I could make an effort to write about the passing of media critic David Carr. And I would not do him justice. As NPR’s Eric Deggans pointed out Dave Weigel writes what needed to be said best. Consider this snippet before following the link.
…I can recall Carr running circles around me with Barry Allen speed, rasping like he’d gargled with Tom Waits’s mouthwash. He pushed me away from a patter (not false, but safe) that I’d been giving everyone who talked to me. He empathized. He cajoled. That way he wrote? Exactly like how he asked questions, pushing and pulling me along. I wish I’d taken notes on how he interviewed me, because he knew exactly how to get his story.
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A week or so back, an artist I have respected for the past few years, LiShinault, shared (on her Facebook page) a work-in-progress photo of a wedding portrait she recently painted. Since I love seeing how a project comes together through its various stages, I relish getting to see photos like this one. As a result, I received permission from LiShinault to share the photo here, as well as some of the Decatur, Georgia-based artist’s other works. In addition to commission work, as noted in her bio she “primarily paints small to large-scale works across a variety of media that include mostly feminine figures and animals”.
One of these days hopefully I will be able to run an interview here with her. In the meantime, enjoy her work speaking for her.
This morning while running errands, I heard Eric Clapton’s 1974 cover of the song, Please Be with Me, for the first time. Despite the fact I was aware that the late Duane Allman’s daughter, Galadrielle Allman, recently released a memoir about her father of the same name (Please Be with Me–A Song for My Father) I did not realize Allman’s connection to the song.
“Raina sells out. #princetonbookfest #rainatour2014 get your books early!”
Congrats to Raina Telgemeier.
Long before Greg Pak became known for his comics, he was a successful film director and screenwriter. He recently released a brand new short film, Happy Fun Room, which can be viewed on YouTube (as part of the Futurestates.tv storyworld). Pak happily indulged my curiosity to email him a slew of questions for him to answer regarding this latest project. Enjoy.
Tim O’Shea: In what ways do you feel more confident as a short film writer and director with Happy Fun Room, as say compared to your 2011 effort, Mister Green?
Greg Pak: That’s an interesting question. A number of smart people have said that directing is basically deciding. A director has to make dozens of decisions every day in order for everyone else working on the film to be able to do their jobs. If a director can’t decide, everything grinds to a halt and the film eventually falls apart.