You know how these things happen. You’re panicking about Christmas gifts. You remember Shaun’s grandmother said she wants a photo of us together so you go digging in photo albums and binders of DVDs and envelopes of negatives and a tower of external drives and a handful of loose thumb drives and NOTHING. But then there’s this cigar box and even though it’s from too long ago and can’t possible hold the photo you seek, you open it and right there, amid the loose photos of relatives there is no hope of ever identifying, there amid all these virtually anonymous photos there is a typed letter, a card really, on College de St-Boniface letterhead, dated “le 3 juin, 1956”. And you’ve seen it before, only now, your French is improved enough that you can read the whole thing. And to understand it and become very angry. And that leads you to want to burn it. But you think, wait. You should tell someone, should ASK someone first. Because the letter is not to me. The letter was written to my dad, Georges Euclid Duguay, who was 19 at the time and 67 when he died in 2004. So I showed it to my brother. And, well let me just say that there was no burning, but there was a spark of an idea of what should be done with this letter. He’s working on that and I’m working on this, which exists in my head and in this movie trailer, courtesy of the iMovie app’s ridiculously easy and fun movie trailer templates. I did this in about 45 minutes and I’m new to the app. I share that so you can also be emboldened to be brave and have your own fun. But for now, if you’d just be amazed, I’d be grateful. The fuller project, however it manifests, will come along when it comes along. With great gratitude to my brother, Richard Duguay.
Archive for the ‘clip’ Category
So I know you’ve heard about TED Talks. Maybe you’re already a fan. You might even know that the brilliantly distilled title of the video series of talks stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.
Yeah, there’s an app for that or you can go to the TED site or, now, at least if you get Vermont Public Radio on radio or online you can listen to the TED Radio Hour, or subscribe to the NPR: TED Radio Hour Podcast . It amplifies and gives a kind of behind-the-scenes treatment of some of the most influential, interesting or popular TED Talks. This episode deals with mistakes via three TED speakers:
- Brian Goldman, the doctor and host of CBC Radio’s White Coat Black Arts,
- Brene Brown, who speaks about creativity and shame, and
- Stefon Harris, a jazz musician.
This is a particularly great show. Mistakes. We’ve all made a few. But once you get beyond the cringe, or the reprimand, or the holy-fuck-i-blew-it-and-no-one-noticed, what is the value of making a mistake, the thing that Samuel Beckett, in 1983’s Worstword Ho, described thusly:
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
More generally, TED Radio Hour is a perfect way to ease into TED talks if you haven’t yet. Equally perfect way for TED Talks fans to enjoy them when driving or commuting or otherwise can’t sit and watch the video.
It’s hard to know about Amanda Palmer – pardon me Amanda Fucking Palmer – if you spend any time squatting on social media. Or indeed on the web anywhere. She’s a musician, fun gal, idea pusher, and, as I’ve discovered here (thanks Kirsten Andrews), not just a generous person but a politically, consciously, provocatively generous person. Since generosity ranks second on my list of favourite traits, behind gratitude, I’m kinda in love with Amanda these days. Here’s her TED talk. And here is some of her music.
And you thought you’d seen Jerry Seinfeld’s best take on a show about nothing.
Try Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a web series starring Seinfeld in which he … drives cool cars and goes for coffee with other comedians. The series (you can watch here or on the ipad app Crackle) puts Jerry in a different fabulous car each episode, in which he picks up his guest of choice, who is apparently advised only that Jerry will call, swing by and find a diner, brunch spot or what have you. Coffee is usually, though not always, involved. So, a show about nothing. But not nothing. Of course.
Episodes, shot in either Los Angeles or New York, feature Alec Baldwin, Ricky Gervais, Bob (Super Dave) Einstein, Larry David and a few others you might need to be a comedy nerd to recognize. Comedians aside,though, the most gripping episode is the one with the least funny moment. In it, Michael Richards recalls his 2006 racist response onstage to a heckler, an act that effectively ended his career. His talk with Seinfeld provides incredibly tender moments.
The whole series is worth watching. If you watch only one episode, make it the Richards episode (most are no longer than 10 minutes, the Richards’ episode runs 17 or so).
Montreal photographer, music fan and all around nice guy Tim Snow recommended this short documentary profile of photographer Jay Maisel. I was charmed. Hope you are too.
Thanks Tim Snow.
With thanks to Reuters guy Jason Reed for the heads up on this film, which he found as one of the Vimeo.com daily staff picks. It was also a short of the week, and you can sample other selections here. As for the film itself, I smiled a bunch of times, laughed out loud once and that’s all I want to say. Less is, as usual, more. Enjoy.
One of my favourite poets is Charles Bukowski, a tender heart squatting occasionally only a small distance behind a barricade of hoarfrost and poison ivy and broken shot glasses.
Watch Bukowski’s secret sharer, Tom Waits, reading the latter’s Laughing Heart.
If you’re feeling a little more Bukowski is in order, here’s this heartbreaker.
And finally, read his poem So You Want to Be a Writer, which kicks me in the belly, and I’m smiling all the way to the floor.
Happy poetry month.