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'Blade Runner 2049': Why some science fiction writers are tired of dystopias - CSMonitor.com
“The utility dystopian fiction used to serve was to bring problems to our attention and seek solutions. But the danger is that these stories can become a collective act of despair in response to current events.”
story  fiction  movies  attention  aesthetics  sciencefiction  scifi 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Journalism has a future: Helping communities tell their stories | ZDNet
I’ve written many times that the future of journalism is in helping communities, which includes businesses, to tell their stories. Media literacy is important but that’s just one side of the coin: knowing how to produce and publish digital media is just as important, maybe more.

Freedom of speech is worthless if you don’t know how to make it heard. Newspapers know how and they can teach that know-how to others.
newspapers  media  journalism  education  community  story 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Why You Love "The Wire," Explained In Fascinating Detail | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce
"That’s a very interesting question, because one of the main reasons I wanted to explore the video essay format was that I felt it could help bridge the gap between academic and journalistic film criticism," says Lavik. "Film scholarship has become so highly specialized, and often esoteric, that much of it does not even attempt to speak to anyone outside of the research community. Journalistic film criticism, on the other hand, often lacks ambition, I think, and functions merely as a form of consumer guidance. Writers rarely give their readers anything to reach for. Everything is pre-digested for you. The video essay I made is obviously meant for people who have already seen The Wire, but I hope most of those who are familiar with the show will be able to follow my arguments and observations. I certainly don’t think anyone will find it totally incomprehensible. But so what if there’s something you don’t understand? You’re watching it online, so Google it! Coming across something you don’t comprehend is not a cause for offense, but an opportunity to learn.
video  film  criticism  television  baltimore  fiction  journalism  writing  media  story 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With John Flansburgh And Jonathan Coulton | The Awl
k a lot of the performance aspect of what we do is about that sharp shock of just finding out that there are different levels of what’s going on. There’s a communal level, a literary level, a personal level. I feel like this kind of writing and performing at its best gets at something that’s normally found more in prose. Nobody reads a novel, and thinks, “The guy who wrote this must be a serial killer,” although maybe David Mamet has screwed that up. They know that the author is working to push ideas to extremes. We talk a lot about unreliable narrators and trying to push the point of view beyond just first person singular singer-songwriter stuff. It can be done. The popular song is not over. It’s not like all the good songs have been written and we’re just going to write some more because we like songs. There’s a future there. And if you really think about it, you can do some good stuff.
songwriting  music  beauty  rock  aesthetics  story 
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
…My heart’s in Accra » Understanding #amina
Part of the post-colonial critique Edward Said offered in “Orientalism” was a recognition of the danger of understanding the Middle East through the frames, accounts and preconceptions of Westerners, who consciously or unconsciously tend to define the Orient as “other”. As a response, we might choose to read western accounts of the Middle East with a critical eye, or to seek out more accounts from people of the Middle East to understand the region. But it’s hard to imagine a more orientalist project than a married, male American writer masquerading as a Syrian lesbian to tell a story about oppression and democratic protest.
middleeast  blogging  media  story  technology  gay 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
“The atomic element is the story”: This American Life navigates a future that goes beyond broadcast » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
“I’ll tweet out a link to our blog,” he said, “and I’ll get responses from people clearly on their phones…saying, ‘The audio is garbled on my random cellphone!’ People are just getting to a point where they expect everything to work on handheld devices.”
radio  technology  mobile  music  story  data  audio  google  audience  chicago 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
News innovation isn't just about writing code, it is about how we use that code to tell stories
Technical innovation in software is not about writing code from scratch. There is a huge body of prior art available that developers use to get their ideas to function.

