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Truth in Jest? | Hazlitt
"This is why C.K.’s failure to address these allegations is not a good enough reason for his fans to avoid the difficult, uncomfortable issues they bring up. If you like this guy’s work because of its ethical spine, and yet you can keep enjoying it exactly the same way once these allegations are introduced—without any traces of concern or creeping dread or cognitive dissonance or confusion or frustration—then maybe it’s worth thinking about why they’re so easy for you to ignore. This is the exact same idea that runs under C.K.’s work like a third rail, makes him seem so insightful: the moments when an issue is small enough for you to register it and then turn away comfortably are the moments when it probably deserves your closest scrutiny."
hazlitt.net  louis_ck  comedian  abuse  assault  rumor  tig_notaro  2017  2010s  empathy  emma_healey  truth  privilege  betrayal  jen_kirkman  culture  silence  tv  writing  essay 
september 2017 by cluebucket
Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours
> A small but detailed 2015 study of young adults found that participants were using their phones five hours a day, at 85 separate times. Most of these interactions were for less than 30 seconds, but they add up. Just as revealing: The users weren’t fully aware of how addicted they were. They thought they picked up their phones half as much as they actually did. But whether they were aware of it or not, a new technology had seized control of around one-third of these young adults’ waking hours. ...

He recalled a moment driving his car when a Bruce Springsteen song came on the radio. It triggered a sudden, unexpected surge of sadness. He instinctively went to pick up his phone and text as many friends as possible. Then he changed his mind, left his phone where it was, and pulled over to the side of the road to weep.

Though easily mockable, it is trying to achieve what our culture once routinely provided, and it reveals, perhaps, that we are not completely helpless in this newly distracted era. We can, one senses, begin to balance it out, to relearn what we have so witlessly discarded, to manage our neuroses so they do not completely overwhelm us.
smartphone  andrew_sullivan  culture  internet  2016  psychology  louis_ck  goosebumps  emotion  burning_man 
october 2016 by porejide
kenlevine.blogspot.de: HORACE AND PETE: My review
ken levin über die 10 folgen <em>horace and pete</em>, die louis c.k. selbst geschrieben, produziert und vertrieben hat — und (leider) offenbar einen millionenverlust damit eingefahren hat. <a href="http://wirres.net/article/articleview/9224/1/6/">ich fands leider scheisse</a>.
s  w  louis_ck  ken_levine  fernsehen  horace_and_pete 
may 2016 by diplix
Why Is Louie Such a Remarkable TV Show? -- Vulture
"Louie is unique for one reason, and it has to do with the execution of a vision — i.e., with style. The show makes stand-up comedy cinematic. … it could not have happened without Louis C.K., who is as assured a filmmaker as he is a comedian. … C.K., who writes, directs, stars in, and often edits each episode of Louie, has figured out how to translate the imaginative impact of stand-up into a visual medium. … He's talking to you directly, in the way that a stand-up comic would talk to you from the stage at a club, but he's doing it through the language of film — a translation that's not as simple as it sounds, given that stand-up is pure performance, just words and gestures. Theatre."
2012  Louis_CK  TV 
april 2016 by Preoccupations
Louis C.K. clears up Horace and Pete debt comments: I am so not broke | EW.com
"As for the show’s abrupt ending? That was intentional to create a certain emotion for the audience. Horace and Pete was definitely not canceled, he said. “When the 10th one came out, I wanted people to watch the show without knowing they’re watching the last episode,” C.K. told Simmons. “I wanted them to have all the feelings of something ending the way it feels when something ends, which is you don’t know it’s going to.”"
Louis_CK  TV  2016  endings  Horace_and_Pete 
april 2016 by Preoccupations

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