Entries tagged "life"

Heather Gold at Moo Jew with Zach Sherwin and Jena Friedman

Great documentary film recommendations

If you like documentaries and wonder what some good recommendations would be here’s a great list.
I complied it form the suggestions made to pal Jesse Epstein, a wonderful documentary filmmaker in her own right (see the hilarious Wet Dreams and False Images) and founder of indie filmmaking network Shooting People who was looking for good introductory films for some students on Facebook. Here’s the list her friends suggested. I’m guessing many of these suggesters are documentary filmmakers too:No Lies
David Holzman’s Diary
Dark Side of the Moon
Brother’s Keeper
American Movie
In A Dream
The Cove
Boys of Baraka
The Life and Times of Alan Ginsburg
(the 2nd DVD includes interviews w Johnny Depp and Patti Smith)
It Might Get Loud
Bueno Vista Social Club
Man on Wire
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Hoop Dreams
The Thin Blue Line
Super Size Me
Mad Hot Ballroom
Spellbound
Born Into Brotherls
Food INc
Dogtown and Z Boys
The Fog of War
Sicko
Salesman
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The first time Gram didn’t recognize me

Press: What a CT Xmas Needs: Jewish Comedians w Chinese Food

Looking forward to returning to play Moo Jew this Dec 23rd in West Hartford CT with the super fun Jewy hip hop comic MC Mr. Napkins Zach Sherwin. Can’t wait to dig into my memories of Jewing up the Whiffenpoof’s appearance at the Greenwich Country Club.

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Niagara, machines

Marilyn in my hometown, Bernard of Hollywood at the Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, PA 

“An actress is not a machine.
But they treat her like a machine.
A money machine.”
-Marilyn Monroe

“I make work this way
because I want to be a machine.”
-Andy Warhol

I grew up in Niagara Falls where Marilyn filmed one of her first, if not her first leading role.

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Mondrian moment

Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh

Nearing the final stages of #or perhaps it will never end

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An unexpectedly perfect day and a poem: Long before physics knew it

Sometimes the exact perfect flow of events happens when life grabs you by the throat.
-photo Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Long before physics knew it
You could plant
And cut years apart

Feelings laugh at space
and ending has nothing to do with Love
Love mocks it all
Happy to laugh at your misery
Your joy
It doesn’t go anywhere
It doesn’t travel

It’s already soaked everything through

National Gallery has a show of gay and lesbian portraiture and art

 

Walt Whitman, 1891

 

The show, called Hide/Seek includes Eakins, Rauchenberg, Leibovitz, Mapplethorpe and more.

 

Listen to the NPR story on the first queer show at a national museum.

 

“Without gypsies, Jews and fags, there is no art” – Mel Brooks, To Be or Not To Be

 

HT: @ElyseSinger (fb)

 

WITH contd – Hey, social media commentators: It’s about us stupid.

Alex Madrigal, The Atlantic’s tech writer, has a really nice response to Zadie Smith’s critique of both the film Social Network and facebook itself and its meaning.

Madrigal is hitting on the main thing that most social media phobic critiques miss (eg. Jaron LanierGladwell and Sherry Turkle’s upcoming book which I had the chance to respond to at a recent conference at Bard): the technology is made by us. Us people. Our relationship needs and issues exist without and with the technology.So what is it we are going to do about it? Alex Madrigal mentions a need for a kind of “urban planning” to make facebook and social media better. This is like the idea Stowe Boyd had a while back to approach social media like architecture.  Ross Douthat today commented in the New York Times on Madrigal’s Atlantic comment on Zadie Smith’s NY Review of Books piece saying he weighed in on the side of Madrigal’s call for “mastery” of social media rather than avoiding it.

 

And even if these publications weren’t finally online and blogging they’d still have esteemed writers writing about each other and people would talk to each other about it and hey, that sounds an awful lot like social media and the Internet, only slower.

 

I disagree entirely with Douthat’s framing of the question or Smith’s that our challenge is about “how to remain human in a social media world.”  Our challenge is how to be connected to our humanity with or without social media.

 

Ross Douthat and Zadie Smith why are you so sure we have more human-ness before social media rather than after?

 

Dissociation is easy to come by. I did it with books for years. Does it make that act less real than when it’s done with a screen? You can do it with a drink, a thought, a snort, a fuck. You can check out and not see others or feel your own basic impulse extremely easily. Intellectuals are as good at this as anyone. Whether you got a PhD for your method of checking out or the delirium tremens our need is to fell what it is we really feel and to be able to handle those feeling, thus developing enough as people to be able to handle and see and enjoy what is in others too, including what is different.

 

I believe the real question we face is: how can we be ourselves and be ourselves together. How can we be WITH each other?

 

And I believe that social media is part of a major change in our getting closer to this. Because people who have only been able to manage analytically are getting forced to reconnect to the relational and the relational is getting translated into data where the analytical can understand it.


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