And journalism has a huge body of prior art in story-telling techniques, in synthesising complex problems into something our audience can grasp quickly over breakfast, and in engaging our audiences and making them passionate about issues that affect their day-to-day lives. The innovative news organisations today are the ones constantly experimenting with new digital tools as new ways to source stories, address their audience, and engage with the public.
journalism  media  news  story  software  technology  engagement  attention  DFMchat 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
When a love for art turns into lust - Sex News, Sex Talk - Salon.com
Romanticizing the act of writing or any other art is not very helpful to the artist or the art. It's much better if one simply does. It worked better for me when I was just a writer, a working person. I've never felt that I needed a special desk with a special light coming in from the window at a special angle. It's work, not so different from that way you fix dinner or you pick up a child at school.
writing  sex  men  women  art  creativity  books  memoir  story  business 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Errol Morris: Profiles
Quotidian lies, the little fabrications that make the commerce of daily life possible, if not always palatable, are laid on the surface by the speaker. A muted strain of implicit skepticism - the silent voice of the filmmaker - bubbles along just beneath that. Peripheral stuff turns out to matter. "I like the idea of making films about ostensibly absolutely nothing," Morris says. "I like the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere that suddenly becomes revelatory. That's what all my movies are about. That and the idea that we're in possession of certainty, truth, infallible knowledge, when actually we're just a bunch of apes running around. My films are about people who think they're connected to something, although they're really not."
film  cinema  story  newyorker  documentary  media  attention  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Lefsetz Letter " Blog Archive " Smodcastle Redux, Starf***ing ...
We’re all trying to get along.  And it’s art that keeps us going.  Imperfect people telling imperfect stories.  Those we can relate to.  Shiny is for Hollywood.  Shiny is a force field that you just can’t penetrate, which is why so many are rejecting the mainstream and digging down into the niches, because burrowed beneath the bullshit is where the real people live.
art  creativity  podcasting  music  interviews  story  hollywood 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Why We Fight: Why We Fight #8
We can probably spend a minute thinking about all the things that might be lost without the model of the album as a coherent statement-- the same way we can worry about what happens if people rarely sit down for deep, focused engagement with something like a book. But you can't really deny that this ongoing-stream version of following music is a good match for how people experience life and consume information. It's actually the same vantage on pop music that's always been held-- by radio listeners, party regulars, mixtape shoppers, pop-chart followers, folks everywhere. Packets and bursts and narratives.
business  celebrity  hiphop  music  pop  attention  story  radio  life  information  books  presence 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Cleve Jones on youth activism and his early years with Harvey Milk » North by Northwestern
Now, I think that there are certain fundamentals to organizing that have remained constant throughout all of the changes: the importance of building committees, the importance of crossing boundaries and barriers between people.

If you’re organizing workers, you have to tell their stories. If you’re working on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it’s so important to hear the stories of military personnel and military families gay and straight alike. Whatever the issue, if you can focus as much as possible on daily lives of ordinary people, that’s what has remained unchanged.

But there’s a whole lot that’s different now: the communications technology, the growing gap between rich and poor, the financial free fall that we’re enduring right now. And I do want to say to your readers, who I assume are all on Facebook: if you think you’re going to change the world by clicking a mouse, I’m sorry, but you’re mistaken.
facebook  activism  gay  history  unions  power  technology  attention  story 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
‘The Walking Dead’ Unleashes Zombies on AMC - Review - NYTimes.com
The one good thing about the walking dead is that they don’t drive.

All it really takes to outrun a zombie is a car. Also, a bullet to the head will stop one cold. And that may explain why so many men prefer zombies to vampires: zombie stories pivot on men’s two favorite things: fast cars and guns. Better yet, zombies almost never talk. Vampires, especially of late, are mostly a female obsession. Works like “Twilight” and “True Blood” suggest that the best way to defeat a vampire is to make him fall so in love that he resists the urge to bite. And that’s a powerful, if naïve, female fantasy: a mate so besotted he gives up his most primal cravings for the woman he loves.

