Posted tagged ‘interview’

In Need of a Really Awesome Speech

August 9, 2009


Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow

Yesterday was one of the highlights of this Summer for me, I went to Jacob’s Pillow to see a talk by/interview with Rachel Maddow on the role of the arts in society.  It was astonishingly good, despite Maddow’s self effacing critique that she was incapable of actually discussing the arts (although she did give a brief but intricately researched history of Ted Shawn, Jacob’s Pillow’s founder).


Maddow essentially had two points to make.  1) The arts matter, and that “artistic freedom is 1 of the measures a country can take to show its greatness”.  2) Support for the arts needs to become a national concern, in particular we are very much in need of “a really awesome speech” to promote them.  

Someone, get on that!

Review: the Black Doll

April 16, 2009

The Black Doll may very well be the coolest book in my collection.  The book contains an unproduced silent screenplay by the legendary Edward Gorey, as well as a lengthy interview with him conducted by Ann Nocenti.  

The interview is integral to the script that follows.  The Black Doll is essentially a distillation of all of Gorey’s theatrical influences, many of which are quite obscure to all but the most dedicated film buff.  The interview covers that entry barrier to the following story quite well (along with a number of explanatory footnotes).  Nocenti also does an amazing job of getting the somewhat reclusive Gorey to open up, making for a wonderful treat for fans.

The screenplay that follows is classic Gorey, and it’s actually pretty amazing just how easily it reads for something with out dialog.  It also reads remarkably like his other stories, which clearly shows how silent films have influenced those tales as well.  Reading this book has made me want to go back and reread everything else by Gorey just to see what else I can pick up in them now.

This is an absolute must own for fans of Gorey, and for everyone else it is one of the clearest examples of just why they should read him.

Gaming Expands

January 15, 2009

Yesterday marked the start of our bi-weekly gaming innitiative.  We’re continuing with our monthly rock band nights, but now we’re trying to add in an after school program as well.  We had no idea what to expect yesterday, partly because of the different time, and partly because it was also the first time we tried hosting a DDR event.

The results were a bit mixed.  We were sort of hoping to attract a younger audience than the one we gained from the evening programs.  Instead we pretty much got some of our Rock Band regulars, that were curious about DDR, but determined pretty quickly that they liked Rock Band a lot better so we switched over.

On the other hand, we gained some publicity for launching the second monthly game day and got a reporter and photographer from the local paper to come out for it.  A number of the teens were interviewed on top of me and my co-conspirator so I can’t wait to see the article.

Speaking of which, I came across this one today for a Wii event elsewhere that I thought was particularly good, although horrendously titled.  Give it a read

Moving with the Times

May 26, 2008

First of all, I apologize again for the title.  Moving on, Linda Braun has once again directed me to a nice geeky focused article in the New York Times, this time an interview with Randall Monroe, creator of one of my favorite webcomics, XKCD.  The Times has become pretty savvy at pinpointing key aspects of the subculture and treating them respectfully (as opposed to say comic reviews with onomatopoeia’s in the titles).

Incidentally, today’s comic throws another gibe at BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow, who quickly points out that the two will be joint guests of honor at 3-Pi Con, which will be in my neck of the woods in August.  Can’t wait to hear what the two of them together will have to say.