I saw it too late to read it. I hope it’s not important.
Archive for April, 2013
Joshua Tree isn’t my favourite U2 album. Boy is. But it has a song on it that means as much to me in my thirties as it did when I was a teenager. It’s like the Teen International Anthem (and just as cheesy.)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. When I thought I had, I always turned out to be wrong. So now I assume I haven’t and, when I remember, I keep looking.
The danger of film school is, well… film school. You get so obsessed with making films that you forget that you need to keep experiencing life, keeping your eyes fresh, so that you can make films worth watching. At least that’s the theory – I may have just been skiving off from writing my thesis feature screenplay when I signed up for this day hike. And I don’t know yet whether any of the images I absorbed or stories I imagined will come to anything. But here, for the record, are a few of them.
That’s not the only new thing. I saw my first blue jay (the bird) and my first chipmunk. I thought chipmunks were a made-up animal. Turns out they’re little grey things.
Anyhow. Against all odds, I wound up in Joshua Tree – a place I never thought I’d visit.
And along the way, another story.
I wonder if this is the secret of great artists – continuing the exploration and the journey. Now all I need is the great art to go with it right?
Just finished a column for News24.co.za that makes me realise how different the America I arrived in is to the one I left, thanks to Obama.
What happened in Boston is terrible. The way America has responded, however, gives me hope for humanity. It’s like America has grown up. That’s what my column is about.
America: Bigger than Bombs
I at first assumed the bomb attacks in Boston would play straight into the hands of the Islamaphobes who’d love to just “kill ’em all”. But it seems like Americans – in general – are rising above it.
“Al Qaeda is a real threat. But terrorism has no religion.” Well put, by Al-Marayati, a member of the Faith-Based Advisory Committee of the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Of course, the people who really need to hear his words won’t be listening to them. Events like the Boston bombings play straight into the filthy hands of those who are longing for an excuse to attack or oppress muslims in the name of fighting terrorism. As news of the bombings came through, muslim Americans were not only mourning the loss of lives, but simultaneously praying: “Please, don’t let it be a Muslim.”
It hasn’t been posted yet, but when it has, you can read it here
UPDATE!!! 12.40AM FRIDAY
Seconds – not kidding – after my column went live, news came through on twitter about a gun battle with two very similar sounding suspects in Watertown, Mass. Some responses from twitter…