Vampires are imbued with romance. Zombies are not. (Zombies are from Mars, vampires are from Venus.)
zombies  television  amctv  fiction  story  gender  men  women  literature 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jezebel: The Day I Trailed A Paparazzo
"He comes out at eight," Wagner says. It's 7:45 am on Friday, and we're part of a small group gathered across the street from the apartment building where Michael Douglas lives. Everyone is a paparazzo except for me.
I'd been trying to shadow a paparazzo for a while, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the juggernaut of today's "celebrity" industry. When it comes to celebrity "news," more and more, paparazzi pictures — a candid image of a celebrity doing something — are all the "news" consists of. But how much do we know about where these images come from?
celebrity  photography  cities  media  power  story  magazines  from:karimamara 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
'The Wire' writer David Simon among MacArthur genius grant winners
"I confess to a feeling that I can only describe as a vague sense of shame. It was exacerbated when I went online and looked at the people who'd gotten fellowships in the past. The majority of them are involved in endeavors which are very tangible -- efforts to combat poverty or economic disparities, or to improve the environment. And while I think storytelling is a meaningful way to spend your life . . . it does feel a little bit secondary or off-point. I definitely felt a little sheepish after looking at the list."
story  fiction  genius  awards  writing  journalism  creativity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Books of The Times - ‘Skippy Dies’ by Paul Murray - NYTimes.com
“Maybe instead of strings it’s stories things are made of, an infinite number of tiny vibrating stories; once upon a time they all were part of one big giant superstory, except it got broken up into a jillion different pieces, that’s why no story on its own makes any sense, and so what you have to do in a life is try and weave it back together, my story into your story, our stories into all the other people’s we know, until you’ve got something that to God or whoever might look like a letter or even a whole word....”
story  books  fiction  time  ireland  attention  beauty  physics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
James Franco Fiction - Just Before the Black by James Franco - Esquire
I sit in the driver's seat of my grandfather's old DeVille. It is night out and cool. Me and Joe, we just sit.

We're out in front of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course pro shop. It's a tan building with white trim. It's where Joe and I work during the day.

We sit here because it's dark here, and there are no lights outside this building. We're stopped for no reason except that the night is still going and we're drunk, and who wants to go home, ever, and this spot is as good as any to just sit in the shadows and let life slow.

My window is cracked, just a bit, and the air plays on my forehead like a cold whisper.
books  fiction  literature  writing  story  toread 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner on the New Season
"[...] People believe in love in the most duplicitous circumstances — they believe in it even for Don and Betty, who have the worst marriage on the show, possibly of all time. Our concept of sin is in the Ten Commandments, and was always there. But the thing that’s strange to me is that when people turn on the television, they want to judge the bad guys and love the good guys. When you fall in love with characters, when they do crappy things, or are cruel to each other, you feel a sense of betrayal. [...]"
television  story  love  relationships  marriage  behavior 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
When 'Twilight' fandom becomes addiction - latimes.com
"If you take away 'Twilight' and put in a football team, this doesn't look so much different from what guys have been doing for decades," says Baym. "They stay up late at night looking at statistics and playing fantasy football. You could just as easily say they've lost touch with reality or that they're addicted. 'Twilight' is just a story women are engaging with passionately, so people say it's dysfunctional. On the other hand, maybe men's relationship with football is dysfunctional as well."
culture  marriage  movies  fandom  story  identity  relationships  online  internet  men  women  sports 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . NBC's Ryan Osborn Wants to Use Social Media for Storytelling
Do you have a social media policy as far as what people can say and can't say on their feeds?

Osborn: We have a Standards & Practices which we've spent a long time looking at and our lawyers have worked on. I think my role is communicating that in accessible ways to our newsrooms. Simple things like if you're on a plane and you say you don't like this airline, and then you cover that airline the next week, how will that jeopardize your position as an unbiased reporter or producer? It's something I want our people to start thinking about. The policies are in place but I think we could do a much better job communicating them.

Are there similar rules against talking about competitors or the workplace?

Osborn: No. There are some technicalities, but we want people to be themselves and encourage that; we want them to know that in some way the new reality is that they are representing NBC News and need to think about that. [...]
journalism  marketing  news  socialmedia  television  twitter  story  media 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
"For Better": The science of marital unhappiness - Nonfiction - Salon.com
It's not that if you have a bad memory of your first date that you're headed for divorce, but I think it's a useful tool to listen to yourself and your partner, and when you start to hear the negativity creep in, it's a red flag.

