When I was in school, I wanted to be W. Eugene Smith. He was a legendary staffer at Life, a consummate photojournalist, and an architect of photo essay. He was also kinda crazy.
That was obvious when he came to lecture at Syracuse University and put a glass of milk and a glass of vodka on the lectern. Both were gone at the end of the talk. He was taking questions and I was in the front row, hanging on every word.
"Mr. Smith, is the only good light available light?" came the question.
He leaned into the microphone. “Yes,” he baritoned, and paused.
A shudder ran through all of us. That was it! No more flash! God’s light or nothing!
But then he leaned back into the mic, “By that, I mean, any fucking light that’s available.”
“Well,” he replied, “you can make a film in Hollywood without Steven Spielberg’s blessing, and you can publish software in Silicon Valley without Bill Gates’s blessing, but it’s pretty clear to me you can’t succeed in the fashion industry without Anna Wintour’s blessing.”—Anna Wintour’s Brand Anna - WSJ.com (via Instapaper)
… AMC wants to cut two minutes from each [Mad Men] episode, in favor of more commercials, as well as integrate product placement into the show. Given that it’s set in the 60’s, the kinds of brands that they could include — or at least their labeling — would prove interesting. No consumer electronics, for sure.
Additionally, the network wants to make a major change in the show’s DNA, by cutting two actors to cut costs. Neither of the actors has been revealed.
Predictably, Weiner has balked, and thus, no deal for season five has been made …
… The Daily says that the network could actually cancel the show. “Weiner is being completely screwed by AMC,” a source told the Daily. “No one would have heard of AMC if not for Matt Weiner and ‘Mad Men.’ But they will not renew the show unless he accedes to all their demands.”
“I wish some of these old-school professors would go and see how interactive American liberal arts classrooms are – how students interact with each other and the professor and how a class can often sound like an investor pitch or business meeting. One man reading his sermon to the masses does not even belong in church anymore – why do we tolerate this in schools?”—Tough Truths of VC Financing | Economy | News | ERR (via Instapaper)
“The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.”—Losing Our Way