You Can’t Go Forward By Going Back

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about the election and like those conversations are wont, it turned into discussion about what is really wrong with America and why The Donald is suddenly so popular despite being clearly off his rocker. Inevitability, the point was made that shipping jobs overseas has caused a lot of anxiety with Middle Class people. That’s a fair assessment. Change does cause anxiety especially change that leads to something that is, seemingly, no better and possibly worse that what came before. Combine that with decades of stagnation and the country is a tinder box ready for the flaming match that is Donald Trump.
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Fearless

After watching the Redneck Ninja YouTube clip I have been pondering what it means to be fearless. Let’s face it, a person doesn’t make that video wondering all the while what people are going to think. In their mind it was awesome and nothing would tell them otherwise. And it is awesome just for that.
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Where is the frontier?

The frontier is a safety valve for civilization. A place for people to go to keep form going mad. The frontier has always been explored by people who just don’t quite fit in with regular society; nuts, malcontents, extremists, criminals. They would pack up (or in some cases be packed up – I’m looking at you Australia) and head for the frontier. In the US, the frontier eventually became the Thirteen Colonies. When enough people didn’t fit in there, they started moving west, finally ending up in California. That’s why it’s full of nuts.
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Subway Crush

It’s summer in New York City. The way you know is that the subway platforms are so hot and muggy that’s like being in a Turkish sauna. Just as it gets unbearable – you’re thinking of taking off you shirt, seriously thinking of taking off your shirt to the point the top two buttons have come undone and you can see the same thought in the eyes of the people around you – along comes a train going in the opposite direction and it brings just enough breeze to bring everyone back in from the ledge.
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On Photography

My fascination with photography and photographs started, I think, when I was around six or seven years old. One of my great memories growing up was traveling with my Dad to different car shows where he would let me be in charge of the camera. We had a Kodak 126 box camera. It was sturdy, easy to use and I couldn’t take a well framed picture to save my life. But that didn’t matter, I was always given a couple rolls of film and I was always amazed at how what I remembered seeing in the viewfinder was not what came out on the prints.

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On Honesty

Honesty is an interesting concept. We value it in ourselves and at the same condemn other for being honest. I moved a lot going up. I had to have some defense, and somehow I picked honesty. I was always an outsider so I never won a fight. The only way I could feel superior or escape total inferiority, was to be the most honest bastard on the planet.

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Ten Most Influential Movies

Once upon a time, I ran a movie night a bar in Brooklyn. I tried to never show a movie that would have been considered a blockbuster. I think the closest I came was “The Cincinnati Kid” and it was big because it starred Steve McQueen. One week I showed “El Crimen Perfecto” and afterwards I was talking to Graham and he asked what my top ten movies are. I couldn’t answer. Mainly, because I don’t think in terms of lists. Sure sometimes I’ll say “Such-and-such is my third favorite actress,” but that’s complete bullshit so I can sound like I know what I’m talking about. Press me and I couldn’t name numbers one or two. I do, however, have few movies that have influenced my throughout my life. Some of these movies are not ones I watch over and over. I don’t actually own copies of some; which in this day is a bit strange. So with further ado, the list.

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