I was in marriage counseling at one point and the counselor wanted to hear about our first date, and I thought it was a ridiculous question. I thought we needed to talk about what's happening now, not what happened 20 years ago. And I wish she had stopped to explain that it does matter. Later, I would tell the exact same story and there would be a few little negative fingers in there. There's a big difference between saying, "We got horribly lost on our first date," and, "Of course, you didn't stop to ask for directions." It's the same first date but by the time he's being accused of not getting directions, you can tell that the relationship is going south. You can see that the structure of the relationship has changed.
marriage  relationships  love  science  research  books  nytimes  memory  story 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tracey Thorn, Singing Stories Of Fear And Loving : NPR
"If people carry on making music, but write lyrics always from the perspective of younger people, they're actually missing a trick," she says. "There are different stories to tell."
aging  songwriting  music  creativity  story  love  relationships 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Gene Weingarten - XXX for the XX Set: Women's erotica isn't just dirty. It's nice and dirty. - washingtonpost.com
Me: If men read these books, they'd be terrified.

Kate: Why?

Me: Because what it makes clear is that, in comparative literary terms, female sexuality is James Joyce's "Ulysses" and male sexuality is "The Hardy Boys."

Kate: I won't argue with that.

Me: How can we ever hope to compete with your expectations?

Kate: Interesting. That's what we say about the material you guys use for arousal.

Me: Maybe the answer is for men and women to abandon all these immature fantasies and work tirelessly to find joy and fulfillment in the simple reality of each other's love and understanding.

Kate: You're not very bright, are you? I like that in a man.
sex  writing  fiction  relationships  men  women  reading  creativity  identity  beauty  love  gender  story  art 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Anthropology Matters, Vol 11, No 2 (2009) -- Being cool or being good: researching mobile phones in Mozambique by Julie Soleil Archambault (SOAS)
Drawing on my fieldwork experience in Inhambane, southern Mozambique, where I conducted research on mobile phone use amongst youth, my paper tackles issues of acceptance and rejection. As I sought to gain acceptance amongst youth I found myself participating in various controversial and, at times, dangerous activities that made me the victim of intense gossip and outright rejection by some. The fact that I came to the field accompanied by my husband and daughter only made matters worse. In this paper, I present the challenges of “being cool”, while also “being good”, and the repercussions of my research choices on my social standing. I then discuss how, instead of compromising my research, this predicament had a positive outcome by revealing social dynamics that might otherwise have remained hidden, namely the importance of concealment and the ambiguous role mobile phones play in deceit.
mobile  africa  research  science  social  behavior  ethics  family  story 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Huffington Post: Bryan Monroe: Why New Media Looks A Whole Lot Like Old Media
[...] For the underlying DNA of journalism --accuracy, inclusion, clarity, storytelling, fairness and truth -- to live on it must now find a new host. To succeed, we must make sure diverse voices -- all voices -- are represented in digital and on the Web.

So far, though, online journalism ventures haven't figured out that to not just survive, but thrive, they must reflect a changing nation. [...]
diversity  journalism  media  newspapers  online  story  race  ethnicity  usa 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Douglas Coupland: 'Generation A' loneliness
"Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition," Coupland says. "Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect. In times of information upheaval like right now, the attempt to locate patterns is one of the few ways to survive and not be dragged into the churn."
story  books  fiction  sciencefiction  futurism  writing 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - On Storytelling: The Powells.com Interview with Donald Miller
You can't tell a good story without conflict — the story can't be beautiful or meaningful. We're taught to run from conflict, and it's robbing us of some really good stories.
story  beauty  plot  writing  creativity  war  books  life 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The dark edges of Mika's deceptively sunny pop | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“Pop enables you to hoodwink people. If you follow certain formulas and structures, people gravitate to a song and attach themselves to it, they instantly ‘get’ it. And once you’ve got them, you can get them to sing along to something bitterly sad.”
pop  music  songwriting  beauty  story 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Kurt Vonnegut's 'Look at the Birdie' -- latimes.com
"Shameful days, shameful days," he murmured. "And to think that I was once a respected professional man."
fiction  shortstory  story  writing  losangeles  psychology  photography 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why is sex so hard to put into words? - Telegraph
By now, though, I was beginning to learn a few lessons, the first of which is that being convincingly erotic is hideously difficult. It seems the writer can be erotic or convincing, but rarely both at the same time. For this, blame sex itself. The awkward truth is that real sex is often anything but erotic. It is awkward, kinky, funny, tender and messy.
writing  books  fiction  sex  creativity  story  novels  art 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
In recession, sexy paperbacks as cheap entertainment - ContraCostaTimes.com
"The romance industry is doing well ... because in tough times like these, people want to be entertained and they want it to be affordable. Our romance books ... have always guaranteed a happy ending," said Katherine Orr, a spokeswoman for Harlequin Enterprises.
books  love  relationships  fiction  story 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Story Is Dead. Long Live the Story. « CRASHING INTO MEDIA
In his New York Tribune editorial of 1865, Horace Greeley famously advised: “Go West, young man, and grow up with your country.”

