Darryl Jenifer

“When we started out, we rarely played in our recordings what we played in practice. We had a song chemistry, but what you’re hearing is the juxtaposition of us struggling, not necessarily being tight on the bass or tight on the drums or tight on the instruments. It’s about the minds getting together and trying to get on the same track to push a thought of music and energy.”

— Darryl Jenifer

Iceberg Slim

“Son, there is no reason except a stupid one for anybody to project on that screen anything that will worry him or dull that vital edge. After all, we are the absolute bosses of that whole theatre and show in our minds. We even write the script. So always write positive, dynamic scripts and show only the best movies for you on that screen whether you are pimp or priest.”

— Iceberg Slim

Ralph Ellison

“So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down? Because in spite of myself I’ve learned some things. Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled “file and forget,” and I can neither file nor forget. Nor will certain ideas forget me; they keep filing away at my lethargy, my complacency. Why should I be the one to dream this nightmare?”

— Ralph Ellison

Amiri Baraka

“The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.”

— Amiri Baraka

The Green Square

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Insane Impulse

Image having the idea to ignore all “respectable” career paths and choose instead to dedicate your life to writing silly, ridiculous and often offensive bits. Maybe it doesn’t sound that crazy in a world where The Simpsons, South Park & Family Guy are prime time hits, but in 1970 it was pretty much the most ridiculous thing, but Doug Kenney did it any how. And as the trailer says “changed comedy forever.”

Doing a biopic about the founder of National Lampoons require a bit of decorum–or should I say lack of decorum–no, I should have said irreverence. Doing a biopic about the founder of National Lampoons require a bit of irreverence. Much better.

There’s a lot to love about a movie aware enough to make fun itself and the artifice of the whole thing. And from our perspective, creativity, there’s a lot here: the bravery to create, the stress of continually needing to create, the struggles against those who don’t understand, having vision and grit, having fun, and ultimately destructive nature of the internal critic.

For the Love of Typewriters

My favorite way to write is with a typewriter. There’s a rhythm to it. It’s percussive. There’s also a difficulty to writing with a typewriter, a sense at times that you and the machine are in a battle. Computers do their best to move out of your way, and that what we love about them; but a typewriter requires attentiveness and struggle. A typewriter forces you to move forward; to get through to the end. A typewriter doesn’t give a damn about spelling and grammar. A typewriter only needs sound and ink and movement.

This documentary is like a love song to the typewriter. I loved hearing John Mayer say some of the things that I just said and I loved seeing Tom Hanks type on the same machine that I own.