learn rather quickly whether you are a square peg in a square hole OR a round peg trying to fit in a square hole. If you are the latter, you may just … Continue reading Faith (not the George Michael album).
“No one knows who will be remembered. You just take your chances and do the work. You can’t worry about your legacy, you can just try to get it right. And when you do, we know, because we’re watching.” James Gandolfini got it right. “The power of excellence is that it lives on.” I seldom … Continue reading Goodbye
“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noel Coward “Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that is used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery, which … Continue reading Jumping the Shark
“They can because they think they can.” – Virgil I can’t completely say I quit smoking because the truth is, I don’t know that I quit. To borrow a saying from the 12 Step posse, I can only say I am not smoking today. The most frequent thing said to me when I mention that … Continue reading I Stopped Smoking
“As you age naturally, your family shows more and more on your face. If you deny that, you deny your heritage.” – Frances Conroy Today is my birthday. I don’t say that looking for birthday wishes, I say that as entry into what follows. You see, I am smack dab in the middle of my … Continue reading Honest
Dragon Girls According to Inigo Westmeier’s bio, the director of Dragon Girls, he has some serious cinematic chops. He studied at the Film Academy in Moscow, did his graduate studies at Baden-Wuttemberg Film Academy and even had a scholarship to study at the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Department. That’s not too shabby of a background … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #4
Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes Movies are about suspension of reality, well the best ones are. I can’t say that Francesca Gregorini’s film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is one of the best ones but it is pretty damn good. Here’s the synopsis: Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #3
A Series of Shorts: A different lens through which to see the world. Now more than ever, we must look to artists to see the world through their eyes because it is often the artists who hold the mirror up to society and provide us with a different lens through which to see the world. … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #2
Three-pack screening of Bye, Freckle, and Hank and Asha at Windmill Studios The Brooklyn Film Festival is in full swing at indieScreen Cinema and Windmill Studios, both on Kent Avenue. With over 106 films from 24 countries spanning every genre, you are certain to find something you will enjoy. Saturday, I went to the three-pack … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #1
Who knew he could be so snarky?
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” — Ken Kesey The annual broadcast network, advertising and media buying circle jerk known as the upfront is underway. Yesterday saw both NBC and Fox release their fall 2013 schedules. Today, ABC … Continue reading Circle Jerkin’
This week, Iron Maiden is back in the news proving again why they’re still a band that matters. Using honesty, loyalty (and little help from big data) to get fans, not sue them. Well played Maiden, well played! _________________________________________ “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find … Continue reading Loyalty and Honesty…and Metal
JOHN LENNON “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” “As usual, there is a great woman … Continue reading Simple Things
“The challenge is to manage the Web in an open way-not too much bureaucracy, not subject to political or commercial pressures.“ – Tim Berners Lee The Internet was developed to communicate. It was not created to be a media tool. When we speak of “new media” that is not the Internet or the Web. That … Continue reading Digital Pet Rocks
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. – Roger Caras My dog is a jerk. Now look, I’ll be the first to admit Rufus had a tough start in life, what with Parvo and double pneumonia. He was also kept in isolation during his treatment so he never got to … Continue reading My Dog Is A Jerk
The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese by Keith R. Higgons Comedy is as much a part of the DNA of Brooklyn as country music is of Nashville. The list of comedians who have called Brooklyn home reads like a history lesson of the hysterical: Mel Brooks, Larry David, Woody Allen, Jackie Gleason, … Continue reading The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Grouch Marx Here we sit on the cusp of the annual network television circle jerk, or as it is known in the industry, the up fronts. For the uninitiated, that is where … Continue reading White Noise
” Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.” – Noam Chomsky I have lived in New York City for years now and I am still not sure whether reading The New Yorker makes me a snob, an egg head douche, an old fart, someone keenly interested in good, albeit … Continue reading New Yorker Cartoons Debunked April 8, 2013
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle Recently, I had my 2012 performance review with my supervisor and it went strikingly well. I mean I’m not shocked, they usually go pretty well. However, despite the accolades and praise, the fact that my “merit increase” is less than any sort of applicable … Continue reading 2013 Goals
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein Like any kid growing up in the Midwest, I had big dreams. And while my brother had dreams of being a cop or a stuntman or hockey player, I always knew I wanted to be something different. Something BIGGER. … Continue reading Can a corporation be insane?
The “The surest what to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” – Friederich Nietzsche In the New Economy, there are about 14,000 REGISTERED lobbyists in Washington, DC and only 535 elected officials. In the New Economy, income disparity and its … Continue reading The New Economy
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” – Andre Gide Yesterday, I watched a documentary. And while that, in and of itself, is about as interesting as peanut butter, what I watched was interesting, Born Into This, a documentary about Charles … Continue reading Where there is art, there is no hell.
“From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.” – Dick Cheney In high school, I had a tutor, and she was a nice enough lady, even if she was … Continue reading The Principled World According to Dick Cheney
“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.” – Robert Kennedy It’s hard to write about class distinctions on a personal blog without sounding like either a … Continue reading What time is it? It is now.
Alice H. Kanner 1931-2013 “I left in love, in laughter, and in truth. Wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.” – Bill Hicks Much like every teenager, I was a rebellious and moody kid. Which provided a fair amount of tension in our household, especially in the conservative enclave of Centerville, … Continue reading And this too shall pass.
“When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am … Continue reading Thomas Paine
The big four networks, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox have been spiraling downwards, not only in ratings but also in content, for about ten years now. This is not to say they haven’t produced good content, they have. Overall, a healthy argument could be made that each of these networks programming and development departments are … Continue reading Broadcast Television & The Future of Storytelling
I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. Bill Hicks For those who read this with any sort of regularity I realize the last two posts have been kind of serious. Don’t worry, I’m returning to the penis and fart jokes now. South African Nobel Laureate Nadine … Continue reading Create like you’re dead.
“So, if consumers are like roaches, then marketers must forever be dreaming up new concoctions for industrial-strength Raid.” Naomi Klein BRIEF HISTORY You may be asking what does “Jakarta is Coming” mean. Well, here is the Coors Lite history. Prior to the the military coup in Chile in the early 1970’s, this phrase started being … Continue reading Jakarta is Coming