If Greeley were around today, I think this is what he would tell publishers, journalists and other story-tellers of all ages:

Go digital, and grow up with your fellow citizens.
digital  story  journalism  media  photography  video  publishing  newspapers 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Aimee Mann clicks into a disturbed world | The Japan Times Online
"I'm always interested in the same thing," she says. "I like to write about messed up people who have relationships where the dynamic is strange. People are interesting, and most are fairly disturbed. I don't know anybody who you would call well adjusted. I know people who are flawed and who are trying to improve, and I applaud that." [...]

"I have a lot of compassion for people," she says briskly. "It's not easy being a person. I even feel sorry for giant celebrities. I think it's a tougher gig than people give them credit for." [...]

"I like to write in the first person but from somebody else's point of view," she explains. "How would it feel to be doing what they're doing, or feeling what they're feeling? The best way to do that is to figure out how you are alike. Maybe you take a person who you think isn't like you and it's not your story, and you start telling their story and discover the part of it that is your story."
songwriting  japan  music  livemusic  attention  writing  creativity  story  celebrity  psychology  relationships 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bauble economy / Does a fictional story written about a cheap thrift-store object make it more valuable?
"The funny thing is, whatever the real story of that fop figurine is, it's been completely obliterated ... Whoever really designed it, whatever they really had in mind, whatever their real target market was, whatever meanings preceded -- all that has been obliterated in a matter of a few hours. It enters into this new ecosystem, and the meaning comes out the other side, and it's completed by the buyer."
marketing  writing  creativity  economics  attention  online  story  money 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
When Cocktails Were Office Supplies - NYTimes.com
When it comes to choosing a character’s poison, Ms. Perello said, many people have input, starting with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner: “Matt will say, ‘I want them to have a brown liquor.’ And I’ll go, ‘Let’s do a nonblended Scotch, because this is a person who would appreciate that.’ ”

The cocktail historian David Wondrich, 48, thinks an old-fashioned is a conservative choice for the young Draper, but considers his preference for Canadian Club “exactly right. We’d had years of destruction of the American whiskey industry up until then. So the Canadian stuff was viewed as being pretty good.”

“The big Scotches were Bell’s, Black & White, Teacher’s, White Horse,” Mr. Rea said. “When you’re drinking Canadian Club, you’re showing people you drink a better brand” of whiskey. He and Mr. Wondrich also said Betty Draper’s taste for Tom Collinses and vodka gimlets was spot on.
liquor  story  television  cable  drinking  alcohol  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jon Hamm | TV | A.V. Club
[F]or Don, specifically… he’s not a murderer, but he is an opportunist, and a lot of people can see that as being admirable in some ways. He knows the rules of the game, and he plays it very well.

