I remember sitting on my couch back when I was in high school seeing previews for NBC’s new show, birthed from what appeared to be The Office school of mockumentary. By then, Amy Poehler was already a pretty big star. She’d been in plenty of movies, guest starred on her friends’ shows, and said goodbye to an incredible run on SNL (which I also remember watching). It all seems like so much longer than just six years ago, and indeed the early days of Parks are so far removed from the fully realized future we’ve seen throughout this final season (Remember Mark Brandanawicz?) Continue reading
Pearl S. Buck // "The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: a human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him, a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy…and failure is death. Add to this…the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him…By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."
For awhile, I didn’t want to think about this. It’s such a massive and mind numbing process to classify and quantify the ebbing and flowing of culture. Especially pop culture, because there’s no time to hit pause and reflect. It’s happening right now. Bruce Jenner is pop culture, Gamergate (and all the other ‘gates’) is pop culture , the measles outbreak is pop culture, Brian William’s is pop culture, Janet Jackson’s nipple is pop culture – you get the point. It’s much harder to name things that fall outside popular culture. It’s this vascular, all-encompassing, throbbing entity that we are all often so wrapped up in to even acknowledge it exists. Even the so-called “decline of pop culture,” is pop culture. My mind is already a pretzel.
Dan Harmon // "If you're ever going to be a good writer, then you probably tend to be afraid you're a bad writer. Instead of trying to prove you're good, try to prove you're bad. At least the ball will start MOVING on the field. I always tell young writers, 'start proving to yourself how bad you are.' Make a joke out of it. Write a draft that you know you're going to throw in the garbage, or show to your friends for a laugh, a profanely irresponsible piece of shit draft that in which you absolutely fight for the team that you REALLY believe in – the one that says you stink. Pretend your Mom keeps asking you 'why don't you just finish something,' and write the thing designed to shut her the fuck up. THIS is why I don't just do it, Mom, because it would look like THIS, this thing that SUCKS. Show her. Don't even waste time on it, the faster you go, the more it will suck and the more you'll win the fight against yourself. Because the truth is, we do suck…because 'we' is our ego, and our job is to get that ego to stop blocking us."
George Carlin // "I don't like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: "Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, 'There is no "I" in team.' What you should tell them is, 'Maybe not. But there is an "I" in independence, individuality and integrity.'" Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, "We're the So-and-Sos," take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it's unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don't participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you're not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."