“I don’t analyse it too much, otherwise I’d freeze up and fall over, like a fridge”. Interviewed at the Edinburgh Festival, on BBC Radio 5 Live, this is sparkling, fascinating, honest talk on political power, the world, the universe and writing comedy. The interviewer, Nihal Arthanayake, talks to him about how he goes about writing comedy. Immediately, Dylan says he doesn’t investigate why he writes … Continue reading Dylan Moran: on Writing Comedy
This video interview with colourful knitting designer, Stephen Be, is just too much fun not to watch. (As it says at the start, the wonderful interviewer, Kristy Glass, apologizes that the first half of the interview was in poor focus – but such good content she had to keep it – so she funkified it up with a variety of visual effects until the good focus kicked in at 13 minutes in.)
Just watched a gripping documentary on BBC about Gene Cernan, astronaut. If you’re in the UK, and pay a TV licence you can view it at:
“Don’t ever count yourself out. You’ll never know how good you are, unless you try. Dream the impossible and then go out and make it happen.
I walked on the moon, what can’t you do?”
W H Auden reads his poem about the death of W B Yeats (anniversary today) – not only the passing of the man, but the way poetry lives on in the world after the death of its writer. Interesting to bear in mind that we are listening to the spoken words of a poet who has been dead for over 40 years (died September 1973). Powerful to hear them … Continue reading Poetry lives on
Youtube channel Every Frame a Painting (Tony Zhou) has featured on this blog before, illustrating action gags on film by Buster Keaton. Today, I got caught up in another of his masterful short 10 minute videos “How does an Editor think and feel” – about finding rhythm in film/video editing. However, as I listen, I hear it as more than that, it’s about finding rhythm in poetry, in speaking, in life – and the importance of time for thought process, belief and experience.
People aren’t machines – we need time to feel the emotion – and if the movie doesn’t give it to us, we don’t believe it – Every Frame a Picture
You’re not too old to begin a serious writing career. Blog post by Josephine Corcoran with stories of many beginning writers at 50+ Continue reading Never too old to begin writing career
Chuck Close, in conversation, describes his working process. His interviewer is a particularly excellent interviewer and art commentator (and Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts) – the knowledgeable and always watchable Tim Marlow. Chuck is known for his immense scale portraits, his work has sold internationally for decades. Mid-career, he suffered a sudden catastrophic paralyzing physical event – but continues to work from his wheelchair, … Continue reading Making art from a wheelchair