He’s also often very upfront with what he wants and needs in a certain situation. It goes back to the pilot, when he tells Pete that if he keeps behaving the way he is, he may succeed briefly, but he’ll never truly succeed, because no one will like him, and in this industry, being liked is more important than being effective, in many ways. And that comes back, of course, to bite Pete. He doesn’t learn that lesson, or he learns it too late, when he tries to blackmail Don. So it’s an interesting thing. I don’t necessarily play it any differently. I don’t try to be any more likeable even as I’m doing these reprehensible things. You just hope that the audience has been given enough material and backstory to understand or at least rationalize the character’s behavior, and to see what drives it.
television  story  writing  acting  cable  interviews  fiction  ethics  business 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why dishing does you good: U-M study
"Many of the hormones involved in bonding and helping behavior lead to reductions in stress and anxiety in both humans and other animals. Now we see that higher levels of progesterone may be part of the underlying physiological basis for these effects," Brown said.
health  relationships  women  story  communication  gender  psychology  evolution 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
StoryCorps Project comes to San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum - ContraCostaTimes.com
"If you were an alien dropped down on earth and watched popular or tabloid media, you might think we are a country of Internet sex predators and spoiled children of billionaires and want-to-be reality contestants," says Isay, a MacArthur fellow who has won five Peabody awards for his radio documentaries. "That is not who we are as Americans. The real Americans are the vast majority of people who care about their families and communities and live lives defined by quiet acts of courage and kindness."
story  public  bayarea  sanfranciso  judaism  history  nonfiction  radio  documentary 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Buzz Log - Idol Talk: Reviving the Southern Dynasty - Yahoo! Buzz
In the end, the South rose again. In the last possible moment, Kris Allen made "American Idol" history—or perhaps reinforced it. The numbers and judges may have been with Adam Lambert, but Allen once again showed that the Cinderella storyline could rally the American South and the heartland.
music  criticism  demography  usa  public  social  story  television 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
io9 - Did Star Trek Change Your Life? - Star Trek
The fact is, stories are meant to be retold. You may like them less in the retelling, or you may suddenly like them more (hence the phenomenon of rebooted Battlestar Galactica). But nobody can take away the stories that changed your life. Those are always going to be yours, untouched, until the space worms nibble your ganglia. They will keep inspiring you, and keep being meaningful. Hopefully, new stories will come along that mean something to you later in life, or that spur you to action in a way you never expected.
story  sciencefiction  creativity  identity  writing  movies  film  cinema 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
News & the new: Does Chrysler=Newspapers? - Susan Mernit's Blog
But as the old mega-businesses fall to their knees and flame out, watch carefully what comes next--I am hoping we see more local media, more public media, more community voices combined with skilled story telling and more accountability.
newspapers  media  journalism  business  corporations  public  story  community 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Movie review: 'Observe and Report'
After all, truth in comedy is why we laugh - we're startled by it, and laughter is the response. Yet truth itself, in the sense of the public's perception of reality, is always evolving and shifting, and comedy always has to keep pace.
comedy  humor  film  cinema  acting  story 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
All About Bob: Alt-rock legend Bob Mould talks about his music, his writing and the uncertainty of life: Feature Story at Metro Weekly magazine - News articles from Washington DC newspaper
Rarely can we predict how life is going to go. There are parts of it that are autobiographical, certain lines or stanzas are things that literally happened to me. And then there are things that are completely observational, things that I've overheard at a bar or things that friends have confided. Inside of that, the needle goes back and forth between the two. As I've gotten older, I've realized that in art or in storytelling, there's really not that much difference between fiction and non-fiction. The job is to stand back and let the story unfold. It has to have an emotional connection so that you can tell that story. That's the core of where I'm at as a writer now. That's how life goes. You hope it's going to end better this time, whatever it is. Whether it's something as simple as a conversation, or something as complicated as the passing of a parent or a loved one, you hope the next time you're better equipped for the ending.
songwriting  story  writing  fiction  nonfiction  death  aesthetics  identity  music 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Secrets of a Pollster - NYTimes.com
The über-lesson for presidents? You can’t be too honest in describing big problems, too bold in offering big solutions, too humble in dealing with big missteps, too forward in re-telling your story or too gutsy in speaking the previously unspeakable.
president  politics  leadership  identity  speech  rhetoric  story 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Zack Snyder, 'Watchmen's' watched man - Los Angeles Times
"Twenty years ago my parents wouldn't know who the X-Men were, and now everybody knows that stuff," Snyder said. "It means that deconstruction of the superhero is something you can do. All those movies have led to a point where we can finally have 'Watchmen' with a Superman character who doesn't want to save the world and a Batman who has trouble in bed. Essentially, I want to kill the superhero movie because now we can."
movies  film  fiction  aesthetics  story  comics  cinema 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Lauren Groff - Rooms
I have a friend who writes outdoors. He likes the fresh air, he says, the light, the thousand shifting changes in the world. Outside, his imagination can go wild, like a pet cat that escapes and imagines itself feral until kibble-time.

