The talk itself went well: I enjoyed it, and the students seemed to as well.
Always good value, those students. But I did observe (and I am sounding like my own parents here), they all looked so damn young
I am off on my own jaunt in a week or two-, to do talks at three conferences (London, Liverpool and Cardiff) in 10 days! Conferences on 'Transforming Audiences', a 'Media Education Summit' and 'The Future of Journalism'. Such is the lot of the modern academic (and guilt-ridden about the carbon miles)!
I am open to taking requests to bring back supplies (light/cheap/legal) from the UK. I intend to hunt down a DVD copy of Afghan Star.
Did Close Up acknowledge where the story originated? It seemed to me that they were taking criedit for raising the issues, in a rather self-satisfied fashion.
If you get a chance, travel the Northern Pacific Highway--magnificent coastline and interesting corners of American history--including an old Russian trading fort at Fort Ross. My brother lives in Mendocino (which both Sir Douglas Quartet and The McGarrigle Sisters have sung about). Just up the coast is Fort Bragg, where you can find the Glass Beach--crescents of coloured glass particles which have been ground smooth by the tremendous surf. There are whales off-shore and wonderful wild flowers in spring and birds crowding the telephone wires in Bodega Bay (where The Birds was shot).
The wounded and disabled of American society get to live in the street.
The photo I show my students is one I took in the Fisherman's Wharf area of SF, of a guy crammed into a corner rubbish bin (head and arms just visible), waving a cardboard sign which read "White Trash". He was getting quite a bunch of money--probably for his audacity.
As Leonard Cohen sings.."America .. the home of the best and the worst"
Russell: I caught you on the old steam radio this morning, just as I was stepping out the door. I subsequently missed my bus but it was worth it. Good stuff!
It is a shonky business. I now make a point of asking, when I get yet another call raising money for a charity, "So, how much of my donation will go directly to the charity?". The explanation I recently heard was that the 'overheads' are high for these fund-raising companies. That is absolute tosh--to hire a bunch of poorly paid, under-trained teenagers to ring you up in the middle of your tea?
Where's the curriculum for digital literacy?
You will find it in NCEA Media Studies
David: I can't wait to start wasting my time reading your new book.
I would recommend a trip to Oakland (maybe during the daytime), to visit Jack London's Tavern, and see the freight trains trundle down the middle of the street past the Jack London Inn. There is a great farmer's market there too (on Friday, I recall).
I once saw a potato that, viewed from a certain angle, didn't look like Jim Bolger
I once saw a picture of Jesus that looked like a slice of toast.
That said, the writing and coverage of virtually every other area of film is so good that I can forgive them.
Yes, very much so. The August 2009 feature on the gangster figure in American films is superb. I also read all the reviews, even for films I may never see.
What other film mags do you like? Film Comment is often good but I have gone off Empire in a big way--too full of puff and promotion.