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Tricks Are For Kids April 9, 2009

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I’m fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood in Brooklyn that is rich with skateboarders. They tend to congregate in the evenings, either right before or right after they’ve downloaded the obligatory meals served to them by their parental units. What’s striking about them is their easygoing, even sanguine acceptance of the brutally repetitive task that stands before them. (more…)

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Feeling Brad’s Pain April 8, 2009

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Let’s stop and think for a moment about celebrity. The word itself means, of course, a celebrated person. Widely known, often referred to, etc, etc. As we all know perfectly well you don’t necessarily have to do anything particularly cool or awesome to become celebrated, to become . . . you know, the F-word. The way things work these days you can become famous just like miss you-know-who—famous just for being famous.

Recently I was at a dinner party where a highly respected and well-known film editor made the assertion that what we all—i.e., everybody who ever was, and everyone who ever will be—secretly wants to be famous. “It’s the foremost desire,” he said.  He smiled. “Well. . . True, isn’t it?”  There were surprisingly few challenges, none serious. Essentially, we all agreed. So why do we all want to become famous, then? Narcissism? Ego? Programming? Extended high-level mating privileges?       (more…)

Do You Wanna Dance? April 8, 2009

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Fortunately or not, I can still remember hippies moving around in big smoky rooms doing something I was told was dancing. If I remember correctly, what I saw was sort of this free-form, hips-and-shoulder roll-thing that was great for two reasons:  it seemed to require very little skill. And it was sexy.

I was intrigued.

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