This friend is the kind of person who makes you drunk with exuberance, and after I heard about his method, I decided that I, too, would become a plein-air scribbler, sunburnt and prolific. For an afternoon, I sat at the park down the street and waited for inspiration to descend like Glinda the Good Witch and touch me with her twinkly wand.

Instead, the white sky above was too much like a blank page, infinite in possibility, and, terrified, I slunk on home. I do best in small, dark places, and would probably write well in a closet, if it weren't for the indignity of sitting amongst the coats.
writing  fiction  shortstory  story  creativity  space  work  aesthetics  memory 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The opinionated Mr. Damon - TV - MiamiHerald.com
''They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,'' Damon says scornfully. "Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He's repulsive.

"Steve [Soderbergh, who produced yet another of Damon's spy movies, Syriana] told me that years ago he was offered a Bond movie. He told them he'd do it if they gave him creative control. Absolutely not, they said. They have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they're doing, and they're going to keep doing it.''
obama  interview  film  cinema  movies  politics  television  story  writing  fiction 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Jonathan Barnes - 24 and Me
"The two most recent James Bond films have been justly praised for their attempts to examine the effects that the lifestyle of a secret agent would have upon the psychology of their hero, but 24 got there first. Events do not leave Bauer untouched as they might have many of his fictional antecedents — earlier iterations of Bond, say, or Richard Hannay or Bulldog Drummond — but wound him irrevocably." I've seen both recent Bond movies. I've never seen an episode of "24."
movies  cinema  film  story  fiction  writing  creativity  television 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Athena Grey - happiness is...(7)
I stood up and stretched. Then I noticed something in my pocket. I pulled out a pinecone, and felt a familiar glow spreading through my fingers. As I went up the stairs, my feet started moving in a familiar dance, and I went up to greet the Sun.
story  spirituality  mythology  religion  happiness 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Blogging For Dollars: When bloggers blog bloggers, is the result blather -- or better?
There will always be a factchecking squad on the Internet. But I think the reblogging craze will fade over time, as the Web's writers learn the deep satisfaction of telling one's own story for the first time — not repeating someone else's for the nth.
blogging  internet  journalism  technology  apple  mobile  cellphones  story  writing 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Kathleen Norris
"[...] I suspect that one of the reasons we keep ourselves so busy is to avoid caring about the true condition of our lives and our world. As our 24-hour news media bombard us with more 'information' than we can absorb, we grow less able to distinguish between what is important for us to care about and what is not. We're mired in acedia's world without knowing its name. And as any reader of fairy tales can tell you, that's a bad predicament to be in. [...]"
psychology  religion  spirituality  attention  media  news  information  story  work  books  essay 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
An anarchist review of Battle in Seattle - Anarkismo
"[...] For all its errors, Battle in Seattle provides a fun opportunity to return to the question of why the WTO protests represented such a massive victory, and what we as anarchists should focus on in our political work nearly ten years later. [...]"
politics  seattle  cinema  film  protest  activism  washingtonstate  hollywood  story 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dorian Lynskey talks to Mike Skinner of the Streets | Music | The Guardian
"The only thing that we're ever doing is telling ourselves a story. The ability to think into the future, consider the past, handle the present, is everything we're doing all the time."
songwriting  story  future  uk  music 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
PressThink: National Explainer: A Job for Journalists on the Demand Side of News
"This American Life's great mortgage crisis explainer, The Giant Pool of Money, suggests that 'information' and 'explanation' ought to be reversed in our order of thought."
media  journalism  story  news  radio  attention  reputation 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
/Message: Subjectivity Is The New Objectivity
"Our versions of what was 'objectively' true were always a social construct. We're just having the blinkers lifted now."
philosophy  journalism  story  media  social  google 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaRights: News: Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky's Shortlist
"Documentaries are the way we can tell truth to power. They exist in a world where how you tell a story can be just as powerful as the story itself."
documentary  music  creativity  film  cinema  diy  story 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - Notes on Narrative
