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.