"All the same, you may find much of what follows to be nothing more than common sense. But think of it as a pleasant, country-weekend drive right into the center of a fellow writer's professional advice."
story  writing  fiction  creativity  aesthetics  criticism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - David Benioff
"To me, the best storytellers these days tend to be genre writers, because so much literary fiction has drifted away from the idea of telling a story. Narrative fiction is often looked down upon."
story  fiction  russia  war  creativity  writing  authors  novels  books  shortstory 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | Good night and good TV
"News is presenting the story in such a way that a housewife in a kitchen peeling potatoes for dinner will suddenly stop and listen -- and think my god 300 people were burned alive in the Bangkok fire! Thank goodness I wasn't one of them!"
media  television  video  news  journalism  story  canada 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hancock, Obama and the summer of heroes - Los Angeles Times
"Who doesn't want somebody to come save the day when the world is a mess? Life is hard. We are going through bad economic times. The environment is in trouble. There are looming terrorists."
fiction  writing  story  politics  obama  elections  campaigns  creativity  cinema  film  movies 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Chris Colin's "For every Britney and Lindsay, there's a Cyrano"
"Lately I've been fascinated by how much your hit is supposed to resemble existing hits. I've been told to make something resemble another song, and it turned out they wanted it very similar. But of course you can't come too close."
songwriting  creativity  aesthetics  identity  music  writing  sanfrancisco  pop  rock  story 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How to be a comic book hero: Lynda Barry, Jessica Abel, Matt Madden, cartooning | Salon Books
"The pleasure of making marks, she argues, only happens when you're willing to not know what's happening -- to let images pull you along wherever they're going."
comics  art  creativity  diy  work  story 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Spanning Time: Enduring and beautiful bridges trace city's rich history
"Looking past the embrace of kudzu and crumbling concrete, however, the pride of a growing city on its way up can still be read in the enduring grace of the bridges of Winston-Salem."
northcarolina  transportation  photography  mapping  geography  newspapers  story 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
THE ACADEMY: Goombah 101: The Talk of the Town: The New Yorker
"Over Memorial Day weekend, fittingly, Fordham University hosted a conference called 'The Sopranos: A Wake.'"
academia  research  story  television  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'Buffy' stakes out academic turf - 06/09/2008 - MiamiHerald.com
"It's like I tell my students in philosophy a lot of times: We're not so much about necessarily finding all the answers as wanting to ask better questions. 'Buffy,' I think, does that."
story  television  academia  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
David Lean, with his glamorous, beautiful worlds, is my hero - Times Online
"The moment that stands out is in Lawrence of Arabia when the match is blown out against the rising sun. It is a classic lesson in the dramatic potential of cutting from something very close up, to something extremely wide – juxtaposing the macro and th
cinema  film  movies  aesthetics  beauty  story  uk  creativity 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Books | Is everything we know about American history wrong?
"'When the legend becomes fact,' says the editor in John Ford's 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,' 'print the legend.' Horwitz's suggestion is more radical: Let the legend and fact intertwine in a never-resolving dance."
history  story  virginia  nonfiction  usa  genocide 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com From the Author - Marisa Silver
"I was beginning to understand that people do not say what they mean, not simply because they are liars, but because they often don't know what they mean, or because what they mean is too dark, or too sad, or makes them too fragile."
fiction  creativity  psychology  story  writing 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What Is Jhumpa Lahiri's Hook? -- New York Magazine
"Does John Updike get asked this question? Does Alice Munro? It’s the ethnic thing, that’s what it is. And my answer is always, yes, I will continue to write about this world, because it inspires me to write, and there’s nothing more important than
identity  creativity  writing  fiction  literature  novels  shortstory  story 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FindLaw's Writ - Dean: Barack Obama's Smart Speech "A More Perfect Union" Did It Reveal Him To Be Too Intellectual To Be President?
"Computers have made it rather simple to determine the intelligence or grade level of a speech by measuring it with the Flesch-Kincaid test, which is found on the Tools/Options menu of Microsoft Word."
obama  elections  information  story  writing  c  computers  english  politics  race 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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